The Ultra Mindset: Principle #3 – Find Your Carrot

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This week’s post will discuss Ultra Mindset principle number 3, “Find Your Carrot.” If you haven’t had a chance yet, go back and read principle #1 and principle #2.  When I talk to people about my training and racing, I often hear them say things like, “I don’t know how you do it” or “I could never do that.” I usually go on to tell them that it doesn’t happen overnight, it is a process that builds upon itself, and that anyone truly could do it with the right amount of dedication and motivation. This week’s principle focusses on that last part: motivation. Continue reading

A Decade On

Last Saturday Robert and I went to see the documentary A Decade On, brought to Chattanooga by our local Fleet Feet store. The movie was produced by the Ginger Runner, Ethan Newberry, who is an ultra marathon runner himself. The story follows Brian Morrison’s attempt at finishing the Western States 100 mile ultra marathon race after being unable to do so in the past. In 2006 he had been in first place at the race,  but collapsed as he rounded the last quarter of a mile getting a DNF, although he said he preferred to say he was disqualified since he technically completed the race by being supported over the finish line.  Continue reading

A Running Wedding

Since Valentine’s Day is this week and everyone is in a loving mood I figured it was the perfect time to get around to the post I wanted to write this summer on our first wedding anniversary. When we were getting married we wanted to ensure that we had somewhat of a running theme to it because of the large role running plays in our relationship. However when trying to find inspiration I kept running into a conundrum- how do we have a running theme, but still keep it a classy affair? I think I did a pretty good job (I would love to say “we” but Robert will be the first to tell you I planned the details he nodded and perfected the “yes, dear.”) balancing incorporating our passion into the event while maintaining the formality I thought was important at such a momentous day in our lives.

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If only that water had some Scratch in it for some electrolytes I would have been golden. 
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The Ultra Mindset: Principle #1 – It’s All Good Mental Training

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About a year ago, I read Travis Macy’s book, “The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life.” The book is filled with incredible stories of Macy’s success as an adventure racer, mountain biker, and ultrarunner. But this isn’t a book solely full of success stories. It goes deeper than that. As the title implies, Macy breaks his success down into eight principles that are applicable to all aspects of life. This Ultra Mindset, as he labels it, teaches how to be successful not only in your athletic pursuits, but also in your job, as a spouse and parent, and in life in general. The back of the book contains a quick summary of the principles and quick anecdotes to give you a little detail of each. After I read the book I printed these reference pages out and put them in my desk at work so I could easily reference them. I decided that it’s time to spread the word and speak to each principle. Over the next eight weeks I will write about a different one of Macy’s principles and tell how they have applied to my life. While I will be highlighting the principles themselves, I highly recommend you check out the book and read the amazing stories Macy tells about his own life. Macy currently offers coaching for hire and public speaking opportunities, so it goes without saying that his own book would offer more value and detail than I ever could in a few short posts.

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Running Without the Race 

Throughout my time as a runner long runs have always been in relation to a training schedule. Lately though I have not been able to pick a goal marathon that I want to train for for longer than four weeks before something pops up or I realize that something is conflicting on that date. However even though that’s the case, I’ve still been spending my Saturday’s on the trails for hours with Robert lately- albeit not for the miles he has- but still to be point where I am constituting long run status.  Continue reading

How I Fell In Love With Running

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It’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It seems only appropriate that I tell the story about how I ultimately fell in love with running. I oftentimes jokingly tell people I got interested in running by annoying my brothers when I was younger. I am the youngest of three boys, with age gaps of 4 and 6 years between my siblings and me. My oldest brother and I were notorious for going at it growing up, so much so that we weren’t usually allowed to sit next to each other when we went out to dinners with the family. So naturally, being the younger brother I was, when we found ourselves crossing paths at home (often) I would annoy him and he would chase me around the house. That’s the joke answer. The real answer has a little more depth and feel good to it.

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