Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Getting Back To Training

Runners post ultra mobility
session at The Ranch Athletics.
(Ok... so this might have been
more of a girls chat session.)
I haven't ran a lick since The Pine To Palm 100, but I was back to my training a week after the race doing mostly rehab mobility work. I've been slowly getting range of motion back in my right knee. Along with that I've been growing back the skin on my heels, losing a few toenails, and, what seems like at a snail's pace, getting my general strength back. It was a tough first three weeks though. I struggled to do even three pull-ups two weeks post race. THREE PULLUPS. And my pushups were weak. Yeah. That was totally lame.

To be honest, that really pissed me off.

But, I'm over it.

Things are getting better and my body is finally getting back to normal. I'm getting back to feeling strong again and despite this really horrible picture of my "man" feet (yes... they are a bit hobbit-like - who knew they were that hairy?) my feet are back to normal too - well, sort of. They've been peeling all over, but really they don't look this bad in real life. Flash photography always makes things look nightmarish. That's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it.


Ugly feet.



So life is getting back to normal. I can focus on things other than that "big looming hundo." Speaking of that big hundo... I managed to create a Google Earth Tour of my REALLY ROUGH estimate of the course. It is not exact by any stretch of the imagination but you can get an idea as to the terrain and elevation with it here. Hopefully it works. Check out my tour below: (UPDATE - apparently my lame ass tour isn't working. Yeah. I'll get on that.)


 



And... I'm beginning my winter addiction again. In fact, today was the kickoff.

Yup. I'm back to baking.

Awwwwyeah. Snickerdoodles.



Paleoish Snickerdoodles


What is it with the word snickerdoodle anyway? It always makes me giggle. For the very tasty recipe you'll need to check out my favorite gluten-free website. I used butter instead of vegan shortening because I can't stand shortening of any kind, but that's just me. Feel free to use the shortening. I WILL say the butter makes those cookies the "real deal" for me and SO SO tasty. Yum!


So really there's not much happening on the post hundo home front now. Well, except for maybe a lot of instagramming art series of toy soldiers, bathtubs, and well... I'll just let your imagination wander. I added a link to my
"Ultrasaucy" Instagram pics here on my blog (check to the right below my RunSmiley badge). "Ultrasaucy" is a variation of my real nickname (Saucy McRib) which was given to me by my beloved coaches at The Ranch Athletics who laughed when they heard me refer to my abs as my "ribs" one day. Yeah. I continue to entertain them. But really, I thought those bumps were rib bones. Who knew? Now that I've been informed they just call me Saucy for short.

As far as running goes, I'm not even sure what my next goal will be. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel to the Copper Canyons down in Mexico to run in the Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon but that requires cash which I don't have a lot of right now, so that possibility may have to wait another year. Other than that you can bet I will be at Born To Run Ultramarathon down in Los Olivos again next year and I have my eyes on another "party where a race breaks out" called the Lost Sierra Endurance Runs up in Graeagle. Other than that who knows what kind of shenanigans I will be up to!
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