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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meds and shit Lake to Ocean 100k

This post will probably be of interest to only a few people and to me at some distant time in the future.  I'm just chronicling my Addison's meds and what I could have done different and better or keep the same.  My race report is in the post below this one.

Lake to Ocean 100k was a training run for Vol State.  It didn't follow the "train specifically" principal BUT it was a long run that I did finish.  It did last a long time, 18 hours 29 minutes.  Vol State is 314 miles on Tennessee roads in the heat of July that has to be finished at your pace in under ten days.  So: heat, check!  thirst, check!  an unrelentingly long day, check!  Road, ok, not so much.  med adjustments, check!


  • Woke up at 4:45 am and took the regular stuff (10 mg HC, .05 florinef, DLPA, 6.25 T3, probiotics, testo, progesterone).
  • 6:15 am 10 mg HC
  • Every hour on the hour 10 mg HC
  • When I felt tired or lagging or too nauseous, another 5 - 10 HC.  I guestimate that my total HC intake for the day was about 200 mg.  Mind boggling to me but felt right.  I had no trouble sleeping.
  • 200 mg sodium every hour until I started getting nauseous and cramping then two and hour and one every half hour.
  • I drank about four gallons of liquids and peed three times.  I cramped spectacularly.  I sweated so much, it was unbelievable and disgusting.  Short story.  I met a really nice police man as I was going under a gate of awkward size.  Hanging under the gate with the policeman watching, my hamstrings and calves cramped up so much that I couldn't stand up.  I didn't want to drop into the dirt and mingle dirt with sweat.  I just hung there under the fence waiting for the cramps to subside.  They didn't subside quickly enough, I had to drop into the dirt.  It was a sign that I needed some salt!!


  • I think I needed more florinef in a second dose on race days.  I felt unable to hold on to sodium or water.  I may be needing a little bit more overall on a daily basis.
  • I think I needed more sodium for the above reasons.
  • Only eating one Oreo all day.


  • I don't think my nausea was any worse than anyone else's.  It was never debilitating and was not super comfortable.  
  • I kept drinking water.
  • My energy was pretty appropriate the entire time.


  • Napped twice on Sunday and still slept
  • I was achingly sore on Sunday, slightly more than I usually am.  I also tried harder than I usually do so perhaps this was appropriate.  Perhaps I was sorer than usual because of all the cramping?
  • Still cleaned cages on Monday!!
  • My Tuesday streaking mile was...painful and whine inducing
  • I pulled something in my right leg, hamstring, muscle across the back of the knee joint and, most worryingly, my right calf
  • I might have curtailed my HC consumption too soon
  • Got a migraine on Wednesday
  • Friday and Saturday no longer sore (except right leg) but having big trouble with edema in legs, feet, arms and hands.  Oh yea, my lungs have felt a little smaller for about three days as well.  I took some extra Florinef and some sodium, viola!  Peed off over a pound of fluid.  BINGO.  I hope this keeps getting rid of the fluid because I've gained 10 pounds in six days.  NOT COOL.

Lake to Ocean 100k

Well, I've been totally terrible at updating my blog.  I could keep getting caught up in catching it up but I won't.

Last weekend I participated in Lake to Ocean 100k from Port Myakka to Jupiter Island and it was 85% on single track.  It was AMAZING!

The race was by invitation.  It made me feel good that my Florida Ultrarunning family has welcomed me into their circle.  Jeff Stephens invited me to join his inaugural race a few months ago.  The only catch was that you had to have a crew.  I don't know too many people and my husband is not interested in crewing me.  Jeffy told me to ask a 2013 Vol State Alumni, Jan Walker.   Within 20 minutes, I was invited to the race AND had a crew since Jan immediately accepted the challenge.  Just prior to the race, the West Coast FURbies (Florida Ultra Runners) decided to do "West Coast" t-shirts for the race and included me in that despite not knowing me!  What a great group of people!!!

I'm not sure I have much to say about the race.  It was beautiful, it was amazing.  Considering I spent the whole day on the trails, I hardly saw anyone.  Running the better part of 65 miles (yeah, it's a 100k but I did go off in the wrong direction...a lot) alone was calming and centering.  I just broke up the race into sections and took each part as it came.  Knowing much of the trail very well, Jan was a fantastic resource as well as incredible support.  There was NO WAY I could have done this race without her.  NONE.  THANK YOU, JAN FOR EVERYTHING!  A few things about the trail, it was a challenge to keep my eyes on the well marked trail as well as the ruts and roots in the trail.  I didn't fall spectacularly once.  The bromeliads were breathtaking.  Running through the swamp made me feel like Indiana Jones.  When the sun set, the fire flies were magic.  They were lazily floating around and giving me a show.  Behind them, an amazing electrical storm.  More than anything, I wanted to stop, stare and take it all in but I didn't, I kept moving.

I don't always run a lot during races and this one I did.  I didn't take any pictures of my own nor did I wear flair.  I didn't joke around much at the beginning or during.  I was actually pretty serious because, for good reason, I was a little in doubt about my ability to complete this race.

Seven people finished officially.  Three of us finished unofficially.  I finished 29 minutes after the cutoff for a total of 18 hours 29 minutes (First Place Loser!).  Jan ran me into the finish at 12:59 am on Sunday morning.  For the last three miles, I was in a downpour and lightening storm.  At the finish, I ran past everyone at the picnic area (yes, there were some awesome people sitting around in the rain at 1 am!) and right down the beach into the Atlantic ocean!

Thanks to Jeff for inviting me, Jan for being amazing, Paul for making my running and training possible (and for taking care of the animals when I'm gone).  Thanks to everyone at the race for being so nice and so much fun!

I'm going to do a separate post for meds and aftermath.

Me bottom left, Jan to my right
Pre-race meeting.  Me sitting on the ground.  Jan behind me standing up.  Jeffy, the RD, talking to the group

At one of the "Aid Stations"  Picture complements of Jan Walker

Right after a stretch of 97 degree heat and swam slogging.  Picture complements of Jan Walker

It really was 97 degrees!!

Oh yeah, don't try something new on race day.  If you do, expect it to hurt.  Chafing from my pack and lack of clothing.
Cool!  The view on the way home

I am easily amused.  This was on the way there