Hammer Nutrition that I used for the first time at the Buzzard to compliment Hammer Gels. Gels provide a ready source of carbohydrate energy and gets into the bloodstream quick. I tend to take one every 4-6 miles during an ultra marathon along with Endurolyte salt tabs at every aid station. Hammer's Perpetuem is a totally different product. For years, Perpetuem was only offered in a powder so it had to be mixed and drank with another liquid like Hammer's Heed or water. It required another bottle and could be a real mess. To answer those issues, the Solids were created. Imagine a tablet almost an inch wide by about 3/4" tall. Six fit inside this container shown, are lightweight, and fit easily into a waist pack or even in a shorts pocket as I did this past Saturday. As you run, your body burns fat, stored glycogen and eventually turns to cannibalizing your own muscle. Perpetuem basically interrupts this by providing needed protein, carbohydrates, and even some fat to make it all work. It even helps recovery by giving your muscles what they need to rebuild...before the job is even done. I took five out of the six tabs during the race and if I could do it over again, I'd take more. My big worry with these was how they'd taste, chew, and swallow. The powder is very "pasty" and can be tough to drink. These were light, crumbled easy in my mouth (I thought they'd be hard), and had a mild "cafe latte" taste. They did clump slightly but if I kept chewing, they were easy to swallow. I chased it with a few drinks of Hammer's Heed and that was it! I was very happy with my first use of the Solids and they'll certainly be a top choice for my upcoming races this year.
Recoverite. I had a canister of it in my trunk and mixed up a half-bottle batch in my Purist bottle I had been using all day. My favorite is the chocolate flavor. Recoverite is the one product that is the cornerstone of my recovery. I have been using it since I was in the midst of my back-to-back training runs for my three 100-milers back in mid-2009. It IS the reason I can get up the next day and run. It provides the proper 3:1 ration of complex carbohydrates and the highest quality whey protein isolate, along with generous amounts of glutamine (3g per serving), the potent antioxidant l-carnosine, and a full-spectrum electrolyte profile. In fact, I take it any time I run 10 miles or longer. That's just my own personal rule and not based on anything. However, I continue to run injury-free...and that's how I recover. Connection? I think so.
So there you have it. 6 days post-100K and feel like I can say that I'm recovered. I get the comments often about my "overnight" recovery from 50Ks, marathons, and the like and I really think...I know...that I can attribute it to how I fuel and how I recover, including rest. I've been doing it too long to just be by accident and after last Saturday's ice and mud beating, I feel like I've proven that it really does work. If you ever want to try out Hammer for yourself, don't pay full price. Click on my link at the top right and save 15% off your first order from them. It's good for new customers.
Before I close, I want to share a little about how I rewarded myself for the 100K finish. Before I ran it, I asked my wife it she was OK with me ordering a new pair of Brooks Cascadia 9's if I finished. My old Cascadia 7s (below) were shot but I knew I could get one more race out of them. The race did prove how bad they were and on Tuesday, they went out with the trash..still with the Hinckley mud on them. On Monday, a pair of new Cascadia's left the Brooks Running warehouse in Washington state and by Wednesday at dinnertime, they were sitting on my porch. Nothing like the smell of a new pair of Brooks! Seriously...you smell yours too, right?!
|The markings on the bib signify each arrival at each aid station during the Buzzard Day 100K|
|The Cascadia 9's. My chariot for many more trail miles in 2014 and beyond.|