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!

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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.

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AK running Mer de Glace Photo: instagram.com/antonkrupicka

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.

I can’t wait to follow along with all the live action this weekend on iRunFar!  You can check out Anton’s pre-race video interview here and Tim’s pre-race video interview here.

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.

Timothy Olson at the 2011 TNF 50. Photo: Brett Rivers

Timothy Olson at the 2011 TNF 50. Photo: Brett Rivers

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!

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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.

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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?? 

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18 Comments

  1. August 29, 2014 / 10:17 am

    Ooh I hope your quad feels great as the day goes on! When you are tired at 3pm, remember, you don’t need to run later so it’s okay if you’re a little tired! :o) Cecil is hilarious. Our cat Basic used to sit in awkward positions like that- starting at the wall and such. I am going to print out that Timothy Olson article and send it to my brother. He is a struggling addict but he is such an AMAZING runner. When he is sober, he has gotten 3 place in ultras and has run like a 3 hr marathon. He’s soooooo athletic and determined.

    • August 29, 2014 / 9:16 pm

      Your brother sounds like such an incredible runner. I hope he enjoys the Tim Olson article.

      It was SUPER nice to come home from work and not have to run. I may actually need to do this at least once a week 🙂

  2. August 29, 2014 / 10:19 am

    My step brother, Stephen Petretto, is racing in the Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc!! I will definitely be following him. My step sister has been posting photos and it looks beautiful there!

    • August 29, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      Nice!! Before I made them I was a total skeptic on zoodles tasting like regular pasta, but they really do!!!

  3. August 29, 2014 / 11:04 am

    I can’t follow it because I will be in the mountains on a great backpacking trip. (I know, I know, I do this every weekend). But cheers to all running and I expect a full report when I return. I would probably also spent a lot of time watching the US open as well.

  4. August 29, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I am excited to follow the race! I am so glad your quad is feeling better!
    I am trying to decide if I should race a 1/2, or run 16 (split)…
    Maybe put a treat at the top of the cat tree…
    I am routing for Rory Bosio…and Anton Krupicka…

    • August 29, 2014 / 9:19 pm

      I’m excited for Rory, she is doing so well! Anton too!

      I’m going to do a 1/2 this weekend and then work up to a 20 over the next couple of weeks before heading into the taper!

  5. August 29, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Glad you could run – hopefully you don’t have any more issues!!
    No long runs for me this weekend – I did my last one this morning and will be resting my legs some until my race.

    • August 29, 2014 / 9:19 pm

      Very excited for your race, Kim!

      I’m so glad that the quad really held up all day so I’ll definitely be doing a long run tomorrow! 🙂

  6. August 29, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Hooray for a morning run! I feel like we’ve switched places, because I ran both my weekday runs in the evening this week. I guess I wanted to take advantage of an extra hour’s sleep before my super early long run Saturday!

    That picture of Cecil is adorable. He looks sooo comfy!

    • August 29, 2014 / 9:21 pm

      Haha, well I will be back to my regularly scheduled night runs next week 🙂 Getting up early is for the birds! I did kind of like getting home after work and having dinner at a normal time though!

  7. August 29, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Looked like a beautiful morning run. Hope you survived the afternoon!
    YUM to the zoodles! Hmm, wonder if I can get a noodle-zoodle maker/tool here in China?
    That’s pretty funny re: Cecil. Has he been up to the top yet to know there’s a whole world of window possibilities awaiting him?? 🙂

  8. September 1, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    You have some of the best running photos!! I ordered the zoodle thingy ma bob, can’t wait to try it. Its at my parents house (bc in DC someone would have stolen my delivery lol). Hope to get it this week!

  9. September 8, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Thanks for reading link. I saved it to enjoy later. 🙂