Nutrition is a huge factor when undertaking a race like this. I keep things pretty basic, but I do what works for me. The night before every race I always have the same meal. This isn’t the time to try anything new or indulge in a Thai curry. I always have spaghetti bolognaise. Some good carbs to load the muscles.
For race day breakfast I again always have the exact same breakfast I would have when training. 2x pieces of Vogel’s toast with honey and banana and a coffee.
The race started at 6am so it was a super early wake up to try and get things moving - if you know what I mean!
On the start line I had an energy gel to help kick things off. I then had an energy gel every 45 mins for the first 30km. After the big decent I pulled out my first honey on white bread sandwich. I had cut this into squares and would eat this on the move. I had two of these over the course of the race with the addition of energy chews and some banana.
Hydration is a major factor when running an ultra, so I was super aware of how much I was drinking. Dehydration can be the worst thing. My hydration bladder was filled with electrolyte and I always grabbed more when passing aid stations.
The aid stations that I moved through were super loaded with all kinds of snacks - lollies, chips, fruit cake, you name it! There was even a mini Fresh Choice supermarket set up where you could collect a paper bag and literally go shopping in the aisles they had created, then they would write your name on your bag and it would be given to you at the finish line. I didn’t want to waste any time so I kept moving through most of these apart from the odd grab of some jet planes.
I wanted to do the Kepler because I was loving my weekly trail running and I wanted to set myself a big goal. This year has been a biggie. I have run in three great walks of NZ races. The Routeburn Classic, The Rakiura and now The Kepler. Each of these races have been massive challenges but I have enjoyed all the training runs with my friends and the weekends away exploring new places. The people you meet and the feeling of being apart of these events is why I keep doing more! I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to be out there last weekend and also thankful to my family and friends all the support.