Who else is ready for a weekend 5k?!
F L A T R U N N E R 🏃🏼♀️
I made the last minute decision to run a 5K tomorrow morning. I have no expectations for it. It’ll be a tome for me to get out there and run. I haven’t participated in a race in about three years.
I found this simple workout top yesterday while marathon shopping with my mama. The compression socks are from the same store and they’re a new thing for me. I’ve used compression sleeves, but we will see how I like them.
I couldn’t do a run without my pre-workout blend to give me some energy. I’ll need it for such an early start tomorrow.
Taking care of some business tomorrow. First race of the year. Hopefully more to come. Wish the foot was feeling better. Still 50/50 on if I should take it easy or go all out. Depends on how I feel in the AM I guess. Have a splendid weekend y'all, cheers!
SUCCESS IN THE MOUNTAINS IS BUILT ON A FIRM FOUNDATION OF FAILURE. Fails are the teachable moments, when the Universe reminds of of how small and insignificant we Human Beings are. Coming up short of our goals keeps us humble, and humility helps us make good decisions under bad conditions. Defeat delineates for us exactly where our limits and deficits are and shows us the shortcomings upon which we need to improve. Misfires and misses may not achieve the immediate goal, but they help us dial in our scopes and improve our aim and accuracy for future shots we take. And our failures fuel the fire to overcome future obstacles, even helping equip us to do so.
Failure is educational.
Success is dangerous.
INSPIRATION AND ADVENTURE SURROUND US, IF WE ONLY JUST LOOK FOR IT! As impressed as I am with the achievements of elite athletes, I'm that much more inspired by Ordinary Human Beings. Watching my 80 year-old-mother head out the door to cruise out a half-mile loop around the block fills my heart with joy and my soul with inspiration. And all of us have people in our lives (and ARE the people in others' lives) that offer unexpected sources of inspiration, and reminders of the need to #GoOutsideAndMoveAround.
What a Blessing to be a Biped!
Give Thanks for Life!
I'M EXTREMELY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE TEMPTATIONS OF CIVILIZATION, but I've developed a technique for enjoying the indulgences without giving in. On the trail, when we are low on food stores and rationing resources, we call it "Mind Cooking". By envisioning yourself, in as much detail as possible, eating a favorite food you can cause your brain to release the same hormones, endorphins, and/or neurotransmitters as it would when you are actually eating that food, producing lesser, but still present, feelings of enjoyment and satiation, without actually eating anything.
In civilization I use this to avoid overindulging. So, at Costco yesterday, I made a Mind Meal of this chocolate cake, but I didn't actually buy it or eat it. As a recovering Junkfood Junkie my appetites are easily excited by temptations such as this, but after indulging I never get as much enjoyment as I think I will, and I always feel worse than I think I will. So, overall, a Mind Cake is preferable to a real one.
What a Blessing to be Alive!
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Life can be so dark and confusing. Even though it's hard seeing family go through pain I know that God has a plan and I have to trust Him... John 16:33 seems to be a perfect verse for this. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcomethe world.” Please keep my aunt and uncle in your prayers. And comfort for everyone around.. 3 miles 9:05 pace and a quick strength session.
Took the kiddos to the track for a bit this morning, didnt last too long because of the weather, but fun anyway! Then home to smash a long run. Longest since July of last year! Immediately into some foam rolling and an epsom salt bubble bath, 'cause it do be like that sometimes!
FINISHING THE WOOLLEY TRAIL RUNS 50K.
Much of the course was soft snow and a short section was flooded with a few inches of icy water. My PR on this course is 5:25-ish, but 5:25 in under today's conditions left me with a half marathon still to go. We ended up finishing in 7:45-ish. And in today's conditions I am happy with that. :D
Saw lots geese, ducks, seagulls, hawks, alpacas, and pygmy goats.
What a Blessing to be a Hominid!
Give Thanks for Life!
She was with me today on my run. That woman. The Runner. The one I want to be, that I’ve been trying to become. It was only fleeting. Moments here and there. I felt her presence, strongly, keenly even. I hope she sticks around. That she makes her presence felt more often. That she is with me in the depths of Sunday in five weeks time. With her, as her, I know I can finish.
Thanks coach @mattyabel for helping me find her.
Here we have a nü naturale chäir in the middle of the woods, @ultrarunningmemes. PUPPY per mile ratio of .82!! I’m covered in puppy fur and dirt and I’m very happy about that.
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So after a 11 mile run this morning, I took off my shoes and saw this. So sad as I got my first pair of nuwool socks for Thanksgiving last year. I always wear injinji while running and never had an issue. Does this happen often after 3 months with the nuwool socks? @injinji any advice? #toesocksornosocks#holeinmysock#woolsocks#lovemyinjinjisocks
IT'S ALMOST A SHAME TO FOLD UP SUCH A COOL LOOKING BIB, but fold it I must! It's gonna be a cold, snowy Woolley Trail Runs 50k today! It's a good thing my species has spent the last couple million years adapting to doing exactly this sort of thing!
What a Blessing to be a Biped!
Tweed Enduro 🏆
Absolutely stoked to get the win today!!! My 1st Pro win. My legs will complain about it for at least a few days, but I will remember it forever! •
It was a very last minute decision to race, and just six days after HOTW, it hurt - a lot!! Doing multiple bike and run laps was mentally challenging, but the great conditions and fantastic support made for a wonderful event. Well done @tweed_enduro_tri 👏 •
Thank you again to my team for everything you do for me, especially to @eamonn.ring for bringing down my race gear, and the amazing on course support and photography. •
Some much needed solo mountain time this morning at Grandview. I have been making sure I run with others as much as possible on my long runs as it’s one of those things I avoid even though I should do more of it. Today though, some time alone with the mountain was required.
It’s #FunFactFriday! Who here likes to draw? 🙋🏼♀️ I’ve loved art since I was a little kid. My favorite is probably simple pencil sketching. Problem is, I am such a perfectionist that I often don’t even start a project for fear of how long it will take or how difficult/frustrating it will be - an attitude I definitely need to work on! However, I have found compromise in journaling/doodling, where I mostly have fun with more colorful lettering and graphics as opposed to super-detailed drawing. In fact, one of my favorite things to do after a race is journal about it, which for me includes drawing the race map and making notes about notable points in the race.
Swipe ➡️➡️➡️ to see some of my all-time favorite creations:
 🏃🏼♀️ 6 of my favorite race recaps in my journal
 🙎🏼♂️ a sketch of my brother that I did during my freshman year of high school
 ⚽️ a watercolor of a pair of my goalie gloves, a soccer ball, and my “lucky” headband, from the view of the top of a goal
 ⚡️ a colored-pencil sketch of the map of Hogwarts
 ⛵️ a drawing of a sailboat and its reflection on the water, made completely of different-colored straight lines
WHAT A BLESSING TO BE PART OF SUCH AN AMAZING TEAM! It's an incredible honor to journey through beautiful and challenging places with this Amazing Wombman. To join her in all the struggles and failures, all the victories and success, and especially all the Question Marks of this earthly Life is, to me, riches beyond compare. Life on this planet is a fragile and fleeting thing, and having my Beloved Kathy to share it with increases Life's value exponentially. She is my Life Crew. She is my Empress. She is my OBAL. And she is my Valentine Forever.
What a Blessing to be pair-bonded with such an Amazing Hominid!
Whenever my daughter sees that I am going for or returning from a run, she says four words: “You have a good run?” Sometimes I smile, sometimes I shrug my shoulders, sometimes I shake my head. The best days are days when I head out shrugging my shoulders and come back smiling. I love that she asks, that she takes the time to enquire, especially as she detests any form of physical exercise 🤣
37 days to Northburn