Day 20: marathon day! Again.

I had decided on Thursday or Friday that I was feeling good enough after the Mobile marathon last week (day 13) to go to the expo & register for the Baton Rouge marathon. Hard to pass one up thats about 30min away!

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I was a little nervous as I was going to try out some new nutrition again, and last week didn’t go that well. I’m a real-food eating proponent and after the last couple of marathons (last year), I decided to try to stop using “sports food” during races. I never feel good eating/drinking them, and my stomach usually gets upset. If I’m going to feel bad anyway, I can at least try it eating real food.

The short version is, I felt GREAT the whole time, even after doing one last week. No dizziness, no pain, and I was able to actually tolerate my food. Success! Not fast by any means, but within my normal “average” times. Now, if I just start to run train more, I could get faster again. ūüôā However, I just love CrossFit too much to want to put in that many run miles. My strength carries me through a couple marathons a year, I’m ok with that.

Of course, here’s some pictures. My FAVORITE aid station was the Duck Commander theme. You’ve seen Duck Dynasty, right?! They’re my people. They were all in cammo, using duck calls to cheer people on. They were SO much fun!

For all you Marathon Maniacs out there, this was a GREAT race (Louisiana Marathon). Smaller than RnR series (ugh), but the course support was GREAT, the scenery beautiful and so many community members out with their own aid stations in their front yards. The post race jambalaya cookoff was fun, the big bands…truly a top-notch race, even with less than 5k people! The race org did a great job. HIGHLY recommend.¬†
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Here is what I wrote where I log my workouts:

“I don’t know if I was overly cautious, but I was so worried about going to the bathroom before I left home and filling my ultra pack with coconut water, that I forgot ALL my energy bars/balls that I made¬†(the same from last week)! I only had 4 packs of baby food, 3 sticks of pork jerky¬†(no nitrates, no sugar, local…) and 3 pieces of bacon with me. Yeah. When I realized that at the start, I was so mad at myself. NO way was this race going to be better without my Paleo food! WTF. Sure it was hot & I didn’t have salt last week, but those baby foods are only 60 calories…not enough to sustain a 5-6 hour effort! WTF! So thankful my sherpa went to Whole Foods after the start, and met me at mile 11 with extra baby food packets & emergency (not paleo) energy bars just in case. I didn’t end up needing them though! It was so much better than last week, to have help if I needed it.

New Plan (since I forgot my bars): every 45min-1hr alternate a baby food or jerky/bacon. Every even # mile, have coconut water, every odd, have water. 

My¬†primary¬†goal was “a better race than last week”, meaning I didn’t want to feel as horrible during the race. I just wanted to feel better.¬†

Second, if things were ‘ok’ I wanted to not be slower. Which I anticipated would be possible if I didn’t feel as bad.¬†

Third, if things went great, I wanted to beat the time, even by 5min. 

As the race went on, 5 miles, 8, 10…I said to myself, “by 10 last week I was feeling really horrible, feeling good today!”…so I kept the walk breaks to the aid stations and kept on. I kept reevaluating and I kept waiting for the wheels to fall off…they never really did! So I kept moving my “goal” up.¬†

  • maybe I can finish in 5:30! 20min faster than last week…
  • then, maybe I can do 30min faster…
  • THEN…maybe I can break 5:15!¬†
  • THEN, by mile 19, I figured I could and maybe 5:10 was possible…¬†

15,16,18…no wall. I was running¬†(slowly) without breaks consistently between aid stations. By mile 19–the end, I was just cruising past people.¬†

Sure things got tight. My hamstrings were hurting a little, my ankle¬†(the one I broke in 2008) was giving me sharp pain¬†(strange, that never happens) and my hips were sore. BUT, I was still ‘running’ at mile 25. No wall…no cramps…no dizzy…

SO. There it is. 100% Paleo (even Whole30!) marathon. No added sugars. On no training. BAM. 

Even K gets surprised by this. He just keeps saying, “do you know how good you could be if you trained? How many people go and do that? Just decide on a Friday morning to do another marathon, and beat your time from last week?” As we were walking to the car and I said,¬†“I easily have another 5-10miles in me!”

Sigh. Sport specific training is just so…boring. BUT, if I can continue to get in better shape…my marathon times will drop like they did several years ago. I’m getting there. AND in a ‘healthy’¬†(real food based) way. Doing marathons isn’t really healthy, I know this. But, I love them.”

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3 thoughts on “Day 20: marathon day! Again.

  1. Wooo, you are truly insane but I wish I enjoyed running like you do. There’s no way in hell you’d find me signing up for a marathon but you are truly inspirational in the fact you can just run them all willy nilly like that. And it’s good to hear that eating real food, paleo for that matter and it keeps you sustained through the whole race! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to more. Gig ‘Em (supposed to have been class of ’99 but left in 97, womp womp) Once an Aggie always an Aggie though!

    • Hahaha! Yes, I think I’ve used the word ‘insane’ before. I don’t think that is inspirational. ūüôā
      Whole30 does NOT advocate these long-distance efforts during the program. However, I need to keep training, so I was finding a way. The first race was BAD. But, it was also really hot. Anyway, I want to continue eating this way and if I wasn’t on Whole30, I don’t think I would have made the effort to be strict about it during a race. I’m glad I did! I *know* it can be done!

      Thanks for visiting! I enjoy your blog as well!
      (are you in DFW? I did some clicking around on your blog. We visit there several times a year)

      • Hehe, well in a way it’s inspirational! I wish I had that desire to run. And run a lot, but I don’t! And true Whole30 doesn’t advocate that and I get it, but it’s great that you are testing the waters and staying true to the program. I’m sure not everyone can handle it but it’s not like that was your first big run either and clearly you know your body well enough. Some folks wouldn’t even bother trying.

        Yes I’m in DFW, Arlington. Let me know when you’re in the area, maybe you can drop in at my box. Well not MY box but ya know. ūüėÄ

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