Today was Beat the Heat, a 11.22K and 5K race with a cash prize purse in Arizona at 2:47 PM promoted as the “Hotest Race on Earth”. I have been asked by more than several individuals my true feelings about this race and if I honestly thought it was a smart idea. Most know I have raced all over the country and in all different weather conditions. I have had to be careful with what I have said as I certainly do not want to offend anyone.
We all have the right to our opinion and mine comes only from experience as an athlete and coach. I personally think that some aspects of this race pose a threat and risk. Anytime individuals are put into a race environment they can lose the ability to think clearly and listen to their bodies; and with the temperatures topping 100+ degrees, there is risk and danger associated with the conditions (whether or not there are ample aid stations or not). Also by attaching a large cash prize purse to this race in order to attract more participants and greater competition; it only results in competitors pushes themselves harder in borderline dangerous conditions, again most likely ignoring their bodies in order to go for the win. Trust me, I know the mentality of competitive distance runners.
I ran the Boston Marathon 2 years ago. Tamps were in the 90′s and the heat played a toll on many racers that day. I watched runner’s collapse on course, competitive runner’s running in the 3 hr marathon range. I myself was attempting 3:15 and hit a wall due to the heat, was smart and slowed down, and still ended up in the med tent after the race with a 105 body temp and 3 IV’s later was finally allowed to leave.
After speaking with a handful of Dr’s about their thoughts on this race 3 of the 5 thought the race was a terrible and risky idea. All 5 doctors are runners. The other 2 doctors thought the race should have been held at 6 AM and treated like a normal race would be with all festivities and the cash prize purse, etc. There comments, ” there is no point in trying to prove you can run in 100+ degrees, it is dangerous and not worth the risk”. Good point.
My point is that in this race and in future races I hope people listen to their bodies and not take stupid risks. Your health is so precious and can be taken so quickly, don’t do stupid stuff to risk it.
I will add, “many of us take our health for granted and might not be aware of an underlying medical issue, so why push the envelope doing something like this?” …. what does it really prove anyway???
This morning I had the opportunity to run in the new Brooks Ghost 6. I was excited to try these new shoes as they are a new addition to my stable of training shoes thanks to Brooks.
I was blown away by how much I loved these shoes! I loved absolutely everything about them, and those that know me know that I am VERY picky about my training shoes and can easily find improvements and constructive criticism to give back to the sales reps and shoe designers. But after a easy 5 mile run in the Brooks Ghost 6, I had nothing negative and only a rave review to post. So here it is…
The upper: The upper material and fit of the shoe is right on. The upper is soft without any restricting overlays causing rubbing or pressure points. The material is forgiving and very breathable. I hardly noticed the upper, and in 90+ degree weather on a hot AZ morning, that was appreciated. The tongue was also nicely padded without feeling bulky and without being obtrusive.
The ride: The ride of the Ghost was unbelievable smooth. There was no dropping off during the gait cycle and my stride felt fluid, as if the Ghost helped me adopt an efficient natural and efficient running posture.
I am a runner that does not need any stability in a running shoe, and I feel the Ghost 6 might be one of the best neutral running shoes currently on the market. If you are looking for a light, extremely well cushioned, comfortably running shoe…. look no further. The Brooks Ghost 6 !
Life is complicated but I am tough and I will not let that said life get in my way of accomplishing my goals and dreams of being the best me I can be and inspiring others.
But we can say the last few days have been emotional and challenging. Sometimes life throws you challenges that cause you to really dig deep and search for what really is important, what your true calling is, what you were meant to do here on earth, and listening for what will challenge you and fullfil you. We are also continually faced with discovering whom we can trust and whom we are used by. Whom we are appreciated by and whom we are betrayed by.
I have always said it is animals that we can always trust. For they have a special unconditional love. For the first time in my life, I don’t have a pet. I know that sounds crazy coming from someone that at one time had horses, cats, dogs, etc. It is a time like this that a pet would be appreciated. But it is also a time like this that without a pet, I turn to family and friends. I am grateful that I have had good conversation with my parents over the last few days and I am headed to Wisconsin next week to spend 6 days with my best friend. This vacation could not come at a better time.
The last 6 months have been a challenge. I have been faced with the reality of medical uncertainty and the fear of pulmonary embolisms. Thankfully they are breaking up and I am recovering, however we still don’t have many answers. In addition, a lesson I have learned to keenly in the last 48 hours is not to be to quick to trust someone whom you think is a friend. I will leave you with a vague but important lesson that I hope you can learn and remember; it’s ok to put up a protective barrier of sorts when it protects your heart from being hurt.
I have overcome much adversity, and like the comebacks of the past; this comeback will be great with success and advancement!
My new obsession when I am actually home after my run and not going straight to work from training is SMOOTHIES!
Yesterday morning I tried this one: (I never measure anything, it is simply handful of this, handful of that, scoop of this, and a pour of that).
Approximately 1 c. of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Handful frozen organic frozen cherries
Handful frozen organic pineapple
Small frozen banana (broken in small chunks)
Blend in magic bullet and enjoy! This was so good and really refreshing. Nothing tastes better after training in the heat than a smoothie!
Happy Thursday! Yesterday was National Running Day and a great day it turned out to be. The day ended with working at Sole Sports with some awesome employees and then a group run with friends and customers. After the group run in 100+ degree temps we headed over to Oggi’s in Glendale. Happy Hour was a blast with great conversation among friends.
I am feeling super encouraged today with my own training after this morning’s run on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. I think the iron supplementation is helping in addition to the increased calories. I am taking a double dosage of iron daily to get my super low ferritin numbers up. Also trying to eat a lot more and more frequently. This morning I ran 6.2 miles at 75-80% bodyweight at ave. just a little over 8:00/mi pace and it felt pretty easy. Which is very encouraging because lately NOTHING has felt easy or even remotely easy. So this is a HUGE step in the right direction. This weekend. I will get in another easy run, some cross-training on the bike and maybe a swim too.
(Happy Hour After National Running Day)!
New beginnings is where I am starting from. I will chronicle my progression as I try whole heartedly to cut out the majority of processed foods and experiment with whole foods, more fruits, vegetables, plant powered nutrition, antioxidant rich smoothies, and gluten free fuel.
I plan to try to be good about blogging recipes and pictures as well. Keeping you all informed of great recipes and new product finds.
I am also excited to say I have decided to take a true “multi-sport” approach to my training. I will be swimming (yes, real swimming workouts with real swimmers…I don’t call myself a swimmer quite yet), cycling, and running. A true balanced approach shall we call it. Might even throw in a triathlon With the heat of the Arizona summer, it should be fun and limit mental and physical burnout as I prepare for the Tucson Marathon in December. It will be a fun journey
This week I see progress. Progress in health, sport, energy, and simple things like for the first week in months I don’t have any scheduled doctor appointments. Such a blessing.
I am starting to feel a bit better. I was found to be anemic and have started on iron supplements which I think are helping, I am working on my nutrition, finding a good balance of consistant training without over-training, and am back to physical therapy a couple times a week (2-3x).
This week I have already gotten 2 runs of 5 miles each on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill at 80% bodyweight and will get another (fingers crossed) on Friday. I will get a couple easy runs outside this week too and a few days of cross-training. Today I have a hard workout at Endurance Rehab. doing some core and lower body strength training. Crazy, how much strength one loses with a month or so off. But I am determined to not only come back but come back stronger, fitter, and faster in the long run.
I am also so so excited for my trip to Wisconsin in a month to see my best friend Chrissy and her little one, Julia. I have not seen them since I moved last July. WAY TO LONG. We will have a blast and it will be nice to get out of the heat for a few days. Can’t believe it’s really suppose to be 108 here by the weekend… seriously?!?!?!
Other than that, plan to start working harder on writing my book and building the coaching business, also raising awareness of my non-profit for neuro research and treatment (Support Barrow). Busy times ahead but life is good!!!
I will start with what has put a bright smile on my face, a homemade smoothie with berries, pineapple, banana and almond milk. So yummy. Something I could drink every morning for breakfast with much pleasure and contentment. Healthy and delicious, nutritious, and refreshing.
The last 2 mornings I feel I have taken a few steps back in the health department. I have had several Dr appt’s this week, have felt to weak to do any training or exercise the last couple days and it has been a struggle to even to get out of bed in the AM’s. Yesterday the Dr.’s discovered 3 superficial blood clots in my arms and some swollen lymph nodes/ glands that they had CT scanned. Results to come. These 3 blood clots result even though I am on Coumadin (a blood thinner) which causes the Dr. worry as that should not happen.
I am only so honest and public about all this because I want my friends to LISTEN TO YOUR BODIES. I probably have over the years done a pretty good job of not listening so well and just “sucking up the aches, pains, etc”…
Right now I am frustrated as I felt I was slowly moving forward last week and things were progressing (maybe a little to well). But the Dr.’s told me it would be frustrating and not without setbacks along the way as this was a huge medical setback and we still have a long road of testing to get to the bottom of it.
I so wish I had the energy to go out and train today but instead I blog and will work on my book. It’s getting closer.
What better to do when you can’t sleep than make homemade muffins. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
Gluten Free Banana Berry Muffins
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour
1/2 cup softened salted butter
2/3 c. sugar
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 ripe mashed bananas
1 c. blueberries
Whisk together baking powder, soda, flour, xanthan gum, salt, cinnamon in a bowl. Beat together butter, sugar, agave eggs, bananas in another bowl. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix together with electric mixture until combined and smooth. Gently fold in the berries. Scoop batter into muffin or mini muffin pans and bake 20-25 mins. Watch so the edges don’t burn. I add a sprinkling of cinn/sugar to the tops just before baking. Really yummy.
I rarely show frustration towards others on this blog. I try to keep that to myself. But today I am frustrated towards people who seem to think they understand circumstances that they are for the most part clueless about.
Not just in my life (but yes is mine as well) it seems that others have it figured out and are not opposed to expressing their opinions both in front of and behind the back of those in question. I have seen this over and over, and it frustrates me.
In addition, those that make judgements are often so completely uninformed of the entire situation that it simply makes things so much worse and so much more painful in the long run.
I firmly believe in the fact that we must live our life to be who we are and love what we do. We must to be kind to others and always a friend to those that are supporting of us and caring for us. We must try to trust those that are there during the scariest of times and during times of joy.
My entire life I have lived to worry about pleasing others, trusting others, and doing what I felt was best for others. As I get older and deal with adversity I am learning a bit more about living life and the emotions that go with it. Happiness, courage, determination, perseverance, and anger. This past 6 months has been pretty crazy and the next 6 months will be about enjoying the journey back …. living life just the way I WANT TO. LIVING each day to the fullest; with friends, socializing with friends, running, biking, swimming, eating sushi, drinking java, sipping wine on the patio, reading out in the AZ sun by the pool, etc…
I’m done living for others and it’s time to live for my Higher Power and for myself. It’s MY life and no one get’s to take that away from me, it’s been way to hard of a fight and I am not willing to let anyone get in the way of my dreams and goals.