Monthly Archives: July 2014

My Hardrock Predictions

Me on Grant Swamp Ascent, Hardrock 2012

I’m heading to Camp Hardrock on Wednesday, but I’m going to post my predictions before Speedgoat Karl’s predictions go live.

After the lottery, my first thought was, The Euros are coming! The Euros are coming! Meaning Kilian Jornet, Sebastien Chaigneau, and Julien Chorier.  Seb and Julien are previous HR winners.

The field is stacked. One, Kilian Jornet won the lottery this year.  I think it’s Kilian’s race to lose. I wonder who is pacing him.

The are four other HR winners in the race Julien Chorier, Seb, Jared Campbell.  Julien won in this direction.  They would also be in my top 10.

You can’t count out home field advantage and knowing the course-and that is why I think Dakota Jones and Joe Grant will finish high also.

I don’t know anything about Kabrucki but I would give him a top 10 nod.

My other dark horse top 10 nod would be Jeff Browining. He looks all tough and all, but he shared his crackers with me after I finished the Zion 100 in twice the time he finished, winning it!.

1. Kilian
2. Julien-he won in this direction
3. Joe Grant-course knowledge
4. Dakota Jones-course knowledge
5. Seb
6. Timmy
7. Kabrucki
8. Jared Campbell-former winner of HR AND he’s finished The Barkley TWICE
9. Browning

Fitbloggin: PT Assessment: Core Work!

Retuning from my Savannah Squares run, the treadmill was open at the Move Forward Booth.  It seemed like a good time as any to get my gait analyzed.  It probably helped that I was good and warmed up too.

I ran for about five minutes or so on the treadmill, while the PT (I think his name was Steve?) watched my body run from the side, the back, and the other side. Then he said “stop” and then went over his short evaluation.

Foot Strike Pattern: Heel striker! Yes, I am one of those!

Hip Extension-is there adequate bilateral hip extension?  This seemed to be okay

Pelvic Tilt-is there presence of anterior or posterior pelvic tilt?  I have a slight forward (anterior) tilt

Trunk Side Bend-during mid-stance, does the participant’s trunk bend ipsilaterally (same side) or contralaterally (opposite side) to the striking foot?

I tilt to my left a little while running.  it was an AHA moment!  “So this is why my hydration vest slides off my shoulder, all time, while running?”  It’s not the vest,  it’s ME?

I asked what would be helpful here, and he said Core Work. Yes, I thought that was kind of going to be the answer.  That’s fine, that is something I am being “planning” on doing, now it’s time to implement.

Lateral pelvic drop-how much does the pelvis drop to the opposite side of the body to the striking foot-I’m okay here

Knee separation-when running, are the knees narrowly or wide separated-This was okay too

Rear foot position-is there an inward or outward rolling of either the left or right foot-I’m a pronater

Trunk rotation-does the trunk rotate to the left and to the right symmetrically or asymmetrically while running-I am more to the left

Arm swing-does the participant’s arm swing to the left and right symmetrically or asymmetrically-again, to the left

Overall, I have pretty good form, which was what I believed.  It was interesting to know I do have a tendency to the left.  I am working on that.

I started the 30 Day Planking Challenge.  Again! I failed horribly in June, but July is a new month.  Knowing I can improve my running form is good incentive to get started on some core work.

Happy Independence Day!

Image courtesy of nuttakit / ll

It’s Independence Day! This marks out RESET Button for the rest of the year.

It’s been a rough six months.  My husband was ill, but is about 90% or so.

The house rewire is done.  The house drywall hasn’t even begun, but I’m good with that.

This was the big STRESSOR:

I wasn’t allowed to pubicly talk about it.  My husband did not want anyone on-line to know we were down one dog.

My dog was in the hospital from the end of February to June 30.  She cut the pad of her foot in January.  It got infected.  She had several rounds of antibiotics.  We finally took her to Medvets in Columbus, where they put her foot in a big spiffy cast.

We let her run a bit too freely and the cast twisted.  She got more spots on her leg due to the twisting. They got infected.  We took her to the local vet for a dressing change, and he said “take her to Columbus”.

She almost lost the leg.  But it got better, because she was under lockdown in a kennel in the hospital.

We visited her about every three days. It’s a 100 mile trip.  It took about five hours out of the day, to drive 1.5 hours, visit with her for about one hour, drive home.

Many times I was trying to get a run completed on these days.  That was very hard to do.

I was very depressed.  My other dogs were down too.  I would have fun playing with the at home dogs, then think of her, in the hospital.  I felt guilty.  But what could we do?  She was in the best place in the country.  I’ve drank and ate more from stress, and also of not being able to articulate myself on my blog.  I’ve read the comments that I have been whiny, that I’m not my “happy go lucky self”  on my blog.  I did not reply to these comments because of my husband’s request to keep her situation off the public domain of the web. I was whiny.  I was terribly stressed.  I was operating at about a 8/10 on a stress meter scale.

The only highlight of the last 6 months (not counting Fitbloggin, which just happened) was getting my three races completed: TWOT, Zion, and my Medina Half Marathon.  At least I had something positive come out.

The girl is home.  She’s still on a bit of restriction, getting dog-walked on a leash (she doesn’t like that!) but she’s home.

She’s home.

So this is a reset.  The next six months are going to be MUCH better than the last six months.


Fitbloggin Recap of Sorts & Some Blog Clarity

That title won’t win any search engine optimizations..

First thing-I won’t be able to remember more than 10 names. And other than Roni, I can’t put together the person to the blog name-let  alone their  Twitter handles.

Second thing-I was stoked to see the “Over 40” Small Session!  That was such a good ice breaker and intro to Fitbloggin for me.  It was good to be around some “like-minded” people who are at a certain age where “we don’t care” .

Third thing-My word that I got from Fitbloggin was “Acceptance”.  Everybody is in their journey, at different stages of their journey.

It was a great adventure to meet a bunch of people who are celebrating life as the persons they are now, not what they are going to be in six months or two years down the road.  It was neat to meet people of all shapes and sizes all committed to working toward or into a healthy lifestyle.

Looking over my notebook, I’ve got about six pages of various ideas and action plans on ways to improve my blogging/website/branding. I’ve got books to read, websites to explore, new people to interact with.

Blog Musings

One theme that kept emerging during the various talks was stay true to yourself, stay true to your brand.  Be authentic.

I have to be me. I’m not going to look to brands or companies that I don’t have an interest in, or is not something that fits into my trail or ultra world or my definition of fitness.  I don’t want to review products that I already know I don’t believe in or know it’s something that I would never use.

My blog is about my definitions of trail and ultra running, training, fitness and adventure in my world.  I don’t see me expanding the blog (at this time) to areas outside of this. Although there will be the “Home Remodel” series, but that’s what’s going on in my life!

I have felt funny in the past about trying to monetize my blog.  I have kind of gotten over this.
I now know I don’t need to sit around and wait for a company for a to knock on my blog door and offer me products or services. I’ve learned a few ways to promote myself.  I’ve learned it’s perfectly okay to reach out to companies, and I won’t necessarily sell my soul to the devil or sell out to “the man”.   That’s something I can work toward.

I have  realized that I like to tell a story on my  blog.  Perhaps this is why I am not the biggest Tweeter or FB’er.  I like to tell stories, with a start, and finish.  I will continue to do this with my blog-that’s what I do. I try to be thoughtful in my blog posts; telling how a run or race went, good or bad. 

I have also decided to move forward with my podcast.  I need to sit down and come up with some SMART goals for that, and a deadline for getting the first one-or five-completed and out there in the interwebs.

Whew! I went from writer’s block to having enough content for the next four months! I’ve got new people’s blogs to read, lots of blogging content, I just have to sit down, concentrate, and write!  (It  has helped tremendously that CCS is gone; I’ve not even missed it!!)

Today I Deleted Candy Crush Saga

It wasn’t them, it was me.

It was time for it to go.

At first it was just fun.  Then it was a way to “destress”  at lunch time.  Instead of doing some more productive after I ate my lunch, just play on.  Sure, I had other things I could do, but it was kind of like justifying food treats-” I’ve had a bad day-a boring day-a stressful day-” so I am going to eat XXX “cuzz I deserve it”.

I played CCS on our boring drives to Columbus twice a week, so I wouldn’t notice my husband’s driving practices. I played CCS on lunch break.  I’ve played it..too much.

I played it today, in the airport waiting on flights. I played it during the flight. I changed my phone’s time so I could get more lives. I still couldn’t pass the level I’ve been on for at least a week. I knew it was time to go.

I’ve got things to do with my time.  I’m always complaining about not having enough time in the day to accomplish my goals, yet here I am, whiling away my life, playing CCS.  This is the only game I play played on my phone-I never played Angry Birds, or anything else.  The thing with CCS is it’s simplicity.

I feel pretty refreshed after my blogging conference weekend. I think the writer’s block is over.  I feel empowered to get my podcast going for real this time.

So good bye CCS.  It’s gone, off the phone.  Let’s get some stuff done in real life rather than Candy Land!

14 in 2014 2nd Quarter Wrap Up

1. Take a picture each month and store them somewhere I can find them!  I now routinely do this! That was an easy habit to establish!

2. Finish TWOT-DONE!

3.  Write a letter to the future me-haven’t done it yet.  

4.  Get to my goal weight-nope. I’ve been eating poorly, I need to hop back on the wagon with some clean eating.

5. Get into a routine with yoga-haven’t even started.

6, Finish Reverse Ring-DNS.  I think I could just change this to Finish  The Ring 2014!

7. Finish Zion 100-Boom, done, thirty hours and change.

8. Have a day at the spa for myself-I got a spa day! Massage, pedicure and a good haircut!  That was much needed!

9. Go on a solo adventure-I hiked around Angels Landing. I’m also going to CoI’lorado by myself in a few days,

10. Run a sub 26 minute 5K-summer goal

11. Paint the hallway and hang my running T-shirt quilt on the wall-

Not yet! This is the chaos which will become my workout room.

12. Organize my photos-whoops, this probably could be lumped under #1

13. Expand and promote my blog-My blog now does  have a Facebook page, but I have not done much work on FB with that.  I’ve been listening to a bunch of Blogging podcasts.  I will have just returned from Fitbloggin 14 so I should be supercharged for blogging and blog design now!

14. Declutter my house, room by room, area by area-at the moment, it looks pretty bad.  Most rooms of the house are torn apart; there are holes in every wall of the house.  We have drywall repair to do and then that means every room will need to be repainted.  The repainting is fine, the house really needs the painting.  This is going to be a very slow process, but there will be blog posts about the progress here!