Monthly Archives: June 2016

Up to Date: P2P training (May)

It’s going to take grit and grind, and desire. It’s a heart game. You can bring all the talent and say you’re going to depend on that, but that only gets you so far. Every piston has to be hitting in the engine to win. You have to execute.

-Bryan Larrison


May: 205 miles. 29,563 feet of elevation gain.

  • week 1: 35 miles. 4558′
  • week 2: 59 miles. 9769′
  • week 3: 50 miles. 7700′
  • week 4: 61 miles. 7536′

I spend almost all of my miles on the trail, with the acceptation of Tuesday. On Tuesdays, I run track and power hike on the treadmill.

I spent two days a week with a trainer in the gym, TRX, balance work, deadlifts, kettle bell. Probably some of the hardest work I have done in a gym, in a long time. I chose to meet my trainer after my run on Mondays and Thursdays. Tough work. Grit. Resilience.

Working on:

  • running in the heat. Choosing warm times of the day. Not rushing to get it done before it gets hot. Knowing it will get hot and I need to adapt.
  • hill repeating, not always fast, not always running, just repeating as a normal part of each run. Making it a habit. Habits are hard to break.
  • getting MORE comfortable in the uncomfortable.
  • eating well. Finding what works. Drinking PLENTY of water, not TOO much water. There is a difference.

What I am loving now:

Shorts: LADIES,  I have done the research and found some airy, comfortable, flattering shorts. Check out these “Hotty Hot Shorts” in LONG from Lululemon. In the running (HA) for me? Lululemon’s traditional Hotty Hot Shorts, inseam 2 1/2″. Oiselle distance shorts, inseam 3 1/4″. The “Hotty Hot Shorts” in LONG are a 4″ inseam. Perfect for my 5′ 10″, 150 pound body. They are very airy. I wear these a lot lately.

Shoes: I am still wearing my Hoka Challenger ATRs.

Pack: I am still wearing my Ultimate Direction, AK vest. I have had it for at least 3 years. I should prob look into an update, but it works and I like it.

Watch: Suunto Ambit 2. Still going strong. I did recently have to buy a new charger.




Sitting here by myself, it’s quiet. Well, not without noise. As I sit and look out at the morning, I can hear the fridge. I can hear the birds outside. I hear the occasional car. . . I hear the sights and sounds in my mind of life; happy life, sad life, confusing life, unfair life, the best life, the life of dreams. . . it can be loud.

Sometimes, it’s too loud and I turn it down.

Sometimes, I can’t hear and I turn it up.

Sometimes, it’s too much and I turn it off.

Sometimes, SHH.

I showed up for my morning run at The Park. I was the first one in the lot. It was quiet. I was meeting a friend at 7 and had plenty of time on my own to enjoy some music and some running.

As I started, I was the only one. I turned on my shuffle and began to shuffle. Taking in the solitude. The aloneness. The birds. My foot falls. My breathing. The breeze blowing through the trees, shaking and rattling the leaves. The squirrels and chipmunks in a mad rush to cross the trail before me.

Then, why was it SO loud in my head. . . the noise. Guys! We live in a loud world. Sometimes, it’s too much. At that moment, even my music of choice was too much. I had to turn it off. . . too loud, too much.

Psychological noise is defined as a person’s internal preoccupations, prejudices, opinions and other qualities that affect his ability to understand and communicate in an environment. Noise by definition is a distraction of sorts that interferes with communication, and psychological noise is a distraction from within rather than outside the individual. “A Quiet Person in a Noisy World“, by Kindred Grace Team

The forest, the woods, the mountains are making me quieter. I become more thoughtful. I can get into a sense of flow via music, running, conversation, even quiet. It can be quiet and that’s okay. I can be alone at times and that’s okay. Our world is loud. I loved this FB post from Territory Run Co.

The hype making us confirm is loud and persistent. Escaping to a quiet place isn’t running away. It is essential.

When the day-to-day doings overwhelm, it’s important to find a still place.

You can be a part & apart at the same time.

-Mary Ellen Van Buskirk, “Still Life: Calm in Motion

The psychological noise is deafening at times. I’m not sure anything in life that matters is simple. . . people. . . God. . . love. . . pain. Truth is that there is nothing in my life that is there by accident. . . people. . . God. . . love. . . pain. 

In the eyes of the world, it’s not my relationship to Jesus that matters, but my resemblance.

Praying for Resemblence


Limits. We all have them. Know yours. Know that limits are individual. Mine are not yours. The first place to start pushing your limits is your mind. You won’t be able to challenge what you are doing now, unless you believe you can. Depth of endurance is equal to the depth the mind.


/’limit/ the furthest of one’s physical or mental endurance.

synonym: utmost, breaking point

“Some athletes don’t push on their limits nearly as hard as they could. They are content – or sad – to stay at a certain level of comfort. That might be exactly the right decision, or they might be missing an opportunity, or both. Think about this for a minute. What’s true for you?”

-Marvin Zauderer, Setting and Challenging Limits.

“Self-imposed limitations are tied to a person’s self image. The lower the self image, the lower the expectations the person has for himself or herself. Until that self image improves, until that person believes he or she will be successful or is capable of more, then he or she will continually underperform no matter what program or diet is followed.”

-Robert MacDonald from and article posted in Breaking Muscle, Overcoming Self Imposed Limitations: Mind training Strategies From Gym Jones.

Some days you’re training for 1500m. Some days you’re training for mile 26. Some days mile 65 . . .

“Being willing to be uncomfortable is essential for building toughness; it’s a characteristic that will pay dividends when honed to its fullest potential.”

Jason Koop with Jim Rutberg, Training Essentials For Ultrarunning.

My 100 mile race will be finished over & over & over & over in my head long before I finish on the trail in September. I’ll embrace discomfort in as many ways as I can . . . running when it’s hottest out, repeating hills and then repeating an extra 3, running with someone faster,  so,  I cannot talk,  and I can barely keep up.

“Working on your dreams or goals can take a lot of focus. Where you put that focus matters a lot. You might know where you are and where you were, but do you know where you need to go? Imagine that next level for reaching your dreams and take steps to get there.” -Steve Bloom, 7 Ways To Push Past Your Limits and Realize Your Goals.

“These are moments in which your mind becomes entirely absorbed in the activity so that you “forget yourself” and begin to act effortlessly, with a heightened sense of awareness of the here and now (athletes often describe this as “being in the zone”). . . Thus flow is a dynamic rather than static state, since a properly constructed flow activity leads to increased skill, challenge, and complexity over time. Since one’s skill doesn’t remain static, repeating the same activity would fall into boredom; the flow reward inspires one to face harder challenges.” Pursuit of Happiness, Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi

“After going through 3 grueling workouts per week for about a month, I began to notice that pushing myself to my limit at the gym started to bleed over to other areas of my life.” -Derek Lauber, What You Need To Know About Summiting Everest, Running and Inventing Lightbulbs.

How do I limit myself?

I think. . .

I’m not as fast as they are. It’s too hot out. I’m not really feeling this. I need to lose weight. OR. . . if I lost weight. . . I should chose a race that’s easy. I can’t be ready for this race. I’m too old. Comparison.

How do I challenge myself?

I think. . .

I can do one more repeat. I love running in the heat. This will make me stronger. I can relax and complete this workout. I will love running at night. I can run 100 miles.