Four Munros and a Marathon: week 3

This September and October, I’ll be running two tough races, three weeks apart: the inaugural Ring of Steall Skyrace and the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Every week, I’ll be reflecting on my training – what worked, what didn’t, changes made, fueling, diet, sleep, etc.

What I learned this week:

  • One of the reasons the Ring of Steall has a huge elevation gain (8200 feet or 2500 m) in so little distance (16 miles or 25km) is that it starts, and finishes, at sea level. There is a sea loch at Kinlochleven, the site of the race start/finish. This means, that rather than the usual inland ascent of say 2000 feet (which is still a lot but doable), we’re climbing from the very bottom to the very top of a munro, immediately. That’s over 3000 feet. Good thing I’m still in the early phases of training.
  • Take more clothes on long trail runs because you never know what Mother Nature will throw at you!
  • My fitness is much better than it was a few months ago. This training is paying off big time.
  • Never drink alcohol, even a small amount, the day of a long trail run. You’ll find out why!

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Zoic Bar review + Facebook giveaway

When I think of eating insects, I’m taken back to my childhood where my friends bought sweet, candy lollipops or chocolates, both with a mealworm in the middle, both frequently sold at museum gift shops. We all buzzed with curiosity, excitement and a bit of disgust at this new found marvel: bugs as food??!?!? As a picky child, I couldn’t get past the idea of eating an insect, and didn’t even finish these two sweets; it was too much for me. As an adult, especially one devoted to the Paleo diet, the idea of eating insects for their nutritional benefits, especially when the insect is more hidden, isn’t so off-putting.

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Why insects as food?

Now, before you interpret this as any old insect, you should know that in the case of Zoic Bars, the company uses only mealworms raised for the sole purpose of being nourishment.

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