January 28, 2008 at 7:53 am
I decided to skip Saturday morning’s training run because there was snow on the ground and I’ve already fallen once this year, but down in North Carolina they gave runners a great incentive to finish a race course: Krispy Kreme donuts. (Raising money for charity is all good too, but less tangible and not as tasty in your mouth.) According to this article runners ran from a bell tower at North Carolina State to a Krispy Kreme store two miles away and back in near-freezing temperatures. (Oh, only near freezing? I am now less impressed. Try 6 degrees, baby!) And, by the way, they had to stop and eat a dozen donuts at the Krispy Kreme store, preferably without vomiting on the way back. I’m sure course volunteers have no problems cleaning up paper cups for water, but no one wants to mop up partially digested donuts from the sidewalk. In anticipation of this, they actually placed trash bins at the end of the course.
Even in the days when I did not care what I put into my body, I never ate an entire box of Krispy Kremes. I think four would be my limit, maybe five if they were hot and gooey. And I certainly didn’t run afterwards. The race had a one-hour time limit too, so there was no meandering. Philip Curley, the winner with a time of 31:20, said his eating technique was to eat “them two at a time. I smashed them together, rolled them up, and shaped them as a hot dog. Then I would dip it in water and it would get really soft.” Personally, if I’m going to cram 2400 calories into my body (equivalent to 0.7 pounds of fat), I’d like to take the time to enjoy them. I would not, as 3rd place finisher Auburn Staples said, want to reach “a point where I puked a little bit, but I was able to swallow it back down.”
More than 3,000 people participated. That means someone had to cook 36,000 donuts the night before. While I am excited to be taking part in races these days, I think I’d skip the Krispy Kreme Challenge if it ever came to town.
TiVo Reminder: Hey, y’all, the lovely Mo from Big Fat Deal will be on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet this morning talking about fat and health. I would set my TiVo if I owned one. Sadly, I only have a VCR that eats tapes and then vomits them back up like Krispy Kreme donuts. Hopefully someone will record the event and post it on YouTube for all of us to see. Good luck, Mo!