With only a 4 week gap between the Peterson Ridge 40 miler and the Smith Rock Ascent I was scrambling to heal my hips FAST, reduce swelling, maintain nutrition and gear up my mind for yet another Ultra. All the while knowing I needed new shoes and a new hydration set up before the big day.
I returned my awful Altras to REI (I love this store, they take EVERYTHING back). They agreed my shoes were causing severe issues and spent over 2 hours with me exploring different shoes. In the end, I had to special order my shoes from them knowing they'd arrive with barely enough time to even try them out before the big day.
In the meantime, I continued a daily routine of Nuun Active, Udo Oil (flora), Glucoasmine, Vit D, Arbonne Protein, beet juice and Nuun Electrolyte. I still found my stomach was most responding gently to Justines Butter, Chia Mama, and oranges.
My new shoes arrived the day before my run. Never thought I'd race in a pair of New Balances however the New Balance Leadvilles (named after the Leadville race) are the perfect fit for me! No training run in them was a bit scary.
We left for Bend the day before the race and attended the packet pick-up at Foot Zone. There Ultra runner and top athlete Stephnie Howe showed me the ins and outs of the new Nathan hydration pack I'd been contemplating. Seemed like the perfect fit..... Happy Mothers Day to me, from my boys:).
Race day morning was chill, had a chia mama bar, Nuun, and an orange. The race was gorgeous, rather warm as I'd been warned. I hydrated with Nuun Active (cherry limeade), water and 7-up. Aid stations I held back a bit, knowing I was under calories but really trying to avoid stomach issues I'd had at Peterson Ridge. All in all I was successful in doing so, but I knew my energy was a bit low due to lack of calories. Something I will spend time experimenting with leading to the Volcanic 50 ultra coming up.
Hips felt fantastic! Although I was taking it easy I was happy to be feeling well, a bit discouraged I could not go all out, but satisfied I was playing it smart. At mile 18 I noticed my feet, legs, and hips were doing well.... loving my shoes! Around mile 20 my hips were stiffening up a bunch, but it was from the previous flare-up not the shoes this time, so still I was a happy girl.
The elevation gain in the biginning was a killer but I have to say the descent in the last 2 miles was worse, Holy Thigh Moley my quads were screaming. Still no foot, toe, or shoe issues, I would say I was lucky for having not ran in them before. My Nathan pack fit like a glove and was easy to access all my necessities.
Sometimes winging it isn't all that bad!
Here's some rating on my scale:
Nathan Vapor Shadow - 5
New Balance Leadvilles - 5
Justines Butter- 5
Chia mama bar- 4
Nuun Active- 5
Sun Bum sun stick- 5
5- highest 1- lowest