15 miles this morning last few miles were a little rough but got them done. Relaxing and stretching now. Mid run stop for some more water and a snack. I miss having a trail close by to run on. Yes there are a ton of trails here in the Charlotte area just all a bit of a drive to get to them. Running on the roads just really beats one up!
Can’t run or race right now but my heart is full after captaining the Quest AS today. Today was so great from my co captain Jen and all the awesome vollie crew, then the amazing runners that came through.
There's probably vast numbers of papers and studies about pushing yourself beyond your physical and mental limit which stay that whe you do it, you grow both physically and mentally. So, today, I stepped out of my comfort zone.
I ran 21.3 miles with almost 7, 000 feet of gain in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Basically I went trail running on the Pacific Crest Trail section J which starts at Snoqualmie Pass. they were supposed to have better air quality today after all the fire smoke that has been going around in Washington State. Unbeknownst to me and my running partner @meg_chap, for more lightning strikes since yesterday at caused more fires both in the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Snoqualmie-Mount Baker National Forest.
When we got to the top of Kendall Peak, all we could see to the east was smoke and nothing else. It smelled like a burnt barbecue grill.
Megan turned back after Kendall katwalk because her foot was hurting. She was a badass to continue as long as she did for 6.5/7 miles up.
I kept going for another for some miles. I had gotten into my head that I would go 413 and then come back and get done an even 26.2 miles. With such bad air quality, that was a bad idea. It caused me to drink more water basically deplete my water supply at about 11.5 miles in. That meant turning back and running about 4 or 5 miles to the two lakes I had passed, Ridge Lake and Gravel Lake.
So refill my water from the lake using my water filter, wade my feet in the water a bit, had more to eat and then started running back to the trailhead.
I've never run this far or this high or this long in one effort. And it is not the last time.
My @katadyn_group BeFree Filter, @spring_energy pouches and my @orangemud Endurance 2.0 saved my bacon today. .
#GoWanderOutside#GetOutdoors#OptOutside#ChooseMountains @cmrunclub #outdoorasian#unlikelyhikers#AlpineLakes#AlpineLakeWilderness#GravelLake#RidgeLake#JoeLake#AlaskaLake#EddsLakw#trailrunning#OkanaganWenatcheeNationalForest#SnoqualmiePass#seattlerunning#OrangeMud#OrangeMudGear#ThisIsMyLife#fightthegoodfight#PNWisBest#AgeIsNothing#DoItForYourself#HikingNearSeattle#givekudos#PNWisBest
I am learning to embrace the rain even when it puts a damper on evening plans. Pool time with the bf and kids was cut short, but now it’s great cuddle time and movie night with littleman. I’ll say this time is much needed before the chaos of school starts up Monday.
Happy to have finished another Marquette 50k, 7:06, 35 minutes less than last year thanks to a great running partner @runningstickerguy and an amazing crew @joearbinger and of course the beauty that Marquette holds #orangemudwi#orangemud#thedirtunit#tailwindnutrition
More Nordic success today, with 25.48 miles in humidity times infinity. These long runs have been feeling pretty good lately...cleaned up my diet, working on strength training, and not doing quite as much other stuff which is helping me recover between workouts rather than try to push myself twice a day every day. Will switch back to a triathlon focus after this Ultra season is done, but am trying to accept that I don’t need to be both an ultrarunner & triathlete year after year and it may be best for me to alternate focus with each season.
Great run through Sycamore Canyon with the Dirt Devils this morning. Well the run was hot and hideous but it was all good since I got to catch up with this girl! I think it’s been almost a year since I ran with my good friend Jean, who introduced me to so many amazing trails around here, many moons ago. It certainly started my Saturday off on the right foot. Here’s hoping yours is as well! #runswithsole#sycamorecanyon#trailrunning#sdtrailultra#dirtdevils
Fun filled day of running. Started off with a nice warmup at 4am which then turned into marking the course. I then got back to my car, changed, and stretched with an hour to go before the race started. I ran my race, ate some food then went out for one final run pacing @olsonjena successful day of racing/ Ultra training. @jasonanthonyparks thanks for putting on such a great event.
I've officially joined the crazy club. Since I ran a distance PR today, I might as well announce I'm running the NYC Marathon in November (my first and last???)! #hellhathfrozenover
Why, when I've publicly said I'm not crazy enough to run a marathon?
To help raise awareness for kids like Audrique who's been waiting on a sponsor for over a year. I'm running the race in partnership with World Vision and have a goal of getting five kids sponsored before race day. As a sponsor you can swap letters with Audrique, pray for him, show him the love of Jesus, and see your financial support impact him and his community.
Message me if you'd like to learn more about him (including a video of him and some sweet shorts!) or visit www.worldvision.org/alextran to see other kids you could sponsor.
Holler if you have questions about sponsoring a child!
Swipe ➡️The first picture says it all. 18 mile training run ✅. It was relatively hot, super humid, and every bit as hard as I imagined. But I finished it.
When I got hard, two things helped me push harder.
1. Today I dedicated my miles to the child of a family friend. Jaime Garber didn’t even make it to elementary school because of losing a battle with Leukemia. This was approximately 40 years ago. I wonder if now, with the research from LLS and other organizations, if she might have had a chance at a longer life? I’m running the Chicago Marathon through Team in Training with the hopes that others get that chance. If you want to help support this cause, here’s where you can be part of my team: http://bit.ly/jodi262
2. My friends — The “run community” is strong and powerful. This morning at 5am, I woke to text messages wishing me luck on my run, and phrases like “you’ve got this .” During my run, more of the same. And to the two that went the distance with me, I can’t completely express how their support and company helped me achieve these 18 miles. The harder it got, the more they were there by my side and encouraging me. I’m so grateful.
I’m truly blessed to have my two legs and a health heart and lungs. I plan to use them, plus all my resources to get through a few more even longer runs and then to the big goal — the @ChiMarathon October 7th. #chicagomarathon#lululemonambassador#orangemudambassador#orangemud#lululemon#running#marathontraining
Today was supposed to be my A race for my first 100k, but as we all know, life takes lots of twists and turns. Rather than hermit myself away on race day I still really wanted to be part of the festivities, so my husband @kjschaiblewoodworking and I volunteered. Started at 4am to watch the start (so cool!), then off to A2 for shift 1 and here we are at A10 for shift 2. Looking forward to cheering all these awesome runners into the finish line for our last shift of the day. 🙌😃
There's nothing like the excitement of the start line. Especially when that start line is in Leadville at 10,200 feet 🙌 good luck to everyone running! Our own @jcsprag finishing up his LEADMAN series. Go go go!
Got it done! (Of course, I forgot to start the @charitymiles app until I was 5.5 miles in! 🤦🏻♂️ Sorry about shorting you a few miles, @alzassociation. #mybad )
20 in the book as I try to get marathon fit in three week. Last mile today wasn’t pretty, but I’m hoping it’ll be a touch cooler at the @pocatellomarathon in two weeks than it was in Lakeland today, and that that will make the difference! 🤞🏼
Close to being all set for @trailracingovertexas Habanero Hundred. I ate a champions breakfast, have my race kit all set out so I just need to get dressed. I forgot my favorite Orange Mud arm sleeves so it’s very nice that the swag item happened to be arm sleeves. I’m going to run in my @altrarunning King MTs for my 20k and also use my Orange Mud Vest Pack 2. I’d rather carry what I need than stop at the aid stations for this one. So I’ll carry a single bottle the first loop and two the second. I plan on pushing it to the max this race but it’s very tricky in these conditions. Last year I found out the hard way. #teamtrot#altrarunning#altraredteam#orangemud#thedirtunit#habaneroHundred
Busy day today helping the logistics crew ( @squamish50 )get aid supplies, get a beer pump with ice bucket and fill said bucket. Drop off barriers, cones and water to various aid station locations. Then picked up aid station supplies for Quest Aid Station. Can’t wait to meet the vollie crew and see all the awesome racers tomorrow 🦄🌈😊
Tomorrow marks 7 weeks of no running, no real end in sight, and still waiting to see an ortho doctor for my knee. I have come to accept that injury is part of being an athlete, but I also feel like I’ve broken up with my best friend. Running to me isn’t just working out, it’s exploring, it’s spending time with friends and getting away from all the craziness of our busy season at work so i can press reset and enter each week refreshed and as a better employee all around.
Fortunately my life has still been very full. My ultrarunning girlfriends have compromised to spend time with me and we’ve done actual ‘girl things’ like bloody Mary’s on the beach and even (gasp) pedicures! I look at this picture and i realize how lucky i am to have this part of my life, and even though it’s on hold i really look forward to getting back to it again! #angelesnationalforest#ultrarunner#ultrarunning#girlsthatrun#mountains#runlikeagirl#thedirtunit#orangemud