If you ever get hungry during a long run or … an ultra, Dominoes may have just made your life a little easier — that is, if pizza is your go-to fuel of choice.
The retailer can now deliver outside as they recently introduced their new ‘hotspot’ service, featuring more than 150,000 locations where you can order a pizza without having an address. Delivery spots include beaches and parks, and you can order online or through a mobile app, and simply time your arrival.
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ULTRAMARATHONERS DO IT
On-the-run pie delivery isn’t necessarily new. Longtime ultra-runner and “Ultramarathon Man,” author Dean Karnazes famously orders pizzas from local restaurants during long runs. He’ll time them to arrive at a certain milepost, and once there, roll the pizza up and eat it whole, sometimes right there on the road.
Scarfing a large Hawaiian pizza mid-run may not be your thing, though it could be once you’ve put in all your miles. “I feel pretty dang good eating pizza after a hard effort,” says Under Armour trail runner Sarah Cotton. “If I was going to be out with friends on a several-hour-long run, I would think about doing something like this every now and then,” she adds. “But I wouldn’t necessarily ruin a perfectly enjoyable pizza by trying to bounce around with it on the trails, and I sure as hell wouldn’t stuff that thing in a pack, either.”
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OTHER MID-RUN IDEAS
Cotton does note that she planned running routes around cupcakes in college. “We would sometimes plan to finish at the cupcake shop, and then jog back to campus,” she says. “Some girls ate on the run; I always preferred to save my goods until the run was over. That being said, we weren’t running ultra-type distances.”
Whether you prefer pizza or not, Cotton recommends training with food, to find what works for you and to prep for longer races. “It’s important to practice eating on the run to mimic a race situation,” she says.
And when it comes to pizza? “I’d say plan to get that ‘za delivered somewhere you know you could post up and enjoy a slice before gearing back up,” she says. “I’d also avoid eating cheese on a run at all costs, but that’s just me.”