Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New Sponsors for 2014

First off, Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating!  Happy New Year! I have a little quote to bring into the new year:

Be where you are right now and be there with intention, strength and flexibility.  There's no where else to go but where you are right now.  

 and, a favorite of mine:

“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull 


My Running & Race Directing in the New Year 
2014 is looking to be super exciting! I have created some new races that I am more passionate about than ever (that little Tahoe 200 mile Endurance Run & Deception Pass Half & Chuckanut Mountain Marathon).  My Bellingham Trail Running Series is really taking off and I've had incredible response to making it a half marathon series with some other distances thrown in.

Continued Support
I'd like to thank Smith Optics & Hypoxico Altitude Tents for their continued support. 
Pearl Izumi Trail M2.  Yes, that is real dirt. Doesn't come with the shoes, but pairs well with them anyway...
New Smith Optics sunglasses just in time for Hawaii!!  I had my other ones stolen from my car.  Damn style conscious Bellingham thief.
PI Ultra Team
If that weren't enough, I was just a little, ok ok, I was really excited to get a message from Scott Jaime. THE Scott Jaime, inviting me on to the 2014 Pearl Izumi Ultra Team! Last summer Scott set an impressive overall FKT 486-mile Colorado Trail in 8 days, 7 hours, 40 minutes, and 17 seconds!  What a talented group of runners PI has for 2014.  I'm in good company.
http://shop.pearlizumi.com/ 
Ultimate Direction
I'll be hydrating with Ultimate Direction gear this year as well, thank you UD!!! I've been really impressed with UD's commitment to lightweight running vests. I'm excited to try the Jenny Collection.  I will use the Ultra Vesta for HURT 100 in Januaury. Love the new women's colors!
Ultra Vest, Jenny Collection

Chillin in the Hypoxico Altitude Tent

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Existential Crisis of Runners

Why do we get up each day and run, day after day after day? What drives us? Is it worth the sacrifice? I recently received an email about this running existential crisis from a friend. She wanted to know if I ever feel a little lost in where my running takes me.

Yes.

At first it is exciting to be doing something new, something that I feel like might be impossible.  Ultras are fun in the beginning because we are excited by doing something so big. Once I knew I could do a 50k, 50 mile, 100 mile, ultras lost a little luster.  I couldn't do the long races anymore solely to prove to myself that I could finish since I already knew that.  So I started competing, trying to place and run fast.  But competition is fickle and it's only a little satisfying to win.  So why do it?  This threw me into an existential running crisis a year ago and I dropped from a few 100 mile races because I was not excited about the race courses. I knew I could finish, but finishing wasn't enough anymore.  I needed a deeper meaning.

Lately, for me running has been about building a community.  I run so I can have my tribe.  I'm really not sure why I do anything in life... unless it's hugging my little girls or reading a book to them before bedtime. In the end, it's the connections I make with others that give my running meaning.  I also love being fit and that takes work, so I do the work. I wish I had a good answer for myself and my friend who asked the question in the first place.

I know as deeply as anyone that in the end, it's just you and the life you've made for yourself.  Don't expect anyone to hold your hand or be there for you when the going gets tough.  But you can always go for a run.  No one can take that joy away from you.  The best thing you can do for yourself is pick an adventure that excites you and go for it, full of fear, but holding nothing back.