Friday, August 1, 2014

More than you think

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." - Napoleon Hill

I had one of those workouts this week that pushed me mentally and physically. I was nervous about it going in. The workout was 20x400m, with 400m rest intervals, three miles warm up and three miles cool down, 16 miles total. TWENTY 400's. Twenty. 20.

I was nervous. And I was still a little tired from a super quick trip to New York. My little brother came out from NY for a week, and then took Marcus and Shorty back to New York with him for some spoiling from the grandparents. Then Nate and I went out to NY to spend a few days with family and bring the little boys home. We took a red-eye flight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning to NY, then had a few wonderful days in NY with my parents. We went to a super fun water park, got to see my 92 and 94 year old grandparents (they are amazing!), and spent a really fun day in the city at the Museum of Natural History, Jekyll and Hyde's Restaurant and on Broadway! My Dad and I got to see Aladdin with the younger boys (it was WONDERFUL) and Nate saw Rock of Ages with my mom. :) Then a red-eye flight and three hour drive back home Saturday night/Sunday morning. So happy, but so, so tired.

My Dad, Shorty, Me, Marcus and Nate at the Museum of Natural History
 I did do lots of running in NY and as usual the heat and humidity were killer. I did a 20 miler on Friday morning and it was a tough one mentally and physically. But I got it done.

Cooling off on the steps of my parents' pool after a hot, hot NY run

So at 4am on Tuesday morning I was still pretty tired and worn out, and the idea of 20x400 alone on the track was more than a bit daunting. Even during my warm up I was questioning myself and feeling nervous about being able to hit the targets. I worked hard on getting my head in the right place and took off on the first one. Too fast! Happy problem... but... I don't want to make it any harder on myself so I pulled back (and coach warned me about going to fast early on). Second one... too fast... pulled back a bit more. Three and four felt pretty good and I started to relax and just go with the flow of the work out. Hard lap, easy lap. Run fast... strong but relaxed... fast and free.... head up, wings out. :) Each set of four was progressively faster, and with each set I felt better and better... faster, stronger, and more confident. 

I didn't miss a single split, and completely rocked the workout... alone on a track... dark at first, then with a pretty sunrise as a backdrop. 

My splits were -
1-4 - 1:28, 1:26, 1:32, 1:32
5-8 - 1:30, 1:31, 1:30, 1:30
9-12 - 1:28, 1:28, 1:28, 1:29
13-16 - 1:27, 1:24, 1:23, 1:27
17-20 - 1:23, 1:19, 1:21, 1:19


 Five miles of running (with rest intervals) at about 5:48 pace. Not too shabby. :)

It SURE would be nice to have a training partner on mornings like this!

Afterwards I thanked Ray for challenging me and believing in me. He continues to give me new workouts that challenge me mentally and physically, but always knows what I am capable of. I am learning to trust that I can do more than I think and can do what he gives me. 

We can always do more than we think, and one of the most awesome things about running is that it helps us find our limits and then push past them. The only way to find out how good you can be is to keep working, keep pushing, and keep doing the hard and scary things you aren't sure you can. 

29 days until Pocatello Marathon!

"If there is no struggle there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass

Winner Winner!

The winner of the FREE ENTRY to the Revel Rockies race is....

HOLLY!!!

Holly please email me at full house mom at g mail dot com and I will hook you up!!

You can read about the awesome REVEL races here and stay tuned for giveaways to the REVEL Big Cottonwood Canyon and REVEL Canyon City races soon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Let's REVEL!

What do you like in a race? Fast course? Great organization and customer service? Quality shirts and medals? Pace groups? How about free race pictures and videos? Awesome finish line food? A super generous withdrawal and transfer policy?

If all of this sounds good to you, it's time to run a REVEL race!

From the Revel website - "REVEL is a series of running events that is gaining a broad presence in the running world by distinguishing its races in a number of ways, including its unique courses, emphasis on runner experience, and partnerships with local communities, nonprofit organizations, sponsors, and government agencies.

REVEL races can best be described by two words: Fast & Beautiful. Our events take place in the most beautiful venues available in the areas in which they are held. REVEL races seek to maximize the time our runners spend running in canyons, forests, state or national parks, and so forth. In addition, the downhill nature of REVEL races provides a unique opportunity for runners to achieve personal best times and qualify for exclusive events.

In addition to providing unforgettable experiences for our runners, REVEL races also deliver value to the communities who graciously host our events. Each REVEL race brings significant financial benefits to local economies, provides an opportunity for communities to brand themselves, and creates a healthier and more fitness-friendly community. Additionally, proceeds from each REVEL runner's entry fee are donated to local nonprofit groups geared towards health and environmental causes."

I was recently chosen to be an ambassador for REVEL! You can see my profile and the other ambassadors here.  My race schedule is full for this year, but I am excited to run one of these races next year. The locations are Big Cottonwood Canyon (Salt Lake City, UT), Rockies (Denver, CO), and Canyon City (Los Angeles, CA).

If you are looking to get a PR or a BQ, these are GREAT courses to go for it on.

The REVEL Rockies race is coming up on August 17. Check out all of the great perks to this race here! What other race gives you gloves and a mylar blanket for the start?? I love that, especially since I am ALWAYS cold at the start of a race.

You can still register for the full or half marathon which will both be on August 17, AND I have one race entry to give away! If you want to be entered, just leave a comment and tell me you want to be entered (one entry per person) and I will draw a winner on Friday!!

I will also be giving away an entry to the REVEL Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon and Half Marathon on September 13 and to the REVEL Canyon City Marathon and Half Marathon on November 15, so stay tuned if you are interested in running one of those awesome races.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Me, Only Better

I have often said in the past five years that becoming a runner has helped me become a better person in all other areas of my life... a better wife, better mother, better daughter, better friend, etc. How is that so? This weekend I was reading "The Essential Sheehan - A Lifetime of Running Wisdom from the Legendary Dr. George Sheehan" and I found something that really rang true to my heart.

"When we begin an exercise program, it is almost always for the wrong reasons. We seek physical fitness because we believe we have our bodies and want to do something to them, not because we are our bodies and wish to find out who we are."

Yes!

"In running... we become ourselves and open ourselves to experience. There, we find an inward calm and peace. There, thinking and feeling have a clarity that occurs almost nowhere else.  And there, we discover a wholeness, a completion, and an integrity that make us want to celebrate our being. Away from politics and religion, from economics and science; we see the universe and ourselves as being much more than logic and reason have taught us. 

Exercise to lose weight. Run to lower your blood pressure. Bicycle to reduce your cholesterol. Swim to increase your cardiac function. Play tennis to help your breathing. Golf so you'll sell more clients. Do calisthenics to clear your brain All those things are good. But beyond all this fitness is the discovery of who you are." (from This Running Life, 1980)

And -

"My experience has taught me that you must first and always seek the person you are. And this becoming unfolds through the intensity with which you use your body, through your absorption in play, and through the acceptance of the discipline needed to be an athlete.

Live your own life. Success is not something that can be measured or worn on a watch or hung on the wall. It is not the esteem of colleagues, or the admiration of the community, or the appreciation of patients. Success is the certain knowledge that you have become yourself, the person you were meant to be from all time. 

That should be reward enough. But best of all is the fun while you are doing it. And, at the very least, you will heal yourself." - (from Running & Being, 1978)

Yes, yes, yes, to all of the above.

Running has helped me find and become myself... the person I was meant to be from all time. Running has helped me discover  that wholeness and completion that Dr. Sheehan writes about... that makes me want to celebrate my being. Yes, running helped me lose 80lbs, but it also helped me heal myself in other, more important ways.

When you grow up with an abusive mother, there are parts of you that need to be healed. When you have a large family (and kids with significant medical needs) you find that you have given so much to so many others you have forgotten to take care of yourself. When you are over-weight, worn-out and tired, your self-esteem sinks. When you grow up fast and become a parent at a young age, you find that you have to go back and do some self discovery.

So how has running made me better? Beyond the obvious reasons of making me healthier, giving me more energy, etc. running has brought a balance to my life. It is how I give to myself and test myself, how I challenge myself and nurture myself, how I reward myself and push myself, how I heal myself and how I discover myself. It's how I become the best version of myself... the most pure and honest "me".

Running has helped me become the person I was meant to be... the whole and complete me. And THAT is the me that my husband, my kids, my parents, my friends and everyone else needs and deserves.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Team!


Here is the news I have been sitting on for a while!! I have been in contact with the Oiselle Team Manager since the beginning of the year about the possibility of being on the Volée Racing Team for Oiselle. They were not taking applications to be on the team as they did last year so I was not sure if anything would come of it (especially after Kara Goucher joined Oiselle and they started getting a lot more notice), and I was THRILLED back in May when they offered me a spot on the team!!

Only a small handful of athletes were added to the Volée team this year (Volée means flyer!) and I am so grateful to be one of them.

Oiselle is a small company that specializes in women's running apparel. It was founded by CEO Sally Bergesen in 2007. The name Oiselle (pronounced wa-zell) is a French word for bird, and it alludes to that feeling of weightlessness that most runners know and love. That sense of flight – when the legs go fast and the heart goes free.

I have been a lover of Oiselle's running clothes for awhile (Flyte shorts... my most favorite) and I have followed and been a big fan of quite a few of their Hauté Volée (High Flyer) Elite team members. Lauren Fleshman has always been a favorite of mine.  I saved this quote from a recent race of hers and have it hanging by my computer -

Just because I’m not in the place I want to be doesn’t mean I can’t race like the champion I am inside. As I felt myself flying down the hill, the finish line started to barely come into view. It was still a long way to go. But I wasn’t slowing down. I pounded and leaned forward and drove my arms. Runners started coming back to me. I felt a weight lift off my heart that gave me one more gear. This is who I am. Winning or not..” -Lauren Fleshman

And then of course Kara Goucher left Nike and joined Oiselle earlier this year.

I was drawn to Oiselle because I love the idea of a sisterhood in sport, and I love the support and encouragement from being a part of such a team. Since I train completely on my own (with the guidance of my great coach and Josh's love and encouragement), having a team like this and the support and community behind me is really awesome to me.

This weekend was my first race in my Oiselle singlet. I am looking forward to racing in it again soon!!


Here are Oiselle's "principles of flight"... our team manifesto. Good stuff!

What follows are not rules or requirements, or club commandments…but rather ideas we think are important in forming a family of fast runners. Ideas we hold dear…and that we feel lead not only to successful competition, but to creating positive energy in our sport. We’re not building a single runner. Or a single performance. But rather a movement. A new kind of family that breaks from some of running’s old ways especially as they pertain to women athletes. It’s about progress and change. The future, the flight, the journey is new again – and ours to define.
1. build the sisterhood.
We are only as strong as the bonds we build. And while most of us have them, we want to do more. We want to raise the ante in showing how women can support other women. To go further with the sisterhood …fostering strength and leadership not just in competition, but through every action, every day.
2. eat like a human.
No disordered, underweight competition. We know for a fact that this approach is a short-term benefit that detracts from strength, and can spread like a disease. Fuel your body, honor its workload, and create an image of health for other women to follow.
3. tell your story.
Running and racing is not enough to kindle a fire under track & field. By telling your story, you capture hearts and minds. And when you capture hearts and minds, you build the overall success of our sport. You are the story. You are the magic. Let her rip!
4. race with fire.
Fierce, beastly, carnivorous racing. The win, the podium, the qualifying time, the team score. We seek serious victories on significant stages. No matter the goal, the effort is marked by an unconditional desire to push to the limit…to go fast, and take chances.
5. compete clean.
No doping. No cheating. No monkeying with our natural state via chemicals or prescriptions. Eat well, work hard, run fast. Period.
6. be a superfan.
Get fans by being a fan. By being a crazy, cheering, yell ‘til your voice is hoarse superfan. After all, being a superfan, regardless of brand affiliation, is one of the most powerful things we can do to strengthen ourselves and our sport.
7. spread the love.
Oiselle won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. But if you choose to be here, join because you’re nuts about the brand. You dig where we’re going, and you want to be a part of it. L-O-V-E baby, that’s all there is.

principles of flight
a team manifesto
What follows are not rules or requirements, or club commandments…but rather ideas we think are important in forming a family of fast runners. Ideas we hold dear…and that we feel lead not only to successful competition, but to creating positive energy in our sport. We’re not building a single runner. Or a single performance. But rather a movement. A new kind of family that breaks from some of running’s old ways especially as they pertain to women athletes. It’s about progress and change. The future, the flight, the journey is new again – and ours to define.
1. build the sisterhood.
We are only as strong as the bonds we build. And while most of us have them, we want to do more. We want to raise the ante in showing how women can support other women. To go further with the sisterhood …fostering strength and leadership not just in competition, but through every action, every day.
2. eat like a human.
No disordered, underweight competition. We know for a fact that this approach is a short-term benefit that detracts from strength, and can spread like a disease. Fuel your body, honor its workload, and create an image of health for other women to follow.
3. tell your story.
Running and racing is not enough to kindle a fire under track & field. By telling your story, you capture hearts and minds. And when you capture hearts and minds, you build the overall success of our sport. You are the story. You are the magic. Let her rip!
4. race with fire.
Fierce, beastly, carnivorous racing. The win, the podium, the qualifying time, the team score. We seek serious victories on significant stages. No matter the goal, the effort is marked by an unconditional desire to push to the limit…to go fast, and take chances.
5. compete clean.
No doping. No cheating. No monkeying with our natural state via chemicals or prescriptions. Eat well, work hard, run fast. Period.
6. be a superfan.
Get fans by being a fan. By being a crazy, cheering, yell ‘til your voice is hoarse superfan. After all, being a superfan, regardless of brand affiliation, is one of the most powerful things we can do to strengthen ourselves and our sport.
7. spread the love.
Oiselle won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. But if you choose to be here, join because you’re nuts about the brand. You dig where we’re going, and you want to be a part of it. L-O-V-E baby, that’s all there is.
- See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/oiselle-team-manifesto#sthash.Bz6UmOUS.dpuf
principles of flight
a team manifesto
What follows are not rules or requirements, or club commandments…but rather ideas we think are important in forming a family of fast runners. Ideas we hold dear…and that we feel lead not only to successful competition, but to creating positive energy in our sport. We’re not building a single runner. Or a single performance. But rather a movement. A new kind of family that breaks from some of running’s old ways especially as they pertain to women athletes. It’s about progress and change. The future, the flight, the journey is new again – and ours to define.
1. build the sisterhood.
We are only as strong as the bonds we build. And while most of us have them, we want to do more. We want to raise the ante in showing how women can support other women. To go further with the sisterhood …fostering strength and leadership not just in competition, but through every action, every day.
2. eat like a human.
No disordered, underweight competition. We know for a fact that this approach is a short-term benefit that detracts from strength, and can spread like a disease. Fuel your body, honor its workload, and create an image of health for other women to follow.
3. tell your story.
Running and racing is not enough to kindle a fire under track & field. By telling your story, you capture hearts and minds. And when you capture hearts and minds, you build the overall success of our sport. You are the story. You are the magic. Let her rip!
4. race with fire.
Fierce, beastly, carnivorous racing. The win, the podium, the qualifying time, the team score. We seek serious victories on significant stages. No matter the goal, the effort is marked by an unconditional desire to push to the limit…to go fast, and take chances.
5. compete clean.
No doping. No cheating. No monkeying with our natural state via chemicals or prescriptions. Eat well, work hard, run fast. Period.
6. be a superfan.
Get fans by being a fan. By being a crazy, cheering, yell ‘til your voice is hoarse superfan. After all, being a superfan, regardless of brand affiliation, is one of the most powerful things we can do to strengthen ourselves and our sport.
7. spread the love.
Oiselle won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. But if you choose to be here, join because you’re nuts about the brand. You dig where we’re going, and you want to be a part of it. L-O-V-E baby, that’s all there is.
- See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/oiselle-team-manifesto#sthash.Bz6UmOUS.dpuf
principles of flight
a team manifesto
What follows are not rules or requirements, or club commandments…but rather ideas we think are important in forming a family of fast runners. Ideas we hold dear…and that we feel lead not only to successful competition, but to creating positive energy in our sport. We’re not building a single runner. Or a single performance. But rather a movement. A new kind of family that breaks from some of running’s old ways especially as they pertain to women athletes. It’s about progress and change. The future, the flight, the journey is new again – and ours to define.
1. build the sisterhood.
We are only as strong as the bonds we build. And while most of us have them, we want to do more. We want to raise the ante in showing how women can support other women. To go further with the sisterhood …fostering strength and leadership not just in competition, but through every action, every day.
2. eat like a human.
No disordered, underweight competition. We know for a fact that this approach is a short-term benefit that detracts from strength, and can spread like a disease. Fuel your body, honor its workload, and create an image of health for other women to follow.
3. tell your story.
Running and racing is not enough to kindle a fire under track & field. By telling your story, you capture hearts and minds. And when you capture hearts and minds, you build the overall success of our sport. You are the story. You are the magic. Let her rip!
4. race with fire.
Fierce, beastly, carnivorous racing. The win, the podium, the qualifying time, the team score. We seek serious victories on significant stages. No matter the goal, the effort is marked by an unconditional desire to push to the limit…to go fast, and take chances.
5. compete clean.
No doping. No cheating. No monkeying with our natural state via chemicals or prescriptions. Eat well, work hard, run fast. Period.
6. be a superfan.
Get fans by being a fan. By being a crazy, cheering, yell ‘til your voice is hoarse superfan. After all, being a superfan, regardless of brand affiliation, is one of the most powerful things we can do to strengthen ourselves and our sport.
7. spread the love.
Oiselle won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. But if you choose to be here, join because you’re nuts about the brand. You dig where we’re going, and you want to be a part of it. L-O-V-E baby, that’s all there is.
- See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/oiselle-team-manifesto#sthash.Bz6UmOUS.dpuf

Monday, July 14, 2014

Star Valley Half Marathon Race Recap!

I wanted to get this race report done sooner but my brother came Saturday night from New York (and is here for a week! yay!) and then yesterday was my 18th wedding anniversary and Josh and I went away for a quick 24 hours ALONE. Yes, that was awesome. :)

The Star Valley Half Marathon is a great race and an event I love and look forward to.  I was REALLY hoping (and planning) on running sub 1:30, but it just didn't quite happen. I ran a 1:31:10 which is a PR and I took second woman overall, but it was still a little disappointing.

I had a good night of sleep the night before, and Josh and two of our boys (Shane and Ryan) left our house at 5am on race morning. We picked up two of my friends and we drove about 20 minutes to the start. We were able to get on the first of the school buses that was shuttling runners up to the start (it's a point to point course) and I had the perfect amount of time to use a portapotty, do my two mile warm up, stretch a little, change into new socks and my race shoes, get back into a portapotty and then get to the front of the start line with just a few minutes to spare.

I have to note that Josh was really awesome and helpful. His pre-race plan was just to hang out and talk to people, so I asked him if he wouldn't mind standing in the portapotty line and then saving me a spot at the front, so when I finished my warmup and changed my shoes I could jump in and then be ready to roll. When I found him, he was in true Josh style, making a big show of directing people into open portapotties and making a scene of "being embarrassed" about saving his wife a spot in line. Everybody loves him and thought he was hilarious and it sure made things go smoothly for me! He's great. :)

The first few miles are DOWNHILL with a few short but steep climbs mixed in. Then the course levels out and has a gentle downhill slope overall with a few longer uphill pulls in the middle. It's definitely not an easy course but it's a great course and is beautiful! (We saw a moose in someone's yard!)

My plan was to run the first few miles by feel (not TOO fast but also not holding back to the point that I was wasting energy). I ran a 6:28 first mile and had people flying past me that I knew had no business going that fast. I had a good laugh when I overheard a guy just in front of me say to one of his friends, "I have a terrible sinking feeling that this is NOT the pace we should be running for a half marathon!"

After the first mile or so I had three girls ahead of me. One of them was the star of our high school track team. I knew she was fast but wasn't sure if she had the endurance for a half marathon (spoiler alert - she did. I got beat by the girl 20 years younger than me!) One of the other women ahead of me I was confident I would beat and the other I had no idea who she was or how fast she was. The "mystery woman" and I ended up shoulder to shoulder for a mile or two, and then she tucked in RIGHT behind me.

When I say she was right behind me, I mean she was RIGHT behind me. Like I could feel her breathing down my neck and was afraid she was going to step on my heels. At the first two aid stations I stopped for just a few seconds to grab a cup of water, sip it, dump it down my back and then take off and in those few seconds she would pass me and take the lead. I always took off and took the lead right back, but I could hear her literally just a second or two behind me.

I felt good and was right on pace for 1:28-1:29 until about half way. Somewhere in there I just started to feel tired. We hit a section with a lot of uphill and it was tougher than it had been for me in previous years. I never stopped running, I never quit fighting or racing... I just could NOT kick it into that next gear that I needed to get that sub 1:30.

Around mile 9 (when we hit the top of a hill) I threw in a surge and could finally feel myself open up a gap on the other woman. I had no idea how big or small it was and I never looked back...  I just kept running as hard as I could. I knew I wasn't going to catch the high schooler in first place (I wish I had fought to hang closer to her earlier on), but I was determined not to lose second place.

Shane (14 years old) could have run a very fast race, but he is still not feeling 100% from Ragnar and said he was just going to run the race easy with some friends. He started way at the back and not taking anything seriously, but I know him and strongly suspected he would end up racing at some point, and sure enough... with two miles to go, the rotten kid blew past me like he was on fire, and ended up finishing in 1:29.

I managed to hold off the girl (I beat her by 23 seconds) and I actually picked off quite a few guys in those last couple of miles too.  The last 0.3 miles of the course is uphill and it is the hardest part but I finished strong and had lots of cheers from the hometown crowd.



I ran a 4 mile cool down, so had 19+ miles on the day. Josh ran a strong 1:48 and Ryan finished in 2:00. Lots of friends and neighbors were out and it was great to cheer for them all and to support the Kunz family who puts on the race.

Ray thinks it was a combination of lingering fatigue from Ragnar, hot sun and warmer temps (I am a wimp in any amount of heat), and the wrong shoes that led to me not hitting my time. Speaking of the wrong shoes.... here is what I found when I took them off....

OUCH
I usually do all of my running in New Balance 890's and I LOVE those shoes. They are light, neutral, 8mm heel toe drop... just enough cushioning but feel FAST. But we decided for this race that I would wear some racing shoes (New Balance 1400s). I tried them out on an 11 mile workout and I loved them on the track and figured they would be great for the half. BUT, within the first half mile of the race I realized that they did NOT feel good on the uphills or the downhills. Pinky toe paid the price. So did one heel. From now on I am sticking with my 890s!!!

There was some good. For second place I won a little bit of money and a nice plaque. I got a small PR. Although I didn't hit my goal for the half, I had a 19 mile day with over 13 miles at sub 7:00 pace,  which is a great workout for my marathon in seven weeks. I had NO stomach issues which was amazing. I stayed mentally strong and didn't give in, even when things got hard. I had a lot of fun. I got to share it with Josh, Shane, Ryan, and lots of our friends. Overall it was a great first real race back since getting the cast off in March and I am feeling like I am back to where I was at before the injury and ready to keep making progress now! This race definitely made me hungry to keep working hard and to race again.


Now the focus is on recovery (one calf is still a little tight but the other soreness and fatigue are much better today and pinky toe is healing well) and then full steam ahead to the Pocatello Marathon on August 30.  :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

UCAN

I have mentioned a few times that since the beginning of the year I have been exclusively fueling my running with Generation UCAN, and now I am excited to announce that I am officially a part of Team UCAN as a Generation UCAN brand ambassador.

 I get asked to do quite a few product reviews and giveaways, and have been offered several ambassador-ships and small sponsorships lately. I used to excitedly jump at any and all opportunities but I have learned to be selective and at this point I am only teaming up with companies that I believe in and products that I use and can whole-heartedly recommend.

With all of my GI issues (running related and not) I have tried just about every single gel, drink, chew, and fueling product out there. I can't handle any solid food before a run or race, and yet I was finding that without eating before, I was crashing  and not having enough energy on long runs, tough workouts, and marathons.

I have had limited success with some other products but nothing that worked consistently and reliably.

Generation UCAN has been the answer!!!

UCAN is different than most fueling products for athletes out there. Instead of being a source of fast-burning sugar-based energy, it is a SuperStarch carb that releases slowly and gives you steady energy. It minimizes your need to refuel and helps your body burn fat for energy instead of sugar. UCAN stabilizes your blood sugar and insulin (no spikes and crashes), is VERY gentle on the stomach, and helps you improve body composition by making you more metabolically efficient.

Most runners can take 1-2 servings of Generation UCAN before a run, and then don't need any additional fuel for 15-18 miles. For me, it is perfect since I can't eat a solid breakfast before a workout, long run or race. I take my UCAN about 40 minutes before a run (of 10 miles or more) and then that's all I need unless I am running more than 16 miles (or if it is hot and I need water). For longer efforts I mix up a serving of UCAN into a paste and take it when needed. It works perfectly. Just a couple of weeks ago I ran a 20 miler and was able to finish with a 6:20 mile. My only fuel during that run was my UCAN before and then a serving that I drank around mile 15-16. It gives me the energy that I need, is simple to use, and does not bother my stomach.

When I finish a run, the first thing I put into my body is protein enhanced UCAN (chocolate is yummy!). I mix it with half water and half almond milk. I drink that right after my runs and then an hour or so later I have breakfast.

Boston Marathon winner and Olympian Meb Keflezighi, Olympian Kim Conley, and Olympian Julie Culley all use UCAN and lots of others are using UCAN and finding great success with it. Many users find that along with better energy and performance, that they have become leaner with using UCAN.

I know that fueling is one of those things that are trial and error, but UCAN is a product that I feel strongly can benefit a lot of athletes. Especially since it works differently than most of other products out there, if you are struggling with fueling on your runs (or just want something better), give UCAN a try.



I have another announcement that I have to keep under wraps for just a little longer but it is exciting!!!!

How do you fuel? Do you have a sensitive stomach when running or can you eat whatever you want whenever you want?

If you want to try Generation UCAN you can use code EHUCANINSPIRE for 10% off!!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Race time!

It's race week for me! The Star Valley Half Marathon is this weekend and it is one of my favorite races. It is our only big local race and this is the fourth year. The race is put on by the Kunz family (who live right around the block from us). The race was created by the Kunz family as a memorial for their son, Jeremy, who was tragically hit and killed by a drunk driver during a Ragnar relay in 2009.

It is a beautiful course and the weather is usually perfect (although may be a bit warm by the end this year). The start is just 20 minutes from our house, and the race and course are filled with friends and neighbors. I won the race when I ran it in 2012, and believe it or not, that is the last time I ran a half!! I was planning on running it last year but then my feet started hurting and I didn't (but I volunteered instead).

I definitely plan on smashing my PR of 1:32:14, and of course I would love to win again, but the race was featured in Runner's World this year and it has been growing every year so I have no idea who else will show up on race day.

Josh and two of our boys (Ryan and Shane) will be running it too so it will be a great morning!

A couple of days ago I was super nervous. Really, super nervous. But these past few days I have been feeling less nervous and more confident and excited. I have been working on taking the pressure off. No one puts pressure on me - not my coach, or Josh, or my friends, or my parents. In fact they all make it abundantly clear that they support me, love me, and are proud of me no matter how I do in a race. But I sure am good at heaping the pressure on to myself. I know what I want to do and I know what I should be able to do and I desperately WANT to do it. But I also know that I have to just relax, trust, have faith, dig deep and let myself do it.

Besides the tiny 10k I did, this will be my first race since my cast came off and since I started having Ray coach me. My training has been going way better than expected at this point, I am 100% healthy, and I have every reason to be excited and confident going in to this, so that's the attitude I am going to have. I love to run and I love to race and I am SO grateful that this year I am ready and able to do it and that my running is on the path that it is.
“THUS I URGE YOU TO GO ON TO YOUR GREATNESS IF YOU BELIEVE IT IS IN YOU, THINK DEEPLY AND SEPARATE WHAT YOU WISH FROM THAT WHICH YOU ARE PREPARED TO DO.” ~ Percy Cerutty
Who else is racing this weekend??