WOW- My DD the Duathlete
Monday, June 09, 2014
DD participated in her first ever race longer than 5k(that I am aware of). It was a duathlon. She had to run a 5k then ride a bike for 10.5 miles, then run another 5k. She did it in just over one and one half hours. All on an empty stomach. She doesn't eat before running unless the race is late in the day and then she eats hours before. When she got home and came to church she looked like she had just gotten over a severe illness- she was whupped. I tried to get her to eat something after the first leg of the race when she would have time for it to settle a bit before running again (packed 2 small snacks in her back pack she took with her), but she was insistent- "No it'll make me sick." (She rarely even drinks anything but water before a race). I was afraid she would pass out during prayer and tried to get her to let me make something for her to eat. Once again "No." It took until after the afternoon service-which she slept through for her to look/ act normal.
She told me that occasionally for X-C practice in college they will run up to 17 miles. I don't know how she does it with no breakfast.
She loves biking and figured the 10 mile ride would seem like a rest between the running legs. Must not have been as much of a rest as she expected.
I don't know how either of my girls will survive the Chicago Marathon this coming October. She is the one in "good" shape, used to running 5-7 miles daily and races .25 mi to 5k.
What is a mother to do when her chicks leave the nest and try to do something she knows they are not ready for, and don't have the time to prepare properly?
We have to experiment and find something she/they CAN eat before/during running. There has to be something that will help.