Thursday. OMG, did a week pass? How did that happen? I never had a chance to update how last week’s dress rehearsal went. Mileage covered was 24 (was supposed to be 25) but I failed on nutrition big time. BIG time. I didn’t pack enough calories or water. I chose a much too difficult course (trying to prove I could do 25 miles of mountains in 8 hours — guess what? I can’t.) I have new respect when I look at numbers from last year’s race. I feel stupid asking how it could take someone 13 hours to do a marathon when it took me 1 hour to do the first 2.4 hours of the trail I selected last week. The water that was supposed to last me 15 miles lasted 8. (That’s twice that has happened to me.) I couldn’t eat while running (I need to take liquid calories — this is not news but I keep trying to live on dates and apricots and almonds and after 8 miles the last thing in the world I want to do is put food in my mouth.) So alas, it is the chemical route I go and tomorrow I will train with Carbo Pro G5 or C5 or something like that.
Crummy training week. Really feeling burnt. Did 8 miles on Tuesday and found myself wandering aimlessly in the woods. I was sick and didnt’ realize it until too late. Wednesday I woke up and found I was actually sick which bummed me out. I was supposed to do another 8 miles with my pack but instead I ended up just doing 1 1/2 hours with no pack on the mountain behind my house. The good news is I was flying without my pack. (The kind of flying I thought I would have done at the Color Run a month ago). My nutrients are running low. They have been fine up until now but I’m starting to feel that old familiar feeling. So out comes the Flora Dix, extra vitamins, the same old drill. I’m not replenishing in time.
On Sunday I had a nice hike with a friend and Higgins and my pack. We hiked up Mohawk Mountain. It was good. I was kind of slow and my friend (who doesn’t train and has MS btw) was doing better than I was. Then at the end she started to not feel so great (this was a long trek for her). I was glad to find I had the inner reserve to actually run ahead of her (after lagging behind for 5 miles) and actually ran to the top with Higgins to get the car to come down and meet her. She ended up only 1/2 mile behind us but still it felt good to know that if it came down to having to rescue someone I could summon some energy beyond my normal slog.
The winning socks are the Features Merino Wool (though I have one more pair I just ordered the Drymax Maximum Protection Trail.) I got the Pategonia and they are similar to the smart wool Phd – fine for 3-4 hours but not robust enough for the long haul. There needs to be a little meat in the sock.
Shoes are going to be the New Balance 910. Believe it or not I think I’m just staying with the Women’s wide. I have one more pair of the men’s but after several months now of having the Women’s 910 as my “default” shoe, I finally had to ask myself this weekend why I kept trying every other shoe on the market when really the unglamorous 910s have served their purpose from day 1. They provide me with ankle support. They have not caused blisters. They have wiggle room. I’ve been trying to get back to that pair of 903s from 2009 and they just don’t make them.
Tomorrow will be raining. (what else?) 25 miles. Have to get this nutrition right. I’m running out of time. I’m sick of training. I want a long nap. I want to put my feet up. I hate having to put my backpack on all the time. All that said, I got my new trekking poles and I think they are totally cool. Black Diamond Ultra trekking poles. very cool
Alright that’s it, off to bed. Tomorrow another 25. What else is new?