When I registered for the Aravaipa Racing Cocodona 250, I thought about how I want to remember this race/event. It would be easy to post pics to Instagram and talk about it on Twitter, but that didn’t seem like enough. I wanted it to be more than just that. I wanted to be able to reflect on the journey whenever I wanted and smile, laugh, cry or all three at the same time. Back in the day, I used to blog on the Cook Train Eat Race site but closed that down because blogging became more work than I wanted. Now, I sit here thinking about chronicling this journey through blogging and it feels right.
I won’t be posting any sort of training specific workouts, unless it fits into a bigger narrative for the week, month, goal. That means, you will not see: Ran 5 miles at XX:XX/mi pace and it felt shitty. What you will see is, ran 35 miles this week and the entire time I envisioned how fucking cold it’s going to be in the mountains when we get closer to Flagstaff and trying to make sure that my mind is prepared for that……or something similar.
With that brief intro into what this space is going to be used for, let’s dive in a bit.
Why this title for this series?
This was something I thought of on my drive to the Team Dirt and Vert #StruggleBus Sunday run and it made total sense. This is an endeavor that has no precedent for me, similar to the journey I embarked on when I started training for my first 100 mile race. I look back at that training plan and shake my head over the ‘mistakes’ I made and how different a 100 mile training plan for me looks today. I can converse with Maria about how she tackled the Tahoe 200, but what she did will be different from what I am going to be doing, thus I’ll be meandering….with a purpose toward the finish line.
Have you developed a goal for yourself?
That’s a very good question and the answer is yes. If you’ve communicated with me about racing then you know I race by the mantra: #AllGas #NoBrakes so I will put what seems to be an out of reach goal and then go for it. I’ll fail (A LOT) and that’s ok because it’s all a learning process, but for this race…..how do you develop a goal? I shirked and said to myself:
- Running 100 miles can take 24 hours.
- Sleep for 4 hours.
- Running another 100 miles can take 28 hours.
- Sleep for 4 hours.
- Running 50 miles can take 12 hours
- Total: 72 Hours
Is any of this feasible? Of course. Is any of this realistic? Of course. Can this blow up in my face? Of course.
And that is the beauty of this GOAL. Who the fuck knows what’s going to happen?
BTW – Jen and Greg laughed at me via text when I mentioned this. BUT, I will let it be known that while running on Sunday September 20th….Greg asked me about nutrition and low carb / high fat diet for prep for the race BECAUSE we will need to be dependent on energy sources for those THREE DAYS. I believe he’s on board the: Fuck It, let’s try to finish in 3 days train…..ALL ABOARD!!!
How are you going to lay out your training plan?
Another very good question and one I will shrug my shoulders at for right now. For me, a typical 100 mile or Ironman training plan is 16 weeks with 4 cycles of 4 weeks each. This is unlike anything I’ve ever trained for so I am going to go with…..It won’t be 16 weeks. This is why I am starting on October 4th with a meandering….with a purpose training plan. For October, I am going to be working on strength because I believe that the person that is the strongest (not fastest) on Day 3 is the one that will finish the fastest. Squats, Deadlifts, Lunges, KettleBell Swings, etc. Focusing on leg strength which means a little less running. I’ll still ride and swim as those will be great ways to improve fitness without the stress of banging on the road or trail running.
After that first month, I’ll re-evaluate where I’m at and make changes for November but won’t know that until I get closer which means…..you’ll have to keep coming back for updates!
Nutrition and Hydration. What are you going to be doing for nutrition/hydration?
Testing. It’s that simple. During a 100 mile race, my desire to eat an Oreo at mile 18 will be replaced with a desire to eat pickles at mile 35. At some point, eating will sound like a terrible idea and I’ll turn to liquid nutrition. I believe that in order to get through this race I’ll be eating and drinking all sorts of different items which is an indication that I’ll have to test, over and over and over.
My current staples, will be there and those are:
- Skratch Labs Hydration Powder (preferably Lemon-Lime and Fruit Punch)
- Floyd’s of Leadville Hydration, CBD gems and Recovery Bars
- Spring Energy Gels
- OralIV Hydration
- Vega Sport Premium Protein and Recovery
Mints will be a part of this process, as will simple carbs like Oreos and other candy but there will have to be very tired night runs to test out different forms of nutrition and hydration to see what is an absolute no-go and what is a must have just in case.
I am not sure what lies ahead of me over the next 8 months but what I do know is that I am going to have a blast figuring this out. Experimenting with different forms of training and diet (maybe #BedBread makes it’s way back into my life?) and gear and who knows what else along the way. This is going to be a journey unlike anything else I’ve ever done and I am thrilled to have Greg going through it as well as a handful of other DFW runners. In addition to that, I may have a guest to provide guidance and critique and high-fives and go get ’ems along the way so you’ll definitely not want to miss out on this Meandering…Purposely To The Finish Line series.
If you’ve got questions, or if there is a topic that you want me to address along the way don’t hesitate to contact me ([email protected])
Until the next post……Happy Trail Running.