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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ring a Ding Dong: Goals for The Ring 2013

First Goal: Finish the Ring.  71.1 miles

Second Goal:  Finish under 24 hours.

My last Ring finish was 25.01.  Yes, two minutes over!   Two minutes less putzing around on the trail, two minutes less chatting, two minutes less taking pictures of millipedes, and I could have said "sub 25".

I looked at the 2012 finishers who finished under 24 hours, and took an average of their aid station splits to see what would be the "window" that I need to hit each aid station.


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Mileage2011 Splits24 hour avgTarget
Milford13.1105610.11015
Camp Roo25143113261315
Crisman34.3175016311630
Moreland40.7201419031900
Edinburg48.7232422292200
Woodstock56.9249125130
Powells62.7448339315
Finish71.1





 Those are my 2011 splits in the chart. As you can see, I need to carve off one hour from them. One hour!  It is not as daunting (I hope) as it sounds.  2011 I weighed more and was less trained. This is an entirely achievable goal, providing I don't screw around too long at the aid stations.

Sandbagging alert: I've been trying to avoid a sore throat for the last few days. I think it is just allergies.

Ha! Proof that it is allergies!!!




It's just allergies, it's just allergies, it's just allergies....

It is Thursday now, and I finally hit the "nervous" part of the taper.  I'm getting antsy,  I smile at work when someone asks if I have a race coming up..and I want to eat everything in sight.  Especially salty chips.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ring a Ding Ding

The Ring Weekend approaches. No, I won't go through the two or three paragraphs about what the Ring is. If you read this blog you should know.



For you cluleless (or new readers: Hi there! Love ya!) ones, The Ring is a loop trail, 71.1 miles of the Massanutten Trail, on the Massanutten Mountain Ridge.  The MMT 100 utilizes much of the MMT trail, with some side trails down to valleys (or gaps as they called in the south) where the aid station usually are.

Start of 2010 Ring


There is always discussion, which is harder, The Ring or RevRing, or MMT100.  It usually depends on which event you have just finished..that is the harder one.  I felt pretty beat up after RevRing this year; but I also felt beat up after MMT100 too...but I exerted more effort also..



There is only one rule for The Ring; stay on orange.
M Dot Reverse Ring


  I managed to violate that during RevRing 2013 and scored some bonus miles.  I will be extra vigilant on intersections.  I will also carry the map even though I've run around this loop five times previous.



Western View



See, there is runnable sections of the MMT

Finishing the 2010 Ring
 
The Mountain was still there, one year later in 2011.




Milford Aid Station. That is Slim sitting and Keith's ass
It was a bit overcast and a little humid on the east side in the morning.

Slim was feeling a bit under the weather for The Ring 2011 and hung out with me.  He would drop me on a climb, then sit and eat a sandwich and wait; or run on ahead to an Aid Station and get to socialize before I popped in. Of course, when I got there, he was ready to go.

Slim had never seen a Signal Knob sunrise (being that he is usually done way before sun up) but the sunrise did not make his SK experience any better.  Nothing can, really, unless you are a BASE jumper and can fling yourself off at Meneka Knob.   Then you would get DQ'd for not following orange.


2011 Finish in 25.01 Yes, really, 25.01.




I ran a different race last year, the North Country 50 Mile, and sadly missed everything and everyone in Virginia.  I vowed not to do that again!

So it is the countdown for The Ring.  I haven't started to track the weather yet, but I do believe hot and humid will be in the forecast?!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Future Race Planning

It is the third quarter of the year and time to start thinking about running races in 2014.

It is a sign of our sport that we have to be concerned about signing up for races and/or lotteries for races six months later.  But it is what is.

So here is my running dream schedule for 2014:

TWOT February
The Reverse Ring February
MMT May
Hardrock July
Wasatch September

Three of those races, MMT, Hardrock, and Wasatch are all lotteries.  MMT is pretty much a given; if I don't get in on the initial random draw, my three finishes will stack me far up on the waiting list.

Hardrock? Odds are way against me getting in.  But I don't get to play if I don't enter.  So that goes onto my list.

Wasatch-this is also a lottery, which I do not know much about at this time.

So that above is my "perfect" race schedule for 2014.  Long runs/races that is.

Okay, if I didn't get into Hardrock, then:

My second tier of races involved entering and getting selected into Western States.

Which meant I would then run the Grand Slam.  Providing of course, in my perfect world, that my weekends off work would coincide.

Now, really at the time when all this was fermenting, the only two races I was slightly interested in was Wasatch and Leadville.

The Leadville 100 has an internet shitstorm going on right now-something about 900 runners with not enough aid, traffic SNAFUs, etc etc.  There was talk on the interwebs allegedly about Leadville going to a lottery, although I cannot find that.

Well.  I am no longer interested in running Leadville with 9000 of my closest running buddies, or stressing over another lottery system.

So the Grand Slam idea is off the burner.

But back to Western States.  I think I have heard AJW blather on enough about WS$R that I am actually interested in running it.  Like, one of those races "one should" run, at least once.  So I will probably still enter the lottery.  (And the odds are pretty much against me, kinda like HR.)


So what else, hypothetically, for 2014?  Back to Wasatch.  A very tough 100 mile race.  Was the toughest in the country, before HR.  More importantly, it would be a new race for me.


I could easily load my 2014 running schedule with races I have run before and love and will run again. But I find it important to me, to try and step outside that comfort zone, and find new races.

Don't get me wrong. I could run TWOT, MMT, Groundhog 50K, Laurel Highlands, runs at Mohican, The Ring, and have a perfectly happy year.  But my goal is to be a steadily improving ultra runner, and I think to get to that improvement, one needs to become "slightly uncomfortable".

"Slighly uncomfortable" could mean a new race distance-say you have only run a 50K before. Stepping up to a 50 miler could make you slightly uncomfortable. A new race, to me, is always slightly uncomfortable-probably read that as 'stressful'.  I don't know the course, the race directors, where the race starts, etc, etc.

The Black Hills 100K and the Kanawha Trace 50K were both new races to me, so I had to deal with a new location, unfamiliar course, travel to these locations.  Was it a bit stressful? Sure.  Did it help me, as an ultra runner?  Yes.  I had to deal with situations in both races and keep a positive outlook.

So, wish me luck in  the future lottery entries.  I sure would like to be able to report on my prep for Hardrock 2014!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

PSA: Packing for The Ring

I just finished packing for The Ring.

You do not need much for this event.  You are allowed one sturdy drop bag WITH YOUR NAME ON IT that will mainly be shuffled around to the various aid stations by someone.

You have to realize that there are fast folks; kinda fast folks, the mid pack, and the back of the pack.  So four different speeds of people, yet your drop bag will "probably" show up where and when you need it.

Your drop bag will  not be at Milford-Mile 13.  The first time you will see it is Mile 25-Camp Roosevelt.

The last time you see your drop bag will be Woodstock.  So gather any good luck totems you need at mile 57, cuz Powell's Fort AS will not have your drop bag.

So WHERE WILL YOU SEED YOUR LIGHT AT??  Maybe look at splits from other people?? Hint,hint,
HERE  You will need your light!

I am picking up mine at Crisman Hollow.  Will I need it there? I sure hope not, as I plan on being there at 430pm.  But my next drop bag location will be mile 40.7, Moreland Gap, and I plan on being there at 7pm. Yes, it won't be dark then either.  But what if I run into difficulty? Or take the scenic route?  But it doesn't hurt to have it earlier.

What is in my drop bag?

Duct tape
Aquaphor
Spare eyeglasses
Spare Shoes-I may actually experiment and change shoes at Woodstock, to try and better my "Signal Knob Experience"
A short sleeve shirt-I usually change out of my nasty sweaty wet shirt into a dry shirt sometime before dark
MY HEADLAMP*
My calorie bags-I will eat at the aid stations, but I also carry calories-which everyone should do, and eat-between aid stations.  I have these all loaded, marked with various AS Names, and ready to go. I also have a spare BUFF and a towelette in each AS baggy.
Spare drugs-I carry Tums, Imodium, Pepcid, Tylenol, S! Caps and caffeine tablets on me. I will have a spare to swap out in the drop bag
BUFF on my head



*I will also carry, from run start, a very small Fenix light in my pack. I like insurance.*

There is also a garbage bag in the drop bag, which could function as a covering if needed.  I will monitor the weather, and maybe throw a very light weight jacket in at the last minute, but usually it's been hot-even at night-and that has not been needed.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Taper Madness

Well, I don't really feel like I have taper madness, although my running schedule is pretty light the next six days, which means I should be chomping at the bit to run on Saturday-which is the idea I guess!

I ran 20 miles Wednesday, then woke up with a sore throat and enlarged lymph node on my throat. I bagged the Thursday run and went shopping instead..

Friday I woke up, still with the sore throat and tired.  I also bagged  Friday's run.  I think maybe I didn't really eat well enough after Wednesday's big effort, since I was also off work and therefore off my regular grazing eat schedule.

I think the sore throat is actually more allergy related, and I started taking my Allegra again.  I do not normally have allergies, but the early spring pollen really kicked my butt before I started on the drug, so it is now probably ragweed affecting me.

I ran 10 miles this morning, felt quite good considering the two days off and about twelve hours of sleep last night.

Then I spent the last few hours doing this:



I got about forty pounds of peaches from my mom.  First I made a peach tart:



Then we blanched and processed the rest of the peaches.  This year I was smarter and packaged the peaches into about two cup increments.  Since my husband does not eat them, this will keep the serving size suitable for a peachy smoothie for me.



A good peach smoothie recipe I had last week was peaches, almond milk, orange juice, with a little mint thrown in. MMM good!

We also visitied my MIL, where I picked a few cups of plums.  The darker squares are plum tarts.  The red tarts are tomato-gruyere cheese.  All came out delicious!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Twenty Miles at Mohican

The schedule called for 14-17 miles run..so I decided to treat myself and go run nice trails at Mohican State Park, without the mud and overgrown briers of Salt Fork.

I didn't look at my old Mohican 100 Aid Station mileage, because I was sure the Red/Green Section would be 15 miles.

I ran by myself.  There was probably a few folks I could have invited along, but I just wanted to arrive whenever I got there, and have some time in the woods to myself.

The Red Loop starts up the mountain bike trail, then splits off to a bridle trail.  The new Mohican 100 course doesn't use this at all anymore.  I have not been on the Red Loop in about two years.  I am  surprised at how wide the bridle trail is. And how smooth the dirt is. And how well I am running on it. 

It is cool to have a marker, a measurement, of a trail or course that you have travelled in the past.  I was running on sections of this trail that I had only hiked up in the past.  I am much less fat and far more fit than the last time  I traversed this section of trail.

Soon I am running past Sand View Cemetery, stop where I have cached some water, and continue to "The Rock".  This is where Rock Point Aid Station was, about mile 52 in the race.  The Red Section ends here, and the Green Section begins.

The Green Section is a bit wider too than remembered. About a half mile past the creek crossing, they move my trail!  They have bulldozed trees, and now the trail goes off to the right!  The little bridle trail marker has been moved too.

Hmm. Do I follow the "new trail" but I don't know where it goes...or try to scramble through the barrier and follow the old path?   I decide to follow the new trail.  It takes me uphill, about a half-mile or so, and then abruptly ends intersecting another trail.  Hmm. Left, or right?  I know I am still below the township road that I need to cross..I go left.

I am very happy for "old Mohican" carsonite markings! I come across one, pointing the other way.  Huh? So I am back on the course? It doesn't look familiar at all (it's also wider, have been bulldozed in the past years..) Ok.  I run tentatively down the path, start downhill..it's not familiar at all..

Until I go around a curve, see the telephone poles and the township road! Oh yeah, I know where I am! Runnable downhill next to the road, which I will cross soon.

It had been clear cut around the telephone poles, but that was two years ago, and the trail is much narrower..and it seems much shorter thru here..but maybe I am a little bit faster going down the trail??

I cross Rt 97, and encounter a few more horse people.  I decide to hop on the mountain bike trail, and take that back to the Fire Tower, thinking it's going to be short cut, as I am at twelve miles or so on my Garmin.

Except I don't know the mileage on the mountain bike trail section (I've only been on it once or twice) and as mountain bike trails do, it meanders and twists all over the place!  I'm about out of water, and just wondering when I will get to the Fire Tower, where I will still have two miles back to my vehicle!

Finally I get close to the Fire Tower, and just bushwhack to the road. I had planned on just running down the road to the Covered Bridge, but that loses its appeal, due to no berm and high volume of traffic.  I cut off some more trail by taking a gas line gravel road directly downhill, as I know Hog Hollow Trail will intersect it.

Hey! It's just like old times! I am on my last section of trail, tired, hungry, out of water.  It's too bad Gabe and Regis are not with me; they would typically finish their run, and then come back down the trail to look for me.

Crossing one of the footbridges, some fierce critter stings me in the upper arm! I smack it, then stop to extract a huge stinger! Owwwww! I hope there is some Tylenol back in my vehicle!

So Garmin reads twenty miles for the day...oops.  But when you run a loop, it's not like you can just sit down in the middle of the trail at mile 15 and call it done.

A great day on the trails.  Got rejuvenated out there. I needed that.


Friday, August 16, 2013

A Sad Week

It has been a sad week.

Monday, I went running after work, came home, showered, sat & visited with my husband and a visiting friend, and finally logged onto my computer about 7 pm.  The HR FB page told me that John DeWalt had passed away.

I grabbed my phone and saw that Bob had already texted me this, and then Slim called shortly, it seemed like we all found out around the same time.

John DeWalt was an ultra running legend.  Part of the Barkley since the beginning, and 14 Hardrocks finished...just part of his resume.  I couldn't even tell you what all he has done. Ultrasignup shows 65 "official" races.

I feel like my great uncle has passed away.  No, maybe if my great uncle was also my friend, that could be true.

I had just discussed John in the past two weeks, with both Bob and Jim, and had sent John a card not long after HR this year, inviting him to come over to YUTC.  Glad I had got that card in the mail, so he knew we were all thinking about him.


 If you knew John, you already know about his reputation.  If you didn't know John, well, it is a bit hard to try and summarize the man.  There has been many nice reminiscences about  John on the Barkley and Hardrock  List this week.  Andy Jones-Wilkins also wrote a nice piece for the global irunfar.com website.

Jennifer Roach wrote a really nice note that touched me:


"John DeWalt. Here was a wonderful man. Tough as nails. If you asked him a question, he always had a no nonsense, shoot-from-the-hip response. He would give out constructive criticism, whether requested or not. He was sure of himself. He had confidence in his advice, especially in runner  nutrition. I asked him for advice frequently, as we all did. Once, I asked him how to avoid that  spacey" feeling while doing long events like Hardrock . "Essential minerals. Put them in your water," he replied. I took the sage advice and it worked.

Remember John's 2009 Hardrock finish?As he approached the Rock, John was listing to one side and exhausted, but he never gave up or gave in. He just kept pushing. I also had the good fortune to finish Hardrock in 2009 and you don't see me cheering him on at that finish line because I was still BEHIND John and still coming in, pushing hard. I was able to get there because John taught me how to do it. I never gave up or give in. This advice will hold true for any runner who approaches that big Rock. To get there takes some real grit. That's the kind of stuff John DeWalt was made of and known for by everyone at Hardrock.

Hardrock won't be the same. We just lost a key player: John DeWalt. He was grass roots and the finest Old Guard runner I have ever known.

God Bless John DeWalt."

Jennifer Roach

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Greek Run: Fun with the Yinzers

I went over for Wayne Kurtz "Greek Run" festivities over Pittsburgh (actually Wexford, if that makes a difference) way.

This is a party Wayne hosts every year, in a timed race format: You can run 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, with the running to be over at 5 pm when the eating! begins.

I went with the 6 hour event, and actually got a decent night sleep in, not even leaving my house until 7 am for the 2 hour drive over.  It was fairly easy to find the place, with the pop up tent aid station right by the road.

 There was a 4 mile "Golf Course" Loop which brought you by the aid station tent, then a 2 mile "Nature" Loop back to the tent.  Runners merely needed to mark the their completed loops on the big boards.

 This was my first time to North Park, and it was very nice!  There are many more trail than what we ran on, but the short format made it easy to NOT carry anything, other than water for any loop.  I didn't even put my hydration vest, despite my plan.  It was a warm day, borderline hot, but not as humid as "normal" here in PA.  Almost all of the course was in the trees, so that was a bonus.

   Lots of deer family in the park.  I almost ran into one female, I was watching the trail, looked up, and about looked her in the eye! Scared me more than her, I am sure she is used to it.

 About ten feet later I saw this handsome guy in velvet.  Nice eight point rack going on.

 I didn't take many runner pics because I wasn't sure who "exactly" was in the Greek Run versus just random runners out for the day.  One runner did stop and ask me if a race was happening.  I said Fat Ass, and I don't think he understood the term..
 But I did know these two yinzers, that is Rick Freeman and Cam Baker!!


Rick was running the 24 hour event.  Notice the little ups and downs.  On a loop course, over and over again, this is very wearing.  This would be a tough 24 run!!!

Wayne's wife makes all the food for the party. This means homemade spanokopita,  stuffed grape leaves, meatballs, pasta, chicken, some great feta-cheesed potatoes, salad, fruit, BAKLAVA,  and a bunch more food!  I only ate "one " plate as I did not want to go into a food coma on my drive home; but I sure wanted to eat more!

Apparently I ran the most loops for the female in the 6 hour run, and I WON BAKLAVA!  I was sent home with my wonderful little homemade package, and it is awesome! 
Jan, me, and Wayne Kurtzll



This was a great completly low key event I was happy to have the chance to attend! Wayne had a date change, as he has The 24 hour Sprint Triathlon occuring next weekend.

Oh yeah, I do actually have a running note:  I got back to the AS tent just about 4 pm.  I knew I didn't have time for another "long" loop but I did have time for the 2 mile.  A friend had just biked up and remarked he would go with me on the short loop.  I told him to get his running shoes if he was going to go, I had to be done by 5PM.  While he was doing this,  I drank more water, and some sweet tea.  Finally he was ready, and off we went. But I was determined to be done at 5 pm, and I lost him on the first downhill.

Despite runnining this loop three times prior, I really wasn't sure where the mile one was; and I had lost about ten minutes at the AS.  I glance at my watch. 430pm.  Ok, should still have time.  Next glance at the watch: 447 pm. Well, crap! I don't think I can do it.

I am now RUNNING.  I am running up hills!! I need to get to the bathtub, which is actually a nice spring coming out of the hillside, where we've been dunking hats in and splashing water on ourselves, it's cool and refreshing. I also know the spring is almost at the end of loop.  Where's the tub? Where's the tub? More running up hill.  Finally, tub, another short climb that I walk (booo).  I get to the road where it's just a climb up the grass hill back to the AS.  I glance at my watch. To my surprise, it is 4.55 pm!! Woohoo! I got this!

But I still RUN up the hill, just to make sure I make it there under the 5pm cut off.  I get there at 4.57 pm.

I get cheers, then I am told,  all I had to do was start my loop before 5 pm and it would count. In fact, I "had time" to get another loop in.  (Some timed event rules call for you finishing the loop in the time constraint, others, like this, you just have to start the loop before the cut off.)  I decide I am done! and hungry. I just find it funny that  I felt called to run my ass off, in the last mile, of a FA event.

Very nice time with the Yinzers in the Burgh.   Thank you to Wayne and Jan Kurtz for your hospitality, hope to make another Greek Run next year!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Greek Run Tomorrow

I am doing a six hour timed event  tomorrow. I guess today would be a good time to set up some goals for this event.

This is the "Greek Run" that Wayne Kurtz hosts annually.  Wayne Kurtz is an endurance athlete that I have personally not met yet.  But I know he does crazy long distance events, Deca Mans, adventure racing.  He did a 48 hour run on a treadmill (serious crazy) ending at the time when the Pittsburgh Marathon was to begin, and THEN he ran the Pittsburgh Marathon this year.

From his web page:  Specific racing focus: Ultra distance Triathlons, Double, Quintuple, DECA Ironman races.   Ultra distance running

And for those not in the know, a DECA Ironman is yes, 10 Ironman, in a row.  (Hey I just run 100 miles at a time.)

This is a Fat Ass Event;there is a 24 hour, 12 hour, and 6 hour options, to end at 5 pm on Saturday so we can all chow down on Greek food made by Wayne's wife, Jan.

Of course, since this is a FA, you can also just do whatever you want.  I thought I was stick with the six hour timed event for my parameter.

But what kind of goals to consider?

Okay, the no brainer goal:  Run for six hours.  Good.  1st goal.

Distance goal?  I would love to run a 50K in 6 hours.  I am not sure that is realistic, considering I just ran a 50K in WV in 7.50.  Yes, this is Pittsburgh, it won't be as hilly as WV.  I don't know the course at all either.

Marathon distance in 6 hours?  Trail marathon conditions?  Okay, let's make this ultra specific since this is *cough* The Ultra Trail Goddess blog.  27 miles in 6 hours!!!! Let's do this!!!!!!


Okay, I guess I better go find my gear, nutrition, and clothes for my 7 am departure time..



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Speedy Gonzalez

It was a back to speedwork week, after no speedwork before or after the 50K race.

It's amazing how 64 degrees weather and 8 hours of quality sleep can improve a workout.



The Zune declared early that it was a music day, not a podcast day, and I had a little more pep in my step due to that.  I came across this turkey about mile two.  He say no need to run off into the woods so that creeped me out a bit.  But perhaps he's a domestic turkey, not a wild one.  I stayed to the other side of the road. I didn't want to get pecked by a rabid turkey..

Before I knew it, I was climbing mile three hill for the start of my intervals.  My course for intervals is about a half-mile of "almost" flat gravel-dirt road.  As you can see from the profile, I have these little ups and downs. But since I keep using them, I am consistent on them.


Okay, intervals. Run 4 minutes with 3 minutes recovery.


 First interval 0.47 mile  8.34 pace
 Second interval 0.49 mile  8.12 pace
Third interval 0.50 mile  7.59 pace
 Fourth interval 0.52  mile 7.44 pace
I was pretty happy with the workout.  I really paid attention on the third one and kept focused. Fourth one I really tried to go for it, pretended it was that last 1/2 mile of a 5K.  I knew I was running faster because I was covering more of the road.  But I don't look at the data until I get home, so I was pretty pleased.
 

This is my track



Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fell Running and the Bob Graham Round

I have become rather enamoured lately of reading about fell running and trail running in the British Isles.  I say both trail running and fell running because there is quite a bit of difference between the two.

Fell running is just running up and down mountains, you pick your route up and down. You are not necessarily following a trail of any sorts. There could be more orienteering and map skills involved with this.

Trail running seems like the same thing in GB as the States-you follow a trail.

One particular fascination of mine lately has been "The Bob Graham Round".

 The Bob Graham Round is to touch the peaks of 42 peaks  in the British Lake District, within 24 hours.   The ascent is approximately 28,500 feet and about 61-66 miles, either completed clockwise or anti-clockwise, the only rule is the start and finish is at Moot Hall, Keswick.

There has also been more than 42 peaks touched within the 24 hour, notably 1997: Mark Hartell - 77 peaks in 23h47m, and Nicky Spinks 2011: Nicky Spinks - 64 peaks in 23h15m.

The FKT still holds from 1982, Billy Bland's BGR of  13h53m!

The Bob Graham Round seems rather special, in that the BGR runners spend a large amount of time getting familiar on the fells, "reccying" as they call it (reconnoitering)  planning out their routes and schedules, getting pacers lined up to help with navigation and crewing.


One book I have been reading is "Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell Running and Obsession" by Richard Askwith.  The author writes about both his fascination with the BG Round and also gives a nice history about fell running, a subject that I knew nothing about until reading this book.  Nice chapters on both Billy Bland and Joss Naylor.


A few web sites that I found about people's BG Rounds:


A nice long account on his BG by James Edgar is here
Bob Wightman's BGR

Nick Clark might be a name known to US readers:  his BG Round Report  attempt is on his blog 

Bryon Powell beat me to writing about fell running, as here is a nice link to irunfar.com 

Episodes Two and Three of the British Trail Running Podcast is all about the Bob Graham Round!

Do females run the BGR?  Why, yes they do.  Nicky Spinks just reset the female record of 64 peaks in 23 hours 15 minutes, in 2011.  And she also just lowered the "standard" female record of the BGR of 42 peaks to 18hrs 12mins in July 2012.



Thursday, August 1, 2013

A new Month!

 




It's the start of a new month, and I am charged up to do what I have been striving for all year: Improve.

This month is to focus on better eating.   I've slipped off the bandwagon for the last couple of months.

I am going to try and eat less processed food.  No, I am not doing the Whole 30;  I am just going to focus on eating real food.  Stay away from the breads.  Eat more fruit and veg.  Eat alot more fruit and veg!


30 Day Plank Challenge: It's less than one minute of my time.  Today is hold a plank for 20 seconds.  I think I can do that!