The only shot of me at the Pinchot Cabin Aid Station this past weekend during the Mogollon Monster 100 mile race. It was such a rewarding and inspiring experience to help these runners. I came home and registered for my first ultra. @aravaiparunning #aidstation#100miles#105k#aravaiparuntribe#ultrarunning#ultras
15 years ago, I was told I would probably never run again. Since then, I’ve been injured off and on, but I’m fucking stubborn (and vain).
But... today I have over 125 miles with no injury!!!! I think I can officially say I’ve healed! This is me cheesin out on my recent run that would complete the 100 miles.
@runcamille’s research on increasing bone density has completely transformed the way I approach exercise. I feel much stronger splitting up my runs into 2-3 sessions, rather than doing it all in one shot. More frequent vibrations (activity), more bone density growth, less stress. I can get more miles overall in, and each session can, in turn, get longer, too.
“You think it’s impossible. I think it’s possible.”- @kipchogeeliud ⭐️🐐
Last fall I used statistics to predict what I’d run for 100 miles, being 21 min slower than Zach B for 50 mi. (or 42 min for 100 mi). This converts to 12:22 on a track/road, which pace wise I equated to 75% of max heartrate (a steady long run pace). Everyone thought I was crazy to shoot for over an hr faster than the WR my first shot at it. I knew Tunnel Hill would be slower since it’s trail, but being a certified trail course made it a unique opportunity to go for both a WR and the fastest known time on trail.💯
While everyone else thought it was impossible, I reasoned it was possible. The stats showed it was possible. I stuck to my guns and focused on 75% effort all day. I knew as long as I maintained my singular focus on 75% effort it would help me forget any pain and fatigue and continue to push to the finish.
After reaching my goal and making the seemingly impossible possible, it’s really shifted my mindset. Women are capable of so much more in ultrarunning! How much higher can we go? Across a spectrum of sports and events, the differential between men’s and women’s records is around 10%. You can do the math on any records to figure out how close we are one way or the other (men’s records will continue to improve too 👊!).
Records are meant to be broken! Believing it is step 1 to achieving it! Thank you Kipchoge for showing us the power of the mind. ✨✨✨
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This past weekend included a key workout that I’ve been #dreaming about completing for the last three years. The 7 hour ride! It certainly did not disappoint and included alllllllllllll the things...the good, the bad, and the oh so very ugly. And you know what? I wouldn’t go back and change a thing! Even the part where I f@&%ed up our special needs nutrition pick up at the halfway mark and we ended up having to backtrack by a couple hours to rectify the situation (Zoe might not agree with me on that though, ha!) Training for #imlou has taught me so many things. This past weekend I learned what it feels like to swim inside the dark place when your carefully laid out nutrition plans don’t flow as smoothly as you thought they would. I learned that having an awesome supportive training partner with the patience of a saint when you are having a mental meltdown is worth her weight in gold💕I learned that when you reach out to your #teamsoas sisters with a side of the road S.O.S because you aren’t thinking clearly and need some extra guidance that they will have your back so fast it feels like they are right there with you💕I learned that a well placed coke is pure magic! I learned that I can dig myself out of a tough situation and keep on going even when my brain is trying to convince me otherwise. I learned that laughter can and should be a part of every long tough workout. I learned that when you don’t think that you can physically get up and over any more hills that you in fact still have several left in the tank if only you dig deep enough and put your mind to it. I learned that I am so much stronger than my doubts. And I learned that there is this place of beauty inside the dark moments that teach you things about yourself that the bright ones will never be able to. #ironman ...what a journey you are!
#triathlon#triathlontraining#itsaboutthejourney#imlou2018#isthatyourshammyhand ?#teamsoasgoestolou#teamsoas2018#owtc#gratitude#100miles#plusafewmore#nevergiveup#wedidit !
I'm tired and a little beat up. I dropped the tempo run this morning. It would have killed the week's other running.
I ran 5 with Brad yesterday at 4 in the afternoon and with the Judge this AM and I am a bit out sync with being home.
This morning found me seeing the next year with a clarity of purpose, sketching out a series of goals and tasks.
I am seeing all the things and association that no longer belong in my life or have changed enough as be thought of as new.
Its not like weird hat syndrome. You buy a weird hat on a trip, swear you'll wear it in the real world but, of course, you don't.
I am seeing more clearly what needs to be done here and now. I believe these things were known to me before. I just couldn't see them.
I am ready to take my life apart and remake it. I believe I have hit rock bottom. It is nothing like I imagined.
#IRunAllTheTime#100miles#Ultras#Running#Trailrunning#Ultrarunning#Pagan#Morning Star #Igniters#Magick#Heathen#OperationWerewolves#AtlasStone#JoinOrGetStacked#RockBottom#GetBusyLiving#FTW
This is from day one of my cruise to Cuba and Mexico. The ship was built in 1997 and an arcade. The photos are of the arcade.
I don't drink. That's a lie. I quit drinking because it was getting in the way of things I wanted in my life. I find myself on an ocean cruise without any autonomy, carousing with three gooey rum drinking friends, late from the early morning start, hours in the car, hours lost in Tampa, going from one time share cruise hustle to the next, too much heat and too much food and finally too tired to go on, we are all resting now except me writing this to you. The boat has a gym. I'm headed there in a minute. I plan to run for as long as I can stand on the treadmill (3 miles), work the rowing machine and then do 9 laps around the ship (another 3 miles). This place is like Disney without the lying. I mean your kid is hunkered down in magic-town while you shill out your blood sweat tears for coon skin caps and t-shirts. You can at least, in Disney, pretend your kid will appreciate your sacrifice. This is just a 6 day voyage trapped in The Overlook Hotel but three times as expensive where there are no kids, just people greiving their poor choices, doing the dance of death to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and trying to get laid.
Epilogue: We ended the night in an all you can eat gourmet-ish resteraunt circa 1978 being serviced by a staff of south Asian waiters and then listened to the auto tuned stylings of Ko Ko in the Schooner Lounge, mostly Eagles and John Denver. I finally hit the gym with just enough time to bang out three fast miles on the treadmill and 1k on the rowing machine. It was just me, a roided out Persian dude and his girlfriends giant fake tits.
Beyond excited that I get to do this 100 mile dance once again, running some of the same course pictured (Western States).
I’ve not raced an ultra for what feels like an eternity, & my only 100 Miler to date was that magical weekend back in June 2017.
November 3rd, Rio Del Lago, GAME ON
Sunday’s first outdoor ride of the year. Tapped out! Almost made it to 4hrs, but I need food. Honestly, I desperately wanted it to rain on my way back. I had overcast for the majority of the ride but when the clouds broke and that sun came out it felt harder, and I felt heavier to climb the long inclines.
It was definitely no “trainer” ride. It was so hard to keep my HR at zone 1 for the majority of what was planned. Next time I’ll choose a less hillier route, and go for more flat land for this kind of ride.
I tried to make it 4 hours as scheduled, and was so close, but so was my car so I TAPPED OUT! 😬🤣🙃😜🤭🤫🤗💛🚙
However, I will say towards the end of the ride. In like the last 30minutes I was so thankful to God for the new Shell ⛽️ station built on this route to refill my waters, with ice to the rim! I also enjoyed the light sprinkle of rain 🌧 that fell on me during my last stretch as I kept saying underneath my breath “C’mon God let it rain on me just for a bit. C’mon rain, c’mon rain, give me some rain. Help me stay cool God”. I would like to say a nice cold rain shower fell from the skies just for me, but it didn’t. It was just a tiny drizzle...not even a drizzle. It was a light sprinkle that teased me, but also gave me a smile, and the revival I needed to get it done. I never felt so happy to see my trailblazer.
How I feel on my first outdoor ride of the year? I feel so not ready for a Century. 😬🙃😐🤣 I am glad to get a reality check from the work on the trainer at home, because a 3.5 hour ride on a trainer I can cover almost +25mi more than what I did this day.
A 3.5hr ride of various inclines, heat, humidity against some wind (it wasn’t too windy thankfully. See the 📽 on the slides over) the mileage altogether is a whole different story. I have 4 weeks to slay the beast ahead of me; till Livestrong and I hope 🤞 I peak at that time to getRdone. Animo! Suerte! May the rest of my training days improve, and that this body gets stronger!
Fueled by: @trifectasystem Supplemented by @atomicstrengthnutrition & @younglivingeo
Wow what a race! I am super excited to have won the #mogollonmonster100 Hard work really does pay off. Thank you to @aravaiparunning for putting on such a great race! Also thank you @nakedrunningband for the support. @corosglobal #ultrarunning#100miles
Thank you to everyone who entered my GIVEAWAY!!! Feeling so much 💙❤️ that I decided to give away 3 additional prints!!! I really wanted everyone to win so did a random drawing and THE WINNERS ARE:
1. @panda.flows for the big fall print 💥
2. @klc_thats_me @e_lauren_j_ @paigehall85 for the small prints. 👍👍👍 DM me your mailing addresses and i will get these out to y'all! #getyourselfsomeart#loveanartist#lancewhitnerstudio#coloradoartist
Preparation for running 100 miles is all part of the journey. Generally I don't wear half the kit or eat half the food but its all part of the plan lol!!! The biggest aspect of preparing for me is visualising the finish line. Not only the finish line but specific bits during as well. I know what it feels like and the pain no longer scares me. I cannot wait to be running through the streets of Bath knowing my family are there waiting for me at the end ❤❤❤ .
This weekend the boys completed their first 💯 mi century ride. While some of them trained for it, the others literally just jumped on a bike & rode. It was just a much of a mental game as it was a physical game. Everyone had their weaknesses but no one gave up. It was a true test of ones self determination.
We tend to live each day but forget to "live." We get too busy with chasing careers, working on relationships, to even just surviving each day. While all that is very important... It's also very important to make time for yourself and involving people in your life to share those moments with you. People may spend their entire life figuring out their purpose and what makes them happy. Go out there and try something new. Something that makes you uncomfortable. Make some trial and errors. You don't know what you may enjoy until you try - #LIFT312
What a weekend. Still a little too tired to think straight, but my heart is so full after being back in the Boat. Run Rabbit Run obviously didn’t go as I had hoped a month ago, but I knew going into it the last week that there was a good chance it would hurt a lot and that I may not get to see it all the way through. But with the help of fantastic friends, we got it done ✅ Huge thanks to my pacers Kacie and Dan; @ohpsis and @kansanara for helping crew, support and take photos; @amanda.grimes , @billygrimes3 , Jenny and ALL the volunteers; and @woodyfoco , @troyle501 , @tergren, @amyegrenier and @little.grinnell for helping me with normal tasks as I struggled to walk (and even stand) the rest of the weekend 😂. ❤️❤️❤️ #100miles#runrabbitrun#steamboatsprings#fallcolors#trailrunning#ultrarunning#alwayscelebrateafinish#teamwork#running#rrr100