Some may recall that I had tons of stomach issues last year and now this year I have had none. In truth I have not had any because I take in very little calories during my long runs and as a result my body really does not have to work at processing anything. Stupid strategy. Now that I am getting into even longer long runs I cannot run on nothing and the bonking is raring it’s nasty head towards the last few miles each week.
This past Saturday I staged a plan and packed my cooler with what would be “take one” of my planning. My plan was to continue with alternating my liquids from water to cytomax as I always have. This has worked well for me so I saw no need to change it. What would be different it that after our first loop I would take in a high calorie protein drink with tons of potassium. Very much like the boost or ensure but not so much of a milk based product.
So here is how it unfolded….
With loop one completed I drank half of the bottle. The stop was rather quick and before you knew it we were back on the trail. It took about 2 or 3 miles for the trouble to really begin. Cramping grew stronger and stronger until I had to stop and walk for a minute. Not knowing what would happen I decided to run as much as possible to get back to the car. Let me just say that it was not enjoyable and I was more nauseated than anything upon our return to the car. After more than a 15 minute pit stop I was able to get a ton of water down and even managed to get to crackers down.
It was at this point that I decided to finish my last 10 miles on the roads in the State park rather than on the trails. I felt like I had more control of my pace and it kept me somewhat closer to the car. I did not get up at 5:15am in the morning to ditch my long run only to have to make it up the next day. Again… not the best long run but the miles were done.
Now I am working on “take two” for this weekend’s 24 mile run. Three more weeks to try and get my game plan down.