mountains, Running, Ski Uphill

Best Days

This weekend was full of fresh air, exercise and even some mountain time. The best kind of days.

Saturday I ran 10 miles. I’m just starting to build back up after the flu from hell took me out for 3 weeks. It was chilly and frosty but so beautiful. I only saw one other runner the entire time. I love long runs. While I ran I listened to (and thoroughly enjoyed) David Goggins on the Rich Roll podcast. The message from this podcast is “Welcome to 2019 people. It’s time to torch complacency. Get brutally honest with yourself. Embrace vulnerability. Callous the mind. And get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Because your life is not some future event. Your life is now.” There were so many good nuggets in there that I tucked away for future use.

The frost was beautiful but I was jonesing for some deep fluffy snow. So my friend Myndi and I headed out on the touring skis up to Chester Lake. The snow did not disappoint! It was the best kind of snow- deep, fluffy and puffy like whipped potatoes. I love ski touring. It’s a great way to get exercise, be in nature, and experience places you can’t get to on foot. Plus skiing out is fun! I’m a pretty timid down hill skier but slowly I’m getting more comfortable. It’s not like resort skiing because you are on a trail that twists and turns through the trees. I’m trying to do less snow plowing and more skiing.

As great as the skiing was that moose was the highlight of my day. A little hello message from my dad πŸ’™.

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Growing My Wee Muscles

I am a huge Outlander nerd. If I break out in some Scottish banter it’s because in my brain I am in 1700 Scotland.

Moving along…my primary objective for his winter ‘off season’ is to build my muscles and regain the strength I lost last year. I really noticed my legs were much weaker and I suffered on the uphills (which were previously my strength).

So I’m lifting weights 3x a week focusing on big muscle groups and functional movements that will help me power up the mountains this summer. I love strength training. I could do it every day if I had a good reason to. I have a background in personal training and coaching so I’m never at a loss for what to do. The opposite actually, I want to do alllll the things. It seems like people either love lifting and hate ‘cardio’ or love endurance training and hate ‘weights’. I love both. I just need more hours in the day and a 10 years younger body.

I’m also doing 15% incline power hiking on the treadmill. Right now I’m just doing 10 mins at the end of my runs but I will build back into intervals. I’m trying to learn from my mistakes and build slowly.

Most people struggle to get themselves to exercise but I have the opposite problem and am constantly reigning my over excited self in so I don’t over do it. Once I turned 40 my body became a lot less forgiving and I seem to spend more and more time in recovery type activities to counter balance the training stress.

Speaking of aging, back to strength training. I am convinced that as we age it is increasingly important to incorporate strength work. Not only does it help aesthetically (because, gravity) but it maintains the health of tendons, joints, ligaments and increases bone density. It helps with age related hormonal shifts and I believe is one of the keys to injury prevention.

I’m only a few workouts in after a month off due to the flu but it feels good to feel my waking up muscles again.

In a future post I will video my strength training routine. I stick to pretty much the same exercises because they are simple and efficient and effective.

How about you? Do you love the gym work or avoid it?

Life, Pulmonary Embolism, Running

#goals

It’s the beginning of a new year and while some people eschew resolutions, I’m a huge fan of setting goals and intentions at the beginning of the calendar year.

So what’s on tap for this year? I’ve only signed up for one race so far! 😱 This is pretty unusual for me but I’m taking a different approach to my season this year. Instead of building my year around races I’m going to plan more adventures and use those as my building blocks towards my big race at the end of August. I want to do at least two 50km days and a couple of high mileage multiple long run day weeks as well. I’m preparing for the Transelkirks 5 day ultra that will cover 100miles over 5 days. Basically, I want to spend as much time in the mountains as possible this year, because this is where I feel most alive!Races are fun and great benchmarks but I have a propensity for getting sick during the taper. I’ve tried lots of different ways to improve this and managed to get to two races last year healthy but the stress of the pre race week is not enjoyable for me. My intention this year is to focus on enJOYment. Of all things. Which means I’m making choices that align with that.

Last year I went through a serious health crisis when I developed multiple blood clots in my lungs. Pulmonary Embolisms are something that kill one in six people who are diagnosed (probably more that aren’t). It was a massively challenging time and I was quite literally reduced to rock bottom in terms of physical health. I spent nearly a month in bed, too weak to even get up the stairs without stopping to rest. When I did start to recover it was a very slow progression and I lost a ton of strength and endurance. My lungs are still not the same as they were pre PE and I have to be especially diligent when I get sick because it goes straight to my lungs and takes forever to get over. I learned the hard way that doing too much just lands me back in bed so I’ve been trying to keep my training smart and progress slowly allowing my body to adapt as I go. Having a kid in kindergarten doesn’t help, it’s like living with a Petri dish of viruses and bacteria.

Anywho I’m excited for some adventure. My friend Crystal and I are going to do the R2R2R in the Grand Canyon this year. I want to spend a week in Golden running all the amazing trails I was introduced to in the Golden Ultra in September. Rockwall trail is on the radar and we are also spending a week in Whistler which I’m excited for as I know there are amazing trails around there as well. Obviously I need to get some plans in place soon so that I can write my program around them.

Above all my goal is to stay healthy, get stronger and fitter, and enjoy what my body allows me to do!

What are your goals for 2019?

What I Eat

The BIG Salad

When people tell me they don’t like salad I have to assume they are doing salad wrong. Wilted dry lettuce, chalky carrot shreds and under ripe tomatoes are what many people think a salad is.

The BIG salad is the furthest thing from that image you could imagine. Bursting with a cacophony of colours, flavours and textures, your tastebuds will dance and your body will thank you. 😍

Elaine from Seinfeld was a fan.

I try to chow one of these bad boys every day. The ingredients vary and usually depend on what is in my fridge.

Big salad below consists of mixed greens, black beans, corn, beets, celery, orange bell pepper, edamame, avocado, sauerkraut and hemp hearts.

I entered the ingredients into my fitness pal to see the macros. If you are interested they are posted below.

Calories 459

Carbohydrates 57

Fats 15

Protein 22

Fiber 20

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Baby lets blog like its 2008

I’m excited to be a blogger again! I blogged from 2005-2012 ish, mostly about triathlon training and racing. Once I had a kid and life changed the time to blog disappeared and I wasn’t training or racing enough to write about.

Fast forward to now! My son is almost 6 and I’ve never returned to triathlon but I do feel like I have some things worth sharing and I miss the creative outlet of writing.

So what will this blog be about? The things I am passionate about like mountains, running, fitness, and plant based cooking for my family. This is bound to evolve as I go but it is my starting point for now.

I love hearing who is out there reading so if you found me please drop me a comment and say hi!