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8 Hour Endurance Run Preparation

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After agreeing to be on a team to run an 8 hour endurance race, we began to prepare.  None of us had ever done anything quite like it. Don’t get me wrong, Danielle and Sarah have done their fair share of races,  Ironman,  marathons,  triathlons etc. ..
But nothing like this. So we sat down and came up with a crazy list of food, drinks and gear we might need.
This is what my list looked like before walking out the door on race day.   As
you can see,  I checked it 2-3 times and used different colored pen to make sure I didn’t forget something.
Looking back, I used less than half of the things on my list. We were very concerned with eating and drinking, and how would that go? ?  The day of the race was so hot, the heat index was 110, so clearly, eating was really not something that sounded good and really only water and a few sodas were all we needed.
I’m glad we were over prepared this year. Next year we will win, again..and be less stressed by the unknown!
I have actually put together a list of what we need so next year all we will need to do is reference it.
What was your first unknown race prep like?  What did you learn? 

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We Did It. And WON the 8 Hour Dream Endurance Race.

The 8 Hour Dream Endurance Race was last weekend.  I have been wanting to blog about my experiences all week, but have not had the time to sit and write.

First of all…WE WON.  Yep. That’s right.  3 of us, all female on my team.  We ran about 55 miles in 8 hours, never stopping.  I ran 17.5 myself, a personal record.

It was 95 degrees outside and the heat index was 110. It was so hot, just breathing outside was difficult, let alone running in the sun, all day.  The race began at 2pm, ending at 10, just so we could run during the hottest part of the day.  I heard comments from another team who was calling it the 8 hour Nightmare Race.

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This is us, right after we won. Sarah was the last runner on our team, so she had just come in.  Danielle and I had time to change shoes and clothes real quick before she zoomed in for our last 1.85 miles that put us on top.

We were on a total high for the week.  Even last night, the 3 of us got together to celebrate a bit, and we had to make sure everyone at the party knew we were winners.

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Next post, I’ll share with you what worked, what we needed, how we planned, and what we would change for the next 8 hour race.  Because, you better know, we are totally going to win it again next year:)

The Perfect Pool Bag

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These white zip top mesh flat bags are big enough to hold all of your essentials. I especially like the turquoise bag to zip up my wet suit after hitting the pool. This bag is 10.5 inches tall by 13 inches wide. It’s the perfect fit for inside my backpack. $38. WATERMELON $38
SUIT $26

Junk Food Weekend.

I wasn’t very successful in my “healthy eating plan”  this weekend. In fact, I think I completely forgot how to eat healthy.  It was almost as if I had somehow boycotted clean good food.  I ate a TON of junk, I ate cake, I had chips, snacks, BREAD, oh the horror.  It didn’t stop today, it was like I was on a train that wasn’t stopping.  A train to junk food land, and fat bellies are welcome.  Today, I ate a left over sandwich from our day on the boat yesterday, AS SOON AS I WOKE UP.  with coffee.  huh?  I can’t even tell you how that kick started my feeding frenzy.  I went from that sandwich, to a cheese and crackers plate, at 7 AM. Then I had some cake.  Because, my meal could not be finished with out dessert, could it?  The rest of the day was a downward spiral.  The worst part was taking the kids to the pool and having to get in a suit.  Don’t worry, I broke out the one-piece today.  At the pool, I snacked on jolly ranchers and pretzels.  When I got home, I had to see how the potato salad was since I am sure the 2 helpings I had yesterday was not nearly enough.  So, I just had a vat of potato salad, on crackers.  What pulled me out of this crazy feeding frenzy, you ask?  Oh, it was when I sat down in front of the container of potato salad (no bowl or plate for me, I like to eat it right out of the container please) and read that in 2/3 C which is a serving, there are 15 GRAMS of FAT.  I about choked.  Since I had about 6 servings by that time.  I had to be stopped. That did it, thank God.  I really wish I had read that label about 10 minutes earlier, before I could feel the rolls of fat collecting at my waistline.  Tomorrow is a new day, and for that I am grateful.

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I thought you might enjoy a picture of my potato salad container, that I ate right out of…it doesn’t even look appetizing.  The worst part about that?  I didn’t even care….

Fit Friday

Yesterday I did 10. I am still training for that 8 hour endurance run on July 18.  I’m not sure exactly how to train for that, so I figure I better just get in as many miles as I can.  My portion of the run will be a 3.2 mile loop, and I’ll do it 7 times along with 2 other girls in a relay type fashion.  I’ve looked up all kinds of training programs and I can’t find anything that exists for something like this.  Maybe after I do it, I’ll write one.

During my run yesterday, I knew it was the last day for my shoes.  I could feel all kinds of tweaks in places I only feel when I need new shoes.  Hopefully they will be here by today, thanks to Amazon Prime:)  Even though I’m not running today, I need to know the shoes will be here so I can run tomorrow.  Today I’ll bike or do a video in the basement.  Right now, my favorite video is P90x3’s MMX.  It’s only 30 minutes but it’s pretty intense, and I feel really strong and kind of like I can kick-ass after I do it.

It’s the Friday before a big holiday weekend, so I need to make sure I stay fit and in good shape for this race.  I need to get my workouts in even though we have a ton of company and there will be lots of drinking and eating.  I can’t take a day off right now with the endurance run coming up so quickly.  Wish me luck…

My Calendar

I love to use a paper calendar for work, and for my workouts.  I need to see the words written down in the boxes and each day marked off accordingly.  I need to see the progress I have made, and what I have ahead of me.  I use my phone calendar for everything else…appointments, birthdays (ha good luck getting a card on time from me, just sayin’)  and what day the dry cleaner picks up my laundry.  But the paper calendar really helps me put my life during the months time, into perspective.
At the end of the month, like today, I enjoy reflecting on my month.  How did work go, what worked and what didn’t..what I can change for next month.  I like to reflect on my workouts as well.  What days I ran, rode my bike, did a video in my basement or how often I did nothing at all.

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I wonder, does anyone else feel this way?  Do any of you use paper calendars any more?  Or is it all electronic?  I don’t think I can give up my old ways and get on board with the whole virtual thing for this part of my life.  Have you?

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