Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My new favorite running picture

Christie took this on Three Bears trail in the foothills on July 23rd.  We were out enjoying the hills and supporting Amy on first 20 mile run ever.  The best thing about this photo is that we were on mile 12, I believe, and the sun is just beginning to come over the mountain tops!

Three Bears at sunrise July 23rd

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The King and Queen

Jack Lalanne age 93
Exercise is king and nutrition is queen.  Put them together and you have a kingdom. - Jack Lalanne

Saw this earlier and had to share.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Don't Mess With The Fat Kid T-shirt

I mentioned here the other day that I would like to get a t-shirt made that said, DON'T MESS WITH THE FAT KID. I know it isn't my normal supportive kind of attitude but after being overweight forever, I just felt like it was something I needed to do to move on. On TV and movies, it is always the fat person being the butt of the jokes or the bumbling idiot. Most people laugh and think it’s hilarious. My reaction, ALWAYS (now and before) was ‘why do they have to make fun of the fat kid?’ Unfortunately, kids pick up this mentality young and keep it going.

I am hoping the t-shirt will give people a reason to ask me the story behind it. It has my blog address on it so I hope people will go check it out for themselves if they don’t feel comfortable asking me about it. When I ordered the t-shirt in the mall, the cashier didn’t say a word when I showed her the design. After she rang it up, she asked for my drivers license to check my signature on the credit card and I gave her my old one… Then she asked me about the story behind the t-shirt!

All little back story. The t-shirt I ordered is bright orange with black military style lettering. The color is significant. Before I lost weight, I had about five t-shirts and four of them were orange (the other one was this one). One 3X t-shirt Michelle’s step mom got me from Hawaii, one 3X Boise State football shirt, and two identical 3X Idaho Power shirts (blaze orange for safety). I also had two pair of shorts I wore all the time, one blue and one green. One day, 'someone' made the comment that I should stop wearing the big orange shirts with the green shorts because I am as fat as I am tall and I look like a pumpkin.

I have to admit that hurt to hear. SO, in honor of my pumpkin-ness the DONT MESS WITH THE FAT KID t-shirt is orange! Oh, one more thing I would like to mention. The person who made that comment...weighs 65 pounds more than I do now.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Set a goal, tell everyone who will listen, and stick to your plan.

I have decided to take my own advice and tell everyone what my official new goal is.   Official because I actually signed up.  I will be working on creating some luck between now and then.  Here is my take on LUCK!

I have used a training plan for all other races so I tried to find something I could stick to for the most part and this is what I found.

The elevation is crazy, but the scenery is amazing........

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mountain Stomping Ultra Clobbering Runner Dude!!

This is from Christie's DailyMile page.  I kept mis-quoting Runs4brains first comment so I thought I would just put it here....

Friday, July 1, 2011

The best 10 minute mile I ever ran........

Mile 25.8 of the Boston Marathon
I got a photo from the race I thought I would share. When I started to fade at the end I figured I would enjoy myself by high fiving everyone I could. This was the best part of the day! Wouldn't trade it for anything.

Don't mess with the FAT KID

I know this isn't my normal upbeat supportive kind of thing......BUT this is how I felt for many years and I am ok with it.  It might even be a good conversation starter!  Tell me what you think.  I would like to use this for a race t-shirt..........

3.1 Mile Marker - Look how far we've come

At mile 44
  When Christie and I were finishing up our 50 miler the other day, we were on the greenbelt (its an asphalt path that follows the Boise River here in town). From the center of town, it is marked in either direction every tenth of a mile.

Our turnaround point ironically, was just about 3.1 miles or a 5k, which is a wonderful goal and first step for many new runners. It was a subtle reminder of just how far Christie and I, as well as many of my running buddies, have come from where we ALL started.

So if your goal is to run a 5k, I say go for it.  Eveyone has to start somewhere.  We both did!  There is no such thing as a bad run.....every day I can do what I choose without worrying about my health is a good day.

Funny Video at the end our 50 the other day.....
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