Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Time flies when your livin'!!


     These awesome, comfy, and super cute running shorts will be coming out soon from INKnBURN
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Cool new jacket and shorts worn by our INKnBURN team @ Trans Rockies!! 
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The last two weeks have been crazy fun for me to say the least! I have taken on an amazing role at a super awesome company called INKnBURN. They make all kinds of endurance apparel, women's & men's running shirts & tops, running sleeves, compression leg sleeves(coming soon) and are doing things in the endurance industry that no one else is or can do. Absolutely no screen prinitng ever...even with our sleeves. Just insane! Above are a bunch of pictures of some rad shit we have been working on, and trust me so much more will be following!! Yes that is my dear friend Michelle Barton and my beautiful other half Jesse Haynes modeling our newest gear. Its the most amazing breathable endurance gear you will ever run in, and it's all hand made in Lake Forest. Keep your eyes out for some incredible Cycling kits we have coming, and hand held water bottle holders with designs, ect. Friggin *AwesomeSauce*!! We will be at all kinds of Tri events come Fall & spring!

I am recovering great from my injury, and have been super busy with all kinds of stuff. Kind of getting sick of hobbling around though, and its been nice this last week to be walking around somewhat normal! I feel awesome though, and just cannot wait to be back at it all in about 7 more weeks. Yay!! Jesse has just been incredible, and so supportive. I cannot imagine my life without him!! He keeps saying he misses his best running & cycling partner ever, and I keep thinking yes baby I miss it to! What's great is Jesse is a huge Kayaker so I am going to start "Stand Up Paddle Boarding", and he is going to kayak next to me. I am first gonna go out with my Friend Molly(race director of Whoo's in El Morro 50k&30k) a few times to just learn how to do it. So excited as it will be great cross training. Cannot wait to be able to start hiking as more than anything I LOVE to be outdoors. I love being on trails, and I only have five more weeks until I can start to hike. No running until early October though. Not even worried about it though. I will be back to 50k distance by late November. I am so incredibly healthy that my healing time is just way faster than most. I already feel incredible, and really won't loose much fitness. Its just gonna be a little while before I will get my speed back to be competitive. I plan to just work on that the entire Fall, and by Dec be 100%. Its been good in many ways as I have had so much work to do for my Fall Races & events that I really needed the break.

Jesse ran Mt.Dissapointment 50k last weekend, and did amazing! He finished 2nd behind Jorge, and what's interesting is the course was three miles longer than last year, but both him & Jorge's times were still super solid. It was a hot day, and just a brutal course. Its so overgrown with the purple poodle dog, and many people dropped or had to be rescued off the course. Such a tough day but Jesse kicked ass! I even got to see my boys Chris & Dom out on a training run while I helped at the mile 24 aid station. Tons & tons of friends were there, and even though I could barely walk it was great to get out and see everyone!! My Martini Sauce Kate Freeman was 2nd woman, and although struggled at the end she still killed it. She is just a super star, and such an incredible athlete! I am so excited to see what she will do with my Marathon course @ Leona Valley Trail Races(http://leonavalleytrailraces.com) Above is a cute pic of all of us at the finish line hangin' out! I even got a shot of one of my Rudy Project Ultra team members Jorge Pacheco.

I also discovered this super great company called Rise Bars(http://risebar.com/) They are the most delicious bars on the planet, and are based out of Escondido! They have three kinds of bars: Breakfast, energy, and protein. They are honestly the most delicious bars I have ever tried, and make bars that totally work for me. Gluten free, soy free(PEOPLE DO NOT EAT SOY!!), Peanut free, vegan, and just plain good for you. Pure health! They do have a line of protein bars that have whey, and obviously I do not eat those. Jesse says they are super yummy to though! My favorite is the Blueberry Coconut or the Crunchy Perfect Pumpkin. Here is a link to find out where they are sold near you: http://risebar.com/purchase/store-locator
Looking forward to filling you all up on these @ Leona Divide(http://leonadivide5050.com) and Los Pinos(http://lospinos50k.com)!! I will also bring a bunch with me when I work the Rat Hole @ Noble Canyon 50k. Cannot wait for this race!! I have my money on my Rudy Project team member Chris Price! Love him to pieces, and he is just a rock star! Please keep your eyes out for full details and a press release coming soon about my Rudy Project North American Ultra  Running Team. Details coming by early September. ;o)

I also found this amazing article on womens health and weight loss, and wanted to share it with my female readers. Its a great article, and a must read!! The online Health, Fitness, & Wellness website interviewed  fitness expert and personal trainer, John Romaniello on weight loss myths that  are common among women. The article “5 Weight Loss Myths Exposed” can be viewed at <http://www.womenshealthbase.com/5-weight-loss-myths-exposed-expert-qa-with-john-romaniello/>. A definite must read!! 

I also wanted to give a huge shout out to my friend Keith Cunnigham, and his amazing event called the ROC race. I am  happy to support this cool event – LA/OC ROC Race 5k – Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge is coming to Fairplex, Home of the LA County Fair on Sat. Nov. 5th -  Game show inspired obstacles collide w/ a 5k training course to bring you the most Ridiculous race ever!   Finish line ends at Beer garden w/ a massive vendor village, live performances, DJ’s & more!   Use code:  "KEIRAROCcode" for discount –http://rocrace.com/ Price increases Monday Aug. 29th so sign up now for the best price!  Tons of great fun, and somewhat of a big giant party. Totally different than anything I organize, but it just looks like a blast!! Here is the link for there website: http://rocrace.com/. Here is what they are all about: So… What is the ROC Race?
Imagine a creative collision between a military style training course and wild and crazy game show inspired obstacles spread throughout a 5K course! The common theme is ridiculous and challenging fun! Something super fun to do as a huge team no doubt! Be prepared to get wet and dirty...to much fun and just pure silly!!

Last I will leave you with this awesome little video of my **CoyoteSauce** at MT.D. Yes people we really enjoy life this much 24/7!!!! 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

L.A. Runner: VIDEO: The Coach

AMAZING Video by Billy Yang:

L.A. Runner: VIDEO: The Coach: Wanted to share a video I shot on behalf of Run Nation featuring Jimmy Dean Freeman - a Southern California based running coach talking abo...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hanging in there!!

Life has been quite a whirl wind the last three weeks, but I thought I would start off by posting a picture of me with my new hair color. Been wanting to go darker for awhile, and I absolutely love my new hair color. I darkened it right before AC, & it's lightened up a ton in the last month since the pictures from above. It's fun, and I think fits me perfect. Jesse loves it to which really is all that matters to me anyways! LOL...

Above is a picture of my son on the Ernie Maxwell Trail in The San Jacinto Mountains. A couple weeks back myself, my son, and Jesse took a great little weekend trip up to Idyllwild, and had a ton of fun. We got some great little runs in, and it was a good taper before Angeles Crest 100. It was great because neither myself or Jesse could keep up with Tyler. He dropped us like it was nothing! Amazing that boy!! Interestingly enough though while up there I definitely felt some pain in my hip, and knew that it was same injury from before that occurred in my Labrum. I had actually started to feel in back in April @ Labor of Love 100, but was in complete denial it was bugging me again. I had a ton of prolotherapy treatments on it back in early 2010, and was pretty convinced it was healed. When my ITband started acting up back in December I could also feel pain in the hip area, and I knew the IT issue was all related to my Labrum tear. I spent all of April, May, & June just pushing through the pain in hopes that it would  subside, and I could make it through AC. Sometimes it would hurt, but then other times I wouldn't really feel it at all.

I have decided I do not want to spend a ton of time talking about what I went through at AC, and how I am recovering. The bottom line is I am on the path to recovery, and am doing great. I love my life so much and am just super focused on getting better. I have kept all that is going on between myself and my close circle of family & friends. My friends are my family, and I love you all to death(Jesse, Pammy, T, Jimmy & Kate, Wick & Faye, Anne & George, Erin, June, Bev, Scotty, Carmella, Molly, Dorrine, Skelley,&Karl) thanks for your support!!  My goal is to get better once and for all, and just come back stronger than ever!! I cannot imagine my life without my amazing Jesse, and I do want to touch on my experience at AC with him....

Cool Link & Video of me at AC:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21PcMl0Zlzk

Jesse & Wick did all my training with me for AC. Two weeks before AC Jesse went and kicked ass at Harding Hussle 50k, and won. He is my superstar, and actually did the race in 4 hours...thats a 50k with about 7,500 feet of gain & loss. Him and Wick train a ton together also because Wick & Faye moved down the street from us so together those boys are just insane! Wick won Tahoe 50mile, and I cannot wait to see what he is gonna do @ Wasatch, and what my Jesse is gonna do at Mt.Dissapointment 50k.

Ok so back to Angeles Crest. When I toed the line at the race I felt ready, but knew my hip was gonna be an issue. Usually it would start to hurt after about 30-40 miles of running so my plan was to just get through the second half, and take ibuprofin if needed. Jesse was my crewing me during the day with Molly, Dorrine, and Charlie. Then at night he would pace me the last half, and Carmella would crew. Unfortunately my hip started to hurt me within the first 10 miles, and never let up. I was cuaght off guard by this forsure. Below is a picture of me coming into three points aid station(mile 40ish), and expressing to Pam what was going on. This picture speaks for itself....
So as the race progressed the pain just became unbearable. I picked up Faye at Mile 52, and she paced me for a bit to Shortcut where I picked up Jesse. We ran really strong for a bit, but the ibuprofin was just not working anymore, and he could tell I was struggling. My whole left side was in pain, and I was starting to feel serious pain in my left knee. When we left the Cloudburst aid station together the pain was almost unbearable. I struggled to run down into the canyon before the climb up to Chantry, and at some point had started to just limp. Walking was the only option, and I could feel the tears streaming down my cheek. My race was completely unraveling, and it was dark, and I was a mess. We still had about two miles to go to get up to the mile 74.5 aid station, and thats when Jesse stopped me. He turned off his headlamp, and said, " You are the most beautiful and amazing woman i know". He hugged and held me tight then kissed my forehead and wiped my tears. We could hear faint voices coming towards us, and he explained that it was Paulette, and to encourage her as she passed. When she passed her pacer David James shouted out some encouragement, and I told her to hold onto first place, and to not let Maggie catch her. I didn't want to tell her I was gonna drop @ Chantry because I wanted her to win, and i knew she would run harder if she thought I was chasing her. Once she passed me into the dark night, and I knew they were long gone I fell into Jesses arms. He held me so tight as we stood at the base of the creek that runs under the deep woods of the campground down below Chantry Flats. I could hear a party going on at a campground ahead, and he just held me as I cried. He whispered to me you are the bravest woman I know, and I am so proud of you. I love you with all my heart Keira, and all I want you to do is make it to Chantry without letting anyone else pass you. He grabbed my hand and we started to hike together side by side. We picked up the pace, and step by step hand in hand we somehow made it up to the aid station. I quickly gathered with my crew, and tried to just get out of there without talking to to many people. I was in a serious amount of pain, and knew I just needed to get home, and move forward in the direction of getting better, and back to being 100% healthy. Luckily that is what I have done, and am excited to announce I am doing great. One day at a time, but healing fast, and recovering well. It will be a little while before I race again, but when I do return I will finally be completely better.

A couple days after the race I had lunch with one of my best friends Jimmy Dean Freeman. He is without a doubt like family to me, and has seen me go through a ton of changes this last year. Jimmy and I have this really special bond that will always be, and we went into great discussion over lunch about the Ultra community, and our close circle of family and friends here in So-Cal. I explained to him how Jesse was blown away @ AC by  all the love and support he saw at all the aid stations for me & jimmy. Jesse had never seen this side of the sport before as he is new to it all, and for the first time saw first hand how connected we all our. Everyone knows everyone, and we all have each others backs. The So-Cal Ultra community is like one big huge family, and we all are connected by someone in a very cool sort of two degrees of separation. He was amazed how somehow everyone knew everyone by ways of pacing, crewing, and just all being a part of this amazing sport we call Ultra Running. It truly is a huge family, and I cannot imagine not having it in my life. I love the people, being out at the races, and just being a part of such a great group of human beings. We all help each other so much, and it's such a great family to be apart of. The sport is BOOMING, and it's so awesome to be at the heart of the So-cal movement!!! I have no problem taking a backseat for a bit to get better, and be on the other side of it crewing and supporting Jesse at his races. After Mt.D he has Bulldog. So excited!! To achieve anything requires faith & belief in yourself, vision, hard work, & sheer dedication. I am 100% committed to getting better, and still enjoying the love of my sport. ;o)

I also want to give a huge shout out to my friend Karl Stutleberg as he has started a new coaching program. Below is a little info about his program...

Karl Stutelberg (www.cuttingedgerunning.com) provides CUSTOM TRAINING PROGRAMS for all race distances from beginner to advanced runners, as well as COACHING SERVICES that will allow him to help guide you, with professional advice, through the training process. He uses his EXPERIENCE as a lifelong runner, his MEDICAL BACKGROUND as a licensed Physical Therapist in southern California, and his KNOWLEDGE as a USATF Level 1 coach when designing your program. This combination keeps his custom training programs on the "CUTTING EDGE" with the latest training tools that will propel you toward your goals! 
He also blogs weekly on his own training and writes short articles on running related topics.  He will answer questions submitted via his blog. 
His training programs include a core exercise program designed for runners that has been proven to help prevent injuries and improve form and running economy.  Finally, he offers phone consultation on any running related topics to help adjust your current program if you feel like you have plateaued. 
The motto of Cutting Edge Running is "helping runners of all levels achieve goals."  Karl has a passion for all aspects of running from track, to road racing, and trail running and enjoys seeing others succeed.  

I am also very excited to announce my amazing partnership with InkNburn for Griffith Park Half Marathon(http://griffithparktrailruns.com). They are such a cool company, and make incredibly great apparel for endurance sports. There clothes are extremely comfortable to run in, and what's great is they are one of the only companies out there putting art directly onto all of there apparel. Check out www.inknburn.com/ to see what all the buzz is about. There stuff rocks! I cannot wait to see what kinds of cool designs they come up with for  Griffith Park!!

I am in the works of a few more cool races I am putting together, and I cannot wait to be able to make those events happen! Sometimes life does not go exactly like we want it to, but every person and moment has a purpose and reason for happening. Here is what I firmly believe: