It is Sunday, February 25, 2018 and I am sitting at the kitchen table a bit tired, but in great spirits after yesterday’s race. I ran and completed my very first 100K in 14 hrs. and 53 minutes. It was a long day and there were quite a few dark spots between mile 26 and mile 37, but I was able to fight off any demons and to keep going. I was never at a point where I wanted to quit, it was more about stomach issues and the danger of having to throw up.
I had planned to run the race using (Generation) UCAN and then slow move into more normal foods as the race progressed. But at mile 24 I had such a bad gut bomb I could not eat anything and barely drink anything. I forced myself to drink and use electrolytes to avoid dehydration and to keep the body healthy moving along. Every time I drank some water I felt sick and so kept it to a minimum – slowly working my way through that gut bomb situation. It was a mind game in many ways and so I took it one mile at a time. If I could finish this mile I am in, I would surely be able to finish the next mile … and so on. It worked out fine and the race progressed. In the end I ran the last 40 miles simply on water and electrolytes – nothing else. I think I am fairly fat-adapted and that is probably that keep me going. On a side-note – I lost 6 pounds in body weight from the race. [Read more…]