Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Birthday week Plus some..!

The past two weeks have been super packed with work and learning. Last week I went down to Tempe, AZ for the continuation of learning and certification for Fascial Stretch Therapy Level II. I got Level I certified last year and since then incorporating stretch therapy into my Chiropractic business has really brought great results to clients/patients. Not only that but the stretch part of the business has taken a life of its own and I really enjoy working with clients and seeing immediate results and I love the way it makes everyone feel completely different each time! With Level II stuff it even takes the client to new levels quicker, I love it! So after 5 days of being stretched myself and a day where I was able to run 13 miles in a new PR time for me of 2:20, I was feeling great. By the end of the weekend I was ready to be back home with my family and gf, not only that but it was my birthday on Sunday and the Big 40 seem to come and go with a bang! It was great to celebrate at the Stretch To Win certification and also share the day with co-founder, Chris Ferderick.

Back at home with family this week was nice to settle back in to the life routine but the work routine was completely busy! I am not complaining at all btw. Since I was gone from Tuesday - Sunday, I had a busy make up week which was great because I was also able to put all the new Level II immediately to work! I seemed to be a little more tired than normal so I didn't get any runs or training in, BOO! Saturday was coaching for TNT Spring/Summers teams and although it was raining and cold out we had a great turn out and they got there training completed. Then yesterday was Dez's birthday! so it was great to spend the day with her and a great bday dinner with a fund raiser that co-worker of hers was doing for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer. It was a great turn out and I drank too much Saki! The other thing is its great to share the same birthday week with Dez and we both turned 40!

Now here is an interesting experience I did this week. I went to UNLV to participate in a study for a new body fat caliper that is being tested. The test was free and took about an hour and also included, Body Pod , Bio-impedance testing, and water dunk tank. They supply the results from the Body Pod and body fat % from the dunk tank immediately. The comparisons with the testing body fat calipers are not revealed because it is all "testing" procedures which was fine with me because the Body Pod and tank supply great information. My body fat percentage, well.. I was certainly not happy with it! but it is what it is and only shows me I need to reduce it. I was happy with my overall weight but when you add in the amount of body fat, I am again, not happy with it. I personally like doing tests like these because it instills that drive for me to change it which I will over the next 12 weeks!

Also this week the selection for the 2011 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon was revealed and athletes were selected. Catra, aka Dirt Diva was selected and she has asked me to be a part of her crew!! so excited that I am going back for a 3rd year crewing at Badwater!


Sunday, February 06, 2011

2011 is now set and The Secret..

Saturday I was chosen in the lottery for the Wasatch 100 mile run on Sept 9, 2011.!!! I have basically been waiting since Dec when I entered for Saturday Feb 6th to roll out.

I had been bouncing all over the map with races and trying to schedule them with all kinds of different scenarios but now it's set and I can get to work on the year of training and having fun ahead.

With the unlucky play out at HURT2011 I have felt I just really missed out on a lot of things relating to a 100 mile distance and mostly with my training all ready to go but no reward it left me searching for something quickly within reason. Rocky Raccoon 100 was this weekend but again within reason and not having to cash out $$$ so quickly after a fabulous Hawaii vacation/trip so that was pretty much out. Then there is Rocky Road out in Cali the end of February but again just $$$ to get there and do it (I will be looking to head out there and pace Molly so that will be fun but that is just a down and back trip so no hotels etc.) After those the next closet 100 to me is right here in my own back year and newly added Ultra distance, the Labor of Love 100 by Calicoracing.

Now originally I started at the 50k but since then and conspiring with BIG B aka Sweet Baboo I have some good direction and will give it a go come April 9th. This is all a road course, 11 mile out and back section, 4 1/2 times, in Lovell Canyon about 30 miles from my house. Yes, the 4 1/2 times is Definitely not appealing, nor is the all road portion but the location of this being here just saves it and not only that I have a credit on the entry fee I can apply to this race as I volunteered last year at one of Calico's other events and you receive entry credit to any future race they put out. Family, Local, Cost, and 100 miles it's a go time waiting to happen and who knows, this guy may even toe the line at the 100 mile start.

Then next up will be Wasatch 100, Sept 9th starting North of Salt Lake City, UT. This is an all trail race and a point to point event, which is awesome. Big B will also be towing the line as he got selected as well along with Catra aka Dirt Diva, her BF Andy, and good friend George V. so plenty of peeps to know along the way but a difficult trail event.

Then on the schedule will be Javalina 100 Nov. 12th in Fountain Hills, AZ. I did the 100k last year but this year will be 100 mile.

And to hopefully conclude the year or start of the next year will be HURT2012! I will apply again this year in July and hopefully add the return and some ass whooping to that course next year.

This year will also bring about the Jemez 50k with the Big B and GeekGirl in May, Running with the Devil in late June and crewing for Badwater in July with hopefully Catra, as long as she gets selected.

So the golden plan is set and it's off to the races. Maybe some of you are asking why so many 100's this year? Why such a hurry? That's a lot of 100... well the truth is, it's to qualify for Badwater and be able to enter for 2012 if all goes well this year!!! There I said it!!! My secret is out! Of course I have to stay healthy and I have to complete this 100's! which is just a feat/goal in itself as anything can and will go wrong in those distances.


Thursday, February 03, 2011

Help Badwater Babe for Kiddos' Aid

The last two years I have had the great opportunity to help crew for some great Ultra runners at the World Famous Badwater Ultramarathon. So I was super excited to learn that a newly great friend, Catra Corbett aka Dirt Diva was going to be entering the 2011 Badwater event and that she was going to be raising money for Chance to Compete kids. One of her sponsors was going to supply the entry registration fee and a couple of others were helping with other financial costs. Badwater not only requires great physical and mental toughness but also a great financial commitment and a great desire to raise money for some charitable organization, which is actually a Requirement to compete in Badwater.

Catra was super excited to continue raising money for Chance 2 Compete Kids but the day before the registration for Badwater opened this week Catra was informed that the lead sponsor would not be able to fully help as initially planned. Catra was pretty bummed and knew that Badwater 2011 would have to wait. BUT this is where her friends, fans and loved ones have all stepped up and have set up a donation page to help her raise money for Chance 2 Compete kids and help get her to the start line of Badwater 2011.

If you are interested in more of the story check out the link below and if feel inclined to help please donate any amount you desire. I will tell you that all amounts help and she will make you all proud! Catra is truly a person with a loving heart.