Thursday, June 30, 2016

I'm a Dirty River Rat

News alert:

I am up to 42 push ups. In a row. Every night before bed Ken says, "Did you do your 42?" and I sigh and get mad that I am tired and have to do them. Then like two cute and elderly love birds, we get in position next to one another and knock those bitches out. See what you get with 21 years of marriage? Blissfully doing push ups then passing out in bed.

Well, I'm back from a whirlwind weekend in Phoenix (took Sam there for ASU orientation) and Vegas (took myself there for some R&R). The average temperature was stupid hot degrees. Like the kind of hot where you can bake chocolate chip cookies in your car (yes someone did this). The kind of hot where you get third degree burns from sitting on your black leather seat (because everyone rents a black car with black leather seats in Arizona in June, right)?

Pictures of the fun in Tempe.

Because every boy loves his mom to hang out on his dorm room bed

Guess I'm an official Sun Devil. Whatever that means.


Then Vegas. Oh how I love you. But only for a couple of days. After that I kind of hate you for taking my money.


Dreaming about shopping at Ross while drinking my wine (look closely)


Now I'm back to training. With only six weeks to go until the TransRockies Run, things are ramping up.

Yesterday I got out for an 8 mile trail run. Here's proof (if you look close you can see my healing cold sore).

video



Very shortly after this video was filmed, I could be found flying in mid air then landing and sliding on my stomach. Yes, half the trail was left on my shirt. Obviously I am meant to be a combination trail runner/baseball player.



I did not see any snakes, but I know they were there lurking behind every bush, under every rock.

Here's what my next few days look like:

Friday: 6 miles with hill repeats
Saturday: 16 miles on trails
Sunday: 8 miles on trails.

Going to hopefully wind this week up with a total of 43.5 miles.

New subject alert: So...quite a few people have emailed me about the book Shut Up and Run that is now out. No, I did not write it. Yes, I do know about it. That's all I'm going to say about that. Except that if I ever do write a book I guess it will have to be:

Shit Up and Run
Shut Up and Run Again
Shut Up and Run Better Than the First Book

And, just because it's the cutest thing you'll see all day - Krosby and Heidi. Or, as they are known in Hollywood - Kreidi



Last time you fell on a run?

If you wrote a book what would it be called?

What's your country nick name? Mine's Dirty River Rat. Sounds about right (see above white shirt turned into mud).



SUAR


29 comments:

  1. It's been a while since I've fallen on a run. That means there's probably one right around the corner.

    The Lazy Moonshine Maker is my country nickname. If I switch to my anniversary date I become the Swingin' Chicken Chaser, which seems more appropriate since we live part time on Oahu where there are free range chickens.

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  2. I fell last summer after doing all the technical part of my run, and got to the smooth flat at the bottom and took a face plant. It was epic. The blood running down my legs drew some awesome looks in the parking lot. Definitely nothing graceful about that fall.

    Book title: Something along the lines of What the Fu*k was I Thinking.
    Country name: Active Party Pooper - probably fitting since all this ultra training has me tired and ready for bed at 830pm.

    How about The Original Shut up and Run? Or That's Shitty - Shut Up and Run. Regardless, when your book drops, I'll be buying it. Good luck with the Trans Rockies run. I'll be cheering from Grand Junction, CO.

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    1. That is what always happens to me!! I let my guard down after the technical part and then fall on my ass. BTW, I AM LOVING YOUR BOOK TITLES. Fantastic. lmao

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  3. Wow! Just Wow! I can't quite get over just how much better this book sounds than your blog. The author is both an ultra marathoner and a running coach. Her book captures the energy and joy of running, not just the farts, snakes and spills. It's an illustrated, full-color motivational interactive fitness guide and journal that will inspire every type of runner. I know what I'll be reading this summer. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Last time I fell was trail running in the fall. Head first, sliding down hill, in mud. Hold right side of my body was mud. I was pissed because I would have never slipped and fell if I had my Salomons.

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  5. Last time I fell (August) I shattered the bone in the back of my left hand - trying to avoid falling these days! My niece is going to ASU this fall as well - Go Sun Devils.

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  6. At least you got that wipeout out of the way. Crazy long-ass race, here you come!

    Your friend Flippin' Frog Gigger

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  7. I did a major face plant on the sidewalk along the busiest street in town and right across the street from where I work... Nice.

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  8. I fell about 2 months ago, re-injured the same shoulder I hurt by falling on it (running uphill?!) a year ago. Whatever, small price to pay to run on beautiful trails.

    My book would be called Stealth Urban Found Art: Found Objects Hidden in Plain Sight.

    I find stuff while running then hide it in plain site. Yesterday I found a hex wrench and it's now somewhere out there for you or anyone else to find. The $10 bill I found 4 weeks ago is in my wallet though!!!

    I am a Flippin' Moonshine Maker which is pretty funny as some of my ancestors actually did brew their own hootch down in Arkansas.

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  9. I'm almost ashamed to say the last time I fell on a run, I had tripped over a sidewalk slab that had been pushed up a few mm by a tree root. I'd only run over it about a zillion times before, so I don't know what I was thinking. I did not look as good after as you, and certainly did not have the presence of mind to take a photo. At least you didn't scratch those awesome sunglasses, bang your head, or poop yourself from the shock of it all.

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  10. I'm almost afraid to say this (Murphy's Law and all that), but I don't think I've ever fallen on a run. Which is pretty amazing because I can trip over a flat surface like nobody's business. Huh.

    If I wrote a book, it would be called We've Never Seen THAT before...If I had a dollar for every time someone has said that to me, I'd be very, very wealthy. Seriously, it's like a gift to have the most bizarre things anyone's ever seen happen to you. Sigh.

    Lazy River Rat

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  11. the Kreidi's are super adorable! I am Slow-Poke Fish Fryer. Hmmm. Good luck with the training!

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  12. Camouflaged Fire Starter.

    I've never fallen on a run...which obviously means i need to get out there and push myself. It's like skiing? You're not really trying unless you fall?

    Can't wait to hear the Trans race report!

    (Your kidden (and Heidi, always) is totes adorbs.)

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  13. Camouflaged Fire Starter.

    I've never fallen on a run...which obviously means i need to get out there and push myself. It's like skiing? You're not really trying unless you fall?

    Can't wait to hear the Trans race report!

    (Your kidden (and Heidi, always) is totes adorbs.)

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  14. Back in Decmber 2014, I took a tumble on an uneven sidewalk. Got 13 stitiches in my left knee; 4 underneath the skin and 9 to close everything up.

    Swing'n pork puller. Yikes!

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  15. That picture of Kreidi is absolutely adorable. Heidi looks just like my Tucker. You should train her to be a therapy dog. Signed--Muddy Skinny Dipper.

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    1. Hey Muddy Skinny Dipper. I'm in the process of doing that!!

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    2. Great! Tucker and I do that and love it. By the way, I've seen a Shut Up and Run Nike shirt. :( They stole that from you. Jerks.

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  16. Lazy tube floater NICE!!

    I fell about 2 months ago on a trail run, I tripped over a root and slid down a sharp rock. Produced a really nice war wound.

    I am also terrified of snakes! The way they move is just so wrong, they need legs.

    I thought you wrote Shut up and Run and I ordered it! I think you should definitely get a cut from this book!

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    1. Let me know if it's any good, Lazy Tube Floater.

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  17. Asphalt face plant 2 mile to go to the car. Tried not to smile at people as I ran because I didn't want them to freak out about the bloody mess my teeth and lips were. Everything was intact, except my pride.

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  18. Sunburned Pole Snatcher here :) Fell last August at the end of a training run for the Berlin marathon. I was deciding whether to go the long way home and add another couple of ks to the run, when my toe caught on a kerb and I fell. I consciously tried to protect my shoulder (which I'd dislocated the previous year) so I landed on my chin and my knees. I staggered up and saw my blood on the ground - NEVER a good thing. Someone saw me and brought over a handful of paper towels - I said, I can't see it, is it bad? He grimaced and said, it LOOKS bad. I phoned my husband and he came and collected me. The worst part was trying to pretend to my kids "I'm FINE, it's ok" as I walked in the door, covered in blood. I had to get my chin stitched back together later on that day, and oh yes, my shoulder had redislocated after all that :) I got back out on the road after a week or so but my confidence had taken a huge dent and Berlin didn't go well for me. Just one of those things.... Onwards and upwards!

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    1. Wow this is awful!!! But like you said onwards and upwards. The price we pay for running..

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  19. Slow Poke Chicken Chaser reporting for duty. Shockingly, despite having severe underpronation I have yet to fall! However take my shoes off and that's a different story (I slip down the stairs or randomly fall over at least once a day...Call my book "The Chronicles of the Unstable Runner".
    SUAR (or anybody else!), I'm a 10mile and under runner who is looking to stretch into the half and full marathon range (eventually). My brother in law who has been in my life since I was a small child (I'm now mid-20s) was diagnosed over a year ago with terminal cancer. Despite treatment and surgery he continues to not only fight but still be an outstanding father and husband. He means the world to me and I would love to be able to run in some of the events we have provincially that support the battle against this devastating disease.
    Any recommendations for online resources? I'm limited where we live and I don't have a ton of money to spend on coaches.

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  21. I think I've only fallen on a run once, when a dog chased me and my dog and we all got tangled. Skinned knees for days.

    My book would be called "Woodstock, the Moon Landing & Me: Three Great Things that Happened in 1969." 'Cuz I'm modest like that.

    My country name is apparently Dirty Moonshine Maker - ironic, since I rarely drink!

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