Category: Lifting

RUTS !!!


My third time running Run Under the Stars in Kentucky and it was my poorest effort! First year I ran 35 miles, then 31.5 then this year a solid 26.5 miles! 

It was all I had in my tank this year. To give me some credit it was 2 weeks post 50 mile trail race so there’s that! I did get to hang out with some pretty awesome people including Dallas Smith and the best RD ever Steve Durbin.


If you have to have any idea what the Barkley Marathon is you will know this guy, Laz ! Yes he wears a white button down dress shirt everywhere! 

This race for me is a reunion of all my Run It Fast friends that I see once a year. We had RIF #1 on a stick thinking he wasn’t going to be there but he surprised us all! 

Well, I plodded through race walking this event and finished with 27.13 miles and I had the best time ever.


I’m not there to win, I’m there for the party! 

BUT if you ever hear me say I’m driving to Kentucky again slap me! 

RUTS !!!


My third time running Tun Under the Stars in Kentucky and it was my poorest effort! First year I ran 35 miles, then 31.5 then this year a solid 26.5 miles! 

It was all I had in my tank this year. To give me some credit it was 2 weeks post 50 mile trail race so there’s that! I did get to hang out with some pretty awesome people including Dallas Smith and the best RD ever Steve Durbin.


If you have to have any idea what the Barkley Marathon is you will know this guy, Laz ! Yes he wears a white button down dress shirt everywhere! 

This race for me is a reunion of all my Run It Fast friends that I see once a year. We had RIF #1 on a stick thinking he wasn’t going to be there but he surprised us all! 

Well, I plodded through race walking this event and finished with 27.13 miles and I had the best time ever.


I’m not there to win, I’m there for the party! 

BUT if you ever hear me say I’m driving to Kentucky again slap me! 

Just Do You 

This is a story about a girl, a girl who decided while on a 14hr running journey, that life needs to be lived and loved. She decided that she no longer needs to fit any molds, categories or labels. 

I have made the very conscious desicion to just Do Me! Whatever the heck that means. I’ve realized that I allowed myself to be categorized into a “said group” . A food group, yes I loved being a vegan but during my Ultramarathon I started thinking about chicken and tuna. Like right outta nowhere I wanted a god damn piece of chicken. I may or may not have been hallucinating a little because of the heat lol. 

I started thinking about why I was a vegan and why did I eliminate food groups from my life. I was never one who fought the animal rights causes because I grew up with a ” hunter gatherer” father who every year provided us with deer and moose. 

I didn’t like the addition of chemicals to my foodsand genetically modified foods where a no no. But every time I got a coffee and tim’s and they didn’t have soy and I opted to add cream I was a “cheating” vegan! Oh my! 

I started to think I Do Not have to explain myself anymore. I just fucking ran 50 god damn miles in treacherous conditions so if I want a tuna sandwich or a piece of chicken I’m eating it dammit! 


Tonight I totally indulged in this Greek and Feta salad with chicken and the world didn’t fall apart. 

Today I started googling Low Carb High Fat lifestyles because I have a Type 1 Diabetic child who needs to live low carb. First thing I thought- oh god I’m attaching a label to her? No , from now on we eat to fuel , eat to live and eat to be merry because you only live once so might as well enjoy it. 

So basically this post is about Doing You and what is right for You, no one else. Indeed to get better about not labeling myself because the guilt of failing these labels is too much. 

The one label I’m still attaching to myself is SOBER! I’m 68 days booze free and I feel amazing! 

Do You 

Sulphur Springs 50 Miler Race Recap

Holy Crap!!!! 
I ran a 50 MILER! 

Since being injured in the fall I really wondered if this would come to fruition and it did, how? Sheer determination and never once letting my head tell me to quit. Which it tried, countless times while out there battling the heat and sun. 

So here is how it all went down 


415 am wake up, ate my typical pre race breakfast of oatmeal with PB and a large coffee. FYI. I always take Immodium the night before and morning of a race for you know which reasons why! 

Got to the site at Dundas Conservation Park by 530 and downed my banana. Nerves weren’t too bad and I had a great time talking to people. 

Gun time 6am… Here we go ! Loop 1 (20km) was awesome and I was pacing so well. Met up with local running legend Joe Cleary and finished that loop with him in 2:54

Stopped at camp to change out buffs and grab more Gu and Nuun … Hands started to swell a bit but overall I felt great. 

Loop 2 finished in 6:29 and went pretty well but the heat really picked up and I was hot! I knew I’d start losing time but I wasn’t concerned yet. I spent a lot of time alone on the trails but once the 50k runners were out there I saw more people. 

Loop 3 done 10:29.. Added on more time but the conditions were pretty rough. 30+ degree heat and the humidity was brutal. I heard at this point there were many DNF’s happening but there was no way in hell I wasn’t finishing this lap. I met a lot people who were congratulating me and I informed them with ” I still have one more lap” and they said “sorry for your luck” !!! Thanks guys! This loop I did a whole lot of praying, thanking those who from day 1 who believed in me and a shit load of singing . I sang all kinds of songs and I think I was a bit crazy. 

Then I climbed those damn 3 Sisters kill and gave them a big ole F U see ya next year bitches cuz I’m outta here wave! I had timed the distance to the last aid station at 16 minutes from the switch so as soon as I got there I knew I was in the home stretch! Then I knew the worst was yet to come – climbing that final hill for the 4th and last time . I knew I had less than 10 minutes and I was going to finish this! I had no time goals and the only thing I wanted was to finish but inside I knew I wanted 14 something hours. 


14:18 done!!! Officially !! 

Running Gives Me All The Feels

In my almost 46 years on this planet, I think I have finally found peace.

My life has changed quite significantly in the last 35 days and I feel really good. Step 1 was completely giving up all alcohol – yes beer! I know I know – I run for beer has been replaced with ” I run for the Feels” 

You see I needed focus in my life and I just didn’t have it. I was injured in the fall and had to be immobilized for 8 weeks and I hated it. I decided that I had to figure this out. What makes me happy. Running does! 

But!!!! I also figured out that I absolutely Do Not need to be better than anyone but the person I was before. I was that person who always compared myself to others “they are faster, they run farther, they are better” than me. Social media is a very strange place in that you can go there to find motivation and inspiration OR it can completely bring you down when you play the comparison game. 

After my injury, which I’m still plagued with, I realized that I’m a solid 10 min slower than I was before on any pace goals. So guess what? I decided I no longer needed pace goals! I needed finishing goals. My one and only job is to cross that line, grab my medal and feel all the feels. 

Another major decision I made was that I was not going to run any road races in 2016. Why? Mostly because I find them boring, there’s so many people and it hurts. My focus is now on conquering fears and distances the scare me. That happens in the ultra trail community. 

When I am out on the trails I find myself. I experience many emotions out there, some good some not so good but nowhere else makes me think and dig deep into my soul. 

Running in nature is so absolutely soul cleansing and when you have 10-24 hrs alone with your thoughts , things happen. I will conquer my first 50 miler this month at the Sulphur Springs trail race and I will not worry about my time or pace- I just want to finish. Then I’ll be satisfied.

I know that running is a ” to each his own” kind of sport which makes it even more awesome. Just remember to ” Do You” and don’t compare your end game to others. I will now always be a ” back of the pack” runner and that’s ok. I’m ok with that. 

Run For the Feels because 

Finishing is Winning! 

Run All The Miles

I have decided today that I will run till I can no longer run, kinda Forest Gump like. I am not planning on running for 3 years straight or anything crazy like that, but I will run until I can simply no longer do it.
I will not force myself to run, I will not set specific targets or goals, I just want to run. I had my ortho visit yesterday and my posterior tibial tendon is pretty messed up but doesn’t require surgery or anything like that. I then saw the foot guy today to discuss orthotics, I simply can’t justify $495 for a product that won’t last me a lifetime. YES I know there is a reason for these and he wouldn’t of recommended it if he didn’t think I needed them….. but…… I will just slow down. I will run all the miles still but I will not break myself. I have come to realize what pain feels like and I know now that this is my signal to take it easy. So I will.
I have some pretty awesome races lined up for this year and my ultimate goal is to just finish them. I want to say I did it. It will hurt and it will probably kill me but once I have accomplished these races I will take the rest of the year off. I haven’t run a race since June of 2015 and I had to bail on my fall marathon because I was hurt. I have taken loads of time off, decreased my miles significantly and I am strength training my ass off(literally) to help improve my form. I am actually listening to people this time as I have come to realize that people won’t judge you by the number of races you run in a year if they are your friends. They just want to embrace you accomplishing your own goals and motivating you to succeed. So here’s to getting it done, stopping when it hurts and learning to just run for the pure pleasure of running

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Vegan Lentil Veggie Soup – Crockpot! 

Cold days = Warm soups! 

Busy day at my house as I’m working all day and I want to come home to supper already made, so out comes my crockpot- my savior! 

This is such an easy soup to make and takes literally minutes to prep! 

Veggie Lentil Soup 

1.5 cups of dry lentils 

1/2 bag of little gems potatoes

2 stalks celery

2 large carrots 

1/2 onion 

1 can six bean medley mix (rinsed/drained)

1 28oz can diced tomatoes 

1 carton vegetable broth  

2tbsp each of garlic powder, cumin,chili powder 

Salt&pepper 

   
 
Put lentils in bottom of crock, then add veggies except spinach!  

 
Cover with beans, tomatoes , spices and broth 

  
Cover and let cook on low for 6-7 hrs. 

Serve with a big hunk of bread and you got a meal! 

   
 

You Can’t Have It! 

Ok , so let’s wrap up this week of Ketogenic eating. I lost 0lbs. I do not feel any different and I’m so sick of sausages and bacon. 

Here is what I learned from this experience. 

When you tell yourself ” you can’t have that” – guess what?  You want it even more! Yes I really really want a cracker because I love crackers! No I don’t want to eat just meat and eggs. 

I need fruit in my life. I love a banana and PB for a quick snack, a cucumber Sammie or just some crackers and cheese. Is this really so wrong? 

I have decided yet again that I will not label myself, restrict myself or tell myself NO. I will eat to fuel my body, I will consume protein and dammit I will eat a sub when I want it. 

I have successfully lost a lot of weight in the past 5 years so I need to just get back to the basics and eat to fuel. 

Everybody is different and just Do What Works For You. I am tired of trying to label myself as something and I need to learn to be better at just being me. So as of today I am just Dawn , broken runner on a path to health and happiness. I don’t need to be anymore than that. 

Happy Weekend, Be Active and Be Heathly my friends  

 

Keto Alfredo Chicken 

Being an injured runner sure does free up a lot of time. It allows me to research thugs that I’ve always been interested in but had no time for it. I was always consumed with running schedules and fitting training runs into my life. Seeing as I’m in the boot I have been researching this Ketogenic lifestyle and so far it fits me really well. 

Meals have been going good and I’m not getting bored yet, that typically happens when I try a new lifestyle. 

I whipped up this fancy ass meal for supper tonight and it literally took me 15 minutes to make it! 

Alfredo Chicken 

  
These are your ingredients

   
   
Add mushrooms , onions and garlic powder to a pan and sauté in olive oil or butter. When soft , add in the Ready to Eat pre cooked chicken strips, add in frozen broccoli , pour in heavy cream and parm!

Let simmer then add in shredded cheese. 

   
   
This tastes like a big ole comfort bowl of soup! Back in the day it would be served over penne with a French stick , but carbs are my enemy! 

Hope you enjoy! 

Keto Fat Bombs

  
After researching my little brain out I finally concocted a recipe that I love! 

This is a purely decadent little fat square that I will be noshing on. It is not my recipe and the original can be found here Diet Keto 

  
All you need is 

3/4 cup coconut oil 

150g of almond butter 

30 squirts of Liquid Stevia

50g unsweetened cocoa 

150g salted butter 

Get yourself a food scale people because I have no idea what grams look like. 

Melt the oil, almond butter and butter in a glass measuring dish then add cocoa and stevia. Mix well 

  
Pour into silicone ice molds and freeze for 30 minutes 

 
Next time I will add in unsweetened coconut flakes. 

  
Here’s the stats but basically just pure fat! 

Enjoy 

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