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Maintain Muscle With 170g Of Protein | Ultramarathon Prep

Maintain Muscle With 170g Of Protein | Ultramarathon Prep
Monica Green
Writer and expert2 years ago
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If a marathon doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge to you, you might be more interested in an ultramarathon. While a standard marathon is 26 miles, ultramarathons can be anything from 31 miles to 3,000 miles.

Myprotein ambassador Lucy Davis is currently training for a 100k ultramarathon. She’s named the goal Project Ultra, and her aim is to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, a charity that helps people affected by the disease.

As well as raising funds, Lucy also wants to prove you can succeed at weight training and running at the same time. She hasn’t changed her weight training schedule at all, completing four to five weight sessions per week in alongside four runs a week.

With all that training, she’s going to need some serious fuel. Here’s everything she eats in a day while training for an ultramarathon.


What’s on the menu?

Lucy was eating about 2,200 calories per day before her ultramarathon training began, but now she’s consuming up to 2,500 on weekdays, and up to 2,700 on weekend days. She’s also aiming for 170g of protein per day. That’s a lot of protein — especially considering she weighs about 64kg — but she says a high-protein diet works best for her, her body and her training.

Here’s how she hits that huge protein goal every day and fuels her training.


Breakfast: Loaded oats

  • Oats
  • 1 scoop vegan protein
  • 1 chopped apple
  • Handful blueberries
  • Sprinkling of cinnamon
  • Drizzle of double cream
  • Dollop of Jam


Snack: Crumpets

  • Crumpets with butter


Snack: Layered Bar

  • Gingerbread Layered Bar

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Lunch: Chicken and rice bowl

Usually, Lucy will have some flavoured rice and seasoning on her chicken, along with some veggies, but she had to keep it plain this day after having an upset stomach.

  • Plain rice
  • Chicken
  • Dinner: Chicken Pasta
  • Tagliatelle
  • Tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Chicken
  • Cheese


Snack: Yoghurt bowl

The yoghurt in Lucy's bedtime yog bowl is the only thing she measures out in her usual day of eating, to make sure she's hitting that protein goal.

  • 330g yoghurt
  • Almond butter
  • Syrup
  • Peanut butter powder
  • Berries
  • Jam
  • Cinnamon

Take home message

Lucy is putting in a huge amount of work for her ultramarathon in July this year and is raising a huge amount of money in the process. Her goal is £1,000 for Breast Cancer Now, and currently she’s sitting at £567.

Head to Lucy’s Just Giving page if you’d like to donate and help Lucy reach her fundraising goal.

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Monica Green
Writer and expert
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