“Life is made of two dates and a dash. Make the most of your dash.”
This quote certainly resonates with my family and I. Everyone’s life is made up of two dates and a dash…..it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, old or young, or what your beliefs are, we all share this same common fate. What will you do with your dash???? Be darn sure to make the most of it………….I know I sure will!
Training for the VT 100 is on. Saturday I’ll be running the Runamuck 50k in Pomfret, VT, starting and ending at the base of Suicide Six Ski area. The elevation gain is 3,612 feet and the course meanders along the back roads of rural VT. This will be a stepping stone in my training for VT100. I’m going into it super excited and treating it as a killer training run, a chance to make sure things are working seamlessly….haha..nothing in ultra running is ever seamless! I must eat and eat and eat, to train my stomach. Tailwind will be a huge help of course, but I know I have to get my body eating regular foods, nausea from not eating is my nemesis. My fellow VT running friends (and New Englanders) and I are ready and deserving of some decent weather. The forecast is calling for 40’s and cloudy on race day….I’m still hoping to wear shorts!!! Looking forward to meeting new friends and hanging with my favorite buds. The last two mega snowstorms have made it harder to train…..we finally saw the sun on our training run this past Sunday, Hallelujah!! We Vermonters are stubborn, tough, and a tad rugged. We know that summer will be here soon…..75 and Sunny next week!!!!!!! And then perhaps Winter could return..you never know. So, I’ll follow up with what worked and didn’t for Runamuck….stay tuned!
What I’m reading…..
So, I have to tell you about a book I just finished reading, Running with Raven: The Amazing Story of One Man, His passion, and the Community He Inspired. By Laura Lee Huttenbach. I was given an advance copy of the book by my wonderful friend, Lulu. Lulu will be running her first 100 in VT too!! From the moment I read the first sentence, I was hooked. It follows the life of Robert “Raven “Kraft and how in 1975, he made a New Year’s Resolution to run 8 miles a day, everyday. He has done this for the past 40+ years on beautiful Miami Beach. Over 125,000 miles later, he’s yet to miss one sunset. He’s inspired thousands around the world and hasn’t run alone in the past decade. He gives everyone who runs with him a nickname (the Author is White Lightning) which is so friggin cool and keeps a meticulous log of his runs. You’ll hear many stories of people who have run with him, and learn about who “Raven” is and what makes him tick….I laughed, cried, well, I had pretty much every emotion reading this book. I don’t want to spoil it by telling you too much, so I will leave you with this…You need to buy this book!!! It hits bookstores April 25, 2017. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did….
I decided to make homemade Granola bars for the upcoming race……here’s my recipe:
2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Almond Butter
1/2 Cup Walnuts
1/2 Cup mini Chocolate Chips
1/4 of VT Maple Syrup
TBSP Chia & TBSP Flax seeds (optional)
pinch of Cinnamon
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Pour into prepare pan, press firmly. Freeze for 1 hour. Cut and wrapped Individual. These will be in our packs Saturday. Yum.
Hope you are all enjoying your training…..Any big races or adventures coming up?? I would love to hear what you’re up to!!
How are you gonna make your Dash count????!!!! Go get it!!!!
Thanks for following my running journey….see you on the trails….