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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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Hikapalooza the Fifth Day!!!

What a difference a day makes….

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Today I didn’t pick the trail until this morning and decided on one I had done before and was pretty comfortable with, I went with the Kiwanis Trail in the South Mountain park system. The funny thing with this trail is that last week when I started thinking about this hike a day for spring break I thought this trail would be to long and challenging for the boys at 2.7 miles in length. Well with a technical 5 miler and two other 2 plus milers under their belt this now seemed like a very doable hike for these super trekker kids. The backpack was double checked and we loaded up and headed to South Mountain with a quick stop at Circle K to refresh my depleted gum stash. Taking the trip through South Phoenix is always full of interesting things and people even at 8:30 in the morning and just like that you go from the city to a huge nature area.

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I was happy to see only 3 other cars in the small lot at the trail head as today was going to be a take our time and no rush type of hike. Everyone had good attitudes and only Munch had to pee so things couldn’t get much better. Once I got Munch situated behind a bush to handle his business I got the other 2 some gum and then we hit it. I had already figured I was going to be carrying Luc more then normal with his little legs tired from a week of adventures, but it turned out to be most of the day. The perks of being a super special two year old… This was the first hike where we were able to see petroglyphs on the rocks not far off the trail but far enough after the snake nobody dared explore. The weather was perfect in the ravine that our hike lead us through mostly shade with some sun patches. As we made our way up the trail before we knew we were climbing the last bit up to the main road that ran through the park. This where a vote was taken we carry on across the street and jump on the National Trail and finish up at the 85 year old rock building on the top, Munch voted yes and Drew said nay and the yes’s had it. Drew slightly dejected fell in behind us as we headed up the last little bit of climbing for the day, the reward of a snack kept the pace up and with Luc in my arms we made it lickity split. Once at the top you could see how much crap was in the air today more than normal for sure, a quick photo and some water plus the much anticipated snack everyone was ready to head down and call it a day. With very little traffic we were able to knock out the return in almost half the time plus with Luc on my shoulders for all but the last 100 yards it the day was done. With only a couple minor falls and some very knotted shoulders today was the kind of mellow no stress hike the boys need to avoid becoming jaded about hiking. Today was nearly perfect and will be hard to top but we shall see what tomorrow holds….

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-F2P

 

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Hikapalooza Hike Number Three!!!!!

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Today we headed to west and were joined by Grandma Teresa and Auntie Sara which the boys were thrilled about. The trails we tackled today were located in the Thunderbird Conservation Park and let my sister take the lead since this was her hood and she had trekked this area before. Again the weather was perfect and the volume of traffic in the parking lots reflected that and I knew today was going to have a lot more people interaction than yesterday.  Today was Drew’s day to carry the backpack and he immediately took out his North American insect guide that he didn’t get to use yesterday.  And we were off..
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We started off on the desert iguana trail heading east for about 1/4 of a mile on a fairly groomed and flat trail until we reached a paved road. Drew was quite the chatter box today with his new audience to spew endless knowledge and facts for there enjoyment, Luc on the other hand was getting uptight about the separation between the 2 groups that had formed within our hiking party.  Munch meantime just enjoyed the time that someone was going to hold his hand the whole time, as we made our ascent of the drive way, Luc had had enough and broke free to stop my sister and I’s progress until everyone else could catch up and proceed together. We hopped onto the sunrise trail and right away had traffic to deal with not only passing but also descending some walking some running and this created a small bit of anxiety that, as I write this, seems silly since everyone one was completely patient and courteous. However the terrain plus grade may have been a bit much for Luc’s little legs, but he would have non of it when I attempted to put him on my shoulders, he won that round. As we moved onward we came to a fork in the road, either continue up steep switch backs to the summit or follow the loop back around to where we started I choose the latter. We were still considered to be on sunrise trail but soon merged into the ridge line trail and I would say had put in at roughly a mile at this point and everyone was in good spirits expect maybe Drew who was grumpy but he was with out reason when questioned about it.  The trail had enough loose footing I didn’t give Luc the choice and put him on my back and we quickly descended the just under half a mile of trail until we came to the coach whip loop trail and hung a right.  The insect trail guide had been put away so I really knew Drew was grumpy so I made the call to get some snacks in the blood stream and hope for a better attitude to return. This trail had flattened out and was hard packed so Luc had some freedom which led to a couple of off trail exploration that was quickly squashed. We finished the loop and returned to our starting point where now 2 horses were being saddled up and prepped for the trail themselves, all and all it was good day. I estimate right about 2 miles covered over an hour. But the horse made me wonder something, why don’t riders half to pick up their animals droppings….?
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Until Tomorrow.

-F2P

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The BIG 1-0

I meant to post this Monday but it got lost in the shuffle of life…

After the week of hiccups the weekend was back on track and the best part it was an easy week on the training schedule. It’s amazing how much more time you have when you only run 18 miles between the two days compared to the 35+ mile weekends. The best part was I able to run during the day in the sun and along side other liked minded people, it was 90 on sat so not as many people but the sun was a shining. I headed out on my favorite distance, an easy 10 mile run. I assume everyone who runs has a distance that they are partial to, well I hope they do and I’m not just being weird.

So why ten miles?

It’s a magical distance, it validates, it impresses, and it’s double digits! At this point in my running life I’ve ran it many many times, but its still my favorite. It was the first distance I told someone and they were impressed…ego. It was the distance that made me feel validated as a real runner even though I was still real slow. It was the distance when I knew I would be able to complete a half marathon. And it’s double digits!!!

I tip my hat to you 10miles.

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The DIET to END ALL DIETS!!!!

1. Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans
2.Drink water when thirsty
3. Exercise everyday

This is all it takes!
First things first this is originally from the book Approaching the Natural by Sid Garza-Hillmon

Now this looks awesome on paper and I can say I’ve come to the point in my journey that I stick to this a whole lot more then I don’t. I’m not perfect like everyone else I stumble all the time. I didn’t wake up one morning with this amazing epiphany of needing to stop eating all animal products. Rather it was a process of me trying to stop feeling so crappy everyday and trying to achieve optimal health. Notice I never mentioned weight loss I had already lost over a hundred pounds the wrong way but at around 250 lbs I thought I looked pretty good and had ran a few marathons at that weight, I just wasn’t to concerned about it. In hind site this may have been the biggest part of my success. The only caveat to what I was looking for was that is was not a DIET, diets have a start and a finish and I wanted a lifestyle not a gimmick. I hopped online and away I went searching and the ratio of diets to actual sustainable lifestyle changes are extreme to say the least. I found many possible options that I was considering but then I came across the movie Forks Over Knives and it opened my eyes to the power of a plant based life. It also provided the proof I needed with the medical and scientific results it showed. They proved it reversed heart disease among other western societies biggest killers. When Iwas kid, I witnessed my father have a heart attack, he was in his mid 30’s. Oh snap, I turned 33 yesterday! I think my motivation for having optimal health is pretty clear, I don’t want to have a heart attack like the three generations before me. Last thanksgiving I had my last meal before I began the transition to a 100% plant based life. Like I said I’ve stumbled sometimes hard, like the time I ordered 2 apple pies and a ice tea at McDonald’s (it was the lesser of the evils) when they gave me the order there were 2 twenty piece mcnuggets, a test from the universe that I failed with each bite of those forty delicious nuggets. That was the last time I’ve eaten chicken or farm variety of animal product, because I felt soooo shitty the next day and not with guilt but physically ill and bloated from the ridiculous amount of sodium I had consumed. As for the guilt, I don’t have it anymore when I slip up….we give to much power to food and it becomes a viscous cycle. I ate the food I shouldn’t have and that’s it i can’t go back, but I do remember how I felt and I hold onto that. Its a process always being tested and I pass more than fail now, but knowing I can always get better. Do I expect or even think this kind of eating is for everyone? No, we are all on our own paths of health, I can only speak for myself and my experiences with it. I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I know I feel great a lot more than I feel bad and my health per blood work and BMI is almost perfect now. Now for the big question, how much weight did I lose? Well here it is, I lost 60 lbs in the first 6 months with working out no more then 4 days a week and another 10 since I started a more intense training for the ultra.

It turns out the side effect of a healthy body is a healthy body weight…. Oh I was able to stop taking allergy medicine too!

F2P