How I eat
At home, it’s a smoothie: fruit, greens, nuts, nut butter or flax oil and protein powder. Then, before my morning workout, some oatmeal and wholegrain toast with more nut butter. On a normal day I do 3,0004,000 calories. When I was doing the Appalachian Trail, though, that went up to 6,000-8,000 and I still lost 8.6kg over the 46 days. Breakfast there was at 5am: a banana, a Cliff bar, and, my daily comfort, a coconut-milk cappuccino.
Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before. On the trail, my wife Jenny and I were living in a van and, twice a day, she’d bring me something warm – fries, hashbrowns, whatever she could find in local diners that was vegan.
On an ultramarathon, I snack twice an hour on sports gels and energy bars. At home it’s lighter: fresh fruit, popcorn, a second smoothie if I’m doing an afternoon workout. And lots of water.
On the trail, I’d long for homely dinners with a beer and some friends – Thai curries, slow-cooked soups, stews …
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail is out on 10 April (Little, Brown & Co)