Friday night climbing sesh on Piestewa Peak! ⛰ Thankful for the @hokaoneone
Speedgoat 2s 🐐 for keeping me upright on this techy trail! #piestewapeak
BFC race report, 4. Pic from the day before as I made a rule for myself not to waste a single second taking any pictures while out on the course.
Having lined up so far back with only a cheap Spider-Man watch which may or may not be synched to Laz’s watch to tell me the time, the cheers from the runners ahead of me tells me that the cigarette has been lit and the race has begun. We spread out on the road and Jon and I set out at a comfortable pace, though I push myself a bit as I know things will slow down soon enough when we hit single track. I see people walking up the hill to the famous yellow gate and recall a lesson I learned from last year - if it’s runnable, run it. I take a quick second to kiss it for luck and continue running up the road. Veer to the right, then turn to the left and we are making our way up Bird Mt. I look at my watch. It’s 7:18.
Starting the race on a climb does wonders for traffic. The bottlenecks last year were caused by people walking from the beginning what was flat enough to run. This year, we are moving at a mostly strong and steady pace and people are courteous about passing and allowing others to pass. I’m ready to put all of the tire dragging, hill repeats, and stair climbing sessions to the test and set out at a fast climbing pace early on. I don’t worry about conserving energy because I know that my injuries will slow me down eventually, and I can take my rests then. A few people pass me, but mostly I am passing others one by one as we make our way up the mountain. I’m breathing hard but my legs can handle the climbs readily. All of my hard work has paid off.
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TGIF!!! The joys of being an elite world class average trail runner. Sometimes reality forces you to put running on the back burner and reminds you that running is just a luxury. Staying grateful for everything and looking forward to weekend good times and miles.
Tomorrow I’ll run with a pretty epic number on my bib. There’s a lot of sports history behind it but sadly I won’t live up to it....just looking to have some fun out there.
Run it Wild
El Soberbio, Misiones
Technical Soft Touch®
A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink 😉. ~ Gina Carey .
Flashback Friday to my first half Ironman 3 years ago in Williamsburg Virginia. 6 months before this, I got injured pretty bad. I could swim and bike but I could not run for 8 weeks. My first ultra marathon was suddenly off of the table but I figured if I was swimming and biking so much it was time to take on another dream - IRONMAN! Before this, my triathlon experience was minimal- I did 1 small Olympic triathlon with my mom and when I was 20, won the dang thing, fell in love with the sport but life took over and suddenly it had been 12 years since my last tri. So I decided to register for another Olympic and my first half Ironman, wrote a monster plan (sans running) and got to work. Go big or go home right? .
I’m sharing this story for a few main reasons.
1)If you are an injured runner. I know it sucks but you will heal, the time will pass and a FIRE will light up inside of you if you let it.
2)You can almost always still stay super fit when injured. There are still plenty of ways to stay fit and even become a better runner as you are healing and cross training. Do some research, get creative and try something new. Our chances of feeling sorry for ourselves and getting down are decreased greatly when we do this.
3)It’s ok to dream BIG and take chances. .
I did all of the above, healed up and I went into my first half ironman fit as a fiddle ready to rumble. The race was 9 months after the sudden loss of my mother and it served as such a source of healing and as a massive outlet to the pain. This helped me be a strong and happy momma and wife to my family as I was going through severe grief. .
My highlights of race day were feeling close to my mom, surviving a very choppy swim 😱 and a super strong run. I had one of the fastest overall run splits of the day (I think I ran a 1:40 ish). I remember thinking, holy bleep, how am I going to do that for TWICE as long 🤣 but bring it on! Then I crossed the finish line of my first full Ironman almost exactly one year later. Dream big friends!
It’s a really cool experience to be able to pace someone and watch them cross the finish line of a 100 mile race. Especially after witnessing all of the hard work and training they put in to reach that goal. I wanted to be able to do that for Jeff before I even found out I was pregnant. I started doubting my ability to do so a few weeks ago. I wondered if it was a crazy thought for a 31 week pregnant woman to be a pacer in a mountain ultra. I didn’t want to be unfair to Jeff after all of the hard work he’s put in. I was worried some people might think I was being selfish or dangerous. Jeff reassured me I wasn’t crazy and that he really wanted me to be there with him. (Should I trust a guy that runs 100 miles for fun? 😉) I reminded myself of all the miles of trail running I’ve done thus far in pregnancy with no problems. How grateful I am to have a husband who supports me. A husband who is more than willing to sacrifice a faster race time so his pregnant wife can share the last 10 miles of a race with him. I think it’s safe to say that few people would do that after putting in miles upon miles of training in the mountains for one race. I’m one lucky gal and I’m sure proud he’s mine.
The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. Today I made a decision to take one step forward toward the starting line of a life-long dream: I am going “back to school” to complete my #BachelorsDegree
. I am choosing to surf the tumultuous wave that threatened to tow me under. And I am answering fear with wonder.
I am a huge advocate of surrounding yourself with kickass people. Friends and strangers both. People who feed you comfort food then shove you out of your comfort zone (@heidikumm
). People who have never met you before but are willing to drive you for hours, telling stories and rocking out to good tunes (@ilenebloom
). Friends of friends who take time off work just to stay awake all night to care for your smelly, whining body (@stevesmith9553
). Fab Five best friends who put aside their own running goals to help you achieve yours and feed you snacks and sing you songs and take photos while you puke (@alpacabdirte
). Internet strangers-turned-friends who cook you fancy pasta and give you delicious beer and let you sleep on their floor (@mikeoffthemap
). Friends who stay glued to their phones watching your crazy antics. Best friends who crew and cheer and love from afar.
Without friends like these, I wouldn't be where I am today. I love them all. Thank you for your support during #runrabbitrun100
Podcast run. I felt I could have kept going forever listening to one of my favorites @altucher
I so wish I were that smart! 😩 .
I chuckled when I heard his guest paraphrasing a quote from Paulo Coehlo “ Haters are confused fans” haha love it. .
Thank you @ultraoutside
for my airpods. They work fantastically ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Tunnels of trees with falling autumn leaves, an unexpected downpour of rain in Mile 4, a mossy turtle crossing the path at Mile 8, the sounds of a local marching band playing from Miles 9-11, and one lone deer who slowly crossed in front of me at Mile 16 made up this 20 mile run. Oh, and there was another #bigfoot
You may not always remember the miles but you'll always remember the stories you wrote during them. Almost Go Time!
“Enjoying the Acorns” Came across mom and the little one on my run this morning. They were feasting on a plentiful supply of acorns. Didn’t see dad. He probably knows the bow hunt is on…
Chasing the ☀️ with @nikblood9
this morning in Forest Park. These trails are even better that I had imagined. 🔥😍🌲
I recently finished watching Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime (highly recommended, by the way), and during the beginning of the series, he was riding his bike to work. It made me think how cool it would be if I lived close enough to the office to do the same. Then he nearly gets run over and changes my mind 😂. I do need to make more of an effort to ride to and from work at least once a month. A 28-mile commute each way isn’t feasible to do every day when you have a family but is doable occassionally. Today’s bike commute was a short one. I rode to the office after dropping off my gas guzzler for service.