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Sweat, Laughter & Pizza Rolls

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On March 28th I started my first run club with Salomon. I got a job as Community Marketing Manager for the PNW and since then, my life has turned into one happy pizza-roll eating party.

Before I got this position I was slanging shirts for Choose Mountains and dreaming about creating a run club. I was already wearing Salomon vests, shoes and was an ambassador. When I heard they were expanding to the northwest and needed someone to do community events, it only seemed right to jump on that.

Boy, has it just filled my heart. I now have an opportunity to create a run club that I have always wanted but I get to share my favorite brand by letting others demo the shoes for our run.

Naturally by nature I am shy. I feel like when I’m in a position to lead, I can show up fully and be my best self but if I’m not the lead, I will always let others take over most conversations so I was nervous at first. On my first day, 25 people showed up and I was like “shit, this is amazing!!!”. Since then it’s been a big party. Everyone that shows up I now consider a friend and they make my job easy.

I’ve seen people who have never run before show up. I have seen people get faster and faster over time. I’ve also seen someone fall and have a bad ankle sprain and everyone come together to help get her safely off the mountain. More than anything I see people come together and forget whatever’s going on outside of the evening together. I slang 90’s mom snacks from my mom van after every run (pizza rolls, pop tarts, watermelon and drinks) and everyone just belongs. 

I haven’t been updating this blog at all, but know I’ve been busy making friends and watching this community grow. If you have fear when wondering if you should come or not, just show up. Don’t worry about anything because we all have a place on the mountain and keep coming back and watch how fast you start to feel more comfortable.

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If you want to join, we meet on Thursdays at 6pm usually at a Trailhead around Tiger Mountain in Issaquah— here is the link to our fb group that has specific events:

Salomon Run Club Page

I promise you will have fun! Buttttttt you must show up with an open heart!

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Running

What I Pack for a 50k

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Exciting times! It may not rain tomorrow like it was supposed to. Since races are filled with aid stations, I don’t have to worry about packing much at all tomorrow. Here is a list of the things that I will bring for tomorrow’s first 50k:

 

1. Salomon Sense 8 Hydration Vest

2. Salomon bottles for vest (1 liter total to stay light) 

3. Salomon Lightning Race Jacket

4. Salomon Gloves

5. Choose Mountains Neck Gaiter  

6. CEP compression socks

7. Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Crew

8. Lululemon Speed Shorts

9. Salomon Sense Ride GTX Shoes

10. Handwarmers/Mini First Aid/TP

11. A few GU’s, shotblocks and Waffle Honey Stingers

 

Throughout training I have played with different vests on my run, I’ve tried a variety of shoes and socks. The only thing missing from this photo is my choosemountains hat, chapstick, and some KT tape that I’ll pack with me as well. Other then that I keep it simple. Aid stations have a lot of food and Coca Cola and I’ll be good from there on out. 

Let me know what you pack for a 50k! 

Running

Tomorrow is My First 50k!

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Or will it be? HA I’ve been dealing with patellar tendinitis and can tell there are some hidden gems of unknown pain hiding throughout the solar system of my left knee. it’s funny how this happens. Last summer a few weeks before my first trail marathon, I severely sprained my ankle getting groceries out of the car that were supposed to be my groceries for climbing El Dorado Peak the following day (also a mountain I still have yet to climb).

i can have a super great healthy year and always, right before the race, I get injured. People tell me that I shouldn’t be running injured and blah blah blah but I’m sort of in a state right now of: “If I can run, I’ll try”. I can run — I just know that after tomorrow I’ll need to pull back and get more serious.

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In the last couple months I’ve seen massage therapists, a PT, my chiropractor, as well as trying cryotherapy, buying a buff gun thingy....and have been using band work to strengthen the knee. It’s all hit or miss and sometimes I feel okay but if there is a hill going up or down, game over.

What a great deal that 31 miles only has 4400 ft of gain tomorrow? I’m just hoping to finish. I’m just hoping to make it before cutoff....but if I need to drop out tomorrow, I will.

It’s no big deal.

I run because I love to run. When I’m healthy, I find myself signing up for all these races because I’m feeling good and then when the time comes down to it, I wonder why I do this so often.

But one thing about me is that I never give up. It’s almost best that I don’t care what happens tomorrow because for me, when I stop having expectations - I have more fun. I’m a creature of strong anxiety before ANYTHING that I do. My friends know not to even talk to me about a race or climb a week before we do something because they already know how bad my anxiety gets me. Before I climbed Adams this past summer I was telling them that I’d never climb again and that it’s not for me. I’m silly.  

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So here’s a blog to tell you hi! I’m attempting my first 50k tomorrow and I give no fucks and grateful to just show up and do what I love. The cool thing is that I’m not here to impress anyone - I’m not here to prove I can do this, I already know that I can. Let’s see if my body will let me:) 

(side note: I forgot to say that it’s the Deception pass 50k here in Washington)

Running, Photo Journal

Ultra Training around Mount Baker

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Becca and I are training for a 50k in December. Our schedule said to run 20 miles on Saturday so we pieced together a route that did just that yesterday near Baker. I’ve done pieces of this trail before but never in good weather.  This Saturday was absolutely perfect having this sunny day on the one day out of the weeks of rain ahead.

It’s crazy that just one year ago I was recovering from an ankle injury that kept me from running for months. Last November I started a little group that would run (just one mile a day) for every single day of November. I also was signing up for 3-5 mile trail races and finding it incredibly tough. I loved them but at the same I couldn’t see past the idea of just running that distance. 

I have always found the idea of running an ultra distance impossible. Now one year later and back to back half marathons in the mountains along with a couple 20 mile races, here we are! We have to run around 20 miles every Saturday followed by 10ish every Sunday and a couple runs during the week. It’s amazing what is possible for your body and what is possible for your mind when you truly want something. I am not fast, I don’t care about being faster, but I do care about experiencing joy on a long run. At this moment in my life, 20-30 miles is a long run. The joy I get from long days in my favorite places is exactly where I want to be and what makes me the happiest.  

 

Saturday we met at 5:30am to head towards Mount Baker. We started to head up the Chain Lakes trail which was breathtaking having Mount Shuksan behind us and Mount Baker in front of us. Then we trekked over to Ptarmigan Ridge for awhile before we saw a gorgeous green lake off to the left of us so of course we had to go there. After that we headed back to Ptarmigan on our way to the Glacial Route trail. Weather moved in so we made our way back to finish the Chain Lakes loop then to the Goose trail only to find our way back at the parking lot with 17 or 18 miles.  

Even though Becca had a bad ankle roll at the end of our day we knew we had to get 20. We made tons of loops around the parking lot till we hit 20 and that is always the best feeling. It’s hard to see that you’re almost there then settle for something below your goal.  

So there is beauty I’m finishing strong. 

There is beauty is the journey:) 

Here is Becca, Hamlin and Nate heading up the Chain lakes trail

Here is Becca, Hamlin and Nate heading up the Chain lakes trail

📸: Nate Brown

📸: Nate Brown

Becca and I on a little patch of snow on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail

Becca and I on a little patch of snow on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail

Runnable spaces. 📸: Nate Brown

Runnable spaces. 📸: Nate Brown

We looked to the left and far this lake and so grateful we took a side trail to get a little close

We looked to the left and far this lake and so grateful we took a side trail to get a little close

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 📸: Nate Brown took this of me frolicking in the way back to Ptarmigan 

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📸: Nate Brown

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my favorite kind of trail

Gorgeous views of baker  

Gorgeous views of baker  

Layers  

Layers  

Becca and I taking a look at the parking lot we still needed to run to.  

Becca and I taking a look at the parking lot we still needed to run to.  

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You Better Step into this Moment

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This morning the alarm went off nice and late at 8am and I was excited because I knew I was running with my friend Becca today. Becca is probably one of the only people that can run at my same pace and have a full blown conversation with me for the entire run. I love that. She mostly runs on the treadmill and she wasn't sure about how her miles would translate outside so we decided to do a super chill run from Olallie State Park to Rattlesnake Lake. It ended up being about 6.4 miles or so. This is my 3rd day this week getting back into my running routine. I looked at my calendar and realized that I potentially have a full marathon in Bend, Oregon on April 22nd so training starts on February 5th. 

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I also have a trail running/yoga retreat with Run Like a Girl in March so I am really trying to get back into the routine of things. Today was AMAZING. It's so nice to be able to run again without pain (for those of you who follow me on Instagram, you're probably sick of my broken record happiness for this) but its true. I am head over heels in love with my healthy body right now. It's funny how we can take our health for granted. The second I get sick, I believe it's the end of the world and I will never feel healthy again...until you feel better and forget your random mini depression.. haha. I sprained my ankle this past summer and that to was another milestone to get through.

So we ran...she felt good, I felt good, and we honestly could've kept going but we thought that was enough for today. The rain was pouring on us for half the run and usually I'm not into that at all, but today was perfect. Directly after the run I had opened Facebook and one of my favorite people (Kerry Murphy) had a status update that was one of those mind-blowing truth bombs.

She said this:

“War be onto you if you're going into another year and wasting another year with the old mentality.
Somebody’s in the hospital begging God for the opportunity that you have right now.

You better step into this moment.”

 

Ummm...how perfect is that? How often do we forget how freaking good we have it? Even if your life, at this moment is not the way you want it....remember that there are others that are praying for the opportunity you have right now. So much truth to this. You have to ask yourself if you are really taking advantage of the gift you have at this moment. Too often - i see the opposite. I see people bitching. I see people wishing their lives were better then they are. I see a lack of gratitude for the simplicity that can be achieved once expectations are at bay. Running for me has always been a huge part of my gratitude list. I have heard that the one way to get out of depression is to focus on all the things you have to be grateful for. When you focus on the things you're grateful for, it takes away from the negative thoughts of "never enough". Anyway! short little blog for today but I wanted to share Kerry's quote and a few pictures from the trail today.

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