So you’re running an ultra?

You often hear ultramarathons spoken about as “eating contests with a bit of running in between” but I don’t buy this. Certainly not for the “shorter” ultras…maybe under 50 miles or so. Sure, you need to keep fuelled and it’s good to have something you like, and indeed have “trialled”, but do you really need loads of food if it’s only (and I use that word purely in the context of long-distance running) a 50k/30miler? It’s only (again, that caveat) about 4 miles longer than a marathon, and you got through that with a couple of gels and some water stops, didn’t you?