Took a snapshot from night run on Friday.
Being three weeks out from Collegiate Peaks, I wanted to get in one last long run over the weekend. The problem was that I didn't have the time. We were busy both Saturday & Sunday, so I opted for a night run on our local trails.
I wasn't thrilled about it, but decided to make it fun with some simple goals.
1. Make it a timed run and keep the clock running until it hit five hours. Don't worry at all about pace or distance.
2. Fuel exclusively with solid food.
3. Try one of those 5 hour energy shots to see what happens. But avoid caffeine during the run so I could go to sleep when it was over
I popped the grape flavored 5 hour energy down the hatch about a minute before leaving the house at 8:15 p.m. I can't say I felt anything, but I did remain fairly alert for most of the run.
Here's what I brought for fuel: boiled and salted potatoes, white chocolate & macadamia nut cookies, oatmeal frosted cookies, and some animal crackers. I waited about an hour until I began eating since I had just polished off dinner two hours before I started. The plan was potatoes on the hour and cookies on the half hour.
While I'm glad I did it, I probably won't be employing this strategy in a race. Fuel-wise it all kept me going just fine. At about hours 3.5-4, I felt like all that food was inching its way back up my throat and settling just at the base. My experiment had to stop. I brought two "emergency" gels in my pack and took those during the final hour and a half.
Overall, I had a good run of 30 miles finishing at 1:05 a.m. I went at an easy pace, spooked a bunch of deer and elk, listened to 22 chapters of a book on one of those "playaway" devices, and finished with some mellow tunes.
My favorite aspect of this run was the moonlight. It was two nights before a full moon, so there was enough moonlight to afford keeping the flashlight off for 75% of the run. It is not often I get to run trails in the dark without a light. It takes the peacefulness of the experience to a whole new level.