#tbt to two years ago when @ekventures and I officially became friends while she joined me on a long preview run for #noname5030 and then two weeks ago she came to visit me in Colorado - through all the changes we've experienced in the past couple of years, it's nice to feel the good times keep rolling 😁
So thankful to have such lovely people in my life, and to know that time and distance sometimes create gaps in our connections, I know true friends will always pick up where we left off. You're the good ones. ✌️❤️
Just over3 weeks until my next ultramarathon, the @taupoultra 100km, and here's to hoping I've learned something from the last one, the @pennine_barrier_ultra 100 miler as I've not "run big" since. So let's hope this #flashbackfriday magically helps my body and brain remember what to do?
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💥RUN BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR BODY, NOT BECAUSE YOU HATE IT💥
I spent a lot of my life fighting my body, hating my body, cursing my body. 12 years of ballet ground into my head that body size and shape matters more than how much work you put in, more than your talent, your skill, work ethic, determination, or passion. Because when it came down to it, no matter how hard you worked, or how good you were, on performance day if you didn’t fit the costume, you didn’t dance the role. One size fits very very few in that world. .
One of the things that I love about running, and especially ultra trail running, is that there is no size requirement or limit. There is no shape that is better than another. There’s no age limit. I’ve seen all shapes, sizes and ages in the races I’ve run. At my last race I saw a 76 year old woman, Eldrith Gosney, running the same distance as me... 50 miles! #lifegoals .
The way I view my body now is 100% different from my ballet days, and I have running to thank for that. Running has allowed me to see (and believe!) that it DOES matter how much work you put in, how much passion and dedication you have. Ultra running has shown me that I CAN CONQUER challenges I never would have dreamed of even attempting just a few years ago. MY body! My imperfectly perfect body allows me to do this crazy sport... to climb mountains (over and over again), to run fast (or slow 😬), power hike, maneuver technical trails, to run and run and run for hours on end with minimal caloric intake, to keep going even when my brain screams enough! So why would I ever think it’s ok to berate this body, to hate it, belittle it, abuse it? .
Now I use mantras that are all about positivity and appreciating what my body is doing FOR me... “I can do this” “I GET to do this” “I am strong” “I can do really freaking hard things” .
So, if you’ve ever been like me and have been unkind to your body, maybe consider giving it some extra love and definitely some kind words ☺️💕 I bet it will respond well!
I'm so glad I ran this morning. It's been raining nonstop since I got home from work. I didn't have a plan for today other than to get out, back, showered, and to work...so in the spirit of nonplanning I did a 5k, at 5k pace, and it was my second fastest by mere seconds. I'm not as strong as I'd like to be but I guess I'd better give myself credit for improving!
#throwbackthursday 100 x 100s aka 10.15km swim 3hrs 38m 18ms training the mind in prep for my #ultra
We all train and embrace endurance sports in different ways, We are all unique in the ways that we push our bodies to the most unbelievable things; often never thought possible, dream of achieving the potentially unattainable, stronger + more resilient understanding athlete and person. You begin to understand those mind-games; you counteract with the strengths. You know that in your weakest moments when the going gets tough, when it hurts... you have the sound ability to face your fears and anything you put your mind to can be conquerable
That's my why 😃 for running endless kms on a beach or amongst the greens and to chase the black T-junction over and over again #mindovermatter
is a powerful resource throught all our challenges
Massive thanks to @at_one_foods #fuelyourpassion
The uncomfortable is more attainable with you guys by my side 💖
Got back out on the trails today for 5k with the trekking poles. My knee will tolerate it, but not by much...still painful...can’t wait to get this fixed once and for all! I discovered that dogs react poorly to a 6’2” “trail gnome” with dangerous-looking sticks!
Made me sad...
Ah well, Camello Blanco abides #INKnBURN (awesome shirt) #OrangeMud (barely-there hydration vest) #xoskinusa (can’t see ‘em, but, compression socks and shorts)
If you can smile through the lows, imagine how great the highs will feel!
Having done no specific training for this race and zero heat acclimation I got rocked a bit on Saturday on the Powerline climb leaving mile 20. I stopped, sat, got myself right, and continued on at an easier pace to rebound. .
I enjoyed almost every mile after this point (the Myrtle Climb nonsense got everyone) and just a ton of fun on the trails. I met some incredible people through the miles and shared countless stories.
My mindset going in to this race was simply to finish and enjoy as many miles as possible. I never listened to my headphones, was able to stay on top of nutrition for the most part, and was able to stay present enough to never really hit any big mental lows.
Been working with my buddy @joshyoung75 to try and work out what’s going on with my body and try to get back to running. After a 95 percent pain free 6k run last night it seems like the SI Joint is the issue. I will be getting a brace to help it heal and doing specific strength work while healing. This hopefully means a return to running shortly. Thanks for everyone’s support and well wishes through my injury/downtime. I’m embracing positivity and I’m looking forward to signing up for some ultras 👍🌈🏃💪❤️🦄
I will never be an ELITE runner, but my EFFORT level will always be ELITE. -Reist
So now I can say I ran a mile and a half without stopping. I have run marathons and ultras, but this mile and half was a challenge and finishing it was a victory. Then the rain fell on me as I walked back to the hotel, it was a perfect ending.
Hollywood Beach, Florida
1.62 miles in the dark.
The rehab continues.....
“Return of the Clydesdale”
🏃♂️Effort is inspiring 🏃🏻♀️
Shoutout to @emilyrudow for all the likes 🤷♂️