Eight years ago, I "rebooted" my life by starting to run.
I lost weight (went from 235 lbs down to 176 lbs) and dramatically changed my diet. At 48 years old, I have climbed Mt Whitney twice, biked hundred of miles and ran 3 marathons, several 5ks, half marathons and to date, two 50Ks.
But my nutrition would always get in the way of my performance. Either I'd bonk, or I'd get sick. My last 50k was an embarrassing DNF. I started to think I was too old for this. That it was impossible for me.
Then I read Eric's Book. And on a whim, I emailed him. He replied with thorough follow-up questions on my hydration strategy, pre & post race fueling.
This past Saturday, I ran my best race to date. Weather was lousy (freezing rain with temps in the low 40's ), the trail was a slippery, muddy mess but I never stopped smiling. My mental focus was good and my body felt strong.
And I PR-ed, in spite of a tweaked my ankle about 2 miles from the end.
Don't ever think "this" is impossible. Listen. Learn. Run.
Al "Chris" Bonnemaison.