Happy Friday! Happy UTMB Day!
Good morning! I’m extra happy this morning because the 3-day weekend is almost here AND I am filled with endorphins because…
1. I Went on a Rare Morning Run
Yesterday my quad was really better than it had been in DAYS. I guess a little bit of rest does the body good. I ended up getting up early today and going for a run! I wanted to test out the quad and see how it felt all day after a run to determine if I should do my long run tomorrow or not. We’ll see how it goes, but so far I am optimistic!
Getting up before the sun is SO uncharacteristic of me. Right now I feel WIDE AWAKE but I bet I’ll be gulping down ice coffees by 3pm. I don’t know how everyone else in the world runs so early every day, I could barely keep my eyes open during the first half mile!
2. UTMB Starts Today!
The Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc begins today. It’s a 166KM mountain ultra with a total elevation gain of approx. 9,600m. This is one of the most popular European ultras to follow and two of my favorite runners are racing this year: Anton Krupicka and Timothy Olson.
Last year AK was running with the leaders but dropped due to injury. Timothy came in 4th place and wrote one of the most captivating race reports I’ve ever read.
3. A Really Great Runner Story
Speaking of Timothy Olson, if you have a minute today you should read this piece he wrote in 2012 called, My Path to Contentment: From Addict to Awakened Ultrarunner.
In the article Tim talks about his struggle with alcohol + drugs and how they eventually landed him in jail. More importantly, he talks about running and how it helped him sober up and find happiness. It’s a really nice read.
4. Oodles of Zoodles
I am obsessed with zoodles! I’m cooking them in the microwave a bit longer than I used to (about 3 minutes now) and they taste so good extra soft!
The turkey meatballs are a great addition in my opinion. If you’re vegetarian I’d definitely add some soy meatballs! I ate the zoodles twice already this week and this picture makes me want to make them again tonight!
5. Cecil Loves His New Cat Tree
He sits on the lower shelf near my desk a lot, but rarely goes up on the higher shelf which surprises me since he can’t really see out the window on the lower shelf! He’s literally just looking at the wall here lol.
I think he sits on the lower shelf because I gave him treats on it the other night and now he thinks if he hangs out there long enough I’ll bring more : )
For my fellow ultra lovers, will you be following UTMB this weekend? Who are you rooting for?
How long is your long run this weekend??