Sarah Lavender Smith June 30, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 4

Training For a Self-Supported Stage Race - Page 4

*Strength training:
Work out at the gym, with an emphasis on core conditioning, two to three times a week. Stretch, strengthen and ice my injury-prone ankles and feet to keep them from falling apart.


*Gear up: research and purchase key items such as an ultralight sleeping bag, specific clothing and required safety items. Experiment with taping feet and toes while learning the art and science of blister prevention.

* Nutrition and hydration: Experiment with backpacker-specific dehydrated food and other calorie-dense, easy-to-pack edibles. Experiment on long runs with different high-calorie food and drink mixes. Toward the end of summer, go a week eating only the type of food I plan to eat during the event. Wean myself off alcohol, diet sodas and coffee.

* Other: Rest. Sleep. Mentally prepare. And, of course ... express endless gratitude to my family for tolerating my training.

Can I do it? I’m not sure, but at least I’m learning what I need to do to do it, and that’s a start.

Sarah Lavender Smith is a runner who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she’s not running around with a pack full of dog food on her back, she’s parenting her two kids (ages 14 and 11) and marketing her husband’s startup firm. She blogs about trail running and travel at TheRunnersTrip.com.


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