Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Chloe was trying to take pictures before one of my runs this week.  I think she did a fabulous job of capturing my joy for a 20 mile run :).  As most of you know this week I turned 37 and for my 37th birthday I gave myself the ultimate gift: a 37 mile run.  Nothing says "I love me" like 37 miles starting at 0230.  It was awesome. 
On another subject:
As most of you know nutrition has been my downfall so far in ultras.  I just can't seem to figure it out.  I had read a post by Jamie Donaldson (my hero) and decided that I needed to try Perpetuem  again.  Oh dang.  It hurt.  It really hurt.  My gut hurt so bad it hurt for hours after my run.  I didn't muster up the courage to eat a good meal until the evening following my 37 mile run.  And you would think this would make me not use it again but, we Tosta's are a stubborn lot.  I figure if the top dogs in the sport use it, I have to figure out if there is anyway I can make it work for me.  It would take all of the guess work out of my nutrition plan if I could just get it down.  So on my 20 miler on Thursday I tried it again, in much lower doses but again by hour 3 my gut was ready to revolt.  And again you would think I was going to give up and move on but, NO.  I did already say we are stubborn people.  I called Hammer and they had some ideas for me, so next week I will try again.  If it doesn't work next week, I will be forced to move on.  Oh I hope it works but, on the up side if it doesn't I get to eat M&M's, Rice Crispie Treats, Chips and Jerky while I run so that doesn't stink either :).  Well it doesn't stink for the first 60 miles but try making yourself eat a Slim Jim at mile 65 and get back to me on how that worked out for you, ha ha.  It may just be me but dang later on in the race it gets really hard for me to want to consume anything.  The scientific reason is all of the blood is going elsewhere in your body and not to your stomach for digestion :). 

On a great note:  My letter to Garmin worked.  Garmin sent me a replacement and it arrived a few days ago.  I will let you know how this one works out for me.

On a Great Note ^100 (that is great note to the hundredth power): I am the new member of Team Aquaphor.  Wooo Hooo.  I will post more on that when I have details.  I am so dang excited I might pop.


cathycrisp said...

i love this pic!!! chloe is a great photograher, and i love the pose!!! it says running ROCKS!!! OH THE PERPETUEM, I HOPE IT EVENTUALLY WORKS FOR YOU! PEA~

Marny said...

I love the pic. Great job, Chloe! Congrats on Team Aquaphor! And you'll have to tell me the tips that Hammer gave you.

Anna said...

What is Team Aquaphor? Guess I will have to wait for the next post ;-) Rice crispies, M & M's and chips sound good. I don't know about the jerkey though, that sounds tough. And no thanks on running 65 miles and getting back to you. I'm still trying to get in 30 ;-)

Anonymous said...

We are so proud of you. Being part of "Team Aquaphor" is great. Chloe's picture of you rocks.
Love, XOXO

Paula (Adventure Junkie Mom) said...

Go Team Aquaphor! That's so awesome!
Sorry the nutrition isn't working so great. That's such a struggle for me too. I would really like info on some real foods to eat. I may have to try the M&M's, Rice Krispy Treats. Can't do the jerky as you know. Have you tried potatoes? My friend said to try boiled red baby potatoes with sea salt. Giving it a shot tomorrow. He also said brownies w/ espresso. Truthfully, I have a hard time thinking anything sweet would work, but I haven't tried.
Keep me posted.
PS: LOVE the picture!!