Saturday, August 18, 2012

My knee is almost 100%

and just in the nick of time.

In less than 2 weeks I'm hiking the Grand Canyon followed by a 12 hour race in Las Vegas. My knee was bothering me so much after the marathon that I thought I'd be sitting on the couch for the rest of the year.

Although it's much better, I'm still not going to try and run. I don't want to end up hurting it again. I'll be happy just to hike and walk the rest of the year.

On the food front, I'm on Day 7 of Whole30, so far so good. Since I gave up grains and sugar before the program, all I had to do is focus on dairy and alcohol. It's been pretty easy not having cream and cheese. The wine is a bit tougher but I'm not going to cave in.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Big Plans, I've got some...

Despite my cranky knee, I've got some races scheduled for the next couple months.

Running is out until my knee heals. That means I'm going to have to do the timed races, I don't think I do any marathons within 7 hours, which is when most courses close.

My plan is..

Aug 31    12 hr event in Las Vegas
Oct 13    24 hr event in Boulder
Nov16    48 hr event in Dallas
Dec 31    72 hr event in Phoenix

I'm also squeezing in a hike in the Grand Canyon at the end of the month.

Here's a couple more photos from last weekend's ET marathon in Rachel, NV..

just before the start at midnight

I love the cool t-shirt and medal

Monday, August 6, 2012

Another (wheat-free) marathon!

This one was a doozy...the E.T. marathon in Rachel, Nevada. Did I mention it started at midnight?

Rachel is in the middle of nowhere, about 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas. Seems like a good place to probe aliens.

I was kind of cranky from lack of sleep. Plus my knee is still acting up, Bob and I had to walk the last 6 miles which sucked. The good news is that we finished in 7.5 hours, 30 minutes before the cutoff.

It was tough figuring out how to eat for a midnight marathon. We ate dinner at 5pm at Munch Bar in Caesars Palace. I had a steak salad.

Just before the race began, I had a Julie Bar. They're made from nuts and dried fruit.

Around mile 20 I had a bite of banana and an orange slice.

I resisted the finish line buffet, it was a carb minefield.

When we were back in Las Vegas, I went to my new favorite place "Greens & Proteins.

I had a Green Shake, made with Banana, Almonds, Mango, Orange, Apple, Avocado, Spinach, Collard Greens, Kale and Vanilla. It was fantastic!

I'm definitely fat adapted, except for being sleepy, I felt fine during the race. The green shake held me until dinner around 7pm.

My next big adventure is hiking in the Grand Canyon at the end of August. Hurry up and heal knee!