Monday, June 1, 2009


I ran 8 miles on Saturday and then 4 miles on Sunday.

I'm really starting to like this taper thing!

Now the nerves are starting to kick in...5+ hours is a long time to do anything, let alone run through the West Virginia mountains.

I'm planning on walking through each (and EVERY) water stop to give my legs a break. There will be 25 water stations (approx. 1 every mile) so when things get crazy I can tell myself: "Only 10-12 minutes of running and then a little break."

I have a feeling that will become my race mantra.


I'm still undecided on race fuel...I like Shot Blox (tasty, easy to carry) but I get a bigger "boost" from PowerBar Gels.

I also get disgusting jam hands after I eat one, which drives me crazy.

And what should I do about my salt intake/anti-cramping measures? Grab some packets from Wendy's for mile 20, or spring for the Endurolytes?

Here are some Endurolyte facts from the Hammer Nutrition website:

Use prior to, during, and after workouts to satisfy the body's electrolyte requirements with maximum precision.

Mixing / Usage:
Instructions: Use as needed but primarily when:

1. Exercise lasts for more than 2 hours, regardless of temperature or humidity.

2. Exercise lasts less than 2 hours and:
- Temperature is above 80 degrees and/or 70% humidityor
- Temperature and humidity is 10 degrees or more above what you are accustomed to

1-3 capsules 30-60 minutes prior to exercise

1-6 capsules each hour during exercise

1-3 capsules after exercise

Ugh. Running and math.

But considering I took the time to blog about it, I'm probably going to invest in some Endurolytes.


  1. I'll bike behind you with wet naps to help with the jam hands situation.

  2. You will rock that marathon. It may not feel like it for a few days after but you will do great. You've put in the work and think about's an automatic PR!!!

  3. can i run it with you? there are no marathons around these parts and I did as the orthopaed told me and just ran until I felt ready to do a race- well i was ready but there were no races.

    um i would eat salt packets.
    actually no, i wouldn't eat salt Nor would i invest in electrolytes because I'm just not that concerned ahead of time- but catch me during it and i will be the one kicking myself wishing I had a packet of salt.

    how bout you carry a wet nap with you along with the goo- like in a plastic bag or plastic wrap and then you can just wipe and throw.

    eh ? eh? pretty smart. s-m-r-t