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.

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Comment by David Emilsson on December 10, 2013 at 11:12am
Great story. I started my better me a year ago and after this summer I'm really motivated. Have also learned to like the more challenging weather conditions. Congrats to your awesome performance so far. Let's climb some more hills :)
Comment by Chris Bonnemaison on December 10, 2013 at 9:53am

High five, Lori. I am there with you, then!! :-))

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 10, 2013 at 9:48am

Chris- Freudian slip...I almost said "especially awesome conditions" I like yucky conditions. for some reason I feel like that's where I thrive.

Comment by Chris Bonnemaison on December 10, 2013 at 9:32am

Thank, Lori!! I think I am starting to enjoy running in lousy weather....weird but fun!

Eric, these are the two races I have lined up.  

Calico Trail Run in January

Sean O'Brien 50 in February

The ankle is feeling strong, btw.

Comment by Eric Orton on December 10, 2013 at 8:52am

Chris - love it and lets let this be the start of more impossibles.

What 50K are you signed up for?

Thanks for sharing your great story and keep us posted on your training.

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 10, 2013 at 8:39am

Congratulations! Especially awesome in such condtitions. 

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