The Face of a Spartan…

Spartans are a different breed. I know because I’ve met them and raced beside them. I ran the SoCal Super Spartan, a brutal 8 mile obstacle race on February 25th in Temecula, CA and found out first hand that Spartans don’t break when things get tough or when there seems to be no hope and…

Racing the Spartan

On a cold, dark, wet morning, over a thousand miles from home, while horribly under-dressed and with a fractured foot in the mountain trails of Southern California I became part of an experience that would help define me as an athlete, would challenge me with every rugged step and ragged breath, and would earn me…

Monday

The training calendar just says “run and strength training” on Mondays.  Every Monday for as long as I can remember it’s said that. Outside of my long runs, Monday is my favorite training day. I ran my fastest single mile on a Monday, my fastest training run 10K on a Monday, my first run after my second…

Training

That is how winning is done:  finishing what it is you’ve chosen for yourself to do.  – Jason Jaksetic, Ultra Distance Athlete Training has reached a new level of intensity!  I train all year long so I’m always at a relatively strong level of fitness and cardio but in 88 days the Lincoln half and…

2011 Groundhog Jog in Kansas City!

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”  -Lance Armstrong When I thought about the first race of my season a few months ago, this race, I…

The Jump

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” –Eleanor Roosevelt Well, Eleanor, today I did a pretty big thing! The good news: I love the water.  I got scuba diving certified when I was 14 because I HAD to know what was under the surface and in high school I worked as a junior aquarist at…

No Rest for the Weary…

I feel like my body is trying to tell me something… and it’s been a common theme for me this week – fatigue.  I have been over training, not to an extreme, but certainly a touch too much and it has taken a toll.  I am grateful my nutrition has been so solid the last…

BONK and Hitting the Wall

I recently had several friends run a marathon, half marathons and am training myself for a half and a triathlon.  The training picks up and so does the mileage, so what do you do when your body seems to fail you?  Most runners have heard of hitting a wall, but if you bonk… well, that’s…

HIIT Me with Your Best Shot!

We’ve all seen those guys at the gym who hit the free weights of hours and the people who get on a treadmill every day for 45 – 60 minutes at the same pace day in and day out.  Neither of those options appeal to me every day.  Don’t get me wrong, strength training and…