Turns out I was unable to complete the Run For the Heroes – Run Across Georgia. I made it just over halfway, to 132 miles before a swollen right ankle literally knocked me out of the running. I’m more than a little disappointed at not completing the 260-mile distance but it is what it is. There will be other runs.
I experienced an unending flow of support from family and friends via text and e-mail and my support crew was amazing. I’ll have more to say about them and the run later but for now, let me answer the most often asked questions I received from all of you (and by “all of you” I mean my female friends). Those questions are:
“How much weight have you lost?”
“What are you eating?”
For the weight loss, I have no idea but my guess is I netted out to zero. Yes, I burned around 6,000 calories a day but a little peek into my diet may explain why I’m not a wasted shell of a woman. Below is a rough recall of what I ate on Day 2. I am positive I am forgetting a bunch of food and possibly 1-2 major meals. That day, Thursday, I woke up at 3, started eating around 3:30 AM and was on the course by 4:30 AM.
RUN ACROSS GEORGIA: WHAT I ATE
- 1 banana with ¼ - ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ hard boiled egg
- ½ bagel with peanut butter and honey
- 1 Snickers candy bar
- 1 bag sweet-n-salty trail mix (This puts us at about 8 AM. No joke.)
- 1 orange
- Another bag sweet and salty trail mix
- 1 sausage biscuit and coffee
- Strawberry-banana Gu
- 3-4 chocolate Ensures
- Cheeseburger and fries
- Another banana with peanut butter
- 1 bag plain M&M’s
- 1 bag peanut M&M’s
- Chicken taco salad
- Chips and Salsa
- Handful of cold grapes
- Chocolate Power Builder meal-replacement protein bar
- ¼ stick of beef jerky
- 6-8 salt tablets
- Incalculable amounts of Cera Sport and Gatorade
That’s what I remember. Like I said, there’s a good chance I’m missing a full meal or two in there.
My challenge now is to convince my body that I don’t need to intake 500 sugary calories every hour. I’m going to use this week to detox and go back to Slow Carb. I hope my body doesn’t go into shock. If you find me on the break room at work, convulsing, slip me an M&M or two and I’ll be fine.