Naked Bavarian – 20 miler

This race may become my yearly birthday celebration.  There is something about going back to a place where you had some of the lowest moments of your adult life and some of the highest.  Last year I ran the 40 miler (here’s that recap if you’re interested).  I initially signed up for the 40 but I am working on building myself back up to an ultra runner and was happy with adjusting my entry to the 20 miler.   After I posted my February Round-up on the Friday before my race the skies opened and a blizzard ensued.  Somehow even with my planning, I didn’t realize we were supposed to get snow, did I miss that forecast?    Regardless, my office and daycare closed early and many lost power.  I thought for sure I wasn’t running the race.  Usually, I am down for a race with most conditions but at this point I can’t afford to get hurt so after the Grewlin’ Newlin last month.  I went to bed thinking my race was cancelled – at least for me.  Well I woke up at midnight checked my email and there was an update from the Race Director and apparently the storm had not hit at the area at all!  So, I set my alarm and the race was back on!


This race had such a different feeling and meaning this year then last year.  It was my GOAL race for the year and I had raised $5,000 for Covenant House and it was my way to show the world that even though I had babies I was still the bad ass I always was.  This year was just about me going out and enjoying myself.  Celebrating my birthday the best way I know how, giving myself time to myself and by myself.  But I was in a weird head space when I got to the race.  It may be because the day before I went to bed thinking I wasn’t going to go.  Mainly because there was another bomb-cyclone and all hell had broken loose around our area.  There were 50 mph winds and trees were down everywhere but not at the trail, which we were all grateful for.  I am so happy I did go, I would have been REALLY disappointed if I hadn’t.  I got to see some friends and make new friends.

I never got to the head space I did with the Gruelin Newlin last month which was more of a “zen – constantly smiling and enjoying every step of the way” but I was in this “getting shit done” mind frame. I was feeling pretty good through the first half which is the easier portion.  Once I got to the hills my legs felt heavy but at no point was I ready to quit.  The hills were feeling bigger and bigger by the end but I made friends with someone at the halfway mark and we ran the rest of the race together.  He was great company and his wife was running the 40 miler which was a training run for her, she was some bad-ass runner in her 50’s training for a 100 miler. #lifegoals   We talked a lot which helped so much with the run.  Its amazing how much faster the miles fly when you have someone to chat with.

I was able to finish without too much pain or walking and the best part was I wasn’t really sore the next day!  That is the true test for an endurance athlete, how functional are you the following day?  Well this girl, ran 2.5 miles and went rock climbing so – BOOM! And shout-out to my hubby who delivered a delicious hazy IPA to me during my long hot shower afterwards.

Happy March Madness Thursday!


Gruelin Newlin 25K

Oh, the joy of running in the rain all day!  It takes a special kind of crazy to drive out to the woods and set-off for a 15.5 mile run on a day that is predicted to rain all day.    But the truth is, it was fun.  It’s like being a kid again.  Running through the woods trying to figure out the way to go.  I was initially nervous about this race.  It was a small event (30 finishers) and seemed to be filled with fast runners who all knew each other or were coming with friends so my social anxiety was turned up a bit, but I chilled out and figured I would be running alone and that was fine with me.  I was able to finish in 3:53 in 2nd to last place which only occurred because someone took a wrong turn and ended up behind me.  I was focused during this race in a way that I haven’t been able to achieve in other events.  I was able to relax and enjoy the journey more than I have in the past which is something I struggle with life in general.  I am always trying to look forward to something: the weekend or an upcoming vacation.  Just dealing with today to get to tomorrow but this race wasn’t just about “dealing” with the conditions.  It was about enjoying them.  Enjoying the time, I set to myself to remember myself and be myself – Not mommy, wife or employee.  Just me; left to my own thoughts for four hours.  Yeah, I have enough rattling around my dome to keep me entertained for that long and my thoughts became my meditation  and it was pretty awesome.

The course was intimidating when I first saw it in my email:

CourseI thought for sure I would get lost, but the course was really  easy to follow and there were volunteers in any area that may have been confusing for anyone.  I was also careful to pay attention when the Race Director was giving directions at the start which was VERY helpful.  I really like the course, it had a great assortment of grasslands and trails with hills and a couple of stream crossings which are always fun.  It was a constant battle of fighting falling from the start but somehow, I did not end up on my ass.  All of the volunteers were very friendly and encouraging regardless of being stuck in the rain and maybe they were just happy to almost be done with the race since I was the second to last runner, but they seemed sincere and very encouraging.  I knew I would be very sore the following day, which I am.   The muscles used fighting falling while running those conditions are not normal and even my shoulders are sore.  But all of the crazy areas gave me a good excuse to stop and take some pictures:

Overall it was a great run and I think I found my race mojo again.  It feels good to have the first race of the season done.

2018 New Years Resolutions

So I may be posting these on February 9th but I have been working my ass off all year on these and my focus this year is on Health and Home and just simply getting shit done, so here goes nothing:


  1. Running – become a better runner – faster, stronger, longer
  2. Fitness –
    • Finish BBG – 12 weeks cycle repeatedly throughout the year
    • Workout 85% of the year (311 days) at least 35 minutes a day
    • 100,000 steps every week
  3. Diet
    • Strive for a plants based diet
    • No adding sugar


  1. Kids
    • More sleep – bed time routine
    • Better food – work in more veggies all around
    • Clean up own toys
  2.  Projects
    • Build a Walk in closet for Master Bedroom
    • Power wash the house in the spring
    • Plant new bushes where the old ones were
    • Sand and re-stain our front door
    • Paint or stain book shelf in garage
    • Finish painting furniture in basement
    • Start refinishing basement
  3. Clutter
    • Basement – there is stuff everywhere, it has to go
    • Toys – stop buying and get rid of more
    • Baby Stuff – sell or donate
    • Empty Cedar closet
    • Coats – too many in the closet
    • Cloths – need to fit all in the Walk-in closet including shoes
    • Guest Bedroom – Sell all furniture and reorganize
  4. Cleaning
    • Wash all dishes before going to bed
    • Come up with a cleaning schedule and stick to it
    • Laundry – 6 days a week do something with laundry

“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress”  

Boom.  Let’s do this.