I forgot the other day to mention a key player in getting me connected with Vertical Runner.
Ultrarunner Mike Ambrose.
Mike actually met my current coach while running Leadville in 2014. He mentioned that he was looking to have a running camp in Breckenridge summer 2015.
Before I talked to Molly, Mike was my contact. In the end, Mike ended up transferred to Boston as a Salomon/Suunto rep. Quite a deal if you ask me!
Day 2: So much running!
I woke up at 5:30 this morning, slipped on my running clothes and shoes, and headed out.
Met with some of the Breckenridge trail runners this morning.
I have never seen so many wild flowers and whitewater streams ever! This whole experience is going to be amazing!
This honestly was the first run that I’ve done with ladies only. These ones really loved running. The conversation was all about summit crossings and future ultra trail runs they were planning on.
I was so distracted on the way back, that I rooted myself and had to break-roll to avoid bashing myself on my journey to the ground.
First mountain souvenir…a bloody knee.
I really enjoyed that first morning run so much!
Here is a picture of one of the amazing streams that I saw!
Afterwards, I went out to Amazing Grace (an incredible organic food store) for breakfast with Molly and Drew..
At about 10 am, Drew,Linus,Lucy (the furry kids) and I drove up the ski road to a patch and he discussed goal-setting strategies with me. Unlike any other psychologist I had ever talked to, I really related to him! I let him know about my involvement as a lead facilitator in my county’s Teen Challenge program and my goal to qualify for Boston.
He discussed a little of his past and shared how he ended up in Sports psychology. I’ll leave that to you to find out(I posted his link in the previous post).
Molly met us back at the store and then took me to Frisco for a run up Mt. Royal with two other INCREDIBLE elite trail runners:
Gavin McKenzie and Teague Holmes (Teague saves homes!!!!). It was quite an experience too!
It was only a two mile trail run,but,we were leg pushing at about the halfway mark. I quickly felt like I was having a major workout.
At the Saddle of Mt. Royal
When we reached the summit it had started raining so my shirt was soaked (sweat isn’t able to show due to low humidity and high altitude)
As we descended rapidly down the trail (oh almost forgot. When I got back from morning running, Molly had a pair of Salomon Speed-cross running shoes for me) I could help but think how much I loved the mountain culture!
I finished my day with a nutritionist appointment at Vertical runner with a local nurse (which is totally worth the time by the way! It really helps to have someone evaluate your fueling.) She was very adamant that I get enough good food in me to replace all that I burn off during my training.
I really took away from it that many people have wrong…the mindset of runners being like furnaces: it doesn’t matter what you throw in…it all gets used up.
She told me something I’ve found to be true is that like a car that is run on low quality fuel, junk food slows you down. Nutrient rich foods help rebuild the muscles, stabilize stress -hormones,and are a quality choice.
This is referring to daily habits. It is hard to to eat well when you have just completed a massive distance. All you think of is: replenishing sodium, glucose, and lost electrolytes.
I still am working on getting more fat-adapted( which is not something you try a week before a marathon) I fell off the wagon early an tried limping along costing my marathon plan to suffer.
Anyways, I’ll write again probably on Sunday evening! Expect another post Monday at the LATEST!
P.s. Shameless plug to help Molly:
She is running the Everest (yes..THE EVEREST!!!!!)marathon in May of 2016…I will be eternally grateful if you could help her out! click the link to find out more! Running the Everest Marathon to Benefit Others!