Amazing night meeting The Ginger Runner @ethannewberry and @garyrobbins for the SF screening of #WhereDreamsGoToDie#frontrowseats . Excellent documentary about Gary's quest to conquer the world's toughest race #barkleymarathons . Only 40 are selected out of thousands that apply. If chosen, you receive a letter of condolence rather than congratulations. Looking forward to following Gary's return in 2018 and him dominating 5 loops! 5 loops=100 miles. 3 loops="Fun Run" of 60 miles. #insanity#thebarkley#badass#GaryLovesKetchup
I was delighted to see these vines again at the lumberjack trail after almost a year. I wasn't able to take a picture this time because I'm on race mode so this one is from last year's recon.
Lumberjack trail, Deadmans 300 50KM, 2016
#Samal50 ’s event marshall /MAMAW brother Igi and the 50k runner/ CLINGY sister.. 😅😍 Thank you and l love you brah for inspiring me to be an ultramarathoner na masking nascam ko sa imung line na “a lil bit technical” na route sa imung shameless video.. coz it’s not! it’s VERY VERY technical jowd! but it’s all worth it. 😅Looking forward to run with you soon sa mga trail..bahalag ibilin ko nimu..oki ra..haha. lab2 😘
Things @29029_everesting taught me...
🔹 It's literally impossible to take a photo on a mountain and look good
🔹 I'll forever appreciate flat, dry land
🔹 Expectations and assumptions will only disappoint. Take one step at a time, make connections with others, and never stop learning.
🔹I haven't made this many friends since elementary school. @lvellek @lindseyclayton23 and @alansteinjr made the best girl squad this gal could ask for.
It's Monday again 🙄 but the weather is GORGEOUS in Houston! ☀️ if you can, get outside and play!! What motivates you to get outside?
One reason for me is my No Fine Print tribe. I am so excited and humbled to be selected to be part of this group of Ambassadors. No Fine Print is a clothing company that reflects the energy and beauty of the outdoors. All of their artists are from the US and outdoor enthusiasts, and all of their products are printed and made here in the US! 🇺🇸
Being outdoors is being outdoors. There's no specific definition of how, where, or why you need to be outside. We have so few days like this in Houston, so take advantage of it! 🌳🌿
I was 9 or 10.
Then a month before my first half marathon for fitting a description during a training run.
They say that victims who were sexually assault once have a higher chance of it happening again. I didn't know there was a name for this when it almost happened at 9. He was my "friend in the library," a man who talked to me about poetry and social issues. He introduced me to Pablo Neruda. This man wasn't a love poem that I asked for nor desire. At 14, it was the guy that I thought was my friend and attended summer school. Ironically, his name was Angel. The third time, I finally broke. Sandra Bland was posted over the news. I wouldn't dare fight this but I wasn't silent no more.
Because of them, I grieved every month I got my period for two decades until two months ago. I don't touch black garbage bags for too long. Love poems made me feel guilty for years. I kept this to myself until the last incident. I think I gave them too much power pretending it didn't happen.
When I went to a support group in college, I was mocked for being a "half-way victim" because I wasn't penetrated. "Lucky" is what they called me; I call it broken. The act didn't have to "fully happen" for it not to be traumatizing. Being touched and begging for someone to stop doesn't make me a "half-way victim" and what i realize in hindsight is that hurt people hurt people too. Perhaps this is why I don't like being called "strong" too often. Most times, we are breaking too.
So when it ALMOST happened a third time, I learned the difference between the strength in silence and strength by using your voice. This is why I blog bluntly, why I live and love life vicariously and why I refuse to be engulfed into my hurt. I grieve often but I rejoice more. I'm more than a survivor. I'm more than a statistic. I am a walking love poem. These men never took that away from me. They will not take it from you neither. If you dare, share your story.
Photo by @esnelldesign of @posingschoolnyc
Racing is not about hardware but this shiny thing is a symbol of an incredible, sometimes difficult, 9 months that culminated in what will no doubt be one of the best & most important experiences of my entire life.
I registered for Maui just 2 days before @chevronhoustonmarathon, 3 days before my move to Maui. For the first time I would run a marathon other than Chevron, I would be in the peak of marathon training during summer, & I would run more than one full marathon in a year. This was all different and at the time, I didn’t understand why I did this, other than wanting to run a marathon in my new home of course.
This cycle was so different. I dealt with several little injuries, a bit of depression, and a lack of confidence due to not running the paces I was capable of running back in Houston. But while all of these negatives hung around I was surrounded by my incredible running ohana. I know for a fact that these incredible souls I see so often have helped me feel rooted here on Maui. You cannot make a home of scenery alone. Community makes a place a home.
Through this incredible community I was given the opportunity to guide a disabled runner for Maui Marathon.
Aha! There it was! The reason I had registered all those months ago. The reason I trained in the heat. This was a way to give it all meaning & to bring value to someone else’s life.
Allan came from NYC with his chapter of Achilles Int. to run Maui Marathon & he added value to MY life. Guiding him yesterday was such an incredible experience. He suffered a traumatic brain injury 14 years ago & took up running 5 years later. He is an Iron Man! I know things changed for Allan after his accident but I certainly don’t think of him as disabled. Yesterday I was just there supporting him as he grinded out 26.2 miles in the heat & some crazy wind.
When we reached the finish line I was so elated that our mission was complete, we all made it to the finish line in one piece. Before we crossed the finish line I could hear his @achillesnyc teammates cheering him in & that made me lose it. I honestly have never had the same finish line feeling I had yesterday. I will never forget it. 💙
The finish line smile of gratitude: for all the people who encouraged me and shared their knowledge with me from the minute I voiced my goal back in the Spring to my "trail angel" @robertpaulapple who adopted me along the trail; for the opportunity to try; for my parents who never questioned me and drove me through the dark to and from the race; for my body for carrying me; to myself for dreaming that I could and not backing down. This will not be the last ultramarathon for me! I learned so much about my weaknesses and about my strengths and I'm going to be even more prepared next time. I can't wait for the next one! #ultramarathoner#justthebeginning#getoffthestreets#allsmiles#finishline#accomplishment#whatsnext#gratitude
"Oh we gotta turn up the crazy
Livin' like a washed up celebrity
Shooting fireworks like it's the fourth of July
Until we feel alright"
Freaking elated!! Decided I needed to get over the fear and just give running again a try. Covered my watch and ran by feel. Haven't seen these numbers in a long time and I wasn't pushing hard!! It's coming back and I am riding this high ❤️! I'm ready to #runwiththemarines on Sunday!!! #irun4Sage#irun4riley#irun4ultra#eastcoastAF#ultramarathoner
This weekend was a humbling and eye opening experience for your BBP gals. @29029_everesting was the biggest and bravest challenge we have ever tackled. With literally no clue what we got ourselves into, we put on our hiking boots, packed our head lamps, and headed for Vermont. Things we learned from this insanity:
1️⃣ Pizza is even more satisfying after you've climbed 75,000+ Feet.🍕
2️⃣ When you're forced out of your comfort zone, it allows you to be present in the moment and truly connect with others in a powerful way. 💜
3️⃣ Rooting for someone else during our hikes actually gave us more strength to keep going. 👭
4️⃣ You are the only thing standing in your way.
We are beyond grateful for our experience and hope that we can throw ourselves into more, hard, uncomfortable, scary, unexpected situations. That's when you truly find your BRAVE. #TeamBBP