Eliud Kipchoge’s simple diet: Mursik, ugali and beans
Eliud Kipchoge, the world-renowned double Olympic marathon gold medalist, is known for his impressive running performance and simple diet.
With a weekly running distance of nearly 220km, his diet primarily consists of protein and carbohydrates.
Olympic.com says he follows a strict eating schedule and avoids binge eating. His favorite food is the Kenyan staple ugali, a solid maize meal porridge, which he typically eats with lean beef and vegetables like managu, cabbage, or kale.
He also likes to load up on carbs, serving his ugali with beans and potatoes or with chapati, an unleavened flatbread. When he is not eating ugali, he has rice and red beans. When traveling, he prefers to eat pasta.
After his long runs or intense speed sessions, Kipchoge’s breakfast consists of white tea, bread, and fruits. On race days, he eats lighter breakfasts like cereals and milk or oats.
For his liquid intake, he drinks three liters of water daily and occasionally enjoys plain milk or fermented milk called mursik.
Carbo-loading is also an important part of Kipchoge’s diet, especially during marathons. His nutritionist, Armand Bettonviel, recommends consuming carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes, oatmeal, banana, and pancakes to improve performance. However, whole-grain products may not suit everyone as they can cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
Despite his success and fame, Kipchoge maintains a simple and balanced diet to support his running career. His diet, just like his training, is uncomplicated yet effective.