It was an awesome learning experience, too, because I bonked badly (and I mean badly) during the last five miles of last Monday's 20-miler.
I blame this:
Don't get me wrong: It's not the gel's fault (and I commend the Hammer folks for putting less sugar in their gels).
It's me and my quirky system. I have hypoglycemia (i.e., low blood sugar), and eating any type of sugar results in a quick spike of my blood sugar, followed by a quick drop. When my blood sugar drops too low, I collapse. When it gets sorta low, I fall asleep and whoever is with me has to force orange juice down my throat (MM is a pro at this, hee, hee).
I've struggled with this during long runs. I know I need to keep my sugar levels up yet conventional methods contain too much sugar/carbs, which result in too much spiking. I've tried just about everything, and while protein bars work, they upset my stomach during long runs.
Then I found true love.
I found this:
This stuff is amazing! It contains no refined sugar, no high glycemic index sweetners and doesn't cause blood sugar spikes.
I picked up some at REI and I have to admit that I was dubious. I tried it out that night on a 10-miler MP run. I slurped down a pack at the 5-mile mark and ran waayy over my MP, finishing with an average 8:35 pace. I felt great the whole way.
The next day, I took two more packets and hit the Campbell Creek/Hilltop trails for 20 mile trail run with lots (and I mean lots!) of hills, mud, rough footing--all the things I love.
|I love running through spruce forests, so quiet and peaceful.|
I never bonked. My mood never slipped. I never felt foggy or irritable, the way I get when my blood sugar lowers.
And while my legs ached and the constant hills in the middle of the run took their toil, I finished smiling.
Yes, I finished a grueling 20-mile run with a dumb smile across my face.
It felt SO good to not experience blood sugar swings, to run and stay centered.
|Something you probably don't see on trails in the Lower 48.|
Also hiked up Wolverine Peaks trail but the snow was too deep for The Beebs and we had to turn back (her poor old hips kept getting stuck, poor dear).
|Me and The Beebs heading up Wolverine Peak|
|MM trying to look cool.|
|Sunset. Can't get enough of these.|
Running: 60 miles (yippeee!!)
Writing: My book publication date has been set: Feb. 5 (!!)