Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nutritional Nightmare

Let me begin this post by saying that my run/hike today turned from fantastic to an absolute disaster, but that I can clearly identify the issue and am kicking myself as I type this post.  Simply put, I dropped the ball completely with respect to nutrition.  I think that this is largely due to the fact that my alarm went off at 1:55 A.M. so that I could pick up Brennen at the train station at 2:45 A.M.  My head must have been somewhere else when I was preparing my gear for our run/hike through the trails of the Hudson Highlands, as I (a) did not eat anything before leaving the house, after all, I'm not used to eating at 2:00 A.M. on any day; (b) failed to bring anything with me but water (no heed, Cytomax, no Gatorade, no fluid at all with any caloric value; (c) failed to bring anything food with me except gels and shot blocks; and (d) failed to bring enough gels or shot block to reach my standard caloric intake of 250-300 calories per hour.  The result of these errors.....

Well, I did grab Brennen from the train station at 2:45 A.M., and we drove up North a bit to Cold Spring where we hooked up with some of the trails of the Hudson Highlands.  Before starting we first drove a little ways up the road and hid a few gallons of water for refilling purposes.  The first 4 1/2 hours to 5 hours were great.  Brennen pushed me to keep up with him on many of the climbs (although it is nearly impossible to keep up with him) and on what few flat sections we had.  Although the trails were very technical with tons of rocks and roots, and although the climbs up and down were super steep, the views from the top of each climb were spectacular (see slide show below).  For me it was more hiking then anything else, although there were a few good run-able sections where I was able to pick up some speed. 

Unfortunately, the lack of calories caught up to me near the 5 hour mark.  I got fairly light headed and struggled on the steep climbs up and down.  We ultimately had to cut out planned 10 hour trek short a bit, but we did manage to get in almost 7 1/2 hours on our feet with some great climbs (about 6,355 feet of climbing over a short distance - see elevation ch above).  When we finally found a store, I picked up a root beer and a Yoo-hoo and tha seemed to revive me, but the day was pretty much done at that point. Even though I wish I would have put more miles today at a better clip, I think this was good training for Fred's Mountain at GTR 100.

On a cooler note, I now am the proud owner of, where this blog will now make its home.  It should work well with some of the ideas we are exploring with Bryon of fame.

Here's a look at some of the pictures that I took on today's trek....


  1. oh Anthony! That sucks, but 7.5 hours of quality running/hiking is no small shakes. Great pictures, and nice sunrise!! I am sure you got some good training in for Freds, though i am pretty convinced living out here we cannot truly ever be properly trained for it.

  2. (no head, Cytomax, no Gatorade,....)
    hehe No head :-) ahhhh -lmaooo

    Well good news is you know what you did and won't make that mistake again...

    just look at it as a practice "BONKING" run !!

  3. You were disappointed in our run, Tony, but it can little match the disappointment I felt upon arriving at Captain Lawrence and finding they'd already sold out of the Cuvee de Castleton. I had to console myself with a trip to the beer distributor below the Bowery once I arrived back in the city, and I managed to right my world.

    And thanks for including the photo where I show off my map-reading skills! I'm sure I've thoroughly convinced Ed how to escape from the dark wood.

    Maybe I'm wrong, Meredith, having never run Freds, but I trained for Wasatch in the Hudson Highlands last year -- and I felt ready for the climb to Chinscraper (and pretty much every climb after that, except maybe coming out of Ant Knoll, and who knows what sucked the life out of me there). And look at the profile Tony put up -- the next three miles would have taken us up North Beacon, which would have put us well over 7,500 feet of climb for 25 miles. All said and done, we'd be looking at a 30,000 foot 100 miler there, 10,00 more than GT or CCC, which I'm running.

    On that note: Once we were settled over our root beers and could turn reflective, Tony and I did begin to wonder a lot about mileage. You sometimes hear elite runners say they can train on 60 miles a week (Meltzer, Schmitt). Maybe these aren't the quality miles they're speaking about(gotta have your calories), but at the end of the day Tony and I might have covered 40 or more miles in the same time frame at Rockefeller. Which would have been a better training run? 40+ or 22?

    The numbers in themselves make it tough to go with 22. However(and I did do a number of out-and-backs on the climbs to Tony when he was down in the dumps), my legs are a lot heavier today than when he and I ran 40+ in Rockefeller. Not my ideal week (I was hoping to hit closer to 100 miles, and I hate punching yesterday's numbers into my log), but I have a lot of faith in the terrain.

  4. Brennen -

    Totally agree on all fronts, expecially the disappointment in arriving at Capt. Lawrence only to find that we were an hour or so too late !

    Thanks for getting me through yesterday.

  5. I swear, I think you ran as far as I flew this week. Those rocky trails in that dark? Makes me quiver. Those views are awesome, though.

    Love the cosmetic surgery done to the blog...the lift looks great.

  6. anthony --great write-up about the run with Brennen -it is horrible to 'bonk' out there on the trails but at least you got some good training in -better to make the mistake in training. and you got some beer.
    Like the new name and design for your blog --but I agree -it is not as flashy as Bob's:))))

  7. Diggin' the site makeover...