Learning Patience….and a few other tricks in life..

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noun

1. the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

Patience…Do you have it?  I don’t, especially when it comes to myself.  If I have things to do, I want to check it off my list pronto!  If I have things scheduled, I want to do them…NOW.  I’m not a fan of waiting and I don’t like to have people waiting on me.  Ask my mom and dad 😉 I guess at times I have a bit of a type A personality…but then at other times I can be really relaxed and calm.  I do have anxiety, especially heightened after my accident, but I’m not ashamed of it anymore.  I think more people struggle with anxiety than we think.  It’s important to get help and have a great support system, people who you can talk with. My hubs is my rock and I’ve turned to him a ton over the past 25 years together, we can talk about anything and I can be truly myself around him.  Also working with a therapist and learning tricks to cope with anxiety has helped me when certain situations arise that may cause my heart to really “pitter patter”.  Deep breathing exercises are one of the best helpers for me, also a little yoga mat time never hurts.

My great friend, Astrid @ Vttrailgirl shared a beautiful and touching post about what goes on in her head during a run.  I loved how she said her head is a “bad neighborhood” at times when she’s alone. (Please check it out, it’s a wonderful post)  This hit home, because so many times I feel this as well.  Not just on runs but with everyday life…. “You can’t do this” “Your injury  won’t heal in time for the 100” “You don’t fit in” etc.. but I try and let them roll by like a cloud in the sky.  I see them, and set them free.  I have had my share of negative thoughts creep back in after my little setback with my tendon/ankle.  Negative thoughts can really rule the mind if you let them, or you can choose to let Happy thoughts trump the negative ones.  You can choose to wallow in the self pity or you can see the positives all around you.  I’m now seeing my setback as a positive, because I’m certain those shoes would have caused problems down the road when my mileage really started to crank up.  I’d rather have the injury in January rather than May.  I’ve also learned, don’t fix things that aren’t broken.  This can be a life lesson for sure.

Patience.  Do you struggle with it?  In a world where we have to wait very little for anything, I feel it’s important to practice good patience. If you want to watch a movie, you download it, a song..boom, it’s in your iTunes, a gift or toilet paper, viola Amazon is there.  I was not blessed with the patience gene, haha, we know having patience isn’t something you’re born with, but I still lack it at times.  I’m a fixer, I want answers quick so I can fix whatever the problem is.  Like my ankle/tendon, I want it fixed now!  My chiropractor told me I have to rest, pure and simple if I want to heal this.  So, I’m practicing patience.   Living in the moment, is a great start to learning patience.  Being present and not letting  your mind wander to the what ifs.  I also feel the guilt settle in when I’m sitting with cranberries on my ankle doing nothing, but what I do see as well, is a family that pitches in and helps one another.  From doing dishes to laundry, shoveling donkey manure, or snow, we make it work.  We make it work, because we love and support one another.  We support each others hopes and dreams, from being a golfer on the PGA, to lighting it up in the NBA, to running ultra 100 mile races, we are all there to allow those dreams to grow.  So I’m making a conscience effort to be patient, especially with myself.  I’m also learning to love myself, for who I am, not for anyone else, but for me.  I’m gonna cut myself a little slack and know in the end, it’ll all work out.  Because I surround myself with people I love, who love me back for who I am, always.

I’m feeling much better.  It’s been 19 days since I did damage to my tendon, but each day I see improvement, walking is much better!  We all gotta have a little faith that everything will be ok, right?  If anyone out there struggles with patience, anxiety, etc, let me know what your tricks are to help soothe your soul………..cheers xoxo

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Until next time,

See you on the trails soon & happy training….. xoxo

Krista 🙂

Holy Shit…this is real!!

“If you can dream it, You can do it”

~Walt Disney

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Elevation map and details of the VT 100

Well, I took the first step in my 100 mile running dream…..I signed up for the VT 100! My palms were sweaty and my heart was pounding…a wee bit crazy, I know….. but I had all this adrenaline pumping through me as my fingers clicked checkout on RegRun.  Click…”You’re all registered for the VT 100″ “AHHHHHHHH…..Holy Shit, this is real!!”

My training isn’t going as planned so far.  When does anything in life really stick to “the plan?”.  I did something to my ankle about 12 days ago. I was running along smoothly, about nine miles into my first loop of 12 miles, it was suppose to be a 20 mile day.  All of a sudden I had this weird pain on the outside of my ankle, no “Ah-Ha” moment of rolling it or awkward step.  I was running with Guy and I told him the sensation I was having.  It was like something was catching in my mid ankle and tender to the outside to the touch . A feeling I’ve never had. I know broken bone pain and I do feel I have a high threshold to pain, so this was a “weird pain” not a “cry pain”.  We walked for a bit and I stopped to stretch it.  We continued on slowly for the last three miles to our house (our house was going to be the quick pit stop before the next eight mile loop).  I got back, took a seat on my yoga mat and did some more stretching.  My calves were pretty tight, as they generally are since being in my Altra’s, which I read comes with the territory of running in a zero drop shoe.  For the most part, besides some tightness here and there at the beginning of a run, I have felt the best I have, both physically and mentally in a LONG time.  So this was a bit of a shock, to say the least, especially since it came out of nowhere.  I was on day 11 of my Winter Warrior Challenge, boo…..my longest running streak ended there.  I iced it, elevated, iced.  My son was already getting his heel looked at the next day, so I was able to jump in after his appointment to get a quick X-ray.  I figured it would be a great starting point.  X-ray was clean, phew, but as I was told (and read online…..lots and lots of googling on stress fractures) a stress fracture may not show up right away.  I let the PA (who is also a family friend) know my plans and dreams for the third weekend in July.  So, he put me in a walking boot and said REST, REST and more REST, until I see you in ten days.

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Frozen cranberries are the best ice pack

So of course, I’m bumming…..but it does feel a lot better to walk on it now, but not perfectly normal to want to run on it yet.  I’m going to see my Chiropractor, Beth  tomorrow, who I have so much faith in.  She knows the “whole” body so well. Hoping she may have some insight. Before I really delve back into training, I’m thinking I may need an MRI. Mostly because I’ve had two different sets of  X-rays ten days apart that are both clean, but I don’t feel 100%.  I think we live and learn from mistakes.  I switched shoes back in November.   I’ve always run in Asics with ZERO issues, chirping that I’ve have no leg problems, nada, it’s usually  my stomach!!  So I will be going back to my Asics, whom I have a new appreciation for…BIG TIME!!!!!

Six months out.  Not my ideal way to start the official training off, but right now I feel I have time still.  I’m grateful that I know my body well enough to stop when things feel odd and be patient in the healing progress, God knows I learned how to do that with the kick injury I endured almost two years ago.  I need lots of good mojo from all my friends and family…..and I hope to be back on the trails soon!!!

In the meantime, I’m reading such a great book!!  “Nowhere near first” by Cory Reese.  It is such a great read.  It’s awesome to read a book by a real person, who is not famous, or elite….just someone like you or I.  Funny, heartwarming, crazy stories.  Definitely want to to the R2R2R now!!!!  Uncle Jim, we may be hitting you up for staying at your place sometime.  So want to bring the kids to do this!!! A must read!!!

So the plan is still on….VT 100….If for some reason I am set back and I have to stop my training for a lengthly time, I’ll shoot for the Javelina Jundred or Ghost Train 100, which are both in October of 2017. The VT 100 is my dream one to run first, because I have so many great memories out on those trails with Song (my beloved Morgan gelding), as we shared four VT 100’s and a win together there in 2004 (the year I was four months pregnant with my youngest the day of the race).  I know every turn of that course via horseback,  I tear up just thinking about him, he was a one-of-a kind horse.  I also have so many new memories with Guy, the boys, and Elaine and Christine and so many friends.  I’m looking so forward to sharing the trails with him and many friends near and far. It truly is a magical one.  I’m staying upbeat and positive……that’s what heals!

Until next time..hope to see you on the trails soon,

Krista xoxoxo

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The dreaded boot….I’m out of it for now…

 

 

 

Forward Progress…….

 

“Don’t try to rush the progress..Remember- a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep Believing.”

~Kara Goucher

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Snowy trails…….

I love Kara’s quote above…..makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?  We as humans, tend to want to rush the process, I know I tend to. Hurry up and move onto the next thing.   I’m working on slowing things down in my life and really enjoying the moments when I’m in them.  I think we all want to achieve that in life, sometimes we let so many worries overwhelm us, when in fact, 99% of that worrying is useless chatter in our heads. Looking to the little moments in life like, seeing a  beautiful hawk fly high above you, hearing the giggles of your kids in the other room as they make a crazy shot in the Nerf hoop, smiling at a random stranger, cozying up by the fire with a loved one, running down a trail listening to a favorite song as you breathe in the cold invigorating air, these are the moments that fuel me.  Make sure you take the time for you and know that whatever goals you have in your life, you can obtain….you may take baby steps, but each forward progress, is one inch closer to your glory.

I know with running, I’m loving the training immensely this year.  Today will mark day ten in my running streak (I’ve never in my life, ran more than two days in a row!!).  I feel surprisingly good!! I thought my legs would be fried, or mentally I wouldn’t want to keep going for days.  Yet, I’m eating it up (and I literally want to eat everything in the fridge and cupboards!!), loving the time in the Vermont fresh air.  Nothing wakes you up like running in temps in the single digits. Which is funny because I was always a huge hater of winter (sometimes wondering how could I be born in a state, in which six months out of the year you are cold!!)…couldn’t stand it.  Would dread winter coming, as early as September.  This year my motto is EMBRACE WINTER!! Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying something you love, you may surprise yourself, you may even enjoy it.

My great friend and training buddy, vttrailgirl  and I, had a blast the other day running. We chewed up 11 miles together, laughing, catching up and of course there were picture moments had….  after our run, she recommended that I try Ultragen Recovery Drink.  We enjoyed a glass of it, as we sat at my kitchen table.  Ultragen says you have a 30 minute “Window of Opportunity” following a hard workout to refuel exhausted muscles and restore energy levels. It has loads of Vitamins, BCAA, Glutamine, Protein, and many more goodies and it’s gluten, lactose free.  This is known to deliver all the nutrients to maximize your recovery, after a hard workout.  I’m going to give it a try.  I ordered the Chocolate flavor, because I can never get enough of chocolate…..I’ll keep you posted on my individual results.

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vttrailgirl and I enjoying a selfie break in our 11 mile run….. don’t forget to make your training fun and goofy!

Another great friend who I love running with has a blog kidstrailrunning. She turned me onto to Trevor Hall’s music.  The other day on my 7 miler run, I had Green Mt. State in my earbuds….total goosebumps as I ran down the trail, taking in all this great state has to offer..love you VT!! Thanks Jules for sharing your love of this song with me………

I hope you Enjoy it as much as I do ❤ ❤ ❤  …..

Trevor Hall’s “Green Mtn. State” about ours truly…Vermont ❤

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Keep pushing, one step at a time…..

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My hubs and oldest battled the cold and rocked out 5 miles a few days ago…..WTG!!!

Thanks for following my running journey……look forward to seeing where you go in 2017!! Keep believing……

Until next time,

Happy trails… xoxoxoxo

Krista 🙂

What lies ahead……and a few peeks back at 2016..

“When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward to your future”

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The sky’s the limit!!! I’m wearing the INKnBURN Ascent Tech shirt and Cable knit Capris.  

This past year was one of “finally letting go” of my injury…… Letting go is a powerful thing.  It’s allowed me to really focus on my future.  Like the above quote, until you bring peace to your past, whether it’s an illness/injury, bad relationship, work woes, or other issues in your life, you can never really focus on what is right in front of you or what is ahead of you.  Goodbye past….. hello 2017….

If you’ve been following me, I haven’t written in a while, which seems to be a theme.  I just finished writing my brief write-up on Iceland (That trip was in AUGUST!).  I could have written pages and pages, but I’m hoping I gave you a glimpse of what lies in Iceland for you.  Perhaps you are ready to make your own memories there or somewhere that speaks to you.  If you need any help or have any questions, I’d be happy to assist.

I’m looking ahead to goals for 2017…I would love to blog more.  Writing is very freeing  for me and if I can inspire just one person to “get up and get out” and explore what’s around them, then amen! Most of you know my big goal for 2017…is the VT 100.. YIPPEE!!! I’ve written about this before, because I believe that if you want something bad enough, talking about it keeps you focused.

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Here’s the sticker I bought from ULTRASTICKS, I’m hoping this baby will have a home on my car in JULY!

I was so elated in December to become an Ambassador for INKnBURN.  I’ve been running in their incredible tech wear since this past Fall. I was so in love with the company, that I decided to give it a chance and send in my application along  with tons of other INKnBURN addicts 😉 I’m glad they gave me a shot at promoting their clothing.  I love carrying my iPhone for mini photo shoots on my runs (love when my hubs joins in on the fun, he’s a great sport)  All their clothing is 100 mile tested and I love how happy I feel wearing it. There is no chafing, rubbing, riding up or down.  The Dry I.C.E. fabric wicks away moisture and keeps me super cool on my long run.  I love the design of their pockets, it easily holds my iPhone and that eliminates me wearing the dreaded running belt 🙂  I’m so happy to finally have figured out my running attire, shorts/capris that finally stay put and don’t cut off the circulation around my stomach… check them out at www.inknburn.com.  Stand out in the crowd!!!

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Here my hub is sporting the Phoenix tech shirt. It’s inspired by the mythological bird that recycles its own life.  It ignites itself into a magnificent fire, only to reemerge from its own ashes, reborn, renewed and very much alive.  The colors of this shirt are brilliant!!!

I was super stoked to connect with an incredible runner/blogger who is also training for her first 100 miler.  The funny story is that we’ve already met at last years VT 100 while standing in the Porta Potty line waiting for our runners.  We started chatting about running and horses and donkeys, it was like we were long-lost friends…who knew months later we’d reconnect via Instagram!  Be sure to follow her at Irideandrun She’s got some amazing tips on running and sweet adventures to follow!

An App I found that is incredible is called Charity Miles .  For every mile you run or walk, Charity Miles Sponsor will donate .25 to your charity of choice. Why not help others while you are doing something you love?   After I finish lacing up, I choose from 30 charities that I’d like to donate to, click the app on and I’m off and running. The GPS in the app keeps track of my mileage and they do the rest! Today I ran for the Wounded Warriors Project.  It really puts the focus on someone other than yourself when you run………..

I’m currently reading “Running on Empty” by Marshall Ulrich.  He’s a hoot, logging in over 3,063 miles across our great nation.  This guy is a true beast. Check his book out here…. Running on Empty. I find myself laughing and crying about his life story, so much living here!

I’m on day 3 of the Winter Warrior Challenge!!!! You must run everyday outside for the whole month of January! BRRRR….. I’ve logged 22.14 miles in so far!  I’m excited to see how I’ll feel after running that many days in a row, I’ve never run more than 3-4 days consecutively, so my body will be wondering, WTH is going on??? HMMMMM Check back in later to see how I’m doing! 🙂

Lastly, I’m so impressed with my Yaktrax I bought for winter running.  I’ve run twice in them so far and wow!!! No Slipping!!! My first run with them was on glare ice, there would have been No way in heck that I could have even stood up on the roads, let alone Run!  Today was my second day in them, I felt I could relax on the down hills and let my stride out, without feeling like I’d fall at any given moment.  I feel they are reasonably priced and give me piece of mind while running in icy conditions.

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My Yaktrax’s and super cool Cable Knit Capris by INKnBurn

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My hubs Yaktrax’s in action and Turkey tracks 🙂

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I ran into Frosty on my run today! I love the surprises around every bend in the road….Round bale frosty, only in VT!

Until next time……happy trails!!

xoxoxo, Krista