Here is what I prepare and drink after each one of my runs:
vega powder: 1 scoop (1.3oz)
acai powder: 1 tablespoon
macca root: 1 teaspoon
mixed berries: 6 oz / 170g about one cup
water: 200 ml
Mix in blender and drink while stretching. I have fine tuned this smoothie over the years and this mix seems to give the best recovery. It also follows my principle of consuming only natural foods (as much as possible from vegetable sources).
After Miwok this year I was looking forward to running Pikes Peak Marathon but I was also looking for an opportunity to accumulate the points to qualify for the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) in Chamonix, France, in 2013. I wanted to run the AC100 but it was sold out very early and they don’t seem to want too many runners on the course since they don’t have a waiting list. It’s already sold out for 2013 by the way…
A friend told me that the Rio del Lago 100 miler was a qualifier (I had to get 3 or more points before the end of the year and I would rather run in California). 2011 NFCE gave me 2 points, Miwok also two points (which seems abnormal but that is an issue that I will examine later) and a runner needs to accumulate 7 points in 3 races. Too afraid that it would sell out I registered right away. According to the web site it looked like a very feasible 100 mi run with reasonable elevation gain (2700m I think) and a generous cut-off time (34 hrs: what could go wrong? I could probably walk the whole thing and qualify for UTMB). The scenery looked nice and I heard that the course shares some trails with the WS100… legendary stuff right?