Didn’t let him know that I was the kind of wife that enjoys long miles in the blistering hot sun, until a few years into our marriage.
Now it’s too late for him to leave.
But I make up for it with my enthusiastic skill for baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
I’ve done the same route about 3 times in the past week. Maybe it’s the straight paths, maybe the challenging footings, or the cows who say hi every time. But what I do know is, after seeing those 1 tonne beasts my mood is elevated to another level, and my energy levels spike like crazy. Some say running allows them to have a free mind, and I’m slowly coming around to it. Just being outdoors is so good, and something I recommend to everyone. If you would like a hook on seeing these cows for yourself, let me know. Although I can’t guarantee they will be as accommodating with you, as they are with me.
1 348 hours ago
Tiger Mountain 😍 This is right about where the bees started chasing me 😅 helped keep the pace up.
1 88 hours ago
It was wet, it was cold, it was cloudy, but I’ve got it done! Wyatt refused to be in the picture, probably because I forced him to wear his coat so he didn’t get soaked clear through to his bones.
2 479 hours ago
This is what a #bonk looks like. No energy today, but that's ok, I'll just cuddle #beaarthur more!
1 219 hours ago
Ce week end j’ai pris le départ du Larzac trip Trail pas loin de millau.
Un super parcours avec une bonne équipe de bras cassés.😂
Finisher de ces 44km et 2470 de D+ en 6h08 ou je décroche une 49eme place sur presque 200.
Un peut déçu du résultat mais content d’avoir passé ce week end avec la Team 👍
La recup a été plus sage que prévue 🍺 tous le mondes étais bien mort en début de soirée 😴😴
At mile 45 or so I realized that I had run an amazing first 40 miles but that I should’ve slowed down because the heat and the humidity were killing me. Unfortunately I didn’t slow down, but severe dehydration did that for me. I struggled from 54 to 68 and called it for the day. It sucks to drop out of a race. After so much training and hard work, it sucks pretty badly. •
When I sign up for a race I always have in mind that nobody forced me to sign up for it and that there will be a component of suffering and pain. But there’s always a threshold between suffering/pain and long term safety. I peed blood and that wasn’t good. •
I am sad about the outcome. But even after running almost 70 miles one day ago today I feel strong and great. That’s my consolation. •
Who else has dropped out of a race and in what conditions? What happened to you and your mind and thinking process 2-3 days after dropping out? •
Esta vez no pude traer la medalla!! Pero más que el dorsal me traje una gran experiencia! Grandes amistades, el que saber que en el trail lo que hay es una gran solidaridad.... Gracias @ultramararonve felicitaciones a todos los que corrieron haciendo su mejor esfuerzo logrando sus objetivos!! Bello ver a los amigazos de la comunidad trail
Al team @lunatrainingclub por el entusiasmo de cada uno!! Qué invisiblemente compartimos ruta. #vamospormas#trail#trailrunner#mountainrunner#mountainrunning
Te vi pasar noches en vela cuidando a Regina y madrugando al día siguiente para salir a entrenar; te vi llegando tarde y cansado de trabajar y poner tu mochila lista porque al día siguiente tocaba entrenar distancia; te vi molido de dolor y saliendo en bici "pa aflojar"; también te vi perdiendo la batalla contra el despertador y quedándote a dormir un poco más, pero sin duda esas fueron las menos; te vi escogiendo entre los tenis muy gastados y los super gastados para la competencia porque entre tanto entrenamiento olvidaste que te faltaba el día de la carrera; te vi superando la dificultad de iniciar a correr sin tu reloj para guiar tu avance y aún asi salir con toda la energía e ilusión...
El resultado de tu disciplina, tu entrega y tu pasión se ven reflejados en este gran resultado: felicidades por ese 2do lugar mi vida!!! 🥈🎊👏🏻@edwinlopezr
Pocos sabrán lo que es correr 72 km en esos terrenos, con esa altimetría, con ese clima y ¡a ese ritmo! Eres grande, eres inspiración pura 😍 Gracias por ser todo eso para mí y para Regina 👶🏻 @alaradical@la_carronera_utc
Hours in the heat, eternal climbs, challenging downhills, strict diet, soreness days after long workouts, waking up early on the weekends... We often get caught in the "get better" trap and we forget that we actually do all of this because it is so much fun to be out there. Don't forget to enjoy every step of the way, because that is what sparked the motivation in all of us on the first place.
the canyon makes cowgirls 🤠
this run tested me a LOT. we hit pretty much every weather condition imaginable: a chilly 30 degrees in the dark at the start ⛄️, 95-100 degrees and direct sunlight in the canyon 🔥, rain ☔️, cold wind 🌬, and even snow ❄️ up at the north rim!
by the time we descended the north rim to start heading back the way we came, i was mentally done. i had only done one long mountain run over ~4 hours (and no runs EVER with more than ~6,000 ft of gain) and i was beginning to feel the repercussions of my relative lack of training 🤯😵 i started giving in to that little voice in my head that says “this hurts too much! i can’t do it!”
at first, i tried to motivate myself with anger & my need to prove myself, to prove that i’m not weak and that i’m not the wimp i always thought i was. but anger doesn’t last long enough for an ultra. it can’t fuel you to the finish. eventually the anger faded away and i found that i had a new source of motivation: gratitude. gratitude for having a body that allows me to do crazy things like R2R2R, gratitude for my family & friends who support me and my goals, and gratitude for this amazingly beautiful planet that we have been blessed with 🌎✨ the brutal last climb out of the canyon up bright angel felt never ending at times, but each step we took felt like a step away from anger & pride and a step towards gratitude & love 💞
All these elite runners are tagging their rad sponsors and I’m just like, “hey @dominos ...” 🍕🍕
But on a more serious note I think it’s super important to be clear that YES, I do love pizza.
And I also love taking care of my body with healthy foods that not only taste great but are nutritious, substantial, and help fuel my adventures, recovery, and life in general.
On our run yesterday we talked a lot about how important it is to be open about things like this when most of what people see on Instagram are pictures of salads or smoothies.
Or in my case more specifically, pizza.
While I‘m all for that, I‘m also a human who runs a lot with a tape-worm-like appetite and a pretty demanding sweet tooth.
But after 17 years of competitive running what I’ve learned and relearned the most is that your body will take care of you if you take care of it first.
Ergo, if you’re active, ya gotta eat.
And you’ve got to eat well.
I’m talking lots of greens, veggies, fruit, nuts, lean meat (if you’re into meat), and carbs.
ALL THE CARBS!
And hey, if you’re anything like me there’s probably a night or three a week where you absolutely NEED ice cream and THAT’S OK!
It’s awesome, actually.
You work so hard and you should never fear the food that’s going to get you from one adventure to the next.
Practice a little more self love by giving your body the good stuff and see what happens.
And let’s start making conversations like this normal.
Because hey, we’re all human.
Oh yeah and also because hey, food is f*^*ing delicious.
It’s nearly race time! 😬 Heading back to the Lakes this weekend for the Great Lakeland 3 Day Mountain Race (@greatlakeland3day) so excited but also very nervous about what the weekend will bring! At the moment I’m going solo navigating all three days but I’m sure I’ll meet lots of lovely people along the way too, if you’re joining for the event keep a look out for me and come say hi! 😊
📸 The iconic Cat Bells earlier this year 👌🏼