Monday, June 27, 2011

The good before the bad & ugly

THANK YOU

everyone for your comforting words and encouragement. My family, friends, and co-workers have been very sweet the last couple days as I am still reeling from Saturday's outcome. However, the comments left by everyone here have been especially comforting because YOU KNOW what it's all about. You can empathize with this whole situation because so many of you also have had the experience of training for days, weeks, months, for one single event and then have it all fall apart for one reason or another. 

These past 5 months have been the hardest I've trained for anything since college...and I've had more fun with my training than I've had in years. I've relished challenging myself each workout with the demanding paces that the RLRF program dictates. These past few weeks, in particular, I've enjoyed surprising myself with running paces and distances that I never thought possible for me. I'm just an Average Woman, after all!

So right now, I'm still heart broken and frustrated at not getting to see the final product of months of preparation, at not being able to put myself to a great test. I'm going to try not to wallow too long but I'm sure I'll have my moments. This morning, for example, I had to walk down the street where my injury occurred as I was going from the doctor's office to my work and I just LOST IT. I started bawling right there on Columbia St. 

My challenge over the coming weeks will be to keep a positive attitude, maintain my motivation to cross-train (I think I should be able to swim, at least with a pull buoy?), and do whatever my physical therapist tells me to (first appointment on Friday). 

Ok, so I've wandered from my original goal, which was to focus on the GOOD before the bad & ugly happened:

FRIDAY - RNR EXPO was great with a couple girlfriends. Lots of good, tense energy!

Friend, K, ran the half and had a great time. 
This was "A's" second half and she improved her time by over 10 minutes!
The beautiful Seattle RNR course
After the Expo, I had just enough time to get my race gear ready and rest up before the big bloggy dinner that Tall Mom Mel planned for us. There were 30+ runners/bloggers at the meeting and unfortunately, I didn't get any photos. A BIG THANKS to Mel for organizing us and also thanks to:

Online Shoes for providing all of us with sweet gift bags containing shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles. 


Also, thanks to NUUN and GU for providing samples. 

I was super happy to meet JESS @ BLONDE PONYTAIL and sample her delicious peanut butter protein bars! And oh, you should have seen Tressa (Training with track coach and adorable wife) with her adorable mama belly (yes, she's in labor NOW)! Check out My Marathon Diaries for pics from dinner.

The morning of the race, I was able to spend time with a long-time runner friend, Ginger Breadman, to whom I confessed my Master Plan for 2012 (oh yes, I'm already planning though it's definitely going to be tweaked a bit based on Saturday's events). Prior to the start, I ran into a couple friends out & about the corrals (how does that happen among 28,000 people?!!), which really jazzed me up. 


Then, there was the quick pre-start blogger photo op. I didn't have my camera but I'm hoping I can pilfer everyone's blogs & Facebook sites as the race re-caps start popping up. Here are a few I've stolen already:  
We've got Jess, Kasey, Mel, Jesse, Amanda, Kerrie, me, Jill, Zoe...and more! 
We also saw the infamous and famous EMZ who was flashing her incredible abs of titanium - strong but light as a feather - but somehow missed her in this photo. On the way to my corral, I ran into Endorphin Dude, remember him? I met him on the SWA flight from SEA to NOLA for the RNR NOLA Half


Pre-race, I crinkled my race bib for good luck... (see, all was right in the world. How in the heck did I get injured??) 


And during the race, I was all smiles as I was hitting my mile splits and got to see my hubs, baby F, cousin Mary & Co, and BFFs C & B who were out to cheer for me. THANK YOU! And thanks to other girlfriends who were patiently waiting at mile 17 for me, until they got the phone call from hubs that I was done early. 

Chelsea was fantastic and was on the course cheering for all the bloggy ladies with her mimosas & cow bell! Apparently, she also had hung a sign for Kerrie, Zoe, and I at mile 16 but I obviously missed that... You can see photos of her awesome signs HERE

En route, I saw Mel, Amanda, and Jess around mile 4 (holla!!) then on the out & back on I-90, I saw Ginger Breadman, EMZ, and Jesse, which gave me a huge boost. And one silver lining of walking in to the half marathon finish after my calf exploded, I got to cheer for Carla as she ran by in her HOT PINK tank & camo outfit. 

HOW IS THAT FOR NAME-DROPPING? 

Really, it was incredible being around so many familiar faces amongst the sea of runners. Definitely a great example of how this blogging community makes the world cozier and more fun. 



Saturday, June 25, 2011

DNF

This is NOT how I thought this post would go.

I was killing it thru mile 14. I was about 80 seconds under BQ pace and felt great. The pace felt easy and at the 13.1 mark, I thought I could definitely do another 13 with moderate slow-down. My heart rate was nice & low, so I KNOW I wasn't over-extending myself.

Then, somewhere just after mile 14, I went to reach for a cup of water and...

*POP*

I felt my lower calf POP. I know that feeling. I tore this area in 2008 while training for my first marathon.

WTH? My calves haven't been tight. My three 20+ mile training runs have gone GREAT with minimal soreness. I've been feeling so good.

This morning, my legs felt great.

I'm just stunned. I can't believe this happened. Again. What am I doing wrong?

Mile 1 - 8:22 (a bit fast)
Mile 2 - 8:59
Mile 3 - 8:59 (a bit slow, over compensating for first mile)
5K - 26:47 (8:38 pace)
Mile 4 - 8:37 (good)
Mile 5 - 8:15
Mile 6 - 8:15
10K - 52:32 (8:18 pace)
Mile 7 - 8:11
Mile 8 - 8:15
Mile 9 - 8:17
Mile 10 - 8:06
Mile 11 - 8:19
Mile 12 - 8:24
Mile 13 - 8:53 (this is when I could feel my calf start to tighten on me)
HALF MARATHON - 13.1 - 1:50:49 (8:27 pace)
Mile 14 - ? I have a 7:30 but that can't be right.

Anyway, it was over after that. I moved over to the half marathon route and walked another 1.1 miles to their finish.

It didn't even occur to me when I started this that I wouldn't finish this race. I thought at worst, I would just finish slower than I hoped but I would still finish and have a fun time. I've NEVER not finished a race. And I don't think I've ever had a bad race...because no matter what my time is, I always have fun along the way.

Was I going too fast? Pushing too hard? I didn't feel like it but maybe my leg was telling me otherwise.

I'm going to sulk the rest of today and eat my Cheetos (!!). Then, my next post will be about the incredible pre-race bloggy dinner that Tall Mom Mel organized and all the great pre-race and during-race encounters. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Damn you, Reason!

THANK YOU everyone for your support and advice. Although, I wish I could do as Foil-Wrapped Runner Carla said and take my head off for the week and put it back on race day since I’m so distracted!

Taper Activities:
As several people suggested, I ditched the track workout on Tuesday. Today, I plan to go for another easy jog with him then it’s off until race morning. 

Friday after attending the Expo, I plan to do another Rodney Yee “Yoga for Athletes” session because it’s so great about loosening my hips & hams. (Does anyone else use his DVD’s? I think they’re fantastic.)

For taper fueling, I’m making sure I’m hydrated and full of electrolytes. I’m also backing off on the fiber beginning tonight and am cutting out dairy completely until after the race. I think I read those recommendations on SUAR?

Friday night after the BLOGGY MEET-UP DINNER that kick-butt Tall Mom Mel is organizing, I will double-check all my gear and hopefully get some sleep.

Pre-Race Meal:
As for race morning logistics, I’m getting picked up at 4:15 a.m. by my super fast friend (she runs a 3:20-3:25 marathon!) and likely will not even be hungry at that time. I’ll have a little toast with PB + banana since I sometimes use that pre-run and know it works. I’ll then take my Perpetuem drink with me and take it closer to the race start, as suggested by Kickin' It With Kangaroos.  

Gear:
Jamoosh was wise in recommending that I put off weather-related decisions until the day before the race since our forecast changes every 8 hours or so. The predicted temperature will help me finally decide if I will carry water or not. Two things I know for sure:

1) I’m wearing my purple sparkle skirt, and 
2) I’ll be wearing my cool race pace band that I won from Races2Remember in a give-away that Elizabeth (Running for Bling) hosted. Their bands are tailored to your specific course, taking into account elevation changes & everything! 

Race Goal:
I’m not going to mess around.

I have one goal for this first marathon. If I don’t make it, I just hope to finish because if I don’t hit my primary goal, my time really doesn’t matter since it’s my first marathon anyway. 

So I’m going to lay it all out there on the course. If the stars align and I am fueled, hydrated, rested, and my head is on straight, I will run a 3:45. The course is hilly so that will certainly be a challenge. But, my training has gone quite well and I think have a slim shot at actually pulling this off. (Arrogant? Naive? Both?)

I figure this is my one shot at qualifying for Boston under the more lenient standard and I’m GOING FOR IT. In the future, I will have to run closer to a 3:35 to qualify, which seems ridiculously fast to me so I’m hoping to run smart and fast and see what happens. If I don’t hit that goal, then I just want to finish with a smile for having completed my first ever 26.2. 

Here goes nothing…everything!

Look for me in the purple sparkle skirt - #7142

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last long run & taper week

Saturday's last pre-race long run turned into Sunday's last pre-race long run (hosted a baby shower Saturday, too busy).

Goal: 10 miles @ 8:22 pace 
Actual: 9 miles @ 8:02 pace + 0.6 mile cool down 

I was feeling great and I really was trying to hit an 8:22 pace instead of 8:02. While running, I concentrated on my form and technique: I held my head high, tried to stay light on my feet, was conscious of my arm back-swing and tried to keep them from crossing over the front of my body, attempted to keep a shorter stride & land on my mid-foot, and for my route, I tried to run a straight line and cut nice lines on the turns & curves. This all kept me VERY busy.

The consequences of Sunday's great paced run?
Monday = SORE. 

This is not ideal considering I only have five more days to rest before running my FIRST EVER marathon, my second key race in the Master Plan for 2011 (for kicking ass) (Draft 5). 

This is the "taperest" week of the three-week taper that includes just two pre-race runs and I've decided to do no cross-training (i.e., no Monday swim or Wednesday bike) but will spend some time walking and doing yoga. Final marathon training runs:

  • 6 x 400m track workout @ 1:39 w/ 400m rest interval 
  • Easy 3 mile run @ marathon pace 
Since I'm sore Monday night, I'm thinking running a track workout Tuesday morning is not the best idea. I will delay that until Wednesday. With one day of recovery, my 3-mile run should be...Friday...oops. Nope. So I guess I'll stick with that track workout but skip the easy run? Or should I do it Thursday as scheduled, meaning I would have two run days in a row? That's typical for many of you but definitely not part of the FIRST program.

My taperest week is all out of whack! And to top it off, my legs feel ROUGH.

I'm sore.
My IT band is screaming at me pretty much all the time.
I'm obsessing and undecided about whether or not to carry water with me.
The weather forecast changes daily and even though that will only affect whether or not I wear sunglasses and how much salt I take, it's still messing with my head.
I'm tired.
Did I mention my IT band is KILLING me? 
Can I really run my target pace or am I delusional? Is my body picking this week to fall apart? I don't FEEL like I'm becoming more rested!
Still trying to figure out how to get to the start: taxi or light rail to free shuttle from downtown?
What to eat the morning of the race? 
I usually get up, drink some Perpetuem, and run. This time, I'll have up to THREE HOURS between waking and actually running so what would be a good breakfast to tide me over? 
And if I do eat, do I still take that Perpetuem right before running as I normally would or skip it?

So many questions and not enough time spent working out to distract me from my neuroses.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Furman hydration tips

With the long winterspring we've had and summer late to arrive (it's not here yet), I've been convinced that summer will hit us all at once, on the worst possible day: Seattle RNR Marathon Day.

It's totally illogical but I've been convinced that the heat will hit on marathon day, giving us NO time to acclimate. And I do NOT do well in heat (heat = > 65 degrees). So, I've planned to wear a white singlet to stay cool, visor to block the sun, 70 SPF sunscreen to protect the skin, etc.

The actual prediction? 60 degrees and rain. Sounds fine to me - or - better than heat anyway. This, I can deal with. I KNOW rain, I know 60 degrees, though even that will feel quite warm once I get going. I don't want a downpour, but a few sprinkles will be fine.

So before this forecast came out, I was doing some reading on the Furman Institute of Running website. They have a great download on HEAT & HUMIDITY. I thought I'd share a few interesting tidbits as I know it will be warming up eventually around here and it's already really DAMN hot in other places. There is much more detail in their presentation so if you're interested, I recommend checking it out.

Consider the effects of heat on your body:
  • Blood flow increases at skin surface, taking blood flow away from your working muscles
  • You experience a decrease in blood volume
  • Your heart rate and body temperature gradually increase
  • Oxygen and glycogen/energy consumption increases
  • All this TIRES YOU OUT
When planning for a race or run, consider both the heat and humidity. The Furman guys give this rule of thumb: If temperature + humidity > 150, be careful! Personally, I think an index of 120 would be good but they're the experts.

What to do when exercising in heat & humidity:
  • Drink according to a schedule, do not use thirst as your guide, and start drinking early
  • Start getting adequately hydrated 24 hours BEFORE your run
  • Drink 0.5 liter about 2 hours before your run (~16 oz.) 
  • Add carbohydrates to water if exercising > 1 hr
  • Consume 500-700 mg sodium per liter of water if exercising > 1 hr
  • Drink COLD water to help cool your body and increase the absorption rate of the water
Interesting that the Furman guys say it takes about 5 to 10 days for your body to acclimate. By acclimatization, they mean your body starts sweating earlier to cool off sooner, blood flow at skin surface decreases (keeps that blood in your working muscles instead), blood volume increases, electrolyte loss decreases, and you burn less oxygen and fuel.

Good stuff.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The chafe

Packing for another trip to sunny Arizona, I thought it would be a good idea to resurrect some short-short running shorts from my old days so I could move my tan lines up a bit. Turns out, that was a BAD IDEA.

Nike of course. They really do make the best clothes.
First, my phone alarm failed and I missed my opportunity to do Track Tuesday workout before work this morning.

Second, as it was 105 degrees this afternoon, I had to opt for a treadmill interval session in the hotel fitness room in order to get my workout in. Damn! Missed opportunity to get some sun & VitD production (it's 60 and raining in Seattle now).

Third, not only did I NOT get a better tan line wearing short-short running shorts outside this morning, I got some serious chafe after one hour of running in them instead (warm-up, 5x1000m @ 6:49 pace with 400m RI, cool-down). Back in the day, my thighs did not touch (when I was 5?). I used to run fast in these shorts! Back in the day. Now, my thighs burn.

Which brings me to some things to work toward before the Portland Marathon:
  •  Increase lean body mass, bring that fat % down (which means I should go get it measured now so I can check again in Sept before PDX). 
  • Say good-bye to shorts. Anything but compression shorts either bunch up in the crotch or allow chafing. THANK GOODNESS for running skirts. 
What do the guys do to combat this?

Depressing. I had to make myself feel better by listening to the P-Funk on the walk back to my room then drown myself in a Cadillac margarita (to go with my arugula, beet, chevre salad).


Oh, took this at lunch today for your viewing pleasure...

Uptown Cafe, Superior, AZ
Good things today:
  • Treadmill interval workout felt great. 
  • I managed to find the Tempe RoadRunner Sports to pick up a singlet for next week's marathon, some new Reef chanclas, and a new Nathan 2-bottle water belt since the elastic on my current one is all stretched out & loose.
  • My margarita was much tastier than the Four Peaks Kiltlifter Amber I had last night. It was "eh." And my salad kicked ass.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Conversations from the winner's circle

Today I ran a small community race, The Bear Run, that MomvsMarathon mentioned last week. This was 4 miles of mixed terrain - paved road, pot-holed dirt road, loose gravel trail, paved trail, bark, grass, you name it, we ran on it. The proceeds from this community race benefit local youth running programs and the young runners were out in full force.

Looking at previous years' results, I knew I would get smoked but this year had exceptionally fast front-runners. The women's 4 mile race broke a course record set in 1999! The leading lady won in around 23:35 minutes (5:54 pace)! (We got the impression she runs for UW or WSU?)

I wish I could have seen her run, that is so very fast and exciting. Instead, I was huffing & puffing a full 6+ minutes behind her.

The park setting (Lake Wilderness) was quite nice...

It was strange running a 4-mile race. I wasn't sure how to pace myself at all. As usual, I went out too fast. The first two miles were HILLY. VERY hilly. Fortunately, the last two were fairly flat but the terrain was a bit tougher (loose gravel, potholes, grass, etc). All this crazy mixed-up stuff made the course a lot of fun and the distance went by fairly quickly. 

During those first two miles, there was a young girl running near me (i.e., ahead of me) who powered up the hills. She was doing great. Then, at the third mile she started to struggle. I caught up to her and encouraged her to take some deep breaths, told her she was doing great. She eventually took off and won her age group (0-12 yrs). AWESOME! I'm sure I was witnessing a future high school cross-country star. 

Then, in the last mile, I caught up to two young boys. One I ended up passing and the other would run hard then walk...run hard, then walk...staying ahead of me the whole time. With about 0.5 mile to go, I caught him and told him to just take it easy, take deep breaths. We ran together a bit. When we turned into the park, he stopped! I encouraged him to keep up, take it easy then 'go for it' when we could see the finish line. Boy, that kid ran right with me until we saw that finish line and as I yelled, "Go, go, go!" and he was OFF! Like Speedy Gonzales! I sprinted to the finish too but there was no way I could touch that little guy! He ended up placing second  in his age division (0-12 yrs). 

I finished in 30:35 (7:39 pace), which was pretty close to my goal of 7:30 (splits = 7:21, 8:02-HILLS, 7:38, 7:29). This was my first 4-mile race, so it was an instant PR AND it got me first in my age group (30-39). I won a bear from the bear run!

After the awards were given, we had a photo session for those who won their age division. I noticed the winner of the "70 and Better" age group had a 2011 Boston Marathon shirt on. I couldn't help but LOUDLY comment on it. Sorry for the race director, but that made our little photo session unravel as everyone had to congratulate the Boston runner. A celebrity!




Oops.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lab results in, pass the chips!

Every year I have to complete a health physical for work (to maintain my certification as a "hazardous materials worker" even though I really don't work with bad stuff anymore). They test lung function, hearing, vision, BP, weight, pulse, all the usuals.

They test our urine and blood for the basics as well: cell counts, proteins, sugar, cholesterol, iron, etc. You know what was interesting from a running perspective? My ELECTROLYTE levels!

Sodium = 135 mmol/L     (normal range = 136 - 146)
Potassium  = 4.8 mmol/L     (normal range = 3.5 - 5.1)
Magnesium = 1.70 mEq/L     (normal range = 1.5 - 2.3) 

Notice something amiss?

Low sodium! I think it's from all that sweating that the kick-ass Furman FIRST program is making me do. Yup. I don't eat many processed foods at all and I don't salt my foods (except eggs) so my overall salt intake is pretty low. I eat a lot of dark, leafy greens and other veggies so I think that may explain why my other electrolytes aren't low even though my sodium is? Who knows.

Maybe I should eat more potato chips?

Or drink NUUN with wild abandon and swallow my Salt Stick Tablets along with my 4000 IU VitD and multivitamins every night?

My calcium levels also were low (8.7 mg/dL, average range = 8.9-10.5), which is disappointing. I've been slacking on my milk intake (yes, even in Latte Land you can have low milk consumption), so I need to boost that and probably take some Ca supplements. I thought the kale would help in this department but maybe calcium in veggies isn't as bioavailable?

This makes me wonder what other tests would be interesting to gauge my running health. Also, how much does the serum sodium level fluctuate, or, how representative of my average sodium levels was this one test?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Feedback (and sometimes back-talk)

Welcome new readers, thanks for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate getting comments from everyone and am so grateful for the great advice and support from Bloglandia


And, THANK YOU everyone for the feed back on the last few posts. I learned:

1. The amount of rest / time off after a big race varies for everyone. 
Some folks out there are running the day after a marathon, like it's no biggie. These people are not human, they are automaton. Bionic. Super-humans. Others take some time off before training again but overall, it seemed most people take about a week. Y'all are NUTS! I love it!

I'm usually pretty wiped out after longer races (half marathon) and runs so I'm thinking I will need a week completely off running with just cross-training. I KNOW I will be S. O. R. E.  Then, I plan to spend another two weeks just easy running with no speed/hill workouts. THEN, it will be back to marathon training for #2: Portland, OR. I'm hoping three weeks of rest/easy running will be enough because I am merely human. An average one at that.

2. Yes, marathon training makes you look at yourself differently and really has made a lot of you out there crazy (like me). 
I'm so happy to hear others out there have been busting through barriers and accomplishing new feats in running. ROCK ON!

3. Purple rules.
Maybe it's because I love Prince? The turquoise & green Sparkle Skirts were attractive too and would have been useful for my annual ovarian cancer walk (turquoise is theme color) and St. Patty's Day/Christmas runs (green) but...y'all agreed that purple was the best. Thanks for helping me break that 3-way tie.

4. Sugar & salt are what runners are made of. 
Ok, so most of you carry your own fuel that you train with (I'll definitely be taking my Perpetuem on my marathon adventure). As for salt, many people just don't seem to worry about it or just rely on what is included in the sports drinks and fuels. Since I've been training on long runs with NUUN I don't want to completely drop it on race day. Despite being at least AVERAGE, it never occurred to me that on race day I can add my NUUN to my Perpetuem bottle as opposed to sitting at a water station trying to dissolve a tablet in a water cup. DUH.

A couple people recommended SCaps / Succeed Caps but since I happened to be at RoadRunner Sports this weekend and my available time for "shopping" is quite limited, I went ahead and bought what they had in stock - Salt Stick Caps. They have nearly the sodium content as the SCaps so I think I'll give them a try. My plan will be to take in NUUN the week of the race, then the capsules pre-race and during race (I will test them out on this weekend's "long" 13 mile run). After I use up the Salt Stick Caps, I'll probably switch to the SCaps (for Portland Marathon training) since they come so highly recommended.

HOWEVER, I am so very tempted by one suggestion to try Clif Shot Blocks in MARGARITA flavor, with extra salt (thanks Richelle). How did I not know about these? I have a hard time with solids because they get stuck to my teeth but I'm willing to give them another try for a margarita experience. Maybe for my next half marathon?

Also, I'm 90% leaning toward not carrying my own water since it won't be enough to last the whole race anyway. I love having my water with me at all times because I'm a THIRSTY GIRL but I think the water stations are closely spaced and I should be ok as long as I make myself take the time to drink. (I tend to get hard-headed about slowing to take water if I'm not carrying it.)

And I just can't post without a pic...

Not so long ago, a river ran through our basement but now it is bone dry, framed, wired, insulated, and dry wall has been hung (not shown here). This very corner you are viewing is where my not-yet-purchased treadmill will reside and on that wall between the windows will hang my not-yet-purchased medal hanger!

SO excited to be able to run during Baby F's nap/sleep times. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sugar & salt

Last 20 miler completed today. 

I'll say it again: 20 miles is a LONG way. And I still feel like I could run 20 miles every other weekend and it would be difficult every time.

It's hard to believe that I'm supposed to be trained to run a full marathon without having actually run the distance. Right now, I feel very well trained to run a half marathon and I think I could PR again. But a full? I just don't feel ready even though this is it. Just the taper left. How can this be?

For the Seattle-ites: A lovely route with a nice mix of trail (mostly paved) & roads, rolling hills, and lots of shade. This was my favorite 20-miler route by far. It was a treat doing a loop around Kelsey Creek Farm to see the animals. Oh, and one dead raccoon.

Map courtesy of USAT&F
I love running around Mercer Island because it's densely vegetated (birds singing & shady), quiet, and is all rolling hills on curvy roads. Like a roller coaster through the woods!

SUGAR: 
I've been obsessing about fueling during my upcoming RNR marathon. During my long runs (> 15 miles), I take Perpetuem for fuel as it has some protein, fats, and carbs and is formulated for endurance events. It provides more filling, steady, though less intense, energy than taking Hammer Gel or HEED (which I use for runs 9-15 miles). This means that for the race, I will need to carry a fuel bottle with me because RNR provides Cytomax, which I've only tried once. I think that's ok, I'll just carry a single hip bottle.

SALT:
But what about salt / electrolytes? I've been slipping a NUUN tablet into my water bottle after about 2 hrs and 2.5 hrs into my long runs, then drinking as I run. But since I do not plan to carry water during the race, what should I do about salt intake? I can't take the tabs with me then dissolve them in the little cups at a water station. No time for that!

One NUUN tablet is really not much sodium anyway so maybe I'm not really getting a benefit from that? As an alternative, I'm contemplating buying some salt tablets (salt stick tabs). I can carry a couple with me on my run and chug them down during the race at a water stop. Easy peasy? Or maybe I don't really need to worry about it on race day? But what if it's hot?



DO YOU CARRY FUEL OR JUST USE WHAT THE RACE OFFERS?
DO YOU TAKE SALT SUPPLEMENTS DURING LONG RUNS & RACES?



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Things you DON'T see when running in Seattle

I had a quick trip down to Arizona for a public meeting this week. With all the rain in Seattle lately, a short stint in the sun was quite welcome. Fortunately, I was able to stay at a nice golf resort (Gold Canyon, east of Apache Junction/Phoenix) and squeeze in a < 8 mile run in before flying home.

Here are a few of the sights from my warm, morning desert run that I do NOT see when I'm cruising around Seattle...

Trees with chlorophyll in the bark - green trunks & branches! (paloverde tree)
Many, many little rabbits with the cutest butts ever. Can you see him?

Saguaro cacti
Red dirt trails, red rock mountains

Dry landscape. Yes, I lost that layer of mold that grew over my skin this past winter.
Oh my squinty eyes! Overcast, yes, but still so bright for my cave eyes!

Golf course with succulent landscaping and "adobe" type architecture.
Now, back to Seattle and the rain. Fortunately, I'll be back down in Gold Canyon country in a couple weeks. WOOT!