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.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Didn't finish but I will next time...

Rocky Raccoon 100 turned out to be Rocky Raccoon 57. 57 miles was as far as I could go.

I did learn a lot and will be writing lots of notes to myself on the plane ride home. #1 on my list was specificity training. Training to run specifically for the race I'm doing. Lulled into a false sense of security by the number of miles I did on the treadmill, I thought that would be enough to pull me through a 100 miler. Not so. I didn't run fast enough or up and down enough hills during my training runs. Live and learn! I felt absolutely GREAT for the first 35 miles and I was so happy to be running on beautiful single track with so many other people who were happy to be doing the same. It was hot and sunny for most of the day, just the way I like it. When the sun set, it was cool and nice. The aid stations were fantastic as were the volunteers! As far as meds went, 30 mg of HC before the start and 5 mg/hour of running was not quite enough. I took an extra 15 mg of HC on top of all of that and slept great that night.

Today, Monday, I feel fine. Sore but I can walk stairs. I'm looking forward to doing Antelope Island 50 miler in Salt Lake City at the end of March. You can be sure I'm going to step up my running between now and then!

I'll post pictures when I get home.


Anonymous said...


57 MILES that is awesome for anybody human. Glad you survived ok. Take it easy for awhile, you need rest to recover!


Pip said...

I agree, 57 miles is still awesome! Great effort and I look forward to a more detailed race report.

Anonymous said...

You did amazing!! That's two freakin' marathons woman! I can't even imagine staying awake that long let alone be moving that long let alone RUNNING THAT LONG! I like the nice round number you did.. not just 57 miles but 57.57! Cool!
Can't wait to hear more of how it went...

Anonymous said...

You did well. You will get it next time!

for what it is worth, i do almost ALL of my training on the treadmill, except for my long runs, unless the weather prevents me from going outside on the weekend. I also do a lot of power walking on an incline on the treadmill, as well as the stair stepper. I had my best 100 miler on 95% treadmill and stair stepper workouts, believe it or not. I hope you can go back to that race, it is a great race and I really loved it last year. 57 miles is no small shakes lady, and remember that! I made it 56 miles at the Tetons this year, and it felt far enough, felt longer than the 100 the year before! LOL.

Unknown said...

Hey all,

Thanks for the comments!

I will definitely do better next time although I was saying there would be no next time as I was trying to get into the car after quitting. Yeah, there's a next time.

Meredith - I hope you're feeling well!! You're right about the treadmill. I will clarify in my next post that MY treadmill training was awful!!! No thought, rhyme or reason I just did the miles (all flat) and called it good. Pathetic and it showed!!!

:) Dusty

Anonymous said...


I am so proud of you, my friend! I have never run as far as you did in Texas. You should be proud of yourself! Unbelievable! Stupendous! Spectacular!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dusty,

I just surfed in here from Lora Mantelman's blog and want to say how much I admire you for taking control and achieving what you have with Addison's Disease, which I don't have, but I've had my own medical struggles and I admire people who take the bull by the horns.

Congrats on your 57 miles and I wish you many more adventures...

Happy trails,

Connie :)

Anonymous said...

Ah, thanks for the clarification :) well, what does not kill you, makes you stronger. I am sure you learned a lot about the distance, yourself and training and you will succeed in the future because of it :)

Good luck at your next race!

ps. I am feeling pretty good, hanging in there :)