Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Training: 50 mile trail run, training update

I'll be participating in the Desert Race Across The Sand (RATS) on April 19th, 2008. I'll be doing 50 miles of running with 8,000+ feet of elevation gain, walking and crawling, if I have to, to finish within the 13.5 hour time limit.

Today I'm going to work on my running plan (hydration/food/meds) and goals for the race. Are any of you interested in what they are? If so, I will post them when done, if requested. Also, if you have any questions about Addison's and slow running, email me or put a question in the comments. I will get back to you or post it here.

I'm currently running on the treadmill, on packed snowmobile trails and slick, icy roads. Right now we've got a blizzard happening. The race will be in the amazing Western Colorado desert on slick rock, sand and TRAILS (my favorite)!! I'm concerned that the different conditions will pose a problems with balance.

Today's conditions in Victor, Idaho

Fruita, Colorado where the race will take place. A view of the trail, from the trail.

A typical big drop on the trail

I will be taking pictures while I'm running this year because I got a great camera for Christmas!!

I feel pretty good overall. Lethargic when the weather is blizzard conditions and I have to run on the treadmill. When I do get outside, I feel pretty good overall. With the 50, I have the option of quitting at the 25 mile mark or the 31 mile mark. Colleen encouraged me to wait until the 31 to decide. That's part of my plan now. Thanks Colleen!

Will you do 50 of something with me??? Please????? If so, click on the "comments" button below the post and put your 50 there. Do it anonymously if you want. Please someone post something, I feel really lame that NO ONE has said that they are going to do 50 of anything!!! Come on people! I'm going 50 miles on foot on Saturday, April 19, 2008!!!
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • Give 50 cents to a homeless person
  • Read 50 pages of a book
  • Smile 50 times
  • Walk 50 steps
  • Say thank you 50 times
  • Volunteer 50 minutes
  • Thank your lucky stars 50 times that you don't live in Victor, Idaho in the spring
  • You get the picture


Anonymous said...

Since I am running the Boston Marathon two days after Dusty's race, I am thinking that I won't physically do 50 of anything, but I will give or do 50 compliments or random acts of kindness. Smile!

Lisa Smith-Batchen said... need to come see is 92 and sunny today

Unknown said...

From CT:

On Saturday the 19th I will be running 11 miles (an all time high for me) 50 steps at a time :-) And thinking of you.


Unknown said...

Hey Boston Marathon Lady!

You're going to have a great time in Boston and do wonderfully.

I'll be thinking of YOU on Monday.


Unknown said...


Watch out, I might show up on your doorstep asking you to go for a run and for a place to stay!!


Unknown said...

From M:

On April 19th, I will honor your commitment to run RATS by making at least 50 potstickers. I am hoping to make a total of 120 and freeze then. But I promise not to stop until I have at least 50. I will take pictures to prove myself worthy.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Dusty! I did 50 situps today, and then followed them up with 50 reverse crunches. I'll do 50 reps on all of my weights tomorrow, and think of you. Good luck on your 50 miler!

Allison said...

Dusty, I'll flip Dani in the forehead 50 times. You got such a kick out of me doing it once--what will 50 times do.