Cross-Training…group fun and long runs…..

“With self-discipline, all things are possible.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

After my running setback in January, I learned a lot about my personal training.  Don’t over do it! Period. Expand your horizons.  It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to run all the time, but learning to balance your training is key.  After the big dumping of snow we got on Tuesday from Stella2017, we got out to do some snowshoeing in the deep powder up at Ascutney Trails.  Wow!  What a workout….what I like about snowshoeing is you get the intense training, without the pounding on your feet and joints.  I realized even more how much my body needs to heal and recoup after each run.  Below I found a great chart on the calories burned while snowshoeing.  I don’t have the running snowshoes, so I fell into the walking in hilly powder category, but without poles.  I really enjoyed it, if you have snow near you, it’s a great asset to add to your training program.

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Running with friends is WAY more fun…so grab a buddy or four and head out….Saturday, we got the chance to meet up at our house and venture out for a 6+ miler with great friends.  I love the chatting, catching up, and hearing about friends upcoming races.  So excited for vttrailgirl, who is heading out for her 100 miler at Umstead in a few weeks….pumped to hear all about it.  After running we shared a yummy breakfast spread, catching up more with each others lives and reminiscing about funny stories of days gone by.  Can’t wait for the next group run, I heard there may be chili!!! 🙂

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Brownsville Runners…happy to running again with these great peeps!  Missing a few who hope to join in soon….

 

Today I finally got my longest run in to date since my injury in January…. 17.4 miles!!!  Feeling like this whole 100 adventure may be back on track. Before our run we used Fully Charged, a pre exercise Ignitor from Hammer Nutrition.  It’s said to help increase energy and endurance, aid in reducing fatigue, promote mental alertness, help alleviate muscle soreness and provide antioxidant support. It had a very mild cherry taste and went down easily.  I felt it would be a great chance to try it on my longer run.  We followed the directions and drank 8 oz of it before we hit the road….  Hubs and I started out from our house en route for a 8.5 mile loop.  It’s great if you have multiple loops from your home, where you can run back to and create a”mock” aid station to start and train your body to eat and rehydrate.  We started out in thicker jackets, it was chilly, but the sun was lovely.  Any direction we start from our house is always uphill, so up we went, chipping away at the miles.  I went through one 17 oz bottle of lemon Tailwind and felt great, no weirdness in my stomach from the Fully Charged, phew!  We descended down into our “aid station”…grabbing our prefilled bottles of Tailwind (this time Mandarin Orange)  and bonk breaker bars and headed back out…only staying for a few minutes.  Our next loop was about 9 miles (we ditched the jackets and ran in long sleeve tech shirts)…more uphill…but we ate our bars as we climbed….leaving an “aid station” is always a little bit of a letdown, but as the bars hit our stomachs, the energy was coming back. I knew I’d burn about 2000 calories, so I was making sure to refuel enough. (hubs had played in a basketball tourney yesterday so he was running on tired legs, he’s such a stud!)

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a little smooch mid run…

This is one of the most beautiful roads we run on, with Mt. Ascutney in view…..here we knew we had about 5 miles till home.  A little voice in my head said…”you’d still have about 88 miles to go in the 100″…oh boy…..”shhh miss negative nelly”…”ahhh sunshine and kisses..much better” The last miles ticked by, our legs and body finding our groove….coasting into home.  I couldn’t be happier about how I felt, my ankle felt and my stomach felt on this run.  The next two days will be rest days for me, very important days on the training schedule….remember that.

Overall, great training for the week…a night run, snowshoeing, group run, core and long run…..happy girl….

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running down a dream…..

 

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Hubs enjoying the fresh powder…..

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heading to mile long field………

I hope your week of training went well.  Happy Spring BTW……Anyone out there going to the Runamuck 50K?  Hope to see ya there, less than 3 weeks!…..happy training..

See ya on the trails…. xoxoxoxoxo

Krista 🙂

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 🙂

A Fresh Start……

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Training run with my hubby on the beautiful roads in VT

Some time has passed since I’ve sat down and blogged. It’s been quite a year, and it’s hard to believe how much I’ve changed as a human being during it. I’ll always be feisty, but I’ve evolved in the way that I’m more relaxed than I’ve ever been, calmer, more at peace. Not to say I don’t get stressed, worried, scared or intense at times, but I’m starting to learn to slow down, breathe and enjoy the little things in life. It’s so cliche, but life flies by us so fast, that stopping and truly smelling the roses is something I’m grateful to be doing.

Since my last post, I’ve undergone two more surgeries on my elbow. One to release the joint from all the scar tissue that had formed (and I’ve been informed from my surgeon, that I grow an insane amount of it) and another after my elbow re-fractured in two places after the capsule release, most likely in one of my numerous braces that I was in.  January and February were tough months to be honest, because having three surgeries in ten months is taxing on the body, mind and soul.  At a particular low point in January, my husband wrote me the most positive, beautiful letter that I’ve ever read. I cried, laughed, and felt hope come back as I read it.  He wrote about numerous people who had overcame injuries and illnesses that seemed far worse than my shattered elbow.  The one person who seemed to resonate with me was Janine Shepard.  She was in a horrific accident in her 20’s and ended up writing a book called “Never Tell me Never”.  I couldn’t put the book down, and I’m forever grateful to her to have the courage to share her story with others.  I highly recommend it and am excited that she has a memoir coming out this fall.

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Never give up! Healing this arm day by day..

I’m excited to be running again. I’m shooting for the VT 50 in the Fall, as someday, I’d love to qualify to run the VT 100.  I’ve ridden it eight times on my horses, and would love to someday join the ranks of the toughest guys and chicks around.  This weekend is the Pinelands Running Festival in Maine and I’m beyond excited to be running the 25k with my best friend, Julie and our 4 kiddos.  My hubby and numerous running buddies will be tackling the 50!! It will truly be a beautiful day in the woods spent chatting, running, eating and enjoying each others company.

I guess if I can say anything about this past year, it would be that I’ve become more compassionate and I’m getting closer to “full circle “in my mental healing, as I’m the one encouraging others in their dark times.  I really couldn’t grasp that this winter, that I could be smiling again and seeing true joy around me.  Injuries are tough, especially the ones that really knock you on your ass, but they do have a way of making you tougher, more resilient, and kinder. You understand what it truly means to endure.  I’m going to be kind to myself and allow my love of horses to creep back in once the fear has left, as the the Japanese Proverb says, “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows”.

I’ve been fortunate to have Egalite join our farm…he’s a beautiful, seven year old Arabian gelding.  I feel a strong connection to him already, and hope he will give me the courage to ride again and dissolve my fears.

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Egalite

I look forward to see what the summer brings us……remember to be kind to yourself, to others and our beautiful world around us…it’s all we got.

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Get your run on…