#fbf two years ago at Hellgate and my one DNF. It was disappointing not to finish such a special race but I learned much more than I would have if I had finished. Looking forward to a run with less limping and rounding this corner towards the finish on Saturday afternoon 🌿👍🏃🏻♂️
I had been hoping to make this turn around this time today and finish my third Hellgate. My first DNF is hard to swallow but better than hobbling to the finish with a long term injury. On a positive note, I still got to #run 22 miles on a beautiful cold night with friends and a frozen beard
Dirty millet from Afro-Vegan by @bryantterry and a glass of red 🌿💪🍷
Did you know that millet is naturally high in protein, requires less fertilizer and natural resources to produce, tolerates extreme weather conditions, and allows for relatively easy isolation of protein and other ingredients from the plant?
#plantbased peanut butter cheesecake at @greatsagevegan - so good! This was preceded by buffalo bites, nachos and enchiladas! All plant-based - good for the planet, good for the animals, and good for me 🙂🌿💪
I had plans to head to Maryland Heights but the forecasted freezing rain put me off driving. Instead, I headed to my favorite local hill. It’s less than half a mile to the top but with an average gradient of 12%, I can get a decent amount of vertical - if I run up and down it a bunch of times.
Thank you, hill ⛰❤️
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 🙂