Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fueling for a 50K...WIAW

Getting back on track with eating after a few days of post race hunger and indulging. So today will be a different version of WIAW, instead how I fueled for a successful 50K in the heat...

Breakfast: Protein oats which is a mix of banana, GF oats, NOW pea protein and coconut flour. Followed by 2 cups of coffee.

Pre Race: I brought a big water bottle with for the drive and sipped on the way. Then about 40 minutes prior to race start I started drinking my UCAN. My new favorite is cinnamon mixed with a little vanilla protein. My mix for 50K was 1 packet cinnamon starch and 1/4 scoop vanilla protein

Race: Soon the race was was 60s to start and warmed up quick! I carried a handheld of UCAN Berry Hydrate and had a 2nd ready for the 3rd and 4th loops. During loop 3 I ate a Cinnamon UCAN Bar. This was so much better than figuring out how to carry and mix the powder on course. I drank water at the stops and sipped my UCAN Hydrate in between.

By loop 4 it was Hot!! I needed something cold so I grabbed some orange slices

And finally I was done! ~350 calories to fuel a 50K (3002 calories) and I felt great! No GI issues, just warm but it was 8 degrees.

Post Race: I was so happy to see vegan GF options and grabbed some chips and rice and beans. 

Dinner: Later Matt and I headed out for our anniversary dinner I had a great quinoa veggie bowl with spicy edamame and this wonderfully unhealthy GF shortbread caramel pecan bar

How do you fuel to run? What is your favorite post race treat? Full race recap coming...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

50K advice

Another weekend of dance competition, birthday parties and  long  runs meant a  busy weekend and now we are in the midst of another crazy week. This weekend will be my first ultra, yikes! Kind of nervous and excited at the same time. Last time I registered for a 50K I was injured, couldn’t train until nearly race day and had to DNS. This time I’ve trained but due to winter and wet spring conditions my trail running has been minimal. It isn’t the mileage that scares me (okay maybe a little) but more the uncertainty of trails.

The course is 4 loops of 7.75 miles, part of me likes this and part hates the repetition. It will be nice having the main stop to leave a bag with fluids, food and shoes if needed. Plus knowing the trail by laps 3 and 4 with either be great or suck! The weather looks perfect for a late summer run but the mid 70s will be rough coming off all recent runs in the 30s-40s!

My Lessons so Far…
  • Eat during run, I took UCAN bars on my last long runs and plan this and maybe a banana on race day
  • Carry electrolytes, running with UCAN hydrate and grabbing water at the stops
  • With the multiple laps I can wear warmer clothes to start and easily drop
  • Don’t worry about pace! This will be tough for me. As a marathon runner I always have a goal but this is a new beast and I have no idea what pace to expect.
  • Run what feels good
  • Walk when needed. My plan is to walk all 4 water stops on each loop
  • Tapering for an ultra is even more of a mind f* (you know the rest) than marathon taper! I swear my body is falling apart daily!

What advice do you have for a first 50K?

Other non running news for the day…Happy 14th Anniversary to my hubby! We were so young!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Good Bye March...Hello April

Good bye March and Hello April! February ended with a bad marathon but I was able to get back into running quickly since I only ran 16 at the marathon. March was a big month for us all, lots of changes…

  • March Miles: 174.4 (534.6 for 2016) Not too bad
  • No races but an easy marathon recovery Felt good
  • Focus on strength and leg rehab/injury prevention After a little glute/hip issue I'm focusing on not getting any worse
  • Outside running is back with 2-3 early morning runs Feels great meeting friends for 5am runs again

  • I started a new job with better hours and more training time Loving the new hours
  • O had her first dance competition and did great I'm officially a dance mom, yikes!
  • We started gluten free for O after our decision not do EGD for celiac diagnosis Much tougher with a 6 year old and not looking forward to upcoming birthday parties
  • Date day to winery joined by our neighbors


  • Finish my first 50K hoping in about 5 hours but I really am not sure of how to even make a goal time!
  • Strength 5 times a week Loving this but would like to find a new program Suggestions? I've done P90X, X3 and Body Beast.
  • Run 1-2 speed workout a week or I can't get faster!
  • Yoga or pilates 1 time a week Need to have a rest/light day
  • Walk at lunch since my new job is much less walking during the day I need to have time to get up a move!

  • Whole30 or at least my version allowing qunoa, veg protein and the occasional red wine! On day 5.
  • Plan a fun anniversary date celebrating 14 years on April 13th
  • O starts softball it will be fun getting the glove back out after many years!
  • Organize home office It is a total disaster!!
  • Read a book! The last time I read a fun book was on the plane
Now if only April weather would look more spring like than winterish! I'm not happy that I'm still wearing winter running tights today! What are your April goals?