Well, I did it! I signed up for my first 50 Mile Ultra Marathon May 4th, 2019! I am beyond excited and a little nervous. Okay, a LOT nervous. I won’t die, will I?! 🙂 Happy reading, happy trails!
- Training Tips: (Will be updated soon!)
Don’t eat something new. If you haven’t eaten a gel in your life, 10 miles into a race is not the appropriate time to try your first one. Your body might process the sugar (which is all gels really are) poorly, leading to miserable bathroom breaks. Practice what works and what doesn’t work for you during your training runs.
Set a timer. It is easy to lose track of time and when you ate something last, which will ultimately lead to a bonk—a big dip in blood-sugar and energy that can leave you exhausted, hungry and angry (aka, “hangry”).
Salt and Water. Hydrating is as important as fueling during an ultra, but taking in enough salt is also very important. Salt lost in sweat during an ultra—especially on a hot day—needs to be replaced. Lots of water, with too little salt, could lead to hyponatremia. If you do supplement with salt pills, remember to take them with water.
Everyone is different. Just because something works or doesn’t work for the person running next to you doesn’t mean it will have the same effect on you. Everyone’s stomach is different.
300 calories every hour. I’ll be using mostly GU Energy Gels, but I know that I’ll want “real” food as well. PB Sandwiches, Bacon, Gummy Bears, etc… will be in my stomach.
So much to still work out… updates soon!