Okay Folks! I just had The. Best. Run!! I ran 8 miles listening to this new playlist put together by @aftershokz. It's geared toward the final stretch of marathon training with lots of uplifting lyrics and upbeat tunes (they and @bibrave have several people racing @honolulumarathon next month). Let me just say... I LOVED IT!! I found myself tuning in to the lyrics and how they relate to marathon training, and why they were selected for this playlist. I was thinking of all the runners in their final stretch to Honolulu. I was thinking of myself and how I want to BE, going into MY training for @eugenemarathon next spring. Many of the songs were familiar and made me smile, clap my hands (Pharell's "Happy"), sing along (yes, out loud😉) and during Pink's song, I was pumping my fist in the air yelling "Raise Your Glass"! I'm sure the cars passing by wondered what was going on. LOL!! Hopefully they were thinking how much fun running must be!🤣🤣🤣
I think I'll be pulling this one out from time to time over the next several months. It even gave me spring in my step, clocking a sweet sub-nine average pace. Another thing... I haven't run this far in over a month. Felt good to stretch it out and go a little long😊🏃♀️. Happy Weekend!! I shared a link to this playlist in my stories in case you're interested🙂
🏃♂️Javelina Jundred Race Report
Bubbles floating through the sky as a fire dancer performed in front of us. I was surrounded by my friends all anxiously awaiting that first foot step. I felt undertrained and underprepared. 5 loops and 100 miles. The race began and we ran through a quarter mile of tents and easy ups with people cheering us on. A small desert version of Chamonix during UTMB. The energy was electrifying. Willem @ultraposer and I took off faster than we should have, but avoiding a conga line was necessary. It was dark, but the sunrise was starting to crest the surrounding mountains. Saguaro cactus silhouetted everywhere. I only used my headlamp for 15 minutes. I followed Willem and was feeling good at our pace. A couple other runners ran with us and we started talking. I often become quite chatty in the first 20 miles of a race. I find it's a good way to keep my heart rate low. Plus, I love meeting new people and hearing what motivates and inspires them. I was clearly going way to fast. I was surrounded by very talented runners. My plan was to run loop 1 as fast as possible. I wanted to take advantage of the cool morning. In a 100 mile race you're going to suffer and although counter to most coaching, I wanted to get to that suffering as fast as possible. I blew through the coyote camp aid station at mile 4 without stopping, dropping Willem and increasing my speed. Running 7 minutes miles towards jackass junction aid station. I felt good and pushed forward. At Jackass I ate and drank a little and continued on. Rattlesnake ranch aid station was a fast 5 mile downhill and I took advantage of gravity and pushed my pace. On loop 1, you run a slightly different loop. Instead of just running 4 miles back to Javelina Jeadquarters you take a hard left and follow an incredible single track. It's rolling and technical. Slight uphills started to burn my legs and the bright sun started to make me sweat. I finished loop 1, 22 miles, in 3h 4m. Switched my handheld for my hydration vest, threw on my ice bandana, drank a red bull and Kissed @lavariaslauren. Off I went to start loop 2. Loop 2 now went counterclockwise. I still felt good but the heat was coming.
“Focus on where you are instead of where you wish you were. The joy WILL follow..” John Bingham ❤️❤️
How was everyone’s weekend?! 🍁⭐️Ours was nice and kick-back, which was a needed because I feel like we’ve been going non stop for a few months! Our kids chose our activities which I loved! Sidewalk chalk drawing, bike rides, board games, movie night and lots of our fav game, hide n go seek!! I need to put them in charge more often 😉💙
“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” -Hal Higdon
Running is my passion; it brings me joy, gratitude, peace & serenity. It drives me to be better and sometimes it drives me to insanity.
Sometimes I have an unhealthy obsession with running, I'm okay with that. I recognize when I get there and I work on getting out of that place.
But at the same time, running gives my life purpose and structure that I live and breathe for.
I wake up early, go to bed early, watch my diet, strength train, recover, obsess, analyze, smile like a crazy MF... I do all these things to be the best that I can be.
And at the end of the day, it isn't truly about being the best runner, it's about being my best self.
And without running, I don't think I'd be living this amazing life where I dedicate so much of myself to this priceless gift called running.
Remember to always stop to take a selfie in front of obnoxiously lit mosaics.
Set off for a couple of miles but at mile 3 I felt better than I had all day and nicely distracted by the @abroadinjapan podcast so kept going. 8 miles banked, solid start for November 🏃♂️💪
Finished off October with 125 running miles! 🏃🏼♀️I was looking forward to October for a few months because of my St George Marathon! .
“I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you’re willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.” Danny Dreyer
This quote! I’m adding even more strength training into my training routine, I’m excited for this next training block as I start up my training for my 70.3 🏊🏻♀️🚴♀️🏃🏼♀️ there are few areas that I’ve been struggling with and changing up what I normally do has me excited to see the results and how it will help me grow! 💙💙