WHY I Run??

Well that's a loaded question. Sooo many answers, I don't know where to begin. I'll go over a few. EXERCISE I started with a learn to run group and they helped me run my first 10km. From there I somehow went to 25km, road marathons and ultra trail races. If I look back and reflect on my training, I don't how I went from a 10km to Ultra-running. I love to eat. It's my skinny pill. This allows me to EAT! And runners like donuts. SOCIAL I love the social part of running. The unfortunate part for me is running is a female dominated sport and ask any of my running friends....I've become just one of the girls on the trail!! Out on trail we talk about everything (yes about you LOL). We don't judg

Pre Race Gibbly Goo

Its 1 week out from the biggest race I've ever done, or even thought of doing! People ask me if I'm excited, am I ready, do you feel trained enough? Truly it's weird, at this time I feel nothing. Shock Is this shock? Am I truly so freaked out that my brain can't even comprehend whats about to happen? I've spent a year planning, training, agonizing over gear and this race, and now that its here I feel nothing??? I clearly must be losing my mind. TransAlpine This race is going to be amazing, 7 days running through the Alps in Germany, then Austria, then end in Italy, with a total of almost 300km and 16000 meters of elevations gain. I mean WOW what a gift this is to be able to go and have this

Here We Go

As We Sit In The Nose Bleed Section Heading to Germany for the TransAlpine, eating our in-flight paid meal, paying for wifi, and trying to wait out the beautiful flight attendant to get to the bathroom, the butterflies have finally kicked in, or wait is that gas? My race partner (Alison) is obsessing about her luggage and what she did or did not pack, where she packed it and if she will ever be able to find anything. She's wants someone to invent an App that tells you what you have packed and where so that you don't have to pack and unpack 7 million times. I'm still waiting to go to the bathroom and she is still talking about her luggage lol. This may be a long 2 weeks. Aren't we a pair! Pla

Trail Dogs

There's nothing better than a running partner that never complains, doesn't care far you run, is happy with any pace and is always in a good mood! Mine is named Chip. A mix of black Lab, Schnauzer and a little crazy thrown in there. She has endless energy. BREED Thinking of getting a dog to run with? There's no best breed as I would say it's more of a best size. I've had large and medium sized dogs. Large dogs are great for 10km or so but Chip who's about 30 pounds can do the long distance and wants more! FOOD & WATER Just like you your dog needs and water on the trail. If there's no creeks around I give her water from my bag and pack her some kibble in a Ziploc. If your going long you may w

FISH TACOS WITH MANDARIN ORANGE SALSA

Ingredients Mandarin Orange Salsa Ingredients: 2 mandarin oranges in segments 2 Tbsp. chopped red bell peppers 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp. chopped red onion 1/2 Tbsp. finely diced, seeded jalapeño dash of salt Taco Ingredients: 2 (6 oz) tilapia filets or other mild fish of your choice 2 tsp. blackening powder (or favorite rub) 4 small flour tortillas 1 handful mixed salad greens 1 lime, quartered Directions To prepare the salsa, gently toss the 5 salsa ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside. Place fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle fish evenly on both sides with seasoning. Broil 6 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. (You could also grill th

Phantom Injuries

OMG I think I might be injured! Has this ever happened to you? You've done all the training, your feeling fatigued yet strong, and you feel a twinge! What! am I injured? how did this happen? Im pretty sure this has happened before 90% of the race that I have run.I freak out every single time because each time it's real, I'm really injured this time! Why! Race Pressure All the weeks, months of training are about to come together for the big goal. One of the ways we relieve pressure is by giving ourselves an excuse or an out why we can't do it. If we’ve put in all the training, then the only option left for us to not perform how we want to is an injury, or that’s what we’re subconsciously rat

Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers

4 large bell peppers (about 2 pounds) 2 cups small cauliflower florets 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided Pinch of salt plus ½ teaspoon, divided Pinch of ground pepper plus ¼ teaspoon, divided 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 pound lean ground beef 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella Preparation Prep 40 m Ready In 1 h Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice off stem ends of bell peppers. Cut the flesh from the stem and chop. You should have about 1 cup. Scoop out seeds from the pepper cavities. Bring about an inch of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Steam the peppers until starting

Ultra Running Snacks

Gluten-Free Banana Waffles SERVINGS› 8 TIME› 20 minutes 1 cup coarse gluten-free bread crumbs ½ cup white rice flour ¼ cup ground almonds pinch of ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup almond milk 1 large ripe banana Heat the waffle iron. Place the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse quickly to combine. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the eggs and almond milk and stir briskly. Pour this into the food processor, add the banana, and pulse. Batter should be smooth and somewhat dense. Pour enough batter into each waffle form to nearly fill all the squares (the batter will expand when pressed). Cook until the outside of the waffle feels cr

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone!!!

It's Gonna Hurt A Little Training for fast short distances is not going to feel great, but it has great benefits for your aerobic capacity. Most endurance athletes rock the low intensity exercise settling into a pace and just cruising comfortably for hours at a time. However when training high speed work you can see big results in a relatively short amount of time. Short distance fast pace running and the training it requires, not only can improve the flow of oxygenated blood to muscle tissue, and help improve leg speed and efficiency. It Won't Disappear Adding in high aerobic workouts for a short distance can only benefit your long distance training by putting your body in a high lactate st

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