Run Rabbit Run Nutrition

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.

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Run Rabbit Run 50 mile

I have not had a chance to post an update but I did finish the RRR50.

Details to follow soon.


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Frisco Railroad Run 50 mile ultra video

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.

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Family Fun Bicycle Day

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.

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More GoPro Run Testing

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.

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How to be an ultra runner

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Strava Run Share

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.

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Garmin Fenix 2

Well I couldn’t take it any longer. I bought the Fenix 2. Look for a review on this beast soon.

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Strava v.s. DailyMile v.s. Garmin Connect

I love to use technology. It is what I do for a living and what I do in my personal life. I am a geek in just about everything I do. Gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets!  Running is no different.  I need to be able to track my progress and view routes or races, give encouragement, and get feedback. It motivates me! I have also always been into GPS and mapping even before I became a running.

dailymileI started using DailyMile a few years ago and loved the social aspect of the site.  The DailyMile team is a small team of part-time developers the last time I checked and their site suffers from it.  I decided to support the site and pay the $50 a year membership fee a couple of years ago. Not because of the features they offered but just to support their growth.  I figured I can’t complain about what the site lacks if I don’t support them.  Fast forward two-year and to be honest what you get for the premium account just isn’t worth it any more.  The rate at which additional features and functionality get added or even fixed is so slow.   Stagnant is a better word for it and to top if off many parts of the site are just too difficult to use.  The races feature is one of those features that is borderline unusable.  The stats page is just so-so. As anything but a weekly stats option it is frustrated to use.

The best thing about Daily Mile is the social aspect and I have met many of the people who read my blog on DailyMile.  But lately since my Garmin 305 battery has dropped down to only 2 hours of life I have had to use the Garmin Fit app to track my runs.  It is an automatic upload to the Garmin Connect site and that means Daily Miles is now the bastard son. Most of my runs now get added once a week to DailyMile and this just about kills the social aspect.  Don’t even get me started on the issues that DailyMile has had with their sync option.  It is better today but for a good year it only worked a third of the time.

garmin Garmin Connect has always been my back up for tracking runs since it lacked the social aspect of Daily Mile.  Having had a Garmin device since I started running it is just easy to get the data up to their site.  Looking at past data is a breeze and everything is right in front of you for filtering.  They recently added a calendar system that is better than what you pay for with DailyMile.  Lately I am going to the Garmin site almost exclusively to review run data.  Garmin just released a big update and the new site is even better.

The Garmin site does lack the social aspect and that is my biggest complain of using Garmin Connect exclusively.  I do follow a few other runners on Garmin Connect but it is only looking at their runs and not interaction at all.

strava_logoNow enter Strava. I fist heard of Strava a couple of years ago when found a Gu challenge online. You ran some distance over a month period and Gu would send you a pack of Gu samples.  The package was better the farther that you ran. That was why I created a Strava account. After the promotion was over I never really paid much attention to their site.  But I have to stay the Gu promotion was great!

After my frustration with Daily Mile the past few weeks I happen to check out Strava again via their iPhone app a few weeks ago.  The design of the app and their website is fantastic and very easy to use.   The social option seems to be much better than Garmin Connect but I don’t know anyone that uses Strava right now. If you are on Strava find me please!

The big question mark for me with Strava is how to sync past data.  I wanted to export all my Garmin runs and import them to their site to test their stats page out.  After a little digging I finally found the answer to the export problem. worked flawlessly for me last night. I moved 2-3 years of runs and bike ride in about 20 minutes with a few clicks. It support a lot of other sites when transferring data.

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Now that I have all my data on Strava I am finding that to really use the full features of the site you need to pay for their premium site. Right now I am debating if I cancel my DailyMile premium account and move that over to Strava.

I am having a new running watch delivered today. Another Garmin watch so Garmin Connect is here to stay. I am struggling with how to get the social fix since Garmin just doesn’t cut it. So my question for my visitors is what site do you use? Maybe I am too narcissistic and you don’t need that feedback as much as I do. Maybe this has to do with the fact that train alone. I don’t know. Either way I am frustrated right now with the technology, tracking data, and the social aspect of it all.

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