It’s official, I am officially a marathoner after finished the Pilgrim Pacer for my first. I missed my goal time of 3:30:00 by 1 second but I still had a great time and was able to survive the cold weather. I wanted to give a shout out to @allielag for dealing with my non stop training the past 5 months, @kc_endurance for putting together a great training plan that got me my goal time, the Trail Nerds for putting on a great event and all the volunteers who braved the cold to support all the runners. Up next is my first Ultra Marathon in February, time to start training #kcrunner#kansascityisforrunners#running#marathon#patagonia#buff#altrarunning#run816#kcendurance
Running into Monday like...
Couldn’t be more proud of this one. Was able to catch an early flight back from @jfk50mile to surprise her. Never seen her more determined or focused going into anything. New distance and new AG this season. Had some work to do and time to make up chasing the older girls at Sunday’s state meet and she knew it. Stayed in the gas from the gun and we’re headed back to Nationals 👊🏼 Felt so good I almost forgot how bad I hurt 😬 🎥: @meghanoue827
“Be a hill seeker. Most of us try to avoid hills, but what’s so good about flat? Think about it: flat tires, flat hair, flat returns and the ultimate - flat lining. Life happens on the hills. They’re opportunities to prove to yourself that you’re stronger than you’ve ever imagined. If you never attempt the ascent, you’ll never know the thrill of swooshing down the other side.” #verdugomountains#trigirl#hillrunning#altrarunning#altra#trailrunning#runner#runallthehills
Dead Horse 50M race recap: I love this event! 1st, 6:23:06 (course record). We chose Dead Horse as @marigoldsformimi ’s first 50-miler. Since we’d be there with grandparents Bob & Sandy to watch the kids, I signed up, too. We went with the Andert crew—@featheredaspen was also running her first 50M.
Four days out, I got sick. I emailed the @madmoose.events race director and offered my entry spot, as the race was sold out. I figured I‘d save my legs for Brazos Bend 100M three weeks later. The race director told me not to worry, and it was fine if I chose to race or not. Three days later, still sick, I decided to give it a try. I usually run when I’m sick, plus #FOMO . Stacy got sick two days before the race...
Start line, BOOM, I went out with the lead pack. After 60 seconds of running by headlamp light...we turned around. The lead pack ran past the first turn. It’s not a true #Moab race unless you miss at least one marked turn, so it was a great omen to get that out of the way early on!
After my mucus/congestion cleared out, I felt solid. I took the first 24M just fast enough to keep the leaders in sight. By 28, it was clear my friend @bryan_kerl from Leadville would win unless I worked hard for it. I felt great, so I decided not to hold back—even with Brazos Bend in 3 weeks, it would be a shame to not capitalize on having a strong day. I hammered it starting around mile 30 and caught Bryan around 42. I kept a narrow lead to the finish—awesome that we both beat the CR!
Ellie gave it her all and came in just after 10 hours. Congrats! Stacy had an extreme ultra adventure. Her cough and lungs were bad all day. Phlegmy all day. Later peeing blood. At the last aid station (mile 45), with the volunteers worried about her health, she stopped, satisfied that she had a true ultra experience. My illness wasn’t a problem, but Stacy’s hit at just the wrong time. Her fitness was easily good enough to run 50 miles on a normal day. Congrats on gutting out 45! #zerolimits
📸: @rungolden1, Stacy Pietari, @misterandert .
Jessheim #vintermaraton ✅ debut som fartsholder gikk sånn passe, lå godt an tidsmessig frem til leggen smalt ved 38km, da måtte jeg roe ned. Men det var kun 2 igjen i gruppa mi, og begge kom seg under 3,5 timer🏃♂️fikk karret meg rolig i mål på 3:32 i årets siste konkurranse, nå skal det jobbes mot nye mål i 2019! Men jeg kommer definitivt tilbake til Vintermaraton-strøkent og morsomt arrangement!
Oh, how I love a #MedalMonday . I fought tooth and nail for this one... my last race of 2018.
I felt great at the start; my warmup went well, the weather was perfect. But at mile 2, my legs were starting to feel like garbage. I had a time goal of 1:50... at that point I was with that pace group but I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to hang. I dropped back and settled into a good 8:30 pace. Still though, my legs did not feel right. At mile 8, I had a seat on the struggle bus. My foot was killing me and legs were having none of that mess. I seriously considered walking off the course. I had tossed any hopes of the 1:50... even 1:55.
And in that moment, when I was thinking about quitting - I had tons of voices pop into my head from my tribe (you know who you are). Voices telling me that I will never give up, that I can go the distance, that I am stronger and fierce. I could hear my buddies telling me that THEY WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON ME.
So I kicked it into gear best I could. No way I could make up for the time lost, but I put everything into those last 5 miles. It hurt- bad. And I finished. 1 min PR at 1:57
It wasn’t pretty by any means. But once again, I saw that I’m stronger than I think. I can keep going when it’s really hard and nothing is impossible.
Thank you for all the support and encouragement, beautiful people.
One thing I learned during the #deadhorseultra that my body can do some pretty amazing things. Two and a half years ago I never thought trail running would be my peace and zen. Two and a half years ago I was so full of hate and anger. But now I absolutely love running for me. Love running for the peace and quiet time to think about all the things I am ever so grateful for in this life. I may not be the fastest or best runner out there but I can tell you trail running has absolutely changed my life for the better. Thank you @madmoose.events for putting on an absolutely unforgettable event and will be definitely coming back for another race. #trailrunner#trailrunning#trailrunningviews#mytherapy#myhappyplace#altrarunning
When coach does the SGX workout at #ilfnation 🤪 Today I came out of “sabbatical” and it felt soooooo good!! Happy Monday y’all and congrats to everyone who crushed the beast and ultra yesterday!!! So proud of you!! Shout out here if ya have a green if purple medal/buckle 🔥🙌🏼💪🏼🐿#squirrel4life#ultratraining#ocrbyjennifer
At the beginning of this year I was feeling quite frustrated and defeated. I was trying to make a comeback from an injury and had to rethink all my goals and plans. I was stuck with what I wanted to ‘make’ of this year.
So I threw my hands up and said, I’m just going to have fun trying new things and see what happens.
This was the year that I went snowshoeing for the first time with my FiL and experienced fresh fallen snow in the mountains.
I gave a spin class a try with him too and loved it!
Last minute I joined a group of moms and ran my first Ragnar (trail ones are the best!) I went out on a limb and joined some girls running Santaquin Peak and not only bagged my first peak, but found a new awesome running friend!
I climbed Timpanogos for the first time and then did it again twice more!
I ran my first 7 mile trail race.
I ran trails with a group and brought the kids along so then THEY ran their first trail race.
We went on our first family hiking adventures and my kids fell in love with the mountains.
I then added my first trail marathon to the list.
And finally I capped this year with my very first ultra marathon.
Back in January I had no idea what this year was going to look like and I know I would have never imagined it was going to be as amazing, hard, beautiful, exciting and FUN as this year has been.
I know I could never have done it without those who believed in me.
When I ran those last .2 miles with my family by my side (and Scout in my arms 🤪) I KNEW this is going to be a year I will never forget. And this is only the beginning. 💪🏻
One of the best parts of coaching is how much I learn from athletes. Conversations bring reminders of ideas once forgotten and generate new ideas. One recent discussion reminded me not to worry about creating lots of variety during the winter base training period. Every athlete is a little different but at its core, base training is about easy runs that increase endurance, strengthen connective tissue, and develop slow-twitch muscle fibers while minimizing injury risk. Incorporate some strides during some of these easy runs, increase strength training to resolve any imbalances or weaknesses, add some cross-training if possible, and you’ve got a good recipe for a strong spring/summer racing season.
And with no races to think about, it’s a great opportunity to tune into your running. Leave your watch behind (or put it in your pocket ), explore some new trails, and run like a kid 🙂
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