Here it is. Race eve. Not just any race eve, but a 100 mile ultramarathon race eve. It is Friday evening and I'm in Houston at Devin & Alida's place. Devin is also running the 100 miler. Go us :) I'm just about to attempt to fall asleep at 7pm. 3:30am cometh quickly!
I know people have questions about ultras, but particularly 100 miles in general.
#1) What will I eat?
I've written about it before, but aid stations (AS) don't really have real, nutritious food. They have processed sugar, candy, etc. For this 100 miler I've made my food or bringing everything with me. At the AS I will eat cold, hard, boiled potatoes dipped in salt, fruit dipped in salt and hot chicken broth at night.
Here is the food I made and brought (and bought if we are going to get really technical!)
Sweet potatoes. I bought 7 LARGE sweet potatoes. I may never want to eat another one again! I mashed 5 and chopped the other 2. After mashing I added fresh, grated ginger, sea salt, a little honey, brewers yeast, cinnamon and a little Goji Juice. Once I filled the 25 little baggies, I added soaked chia seeds and hemp hearts.
I will eat some pure energy nut bars (Lara Bar & Bearded Brothers), sunflower seeds, Q Energy, nut butter, and Gen UCAN. *I have no idea why it flipped the photos around. I didn't have time to fix them. You'll have to turn your computer or smart phone around if you are really picky :)
Alida also made cashew butter (raw/vegan) and I'll have some with veggie chips. All the food I will be eating is additive free, chemical free, natural, and/or homemade. Just the way I like it :)
That's the food part.
For a big race (I think a 100 miler qualifies), I like to be at the race 2 days before hand. And smart decision that was. You never know about flight delays/weather/other. I flew into Houston, TX from Denver, CO. And not a moment too soon. A HUGE snow storm moved in just hours after I flew out. Hundreds of flights were cancelled. Thank the Lord I booked my ticket to fly out on Thursday.
Shannon picked me up at the airport and we made a quick trip to the store to get some ingredients (tuna, avocado, tomatoes) for my lunch. Then she dropped me off at Devin's. I made my lunch, took a late nap, went and got all the sweet potatoes for race day and salmon for Friday's night pre-race meal.
I had a good night of rest (although I was getting nervous) and woke up refreshed Friday morning. To a weather forecast of 80% rain and 83% humidity. 24 hours till go time.
I made 2 hardboiled eggs mashed with avocado and cut up cherry tomatoes for breakfast, then started preparing sweet potatoes! As they were baking I got some work done, shot a video, and tried to relax :). Not much luck there. Ha! My best friend Rachel called me and then my friend Terry called and prayed with me. Definitely better after that!
Took a nap, mixed my sweet potatoes up and laid out all my food for tomorrow. This whole nutrition thing takes a lot of planning, prep and hard work!
Had salmon, peas and sweet potatoes for dinner and going to bed early. We have to be up at 3:30am and at the race by 5am. Race start is at 6am.
I've trained hard for this. Put a lot of time, energy, and investment into it. I am ready by the grace of God.
My prayer is that I will run strong and that God will use my feet to honor and glorify him. And that children in Africa will be sponsored.
Thank you to my friends, my supporters, everyone that encourages me, and yes, even to the haters- you actually motivate me to do a better job for the Kingdom of God. So thank you!
I'll be posting live updates as I am able (80% chance of rain might hinder that plan) or my crew will.
Till next time, may you be encouraged to go do something positive, something hard, and do it well.
Oh and you don't want to miss tomorrow morning's article. It's really good if I do say myself.
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