Coming back from Run Rabbit Run 100 has been quite the journey to say the least. It took ending up in the hospital after running 107 miles, with a hemoglobin level low enough that should have required a blood transfusion to make me realize how unhealthy I was.
While I’m not gluten free, I know that I feel and train better when I exclude corn, wheat and soy from my meals. Let’s be real, I dislike the word “diet” no matter how it’s used. At one point I was vegan, but after landing myself in the emergency room after finishing Run Rabbit Run 100 and having 1 of 4 diagnoses being severe anemia (and a $5k medical bill/holy expensive belt buckle!) my vegan era came to an end. Right then. With a Chipotle steak burrito in the emergency room when I finally came to. Thanks, Danelle!
Standing at the start line of Silver Rush 50 I could feel nervousness vibrating throughout my entire body. That sensation had started well before the start line, and choking down my oatmeal at breakfast had been quite the chore. There may have been a struggle with a few dry heaves. Eventually I gave up on the oatmeal, and got the rest of my calories via Tailwind Nutrition.
Life became a little interesting after the Leadville Marathon. A trip to Dr. Barnes confirmed that I indeed had a broken rib. Small everyday tasks that we don’t normally think twice about were excruciating. Lucky for me I was able to stay at a friend’s place for a week after where I had some much needed help.
I’ve put off writing this post for so long, because as we all know, sometimes it’s hard to put crazy experiences into words. It’s no secret that home girl has some serious love for Leadville. The town itself has its own quaint little charm, and what surrounds it is truly majestic. My introduction to ultra running started here, and my interest in ultra running essentially grew here as well. There will always be a special place in my heart for Leadville!