Monday, October 28, 2013

Stick to the plan! My race report from lake hodges 50k

For my birthday, my best friend, Jax, signed us both up for the lake hodges 50k. After all, nothing says "happy birthday" like pain and suffering, right?

In any case, during our long runs, we hatched a plan to get us through the race... It was pretty simple... Run to every aid station, refuel... Then walk for a bit to digest (up to a mile) and then run to the next aid stations. This worked quote well... In fact, we had originally thought we would want to walk the full mile between aid stations, but we were feeling so good that we rarely used the full mile.

The month leading up to the race, Jax and I cracked down and followed a slightly more strict "paleo diet" and ensured our fluid intake was increased as well as our sleep. This seemed to work amazingly as on race day, neither my rheumatoid arthritis nor fibromyalgia was acting up and Jax stomach felt great.

Pre-race dinner

We devoured our pre-race meal of 1/2 a sweet potato with ghee and salt, 1 sunny side up egg, and some leftover steak from dinner the night before, all washed down with our favorite Gatorade (limon pepino!!) and hit the road at 0500. Having gone to bed at 1845 the night before, we were both well rested and the 30 minute drive to the race was far easier than last year's trek to oriflamme!

We even had time to goof off a bit, which ordinarily would have been our strategy to calm our nerves... But neither of us were nervous... Which is always a good sign!

Packet pick up was easy as The race was well put together and run by a great team of experienced runners and coaches. The aid stations were wonderfully stocked and for the first time ever, I took advantage of the soda. The trail was well marked and with the exception of "Raptor Ridge," the course was pretty flat.... And gorgeous!

We executed our plan to perfection... And entertained ourselves with our pre-determined strategy of discussing certain topics such as "don't ever let me do ______ again," "remember when," and "goals/bucket list ideas." We planned future events, we laughed, we took in the beauty, and we soaked up the energy radiating from all the other runners. It was a truly beautiful experience.

Around mile 27, neither of us were feeling like superwoman anymore but we trekked on... And soon the finish line was in our sight. We both smiled as we saw Jax two kids come barreling up the finish chute to bring us in... At that point, they were definitely dragging US! And then we finished.... About a 2 hour personal record (PR) from last year's 50k time AND I got to finish along side my best friend/partner in crime suffering.

Neither of us could come up with anything that we'd do differently next time, though I'm sure ideas will come to us over time. All in all, though, it was a great race. The perfect storm of good conditions... Perfect weather, cooperating diseases/ailments, great course, great company... Everything came together perfectly... So well that I'm fairly certain we will be doing another one eventually.

This race is particularly meaningful and special for a couple reasons... The primary one is that Jax deploys for a 7 month tour in Afghanistan with the Navy Reserves, and that this was our last big race until she returns... And the second being that Jax didn't finish oriflamme with me last year, due to illness, and wanted redemption. Well, Jax, you got it!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Back to the days of the caveman...

Ok, I'll admit it... My eating habits have been horrible lately and as a result, my body is rebelling. Workouts have been extra hard and my arthritis is not enjoying it. Let's just say, if in usually molasses... Lately I've been frozen molasses.

This is certainly not conducive to the upcoming ultra marathon (50k) that Jax and I have on the 27th. So, seeing as she has been wanting to clean up her eating for her pre-deployment (yes, she's being deployed with the us navy in January... To Afghanistan.... But that topic will get its own array of posts...) training, we decided to jump back into the paleo lifestyle.

I have much more to post but wanted to entice you with some food...


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Putting One Foot In Front of the Other One...

This became somewhat of an anthem for me today during my long run with Jax.  I had a feeling that this morning was not going to be a good one in terms of my arthritis because it literally took over an hour to get moving and out of bed... and even after my pain meds and stretching/shower, I was still feeling pretty crummy.  My knees, ankles, hips, hands and elbows felt hot and flu-like and I was pretty tired. 

I had also gotten some new shoes and was excited to try them out but we had gone just 0.3 miles when I realized that they made my feet feel like lead and they were uncomfortable.  However, I knew that we needed to get this done to the best of  our abilities my inability. 

My knees and ankles throbbed.  My hands felt like lead weights at my side... everything hurt.  There were tears shed.  It was pretty awful and defeating.  But I had my best friend at my side as motivation.  As we ran loped along....

It was emotional for several reason... for the first time, I was faced with my arthritis really being a limiter and that was a difficult pill to swallow.  It was also time to really process my divorce and everything that comes along with that. 

There's way more I want to write about but my eyelids are closing and it is getting very late!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New direction... In eating

So my partner in crime best friend, Jax, and I decided to really get "serious" about our health through a change in diet lifestyle. We decided to take the Whole30 challenge and follow a strict paleo diet for 30 days, and then transition to regular paleo. However, for 30 days... It's no: gluten, legumes, preservatives, sugar, artificial sweetener, alcohol, grains, dairy, MSG, carrageenan, sulfite OR weighing yourself! So far, so good.

The whole idea behind it is to eat organic, grass fed meats, fresh (preferably organic) vegetables and fruits and healthy fats...for seasoning and what not, we can use vinegar (except malt), ghee, clarified butter, seasonings that don't contain any of the forbidden items, mustard that doesn't have forbidden items... You get the point...

Anyway, I've had a good week of food this far...

(More detailed post to follow tomorrow)

For now... I'll leave you with some food porn photos of what I've been eating this week...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Some photos

Here are a few photos :)