Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
He is also the founder of Impossible2Possible http://www.impossible2possible.com/?v=home
From the i2P Site:
The mission of impossible2Possible(i2P) is to encourage youth to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower our global community to make positive change in the world. i2P aims to equip today's youth with the understanding and belief that they have the power to change the world. We envision a world of achievers that believe in their hearts that nothing is out of the realm of possibility.
The vision of impossible2Possible (i2P) is to use adventure to cultivate a generation of leaders, whose direct experiences and education will prepare them to lead social and environmental action all across the world. To achieve this, i2P utilizes a combination of world-class expeditions, youth expeditions, leadership training and fully interactive web based educational resource material. adventure-learning trips that expose young leaders directly to issues impacting human and environmental sustainability worldwide. Our leadership training program equips young adventurers to become ambassadors of sustainability through public speaking, peer-to-peer education, and leadership of service projects. In addition, i2P will host high-profile education based i2P adventures in environmentally and socially sensitive regions.-->As with founder, Ray Zahab’s, run across the Sahara Desert, all i2P expeditions will make use of television, film, and the internet to broadcast these messages about human and environmental sustainability and to raise awareness and funds for our youth programs.
Ray will be headed out soon for the Siberian Express for Water
Siberia Express website:
They just got their sleds, so things are moving right along! You can follow the team's journey on the Siberian Express website - and schools can make it part of their curriculum.
Pic from the Siberian Express site:
This is one of the sleds Ray and Kevin Vallely will use on their journey.
So all this being said, Please donate to i2P at
They have shirts available for purchase using this link as well.
I can't say enough how fortunate I am. Training is going to be HARD and FUN! I can't wait to get started!
Week in Review:
Monday - 15 miles, weights
Tuesday - 8 miles, weights
Wednesday - 8 miles
Thursday - 15 miles, weights
Friday - 16 miles
Saturday - 10.76 with the NERC. Feeling slow, tired as I haven't taken a rest day in about 2 weeks.
Sunday - We were supposed to be headed off to a Familiarization Run for the Run with Your Heart Trail race, however my hubby's knee is hurting. Today has turned into a rest day for us )which it should be anyway-so it's cool. Jammies and movies today.
Northeast Running Club Banquet:
The NERC annual banquet was held last night and was, what else? Awesome! The food was great and the people were better. I forgot to bring my camera, in my mad dash to try to get things done yesterday. However - I do have some incriminating photos taken with my cell:
Jean! Ok, seriously though Jean is my idol. She is at every race in the area year after year. I admire her strength and love for running. At many times she is the only one in her age group (70+) She's a machine! I clap the loudest for her when she gets her awards, I love it!
One last note to everyone - please let me know if you're planning on running in the Cleveland marathon/Half marathon. I'd like to set up a meeting place before the race and do something afterwards as well. I know there are many people going - I don't want to leave anyone out. Thanks!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This week in running:
My miles totalled to 75 this week - so even though I didn't take a rest day I think I am doing well in cutting back. Soon when I can stomach it I will be doing only 8 miles each day (Monday through Friday) with my long runs on Saturday in addition to more cross training. I didn't get as much cross training in as I would like this past week, but hope I can get my lazy butt in gear for the current week. Mileage reduction was kind of easy for me this week, as I ran 12 miles on Tuesday and felt horrible! I was planning on 16 - but stopped at 12 and laid down on my floor in a fetal position and did NOT want to get back up. And I didn't. I don't know what went wrong, I just felt like I could sleep all day! (Maybe getting 4 - 4 1/2 hrs of sleep does that to you?) Wednesday I ran my long run in the evening (something I hate to do) because I woke up in the morning and felt like I was getting sick. I took some Dayquil and went back to sleep until it was time to go to work. I thought for sure I would be taking the whole day off running, but I suppose the Dayquil did its thing. Luckily nothing was going on in the evening and I got my miles in while my son did his homework. Afterwards we went sledding, and I got some fun hill work in! Honestly though, a lot of time was spent laying in the snow enjoying the crisp, fresh air and starry sky. It was a beautiful night!
Gary the traveling blister:
I have a blister. No big deal right? But this one is sticking around. Being real bothersome. I've even named him. (Notice he's a HE right? HA!) His name is Gary. He's been around since Sunday. Each time I try to kill Gary, he comes back, and is slowly traveling down my big toe. JERK.
Treadmill no more?
So I am please to say I think a good majority of my running will be done outside now! Yes that's right! OUTSIDE!!!! Soon I will be in a new position where I work. This position will allow me to come in as early as 5 a.m. if I want! So of course I'll do that! I will still get up at 2 and do things like laundry, cook dinner for the evening, etc. and go to work. I'll get off at 1:30 and straight to the parks I will go! I'll still be home before my son, so this just completely makes my day. I can't wait! My hours will change sometime next month. This will also be helpful when I start my Mohican 50 mile training.
NERC Saturday run:
One word: OWWWWWWW! Our weekly NERC Saturday run took place as usual, but the route changed slightly to include a good hill that wiped nearly everyone out. Everyone except John Mack that is, who sped ahead with what seemed like an effortless attempt to reach the top. This gave him a heart rate of 220 at the time, so I guess it wasn't so effortless! (It sure looked like it though!) Afterwards meant coffee at Bellasano's where we met a couple who recently moved here from New York. They were a nice couple, and the wife was a swimmer who belong to a local swimming club. We all sat and talked swimming and running for a while - and it was nice to hear about her sport. (At sport which I completely suck at, by the way.) The couple left, and soon all of us NERC members followed. All you could hear when everyone got up was a bunch a groaning - everyone had their butt kicked today!
Sunday long run:
My long run for the week was held on my typical off day (for whatever reason I decided to do this!) I logged some miles on the treadmill until I got in enough miles to then leave with my husband and finish while running the distance he was planning on running. We both started out pretty tired (as we went out the night before since my son slept over his friends house). Eventually we came to some train tracks that led us fairly close to our house when following them. My husband had talked about running alongside them before, but we never did. Until Sunday. This was another kick in the butt. I cannot believe how rough it was! I loved it! It also got me thinking that running alongside those tracks would be great trail run practice! The big huge pieces of gravel made for some very difficult running. I'll be keeping this in mind once Mohican starts. The only downside is that there really aren't any hills. I actually think I would die if there would be hills anyway. So I guess that's a good thing.
Monday: 15 miles, treadmill, a.m.
Tuesday: 12 miles, treadmill, a.m.
Wednesday: 8 miles, treadmill, a.m.
Thursday: 8 miles, treadmill, a.m.
Friday: 8 miles treadmill, a.m.
Saturday: 10 + miles with the NERC. A toughie! To quote Charlie Bolek "These guys are gonna make me fast!" I agree!
Sunday 14 mile long run - partially on treadmill, partially outdoors with hubby
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Week in review and Recipes that work below:
Sunday, January 3, 2010
On Saturday I went out for the NERC's weekly group run. When I woke up that morning, my house was so warm and cozy - like a giant blanket wrapped around me. I procrastinated, but eventually sucked it up - got ready and left. Temps were in the teens, and wind chills were around 0-5 degrees. Weather reports had gusts possible up to 30 mph. I'm not sure how high they got while we were running, but it was freakin' windy. Despite the wind we pushed it. Every step was an effort, but we pressed on. The NERC is tough! Despite the weather we still had a nice group out there, and after the run we warmed up as we do every week - at Bellasano's drinking some nice warm coffee.
Our Saturday run stats:
When I got home after the run I got a bit of a surprise:
I don't know why I didn't feel it running. I guess my sock slipped down under my shoe just enough for me to not feel it, but just enough to do a bit of damage. I sure feel it now! OUCH!
This coming week I hope to cut my mileage down, work on speed, and incorporate some cross training into my routine. We'll see.
Training week in review:
Sunday: 16 treadmill miles - early a.m.
Monday: 16 treadmill miles - early a.m.
Tuesday: 16 treadmill miles - early a.m.
Wednesday: 16 treadmill miles - early a.m.
Thursday: 16 treadmill miles - early a.m.
Friday: 6.88 Trail miles with husband (my son bailed on us today!)
Saturday: 10.11 miles with the NERC
Total miles: 96.99