It has been too long since I have made any updates. I have just updated my Race History with lots of races. I was pretty far behind but things are current now. I am also going to link all the races to my Strava account this week.
I have run 3, soon to be 4, halfs this year. I tore my calf a couple of months ago so I am really struggling with my training this year. I am trying to get things figured out before the Run Rabbit Run in September. I have not run over 13.3 miles this year. There is a good chance that I won’t be able to be successful in the Run Rabbit Run this year. That is weighing heavily on my mind since my injury. I have also put on 20 pounds since my injury and this doesn’t help when I am trying to get back in the game.
I will have a few more updates now that I am back to blogging. A half out in CO is next on my race calendar. More to come on that race next week.
I still need to complete my GoPro race video from the Run Rabbit Run 50 mile in Steamboat Sprint, CO. I guess I am being lazy about it. I have the Farmdale 50 mile this weekend so I need to get back on track and post my race video this week. In the mean time I wanted to detail one thing that changed for me at the Run Rabbit Run. One of the hardest things to figure out in running ultras is how to fuel yourself. My stomach doesn’t mind filling it with sticky sweet gels so I have always used them. A lot of them!
For the first time ever running an ultra I did not go GU crazy this time. Trust me it was not by design. My normal nutrition plan is one GU gel every 2 miles. That is normally 25 GUs over a 50 mile race. I carry about 9 with me at all time. In addition to GUs I eat everything I can at the aid stations. Normally this is quarters of PB&J sandwiches. This has worked well for me in the past. At the Run Rabbit Run 50 mile for some reason I just did not want to eat the GUs. I don’t really have a reason why. I don’t mind them at all.
What I ended up doing was fueling my body on watermelon and oranges. It was so flipping good too. Every aid station I hit I almost ate them out of their fruit. I had good energy the entire race and most importantly I did not have sickly hands from the normal GU packages. I think in total I had less than 5 GUs across the 50 miles and they were almost all in the first 25 miles.
I am going to try to continue this new fruit plan and package my own watermelon and oranges for the Farmdale 50 mile. The race is a 10 mile loop so I will have a chance to grab another bag or fruit and keep going. There is an aid station at the 5 mile loop mark and at the start/finish. I will still eat whatever I can find at the aid stations.
One last thought was my water intake. I think I drank too much water and sports drink. I felt bloated all race and only went pee twice. The first time it was bright yellow but I don’t think that was from being dehydrated. Being so high in the mountain it was much cooler so I was not sweating much after the first 10 miles. But I did drink a lot of liquids. I carried two 20 oz bottles and filled them at each aid station which were 5 to 7 miles apart the entire race. I am going to try something different at the Farmdale 50 mile this weekend. Instead of two 20 oz bottles in my running vest/pack I am going to go ultra light and only carry a 12 oz bottle in the back of my shorts. Weather is going to be 60/40 degree F so heat will not be a problem.
I will be a lot lighter with no GUs in my pack or 40 oz of water. I am hoping that makes a different later stages in the race. I am keeping my fingers crossed anyway. Look for the race video this week from the Run Rabbit Run.
I have not had a chance to post an update but I did finish the RRR50.
Details to follow soon.
Tags: Run Rabbit Run
Here is my first race of the year. A 50 mile ultra captured in glorious video from my GoPro. The Frisco 50m was down in Missouri. Terra, Noah, and I went down on Friday and checked into a hotel. They were both running their first half marathon. Noah won the under 20 age group and Terra was 8th in her group. I somehow manage to win my age group as well. There was only sixteen 50 mile runners and 5 in my age division but it is still a win! I may never win another ultra but it was a great feeling despite having such a hard time the last 25 miles.
We had a great time. I manage to PR despite going out way faster than normal. I did great the first 25 miles. The second 25 miles were a nightmare. Legs dead and hurting pretty bad I managed to finish in 10:10:25. I am happy with the result and we all had a great time. Watch the video for the trials and tribulation of a 50 mile ultra.
Sometimes it is not all about training for my next ulta. 30 miles on the bicycle with the family is a great off-day event to keep the legs moving and smile on my face. I took the GoPro along with us attached with my new SP Gadgets Remote Pole. The SP Remote Pole has a place to put the GoPro remote right on the 24” extending pole. This way you can start and stop the video with a simple thumb press. You can also change settings between photo and video just as easy. I am still learning every time I take the GoPro out but this video came out pretty decent. I still have a few segments of knocking as the pole clanked against my bike. Enjoy the video.
Last Saturday I took the GoPro on a 20 mile run. The first 6 miles were with my son. I managed to get some decent footage along the way of the greater Des Moines area. I even managed to get in a little trail running. The trails were still too wet for mountain biking but running on them was not bad at all.
I wish I could eliminate more of the motion bouncy when running. A chest and the head mounts are even more jumpy. Filming footage hand-held is about as good as I can get it. Surprisingly the least bouncy footage is when I face the camera at me when I run. I think it stabilizes it more or maybe it is an illusion having me so close and the background far way. I continue to learn that to shoot GoPro video I can’t capture anything that is small and more than 15 feet away. I ran by the Des Moines Rugby club and thought it would make for good video. The players were too far away so I cut that footage out. I continue to learn a little more with each outing. Enjoy the latest clip.
Capitol 20 Mile Run from Ed Husar on Vimeo.
I am testing out some of the Strava features. Embedding a run in a blog post works pretty nice but it doesn’t show the Instagram photo feature. If you authorize your Instagram account on Strava any photos you take and post during your run will show up on the route map. Unfortunately they don’t show up on the screen shot of the map below when you embed the workout. But if you click the map you an see them on the Strava site. Being a photo-nut I think I will really enjoy the Instagram feature.
Tags: Map, photos
Well I couldn’t take it any longer. I bought the Fenix 2. Look for a review on this beast soon.
Tags: Garmin, watch