Sunday, April 27, 2008
Here's my plan for this week: I'm treating the last 6 days just like a typical marathon taper. My personal rule is to not run any more miles in a given day greater than the number of days before the marathon (or 100K in this case)...in the last week. So I'll probably run 5 tomorrow and 2 other days in the week I'll get in a few miles. Nutrition wise, I'll start carbo-loading Wednesday night, more on Thursday, and hit the carbs hard on Friday. I'll decrease fiber intake in the last 48 hours and greatly increase salt intake at the same time. Salt helps water retention which I'll need badly this Saturday. Hopefully, I'll pack on a few extra pounds before Saturday.
For Saturday, the event starts at 5am sharp and aid stations will be staggered every 5 miles or so with every other one being manned with water/Heed/food. For me, I'm planning on carrying a Nathan #020 race vest with a water bladder on my back and one or two (I haven't decided yet) handhelds for my electrolyte (Hammer's Heed). I'll also take Pure Fuel all throughout the day...more if it's offered at the aid stations. I'm counting on Greg D. as a running partner for the day. The furthest distance he's covered is 50 miles and the furthest I've gone is 31.2 miles (ie: 50K). So yea, it's a heck of a challenge but we're both really excited to get it on! I just want to thank Vince and Joe (Green Jewel co-race directors) for putting on this event!
I'm planning on taking the camera for the 100K trek so you can bet I'll post some pics and blog the experience soon afterwards. Have a great week!
Green Jewel 100K Website
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Now off to Vertical Runner to actually replenish my stock of Pure Fuel for the long run this Saturday and pick up a few other odds and ends. Mel is NOT camera shy so here we are at the store in Hudson.
Warm day...sun shining...birthday...time for some 'Bucks! Grande, White Mocha Frappuccino Light, no whip....AWESOME!
What better way to end the day...a view from our front porch at sunset...
Oh yea, I had to come back and add this. I forgot to mention my latest addition to the schedule. The inaugural Green Jewel 100K...starting at 5am, Saturday May 3rd. 100K equals approximately 62 miles. Greg D. and I will be providing each other the support we both need to push through to the finish. The course will follow the "Emerald Necklace" and will showcase the Cleveland Metroparks.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Oh yea, why not some more shameless plugs? Fuel was Pure Fuel, Hammer's Heed served as the electrolyte, and Hammer's Recoverite (along with another Pure Fuel bar) served as recovery. I tried the new Dark Chocolate bar...great if you're a chocolate lover!
Monday, April 7, 2008
I had prepared according to the book with a decrease in fiber-rich foods in the last 24-48 hours (ie: Kashi!) and increased the carb consumption, topped off my fluid levels, plenty of sleep and rest, and mentally prepared around the clock...just picture "3:15" on the finish line clock......
RACE DAY: the forecast called for mid-50s at the late 9am start and upper 60s and full sun very soon thereafter. Outside of being a bit warm for my liking (I prefer low 40s and overcast), it was a great reprieve after the snow belt beating we took this winter. My race day nutrition strategy was as follows: up at 6am, head to the Starbucks down the street for a quad-shot of espresso, a banana, small bowl of cereal, 20 oz. of Hammer's Heed, and one Hammer electrolyte tablet 45 min. before the race. Done. Instead of drinking water race morning (which flows straight through me when fully hydrated), I tried drinking Heed to help prevent having to go to the bathroom early in the race. This strategy worked perfectly as I didn't go again until back in the hotel after the race. It was easy to get in the front of the field due to it's size to ensure I could lock into my pace immediately.
Post-race: the National Guard was grilling track side for runners and their families (FREE) hot dogs and hamburgers and let me tell you, the smell of grilling, the sun shining, and the race being done was absolutely perfect. There were also a few Gatorades, pretzels, waters, and some pizza. Massages were offered for $15 for 15 minutes...no thanks....I'm seeing Lori this Wednesday!