Thursday, April 17, 2014

Highlands Trail in the Boise Foothills

I went out last Sunday with Cory Harelson and ran the Hulls Gulch, Scotts, Corrals, Highland, Bobs loop and he snapped this amazing picture just and the sun was in the perfect spot. Love this picture.

Struggle and Strength

My friend Jenny shared this post on Facebook from Zig Ziglar's page.

This pretty much sums up how I feel looking back.  I would not be who I am today without going through the tough times and struggles to find what was hidden deep inside.  For that I am grateful.  I feel like I am a better person today and there is nothing that can get me down because I know I am capable of overcoming whatever life throws at me.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Antelope Island Buffalo Run - Taper Week

I have been pondering what I might say in a race report after the Buffalo Run 100 miler on Friday.  Since I did the race last year the report will undoubtedly be a lot different.  Sometimes I like to write them as if I am sharing my experience so others can learn from my mistakes and successes and sometimes its more of a play by play.  I have always hated when ultra runners tell newbies 'We are all an experiment of one.'  Which by all accounts is true.  The useful information an answer like this provides however is absolutely nothing!  The reason I ask the question in the first place is because I want to know what YOUR 'experiment of one' looked like so I can start trying some things.  Anyway, I have approached training a bit differently this year and have been doing some things different hoping to see some different results.  Either way, I'll be back to report on MY experiment of one so I can continue to figure out what does and does not work for me.

The goal this year is to break 20 hours.  That isn't a big stretch from the 21:12 last year but still improvement nonetheless.  It is hard to quantify how much energy we wasted trying to stay warm in the crazy cold temperatures so that should give us a good bit of energy back.

During taper week I often find myself with lots on my mind, too much energy, and work seems to always get crazy.  Found these while trying to relax at lunch today!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Berry - Daily Motivation - The Price of Success

I saw this today and it made me smile because I know it's true! For more motivational stuff go to

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Morning Workout

Found this on Daily Motivation page a while back.  No equipment...good workout.  I just printed it and put it in my room.  Adjust as needed to make it harder or easier.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Health Club or Club Sandwich?

I was following someone on the greenbelt by the river today that reminded me of a situation from way back in 2001.

This woman looked just like someone I used to work with.  One day my coworker was doing one of those goofy questionnaires in a magazine and asked me if I wanted to try it.  Sure, why not?  I only remember one question.  Health Club or Club Sandwich?  I said health club and she rolled her eyes at me as if to say 'Ya right fat boy...I'm putting you down for a club sandwich.'

I was over 300 pounds then so I understood why she acted that way but it really hurt my feelings and I was pissed about it.  Today, as I recalled this memory there was no anger.  Only a smile, and the thought of wishing I could reintroduce myself to her and say look at me now.

My 4 year anniversary of maintaining my weight loss is this week.  I have learned over this time that losing weight is the easy part.  Keeping it off for the rest of your life is a monumental challenge.  I am blessed that I have a family that supports me and fortunate to have found a love of running which has helped me maintain my weight over the past 4 years.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

You are not special!

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you,”
David McCullough Jr. (Wellesley High School - You are not special commencement speech)

I found this today on a Marius Schwager's blog and it really hits home for me.  When I started my weight loss and running I have tried to do it for just one person, me.  I often tell people I am nobody special, which I am not. As I prepare for races I am usually fairly quiet and like to let my result be a reflection of all the hard work I put in (or unfortunately did not put in).  I realized when I signed up for my first 100 miler that I could not do this for the acceptance of others or the recognition of doing something so crazy.  
I made a deal with myself before ever signing up I wouldn't do so until I could answer two questions honestly.  First, could I look myself in the mirror and genuinely say that I would still sign up even if my friends didn't.  Second, would I still have the motivation to train properly every day even if I had to run every training day alone.  I signed up for the Bear 100 in July and ran a great majority of my runs alone.  There were several friends that did that race but we didn't spend much time on the trail together chatting.  I am happy to say that I never had even the smallest thought of quitting or not finishing that day...or any day since.  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Excellent Trained ALL WINTER

I remember seeing the New Balance advertising campaign "Let's Make Excellence Happen" when I was in Boston back in 2011.  I found some of the pictures here.  

The one that really stuck with me was the first one of the runner in the snow.  I believe there was some inset captions that said something like...Race results are made on a cold snowy Tuesday in February.  I often think of this when I don't want to get out of bed in the morning to run or workout.  My goals mean more to me than sleeping now I guess.

The last photo was prior to the 2013 race, similar sentiment.

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