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I am the Human Garbage Pail of Trail Running Fueling

I am the Human Garbage Pail of Trail Running Fueling

Aug 17, 2018

Yesterday, Run the Alps Senior Guide Simon Conroy and I ran from Courmayeur, Italy to Chamonix, France, along the second half of the Tour du Mont-Blanc. The route we chose was 85 km with about 4,300 meters of climbing. I’m getting ready for a certain trail race in a few weeks. 

Here’s how I fueled:

4 gels

1 box Kambly chocolate cookies

1 large cheese sandwich

2 bananas

2 large chocolate bars

1 old Ovomaltine bar I found in my vest pocket. 

2 slices quiche (Thanks, Leon— he’s the L in PTL, by the way.) 

Here’s how Simon fueled:

1 peach

1 small bag of something that tasted kind of like Gummi Bears. (NB: He did not eat the entire bag. I had some.)

I am the human garbage pail of trail running.

I can and will eat anything I see that looks remotely tasty. Sometimes I think I could put a hungry Labrador Retriever to shame.  

That’s the real reason I trail run. Well, one of them. I am the only person I know who can exercise hard on trails until 3:00 am… and end the day calorie-positive. 


As for Simon? I have no idea why he trail runs.

We visited with Leon, one of the founders of the PTL, which bears his name, as the Petite Trotte À Leon. I ate the last of his quiche. Simon had a cup of tea.

Update: Simon had a bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast. I had oatmeal with peanut butter and honey. And a leftover cheese sandwich. As I write this, I’m eyeing a chocolate croissant.

Watch a video from high above Trient, taken during our run.

Doug Mayer
Doug Mayer is the founder of Run the Alps and lives in Chamonix, France with his labradoodle, Izzy. He is the author of The Race that Changed Running: The Inside Story of UTMB and writes for Outside Online and Ultrasignup News. His upcoming book is a graphic novel about Italy’s 330km long Tor des Géants trail race.