Thursday, May 30, 2013

Getting Ready for Rim to Rim

OH hey.

Tomorrow I’m headed to the NORTH RIM of the GRAND CANYON!

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We are sleeping at a hotel there and then at 4 AM we will start our adventure to run across the Grand Canyon!

 

Yesterday I took the night off from blogging because I …

1. Ran out of time

2. Had the best/longest massage in my life.

My friend Alison is a massage therapist, and seriously one of my best friends. In the 3-4 years that I have known her I have never had a massage from her.. I have to admit, I think we took our friendship to a new level last night.. My massage lasted two hours+ and she was very good about asking if I was good, letting me breathe, teaching me to relax, and worked out several tight areas of my body, specifically my shoulders, hips and hamstrings. If you want an amazing massage email me and I’ll get you her contact info

I’ve been babying my hip for the last two weeks or so.. I tend to get a bout of bursitis in my hips during the spring so I wanted to give it a little TLC before heading out to tackle the grand canyon..

It feels a little better but may have to fight it a bit still.

Anyway. Today I have spent running errands getting everything packed and ready to go!

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Here are a few things that I will be carrying with me in my water backpack! I have a variety of food, electrolyte supplements, sunscreen and I got a few essentials just to have in my travel bag such as deodorant, face wash and gum.

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WHY?  Baby food!!? I love baby food when it comes to endurance events. They digest easily, (no runner gut!) and are a great source of carb and glucose! Not to mention cheaper, better tasting and more natural ingredients then any GU.

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Coco GO! This is awesome! Its actually coconut water in powder form! Which provide electrolytes to your system. I will be running for hours in heat (weather.com says it will be 97 degrees!) So electrolytes will be important!

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I have never used FIZZ but they came highly recommended. Why not?

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Honey stinger waffles and chews!

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Advil, TUMS, fruit leathers… and

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Quest bars

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Shot blocks and some HAMMER Recoverite to down afterward.

I will also made my own fries and will have a pb and jelly sandwich or two. We should be carrying about 3,000-3,500 calories on us. It has been a bit tricky to figure out what fuel to bring. My stomach has a tendency to not be friend during trips like this… hence the TUMS… I think I’ve got it figured out though!

Runner friends: Do you have anything you like to bring on long endurance events?

I have been researching, reading and planning for this trip for months! I am excited to finally go tackle it and mark it off the bucket list.

I am going with a group of crazy girls.. aka my friends. We are bound to have one heck of a time. Run or Walk. Either way, this will be an experience of a lifetime!!!

We will be running North to South. Its just over 21 miles.

I have had this weird itch to attempt Rim to Rim to RIM! It would be about 45 miles at the end. Depending on how we feel will determine that idea…

We each shipped a small bag to a hotel on the south end and by small I mean only a 1 gallon ziploc bag with some necessity stuff and by that I mean, the BARE necessities in it… I was able to fit my pajamas, toothbrush and flip flops in the bag. 

The next day there is a shuttle that we can pay for to take us back to the other side (4 hour drive). Depending on what we end up doing… we may run back, who knows.

I tend to fly at the seat of my pants sometimes.

Life is adventure. Lets go live it.

What is your favorite snack?

Any R2R out there with any advice??