Reflecting on Running-5/27/2014-6/1/2014

5/27-5mi Buck Creek Trail with my buddy Luke and dog Rooster. Wore my Altra’s and felt really strong. Fun having a friend to run with. Buck Creek trail is in Avon with great views of the Beav, lots of Aspen Meadows and a nice creek with a pretty decent water fall.

5/28-Travel back to NY

5/29-AM 10mi in 2 hours on Mt. Greylock with my Dad. Tallest Mountain in Mass with great views and nice trails like Bellow’s Pipe and the thunderbolt ski trail, even some sections of the Appalachian Trail. Very busy at the top with backpacking groups, hang gliders, and tourist groups. You can drive right to the top to it sees a lot of traffic. We found a nice outlook on Robinson Point that was nice and quiet. Great being out there with my Dad, felt bad for him as he was having some trouble with his hamstring.  I have been having some issues balancing running and life so it was great to spend some time out there figuring things out.

PM 7mi on country roads around Wynantskill, NY in some Hokas my Dad let me have. Felt great flying on the roads at sea level.

5/30-Rest

5/31-19mile Road Run in 3 hours around the country roads of Postenskill, Brunswick, and Troy, NY. Felt pretty awesome crushing roads in the heat. A lot of time to think more about running and what’s important, being around home and where I started running is very nostalgic. I saw lots of Farms and cows on the rolling country roads. It was a nice big loop and I felt pretty solid throughout the 3 hours. Wearing my Salomon XR missions and Nathan Vest, I had an organic sweet potato and apricot baby food and some tums with lots of water.

6/1- 7miles in 59 mins on more country roads around my childhood home. I wore the Hokas again and they felt really nice and floaty. I tried out a new waist belt to carry my cell phone my dad gave me and really liked it along with my Nathan handheld. I saw some huge wild turkeys in a field then stopped to see my Uncle Dan who is always a pleasure to chat with, true badass biker dude. I had some great music to add to the nostalgia and almost lost it to some Gregory Allen Isakov-Stable Song.

 

I think the overall theme of this week was that I had a big wakeup call and just see running and how it should fit into my life very differently. My girlfriend is not a runner but, she is someone I care about very much and want to spend time with and would love to do things like hiking, disc golfing, yoga, and seeing live music. It is also important for me to focus on other aspects of life like being social and having friends, improving my career, and taking care of my dog. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE running but there is a difference between enjoying something and being obsessed with it.  I have always had an addictive personality and even though running is a good thing, too much of anything can be bad. There is a problem when you become so focused on yourself and making yourself better that you forget about those around you. I think a lot of it comes from social media and comparing myself to actual pros. In the past I have felt like running was the only thing making me happy or my only way to feel better about myself and that should not be the case. So I will continue to run and look forward to training for Run Rabbit Run 50 Miler but will be cutting back my training plan to max out at 50miles/week instead of 70 and decided to hold off on a 54 mile “fun run” in a few weeks. I would love to do more cross training and get back in the gym to get back some of the muscle I have run off myself.

 

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5/5/14-5/11/14-Training Week-28mi total

5/6-8.25mi 1hr24min- Vail Village to West Vail loop. Wearing Salomon Mission XR and Fuel belt. Ate some Clif Blocks and felt really good.

5.7-6.2mi 1:00hr- Ran through the villages to Vail Nature Center and checked out some new trail.

5/8-4.1mi- :37min- Winter came back, it was snowing and getting dark. Saw a moose and felt fast.

5/10-4mi run out the dirt road in the AM then an afternoon hike in Hunter Creek with some friends. Left the snow and went to MOAB for the weekend. It was beautiful but a little warm for my dog. We camped way out on Kane Creek Road at Ledges campground. Didn’t get the long run I was looking for, partly due to not having enough water at the time. Ate a whole thing of Milt’s chile cheese tots on the ride home.

5/11-3 miles around the hood.

Not my best week of training, it was snowing in Vail then Hot in Moab and I was just unmotivated for some reason.

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Product Review-EPIC BAR-BISON

I honestly and absolutely love this product. The main ingredient is 100% Grass Fed Bison, the rest include Uncured Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Lactic Acid, Celery Powder, Sea Salt. The cranberry adds a nice sweet flavor and the bacon a smooth smokiness. They have 11grams of NATURAL protein and are GLUTEN FREE. They are headquartered in Austin, TX and also make Thunderbird Energetica which are vegan and just as EPIC(keep an eye out for GATHER bars!). EPIC bar seems to be run by some people who truly live and breathe EPICNESS. By this I mean, they are out on the trials running and mountain bike racing, using the product, living the paleo lifestyle. Yes, this bar is perfect for anyone who follows or is interested in eating paleo or grain free. I love these bars for either after a good run or at work in the office when I don’t have time to make a quality lunch. These bars are also Milk Free and Soy Free. Anyone who is into paleo will know it’s all about the healthy fats and these provide 200 calories, 110 of which are fat calories, the total fat is 12g and the sat. fat is 5g. Some other numbers are 220mg sodium, 10g total carbs, and 8g sugars. It really is the perfect natural protein bar and taste great. They are very easy to chew unlike your regular beef jerky. EPIC bars are a great source of Omega-3, Iron, CLA, Vitamin B12, and Niacin. I consider EPIC bars a key part of my diet and really believe that they help me recover faster and build strength while maintaining a high mileage training plan. A box of 12 cost $34 making them about $2.80 each.

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1/18/2014-Vertical Runner Group Run and some North Trail with Rooster.

What a gorgeous blue bird day in Colorado! After what seemed like weeks of snow then a few days of work it was amazing to get out on the trails and soak up the SUN! Every Saturday my team shop Vertical Runner Breckenridge host a group run. The drive over from Vail was absolutely stunning and the views never get old. The snow is getting really deep and I saw tons of Avalanche slides along the pass. I pulled into Breck and the town was getting busy for MLK weekend so I was happy get a parking spot right behind the shop. I ran over to Kava Café for a banana and double espresso. Vertical Runner is an extremely cool specialty running shop right on Main Street and out the back door is Breckenridge ski resort. I can’t wait to hang out behind the shop after group runs this summer and it makes me miss living in Breck. Attendance for these group runs is hit or miss as in ski country most people are either working or skiing this time of year. This run was dedicated to Megs Miles, in honor of a runner killed by a DUI driver last week. It was a very sad story and runners nation wide are running for her today. Runner safety is a serious thing and people need to raise awareness of DUI and texting while driving. I met two very nice Ladies who run for the shop as well, Lacy and Lauren. The three of us headed out for the run towards the French Gulch and Wellington area, an area I use to run and bike in a lot when I lived in Breck. It’s an old mining area with lots of single track and mining ruins. I was impressed at how nicely packed out all the trails were. We cruised along B&B mine trail and X10U8 trail, the snow was fresh, deep, and beautiful. The whole time I heard avalanche bombs going off and it reminded me of living way up at 10,000ft on Baldy Mountain when I first moved to Breckenridge 4 years ago. It was such a nice run and i really enjoyed just being out on the trails taking in the sun and views thinking of memories of when i started running in Breck years ago. We took the road and sidewalks back to the shop and racked up 7 miles. There was supposed to be a Newton demo but they got held up in I-70 traffic so I wore my old and trusty scarpa sparks. I scored a sweet new Vertical Runner hoody and headed back over to Vail and Rooster. On my way through Frisco I stopped at my favorite Health Food store, Alpine Health Foods, I found some amazing Wild Boar and Elk brats, Cacao/Goji Berry Nuggets, Coconut Flour, Dried Papaya, Coconut Dates, and Chia Kombucha. When I got back to Vail it was still beautiful outside and I had awhile before work so I took Rooster up the North Trail a little ways. I wore my new Altra Lone Peak 1.5s which I am still getting use to and will try to review soon. My legs were getting tired at this point but it was good to be out in the snow and sun with my dog.

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1/10/2014-Blizzard Run around town-1hour40mins

It has been DUMPING snow in Vail lately and my dog still needs to run. Not that I need my dog as an excuse to get out and run more but, it helps! I know he loves being out in the snow and so do I. This was the first time I wore snowboard goggles while running. I thought it may be a little silly at first and that I would over heat but, they had good venting and I kept the pace down till the end. We started off about the same as our last run and just went over the pedestrian bridge to Lionshead and over the skier bridge to forest road. Running in the snow is kind of like running in sand where it tests your footing and works more muscles. I also like running in the wind and snow for “mental toughness training”, I’ll tell myself, “I bet not too many other runners are out training in crap like this right now!” We made it over to Vail Village and wondered around the town and base area letting Rooster socialize a little. I picked up the bike path over my Golden Peak and passed the covered bridge cutting back through town and back on the bike path through Lionshead. This is where I decided to make it a longer run, I was dressed appropriately and feeling good so we decided to keep going to West Vail. This is also where the bike path got DEEP; we were breaking knee deep powder for a while. I love pushing through deep POW on a run and really feeling your core get worked. The bike path was beautiful with fresh snow all over the rocks in the river. We made it over to west Vail and through the traffic circles then took the back way home through the west Vail neighborhoods. There are a couple small hills on the roads getting back to my place, I had some good tunes going and crushed the last couple miles. If felt amazing to get out there in a snow storm and get a good longish run in the books. I wore my Max protection DryMax socks with GTX Scarpa Spark shoes. I had Pearl Izumi Thermal running tights under Under Armor pants. I had Scott Mittens, Patagonia Soft shell jacket and Thermal. I had a Buff around my face, Anon snowboard goggles, and a Salomon fleece lined winter hat. I wore my Nathan vest and ate some of a Kate’s Energy bar. After I made a smoothie with soy protein, almond milk, spirulina, blueberries, yogurt, and kale.

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1/7/2014-Running around Vail

I would love to blog every run but sometimes they are not the epic adventure I hope for. Sometimes they are just peaceful meanderings around town on the bike path and roads listening to music, enjoying the scenery and picking your route as you go. This Tuesday night I got out of work around 5:30 and headed out for a run with the dog. I threw some checks from Christmas in my pack so I could deposit them in the ATM; I love running errands, literally. We ran across the pedestrian bridge and through Lionshead village, going up the ski slopes to forest road. It was snowing out and dark already, Forest road was peaceful and lit up with beautiful snow-covered multimillion dollar mansions. Rooster was having a blast jumping in every snowbank possible and I was finding peace in the dark snowy night. We made it over to Vail Village, hit up the ATM and turned around, deciding to take Forest road on the way back to since it was so quiet. The next morning I woke up at 7AM to get Rooster out for a little run before getting out on the mountain for snowboard. At first I was just going to go around the block but turned it into a 45 minute loop because I was feeling good and wanted to stretch the legs. It has been snowing a ton here in Vail and even just the runs around town are beautiful. My legs feel good and I would say that I have been doing a good job getting back into that winter strength building mode. My diet seems to be better; the Paleo/perfect health diet seems to work for me. Build the fire then light the match, right? I have been snowboarding a lot of powder when I’m not running which is fun and good for my mind. I am very excited about the opportunity to be on the 2014 Vertical Runner Breckenridge Race Team and look forward to running with a great group of people.

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Vertical Runner Breckenridge Headlamp Run-12/12/2013

I have been meaning to get over to Breckenridge to check out the new running store Vertical Runner since it opened last summer. When I heard they were doing group night runs I knew I had to make it over for one. When I got to the store it was only Ryan the shop owner and one other guy who just arrived at altitude. They have an amazing shop by the way, amazing shoe selection, specialty shop logo items, handmade gifts, awesome nutrition section. Anyway, I expected a bigger group but didn’t mind at all as the three of us headed out up Ski Hill Road. I really missed Breck after living there for two years and falling in love with running and the trails around Breck. As we made our way up ski hill overlooking the town was beautiful as always, Main Street all lit up for the holidays, with Baldy Mountain and the stars in the back drop. We ran along the base of peak 8 and over towards the trail head for the Nordic center trails and Cucumber gulch, this is where is got AWESOME. We entered a magical moon lit snow covered winter wonderland. The trail was soft and crunchy with fresh snow and cold temps, the buffed out trail was easy to fly over, ducking and winding through snowy pine trees. I forgot how awesome this web of trails was, Breck has an amazing mining history making for tons of trails right around town. We would go from trail to snow covered foot bridge to groomed Nordic ski trail, stopping only to take in the view of the stars of moon lit mountains. The last stretch was along this ridge trail that over looked the town then went through a little gully of aspens, it was so cool. We were out for about an hour and it was just an awesome time. I love running at night with a head lamp, especially in the woods with other people.