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THE FIRST 1300 MILES!!!!!

My alarm went off at 330 am monday morning and we were off to the races, with only a minor set back of me forgetting my wallet for the first time in my life.  I luckily noticed my error not too far out-of-town and was able to get it with minimal back tracking and ultimately only cost about an hour of drive time. The boys were set up pretty sweet in the back of the family wagon, and my dad was riding shotgun on the first leg of our summer travels.  Our destination was Portland with a stop in the bay area to sleep the first night, a much different path than past summers.

With the wallet retrieved thanks to my amazing and heavy footed wife we were west bound with Joshua Tree NP as our first and only truly planned stop, it did not disappoint.  Much like Saguaro National Park Joshua Tree reminds you that not all forests are full of pines and evergreens, but cholla and joshua trees create a massive desert forest. The giant mounds of massive boulders scattered across the park made everyone in the car stop and think about the kind of force it takes to move such large rocks. As with all parks we visit the older boys picked up Junior Ranger books at the south gate and worked on them as we work our way north through the park.

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Joshua Tree fascinates me and we will be back but I want to camp and spend a few days exploring the vast desert that it has to offer.

The planned course of travel had been to avoid the Los Angeles area and take the smaller less traveled state highways through Barstow and up to Bakersfield. I will admit not the most scenic route but much less holiday weekend traffic and our first unplanned stop. The Pacific Crest Trail is held in regards in my house so there was a bit of excitement when we realized we would be crossing it and were able to get out and snap some pictures and be able to say I hiked some of the PCT, 20 feet of the PCT anyway.

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Then came Bakersfield, we had planned to take the 99 up and stay off of interstate 5 again holiday weekend and the traffic that comes with it. Siri had other ideas for how we would get to our day 1 destination and as I missed an exit she rerouted us to the 5! All things considered it could have been much worst, the only delays were caused by rubber neckers for accidents on the south bound side of the highway and I only ended up costing us about an extra hour. We made our way into Livermore California about 2 and half hours later than planned but we made it and day one was in the books.

Day 2

We took our time getting up and out of the house we were staying out and after a nice breakfast made by my uncle, we hit the road at about 8. What a difference a day makes, heading out of the bay area on a Tuesday was much nicer then heading into it at the end of a holiday weekend. The biggest thing I took away from this part of the trip was the fight for water, you can watch what ever you want on the news or read on the internet but until you drive through and see the signs and battle cries posted along the highway for hundreds of hundreds of miles you have no idea.  So whats my opinion? Well, I saw 450 miles of non native almonds trees and rice patties with feed lots in between followed by how low lake Shasta is, i will leave it at that. Once north of Redding the whole landscape changes from rolling farm lands to mountains with thick evergreen forest. The road and weather remained clear through the rest of California and into southern Oregon, I took the opportunity to stop in Ashland at Rogue Valley Runners or some schwag. For those that don’t know why I would care about this what seems to be a random shoe store in the a small Oregon town, its owned by Hal Koerner super star ultra runner and author of Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning. What can I say, I’m a fan and now I have a hat, some stickers, and a patch…

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The drive north across literally the entire state of Oregon was beautiful and more importantly uneventful, we pulled into my brothers driveway after two days and just over 1300 miles…

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That’s a Wrap!!!

Another school year in the books, the last day of school is one of my top five favorite days of the years!!

The boys and I now get to get ready for the adventures that come with our summer break. This year will be no exception in just over 48 hours we will be on the road heading towards the great north-west!

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Its never too late to make changes!

Where has the time gone?

Adventures have been had, races have happened, 100 day running challenges have been completed, and dozens of other things have been experienced since my last “real” post almost a year ago!!! Much like many other bloggers you miss one day then two then a flippin year passes, I missed it and many times I sat down in front the computer wanting to knock out a post, but failed to produce anything maybe I was distracted or simply didn’t feel I had anything worth sharing with the world. Whatever the reason it’s not a problem unique to me, but I’m okay with that because I’m BACK.

I could do a recap of the past year, but I know I wouldn’t capture many of the details and I would probably be done with this as fast I started back up…

Soooo I picked the 2 biggies over the past year, my relationship with running and my body, which I guess go hand in hand and probably had a bigger influence on my lack of posting than I realized until just this moment.

I had seen so many other runners that had done and some still doing run streaks of consecutive days. I decided last fall that I would do my own 100 days of running with a one mile daily minimum, how hard could it be… At first no big deal school was back in session so i could go to the gym and knock out a mile or three on the treadmill or a quick run around the block again no big deal. Then I got to around 30 to 40 days and the streak started to take a toll, not on my body but my mind. It became a chore or a job not the escape that running had been in the past when I could just go out and be alone with my thoughts and enjoy the solitude. Instead now it was putting in “junk” miles just to get done plus I had a corresponding Instagram post for the day that just added to the stress, because I felt if I didn’t document it wasn’t going to count. I was becoming neurotic about it border line OCD and me and at around day 75 I knew running and I were headed for a separation very soon.  Day 100 totally by chance landed on the Ragnar Trail Relay, on last day I would at least be running for a reason besides it being the final day of the challenge. For the 30 hours out there in the desert i had a great time and did have a good time and lots of fun racing in the middle of the night, but like many relationships things couldn’t be fixed with one fun night.  I decided to focus more on hiking and exploring with the family, which was always more fun anyways. I was lucky enough to get picked up by Altra as an ambassador again and had already committed to run the Ragnar Del Sol relays in February. I had a couple runs between in month leading up to the race but was nowhere near where I needed to be for a road half marathon plus two more legs after that. To run at a level I had the year before compared to this year was another blow to my feelings about running.

Now this breakup with running happened 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, my timing couldn’t have been any worst. Thanksgiving started with a trip to Denver and merriment was had by all, many or maybe too many adult beverage were had but one fun weekend wasn’t going to destroy my waist line. It turned out it would take a about 5 months to do that and destroy is a very relative term I guess. Happiness and being content with life can be as bad as being depressed and unhappy when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. Lucky for me my choices were pretty incredible before that me slipping was still healthier than most of America, but I wasn’t moving my body as I once had and now I was enjoying craft beers on a more regular basis. I wasn’t getting plastered or out of control and i don’t have a drinking problem but I do have an eating problem when I do drink and the volume of food i consumed sky rockets after a couple of beers. Again I was 95% plant-based with a couple of sushi happy hours filling that other 5% during this time of excess. I don’t know what the damage has been in pounds because I learned long ago not weigh myself when I obviously know I have gained weight, but I do know that my clothes are tighter and my times are slower. I’ve put on some weight just like millions of other people who continue to battle the bulge.

Now I have been given and amazing opportunity to “transform” again but this time I get to track and document it all for whoever wants to watch. I have the desire to run again I crave it, I have gotten some runs over the past few weeks and i felt terrible but I missed it. With the runs comes the need to fuel my body with whole foods that are water and nutritionally dense, watermelons have returned as a staple in my house. I love having the feeling of control again, know one else can force us to want to make changes, it is personal decision that comes from within.

I want everyone to see and understand its never too late to make changes, no excuses, no dwelling on the past, it’s all about today!!!

Keep Moving Forward!

Keep Moving Forward!

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