Tuesday has been my tempo day for a while but I took off the Tuesday before StD and the Tuesday after StD. I ran hard with Gary Wednesday and hard with Brad Saturday and then yesterday Brad and I accidentally threw down so this morning I needed a day to just cruise. The Judge obliged. It's funny. We just picked a time and spot. It was about three miles into the run when he said he couldn't decide whether he wanted 4.7 or 7 miles. He thought to ask me but thought better of it and chose for his own purposes figuring eitherway, he's the only one who knew the way back to the cars. I believe he chose 7. In other running news, tech shirts are dead to me. I usually wear cotton or merino but today, for reasons I cannot recall, I wore my Yeti Ultra Trail Beer Miles t-shirt. The Beer Miles was something like a traditional beer mile except that it was Creature Comfort Tropicalia shotgunned at the start, the 3 mile turnaround and at the finish. And then whatever was left in Jason's giant Jason sized cooler until you called an Uber or the police showed up. The shirt meant a lot to me until today and the very bad thing it did to my nips. Motherfuck tech shirts for all time. I try not to cuss on in these columns. My apologies but seriously, motherfuck them to Hell with a capital motherfucking H.
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I'm having that "what the fuck am I doing with my life" feeling, again. If someone has a cause, purpose and/or direction - point me in it. I'm game for just about anything right now - that isn't me. - FB post, November 12, 2009
I woke up half thinking I wouldn't run. The Judge had texted me, the night before, that he was out for this AM. I'm was still feeling tired from last week's race. My dreams, about trying to dine and dash, had left me nervous. I packed the hustle bag for an after work run. This bothered me for a couple reasons. An afternoon run is sometimes Mike code for stop at Popeye's for dinner and watch a movie on my phone. Also, assuming the mythical afternoon run did happen, my first run back with the tempo group was tomorrow and it cut the run to run recovery time in half which wouldn't normally matter except for the before mentioned 100 mile race last week. I texted Brad about running after work. He said, Maybe but he had the day off. And didn't I have the day off? Right. Yesterday was Veteran's Day I thought staring at my pressed shirt and trousers hanging over the ironing board. Brad suggested we run this AM instead which both got me out running and fixed the recovery problem. We both needed trail time. The run started slow but halfway up the hill one of started two stepping and it only dialed back in the last mile. I've been pretty obsessed with Van Halen's first record so we talked about that. My toes fell asleep around mile two. We talked about that. We talked about the old bar at the roller rink which doesn't have a name now but was called the Windjammer Lounge. I never went there when it was the Windjammer. Brad had been. We talked about that. #IRunAllTheTime#100miles#Ultras#Running#Trailrunning#Ultrarunning#P ,agan #Igniters#Magick#Heathen#OperationWerewolves#GetBusyLiving#JFR#JFPR#Workout#Training#Fitness#Prefontaine
This weekend we had the opportunity to help our friend complete her first 100-mile race.
If you have ever been part of a 100-miler, you know that it is a team effort! Your goal as a crew member/pacer it to make sure that your runner gets to the finish line and doesn’t have to worry about anything other than running.
It is your job to keep them on track with their nutrition, hydration, pacing, and mental state. There’s so much more involved than “just running”.
It is extremely rewarding to watch someone work hard for something, push through hard times, and come out successful!
These races are just as much mental as they are physical. You must be able to push through extreme physical and mental fatigue, stomach issues, blisters, and just plain PAIN.
Running 100 miles HURTS. It is not enjoyable. It’s not fun. But, the reward of crossing the finish line after overcoming all of these things is something that can’t be described. I truly believe that these types of events help you cope with hard times in day to day life. They make you tougher. They make you realize what you are capable of pushing through. Hard times don’t seem so hard any more.
Congrats to our friend, Linda, and thank you for letting us be a part of it!! We are so proud of you!
While normally a buckle would be a great accomplishment in anyone’s book, this is not the buckle I set out for beginning the day. I overcame a lot of issues all day including, freezing temperatures, frozen water bottles, stomach ache, falling asleep, blisters, and overall fatigue. I made it to mile 76, but dropped due to an injury in my shin/ankle tendon. I couldn’t put any weight on it, and had to be carried to the car. Although it wasn’t technically a dnf, since you are allowed to drop down to the 50 miler, it’s still a dnf in my mind...my first one in 8 years of running. It happens. Every time we toe the line, it is never a guaranteed finish. I gave it everything I had, but today wasn’t my day. #tunnelhill100#dnf#buckle#racing#ultrarunning#trailrunning#100miles#lessons
Let me talk about LOVE💛✨
It is so important to have mutual support in all of your relationships. Does your boyfriend, best friend, and mom support you with what you want to do?
Step 1: Communicate your goals to someone you care about so that they can hold you accountable
Step 2: Tell them why their support is needed and why your goal is so important to you
Step 3: Tell them specifically what they can do to support you 100%
Step 4: SUCCEED
Communication is so important, but often times you may be unclear of why you’re working towards something. You need to find a “why” that is SO DEEP to you that you feel it resonante with you on an emotional level. .
I encourage you to think of 1 person in your life that you love and want to support and ask them what they are working towards, why it’s important to them, and what you can do to support them💛✨
This picture is at the finish line of the Grindstone 100, where @rundarrun ran his first 100 mile race. A bunch of our other friends and I stayed up all night to help him at aid stations and see him finish. He helps me at ultra marathons and triathlons too! That kind of support from friends and loved ones is so important to finish out goals that you set out to do💪
SPREAD THE LOVE!! Need help getting clear on your goals? Send me a message💌
Steve Durbin......thank you for being one of the biggest cheerleaders for @sword !! We are so proud to be the hydration for your races. SWORD ❤️ Steve!! (Pictured with WR holder /SWORD athlete @runcamille; WR holder @zachbitter ; and SWORD athlete @mike.bialick). #TunnelHill#TunnelHill100#drinksword#durbinracemanagement#TH100