Friday, May 2, 2014

Now that it's over...

Happy Friday!

I'm feeling all back to normal now. Still fighting a sinus infection, but I am walking normally again. Also the massively huge blister I had on my heel is going down. (I'll spare you the pic, you're welcome) For my ultra marathon (I just like how that sounds), I wore Injini socks. The best socks known to mankind. I also slathered every toe in Aquaphor. So my feet did great, except for getting blisters on the heels of both feet. Apparently my shoes were not meant for long distance, although they were trail shoes. I could feel the blisters early on, but I just had to set aside the pain, and keep running.

 In all of my reading on 100 mile ultra's, I read a bunch of recommendations for EFS (Electrolyte Fuel System) drink. It has all 5 of the needed electrolytes and no fructose. I loved it! I had no cramping or stomach problems at all. The flavor was great too. I ordered the packets, that way I could just add a packet to my handheld water bottle, that I would refill at aid stations. 
 I carried my GU's with me, and would take one of those every hour to hour and a half.
 At my Carmel Marathon a couple weeks ago, Amanda brought me some sour patch gummies. She said they were magic, and would really help me towards the end of the race. She was right!! I started taking a few of them around mile 20, and until the end of the race, and they really helped!
 So I stocked up on the magic candy for my ultra. There came a point where if I had to take one more GU, I knew I would throw up. Sour patch gummies to the rescue! They were awesome. The aide stations also had lots of food, everything you can imagine. I honestly didn't eat much, because I really wasn't hungry. But I know how important fueling your body is, so I would force myself to eat, I knew I needed it. 

Now that it's all over, it's a strange feeling not having anything to train for now. I kinda like it! Now I get to run just because I love to, not because I'm forced to. I can run 5 miles, or 25 miles- whatever I want to do.

Up next for me is a 5k race on Sunday, the Great Cake Race, in Lexington. This is for an awesome organization that donates birthday cakes to children living in poverty or facing a life threatening illness. Plus they have free cupcakes AND Blue Bell ice cream. You know there's no way I could turn that down!
 And then will be the Noblesville Mini on May 24, and then the Indy Womens half, on June 7. I am going to start working on my speed, so am going to do all I can to PR at both of these races. I want to get faster!


 What's your next race?






katie

21 comments:

  1. My next race is the Frederick Half on Sunday. Just a little tired from my ragnar last weekend, but since I won this race entry on FB I am just going to enjoy it!!

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    1. I hope your half went great this weekend! Can't wait to read about it!

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  2. I hear you on the Gu's...can only stomach so many of them. Michelle like to use Swedish Berries!

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    1. Yea, after my GU supply is out, I'm done with them! I'll have to try swedish berries!

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  3. I have no races on my calendar... kinda love & hate it...
    I love having gummy's as some sugar rush on the road... GU's bother my stomach something fierce!
    Glad to hear you're healing up from the sinus gunk.

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    1. GU's have actually never bothered my stomach, I'm just tired of them and want to try something new! Hope you had a good weekend!

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  4. Hate Gu too. Maybe I'll try the SPK's some time, it might give me something to look forward to late in a race! I'm so glad you have upcoming races to get ready for! You are an ultramarathoner!

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    1. They definitely give me something to look forward too! Thank you Cecilia!! :)

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  5. No running race on the calendar for the next few months or so. It's weird to not have anything to train for and to not be looking for races to do.

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    1. It is such a weird feeling to not be training for anything! I kinda like it! :)

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  6. You are amazing! I love that you are getting straight back into it with some races up and coming. Can't wait to hear about those PRs!! xx

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