Team SwoletownYesterday, I ran the 10K Trail Race from Hell aka the Loudoun 10K Trail Run in Middleburg VA. It was probably one of the hardest races I have personally ever done mostly due to the huge hill at the start and the finish of the race.  The race benefits the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors and it was a worthy cause especially since today is Veteran’s Day.  Trail racing seems to be so much tougher than regular road running too. There were leaves all over the trails, so you aren’t sure what the terrain is really like –and it was bumpy, uneven & slippery underneath all of those leaves. Then we had small creeks to get over – It was really challenging and I was so ready to go home when it was done. The last quarter mile was this steep hill that kept on going and going. I stopped in the middle of it — and thought how am I going to finish. I am sore, my lower back hurts. I just decided to put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. At the very last part, I really didn’t think I could run to the finish line and this other lady ran by and said “come on, we will run together.” And we did –and I was done. My time was nothing at all to write home about –but for someone who doesn’t run long distances often and who doesn’t enjoy running – the fact that I finished it was an accomplishment. That’s all that mattered to me and I got to hang out with some super cool, strong chicks who took it on together!

After getting laid off, I wanted to do something completely out of my comfort zone that would challenge me to the max for some reason. I am glad I did it –although I am not likely to do that course again – but never say never! And the ladies I spent time with on Saturday were awesome. As I said, I am focused on being around strong, positive people who want to be better and do better each and every day.

A few lessons learned —

  1. 1. Do not wear a fanny pack with a bottle of water. My back started to get really tight and uncomfortable after a while and only after I dumped the water, did it start to feel a wee bit better.
  2. 2. Do not use Spotify when you are on a trail in the woods. Reception is bad and your music becomes unreliable.
  3. 3. Don’t plan to do anything the rest of the day because you will need to rest and recover.

Saturday, after my workout – we all as a family went to see Thor. I am not usually into movies like that but it was really good. I thought the story played out really well. The kids really liked it too — and it was yet another reminder that my daughter is growing up. She now has a crush on Chris Hemsworth!


Workout: Cleans
Push Press
Front Squat

Kindness Matters

This Middle School Football Team Went Behind Their Coaches’ Backs To Do Something Incredible (Video)

The Olivet Eagles football team at Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, decided to run a play and intentionally not score, all without their coaches knowing.

The football team planned the play for weeks, all so they could set up a very special moment for a special boy.

Keith Orr is a special needs child, and his buddies on the football team decided to give him the chance to run for a touchdown.

Thought You Couldn’t Hold Mr. Rogers In Any Higher Of An Esteem? Check Out These 6 Wonderful Facts

How can you not love Mr. Rogers. These facts are just more proof of what a wonderful, kind man he was in real life.