Saturday, March 31, 2012

RIP Caballo Blanco

Micah True was found dead today... The legend of the Copper Canyons and the best man I never knew.

In honor of Caballo and all he gave to us I plan to run every day for the month of April.

What about you? How will you honor the most beautiful man in ultra running?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Fun Fact Friday?

So I figured to be a little more about life in general and not just shoes minimalist so on so forth I would use an idea originally discovered through Danielle Which would be Fun Fact Friday lol. Now be warned. for the first few fridays it may be rocky. You may cry in fear, you may go crazy, and you may pee your pants. But I am here for you, and it will get better.

So without further ado lets get this a rollin!

1. Sometimes, for no reason I love to color coordinate my closet. Haha no, not my clothes, but the coat hangers I hang my clothes on.

2. Even though I am a runner, I have trouble actually seeing myself as a runner. Compared to where I was it just seems sooo far fetched.

3. Even though I run, for the life of me I cannot seem to eat healthy. Taco bell is the bane of my existence.

4. I have only eaten a salad twice in my life, and only had a burger with lettuce and tomato on it once in my life.

5. I absolutely hate surprises, I love to have everything planned out.

6. Even though I just hit the big 1-8 I have still yet to get my license. Every year I say I am going to do it, but it never happens.

7. Sherlock Holmes. Best movie ever. nuf said.

8. Being black, I make black jokes to throw people off guard and lighten the mood.

9. When I can't sleep I go on a cooking spree! Last night at 4am I made a cake!

10. Once I do my first marathon I want to get the date I started running tattooed on me some where, probably left shoulder blade.

11. I read the Hunger Games trilogy in 7 days, and I have watched the movie 2 times.

12. Before I really stopped caring about my blog and my blog alone, I would mention names of people, but I would never tag them in it. Now I actually have a growing blog roll.

14. The Road ID replaced my old bracelet, that I have not taken off in over 6 months.

15. You didn't realize I skipped number 13

16. Someone will pee after witnessing this terribleness.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review - Newton MV2

Over the past few weeks I have been testing out the Newton MV2s and I believe I have enough experience with said shoes to write a review.

Want to know how they performed? Read more after the jump!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

THE Paleo Lifestyle

A week ago I hit up one of my best minimalist/barefoot/blogger buddy about writing something up about the paleo goodness, and man did he do a kick ass job! So from here I will turn it into the one and only Barefoot Puffin!

I'll list the question, then obviously type my response below. Savvy? Good let's get this rolling.

What is the Paleo Diet?

Clearly, if you have to really ask this question, you've been living under a rock. Or perhaps if you had been living under a rock, you'd know exactly what this diet is. First of all, it isn't really a diet. It's more of a way of life. Yah, sounds cheesy, but it's the best way I know how to get the proper scope into what we are going to talk about. What I am going to do for you is break down the Paleo lifestyle in the way that I understand it to be. Will I provide you with teh sciences??? No, instead I refer you Robb Wolf or Marks Daily Apple. They have done the research and they know their shit. I want you to understand it on a normal human level, not an uber Bill Nye the science guy level.
I suppose the simplest way to put it, is the Paleo diet (from a purely nutritional standpoint) is an elimination diet. No, we aren't eliminating deliciousness in exchange for shittiness like most fad diet plans would call for. Instead, we are focusing on eliminating toxins from the food we eat. Believe it or not, today's "modern" diet, if you can call the cardboard processed crap that most people are pushing around in their carts, foods are pretty bad for us. We aren't designed to eat foods with preservatives in them. Hell, most of us aren't even designed (as in biology people) to eat the almighty "healthy whole grains". In fact, most people have a pretty bad reaction to grains. Our bodies tend to treat them like toxins. Believe it or not, almost ALL processed foods contain some sort of toxin that most people don't tolerate very well. But you say to me, Oh wise and almighty Puffin, how come I don't feel terrible eating what I normally eat? Because you've been doing it for so long that you don't realize that the bloated feeling you get after eating isn't normal. That nauseous feeling you get after eating dairy isn't normal. We have been dealing with these for so long that we just accept them as part of life and move on. They don't have to be. Being on the Paleo diet for 30 days will change your entire view of food. You'll realize that you can feel awesome after eating, as opposed to nauseous and lethargic.
So, what can we eat? Fresh fruit, veggies, Eggs, Grassfed (if you can afford it) meats, nuts (peanuts don't count they are legumes folks), and delicious oils (coconut and olive oil are my favorites). The list goes on and on. I don't have the patience to list every single food, so I'll make it simple. If you can't find it in nature, you probably shouldn't be eating it. Simple right? Fortunately, it is very simple. Keep away from boxed food items, and shop for fresh ingredients. It's really not that hard.

What are the benefits?

The benefits are numerous. But I know what most people want to talk about. They want to know, can we lose weight on the paleo diet. Uhm, duh? Most people come to paleo for weight loss, but stay because they realize how awesome they feel. You'll get this feeling even before you start losing weight. Within a few weeks you'll feel a steady level of energy, enjoy deeper more restful sleep, an increased libido (hopefully you're married like me and have already hit your wife with a club and drug her back to the cave), a notable desire to eat real foods. You'll also kick that sugar habit that everyone suffers from. Seriously, sugar is, in my expert opinion, a legal form of crack. Like I said, I'm not going to give you all the benefits because it's different for everyone. You'll have to see for yourself.

How has it changed my life?

For those that don't know, I had gastric bypass in 2009. While this bypass helped me get started on the path to a healthier life, I'm more proud of the 35lb I've lost since going paleo than I was of the previous 80 from bypass. I feel better, I have more energy, and my mood is remarkably stable. Little things that used to bug the shit out of me no longer bother me. It's fantastic. My running has improved, my overall fitness has improved, and my quality of life has shot through the roof. Rather than feeling tired at the end of the day, I'm ready to go bang out a long run, lift something heavy, or play with my dogs. I can't imagine my life without being paleo. Don't get me wrong, there are days, like today, where I really want pizza. So, I have it. I eat it. I feel like utter shit later, but I enjoyed my pizza. I know what the pizza is going to do to me, and it's my choice to weigh the pros and cons. Pizza doesn't always win, but life is too short to not enjoy something once in a while.

So take 30 days out of your life, go paleo for just 30 days. See if it doesn't make your whole life view change.I know it did for me. If you are interested in doing a 30 day paleo challenge, I direct you to Whole 9 Life. That's where I would start. It'll make all the difference.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekly recap

Bahaha you didn't think I would fail already did you?

Well as many of you know I had my half marathon last saturday that completely kicked my ass and stunted my run last monday. Every monday we have the group run that nine times outta ten I am at the back of the pack. I really need to work on hills because that is what is killing me out there lol.

School is well.. School, not much fun especially with economics. I tell ya, that class also kicks my ass (man there is alot of ass kicking today). I thought for sure I was going to fail this nine weeks for it, but surprisingly I am hanging on with a 70.

Hunger Games last friday which coincided with my birthday. and I have to say that day sucked so much nutrition wise. Pink Slime chicken for breakfast at school, a 5 dollar box at taco bell, and a burger that night at the wafflehouse that was 810 calories. However, the movie was pretty damn good given the fact it was the movie and not the book, so can't complain too much. Went over to my friends that night and brought out my inner rapper swaggy swag. And then cranked out my first decent run since the race on sunday of 7.75 miles lol.

Given the fact this was a new idea and didn't have much prep time please excuse the recall and not a general decent post. Next week will definitely be better!

Hmmm.. Lets see how long this lasts.

In attempts to be more regular on posting I have a schedule idea.

Monday - A review of the past week both in life and running

Wednesday - Review day! A new review out every Wednesday until I run out

Friday - Fun Fact day (Idea courtesy of Danielle Check out her site its freaking great!)

So lets see how long this lasts, probably not long but eh challenges are good are they not?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sooo... Ummm... Yeah...

Haha today is my eighteenth freakin birthday!!!!!!! Cant wait! wait... Scratch that,.. I don't have to wait its my birthday today!!!!!

Lol going on a trip to see the movie that is turning into the next twilight, still got my hair hawked up, eating a yogurt, and planning on running 18 miles throughout the day. Oh and eating muthafawkin Taco BELL!!!!!!!! I don't care what Barefoot Puffin says! Taco bell is Paleo!

Oh in other news, I freaking love Ink n Burn shirts! Even though I feel a little dirty wearing it since it started out as something you wear after you complete an ultra. But it doesn't matter.. I will be at that point soon enough!

Don't know if you know this but I am freaking 18!!!!!!! Send on the strippers with minimalist shoes!!!

(Kidding... about the strippers... send the shoes... I mean it... do... it... now...PPPUUUHHHLLLEEEAAASSSEEE)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Half Marathon Race Experience

Where it all began

My route to Half Marathon-dom began with Christopher McDougall believe it or not. If it wasn't for him, I would not have had my first experience on the trail, and be a part of an awe-inspiring organization.

It was all because of that one post that Christopher McDougall wrote about the need of the Tarahumara bringing Barefoot Farm to my attention and helped to inspire me to use my connections I made through my blog to help the people that practically inspired minimalism.

I knew I wanted to help but I didn't now how, or even where to start. I thought about putting on a race, but it was quickly pointed out how unrealistic that was, especially with everything I had on my plate as is. I talked to a running friend of mine who ultimately gave me the idea I ended up running with:
 "setting up a run is a huge amount of work. you could merely dedicate your run to it and get sponsors--ie if you complete the race they will donate $10 or something.

And that I did. I ended up hitting every single company that I have ever had ties with through my blog, even getting companies who already donate to the Tarahumara be it towards Norawas or Tarahumara Children Hospital. It is companies like that, that "get it". They donate because they can, not because they have to or because they get something out of it. I feel if we were all a little more like that we would all be that much happier, and better people.

To be honest, I didn't expect for it to be as well received as it was hell, I didn't expect to have more than 5 companies donate. It ended up with 10 great companies/people donating to one great cause. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to: Invisible Shoe, Luna Sandals, Leming, Smoky Mountain Water, McMinnville Physical Therapy, Skora Running, Gage Hutchings, Soft Star, Youth Villages, and Birthday Shoes. Thank you to everyone for helping out these amazing people.

The Charity

Barefoot Farm is what many of the charities today need to strive to be. They do not spend money on a minute and a half commercial that comes on when most people are not even awake, and they don't spend money on a thirty minute Youtube video. Every donation they receive goes straight towards helping out the Tarahumara, not making bracelets. A charity that is spread via word to mouth says ten times more than going out and filling media with their message, at least in my eyes.

Barefoot Farm directly assists Tarahumara farmers by providing them with native maize seeds, basic tools, and assistance with water resources and land protection. 100% of all farm proceeds and donations go directly to the Tarahumara Seed Fund, which provides Tarahumara farmers with native maize and bean seeds, tools, and farm micro-loans.

We have spent many years with the Tarahumara, modeling our own farm after their practices. We have also built relationships with the people, enabling us to provide direct assistance to the Tarahumara farmers who need it most. Drought, logging, and soil erosion have made subsistence farming even more difficult for the Tarahumara, and many farmers lack the resources to continue growing their ancient varieties of corn. We provide the seeds and tools to enable Tarahumara to continue their traditional farming and running culture.

 And they do exactly that. No if ands or buts about it. 

Race Day

Now lets be honest, you cannot dedicate a race to a Tarahumara charity while running on road. That is like opening a bakery and selling bacon. Trails all the way for this run, and man it kicked my ass! This was my first morning race, trail run, and half marathon, so it is safe to say it was a triple whammy. The race started out at a bright and early 8 am, much to the dismay of a friend and my mum; however, the trip went well since we didn't get lost this time compared to last time, maybe because my mom wasn't driving ( haha love you mom!), and made it before they were even done setting up the pavilion. Come to find out it had been raining like crazy for the previous 2 days so the trails were a disaster. 

The first aid station was 2 miles after the starting line which makes no sense whatsoever for the people doing the half marathon, since we were not making a loop around. So I skipped that aid station and hopped on the trail, which I quickly found out it is very different from the road. To anyone who has never ran on a trail it is 340.407% different from the road (yes that is a scientifically verified percentage). Me and about 15 other runners got lost and came out at the wrong spot on the road to the second aid station. Nevertheless we got to the aid station and drank our fill. I was unsure of how to go about refilling my water bottle since it was my first big race, and the first race I actually had the need to carry my handheld bottle, so I carried on hopping back on the trail and carried on my way, not knowing that decision was going to end up being detrimental to my finishing.

About twenty minutes after hopping on the trail I had finished what was left of my water, so I shrugged it off thinking nothing much of it, knowing I was over half way to the finish. I continued running and took a GU which in the state I was in seemed to drop like a brick in my stomach. After I fell back from the pack I was running with my motivation slipped and ended up walking more than I was running. It was at that point I realized I was no longer sweating, it was then I realized I was dehydrated. Which as Scooby Doo would say, it was a rut roh moment. Luckily I found an amphipod bottle that fell out of someone's running belt that had about 4 ounces in it. Gulped that down and had a bit of energy and got back to running. After about another ten minutes I made it to the final aid station. Which is about half a mile from the finish line. Which yet again, makes no sense whatsoever. I drank 2 of those dreaded mini-cups of water and went back to shuffling off. All of a sudden I saw someone walking towards me and it turns out it was our friend (Leslie) who rode with us. They were both getting nervous because it had been almost an hour since the time I said I should finish by, so he had come to find me. Around the same time, a friend from the running group I participate in drove by and gave me a bottle of water, which I hastily gulped much to the dismay of Leslie. Leslie ended up running with me for the last little bit before I saw the orange cones I thought "OH! The finish line!" and took off sprinting. I was wrong, it was only the start line. So once again I went back to my shuffle, as my stomach cramped up again. A few seconds later I heard the announcer giving out awards so I took off sprinting for the second time in about 90 seconds. Man! When I came into view sprinting as I was, I thought I was in the Olympics or something! With how everyone was cheering for me, whooping and clapping... That is until I slipped on the grass and slid; they soon turned into "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!" But it didn't matter I jumped to my feet and ran across the finish with yet another round of cheers.

Even though I ended up dehydrated, sore, heat stroke, and tired, I still did what I set out to do and that is to bring Barefoot Farm into a few minds. Being a part of this makes me want to be more involved in this charity. I truly believe this will be a charity I will be a part of for the years to come. Ambassador of sorts, who knows what the future will bring!

For more information on Barefoot Farm and what they do check out Barefoot Farm, or to donate check out Barefoot Farm Donation page No amount is ever too small!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Review - Aguias Spartan 1

Over the past couple weeks I have been trying out the Aguias Spartan 1 and I believe I have enough of an experience at this point to write a review on said product.

Busy Busy Busy Week(s)

Alright, long story short, I am behind on reviews, I am about 8 reviews behind at this point and time to start cracking down! Expect Aguias, Newton, and Ultimate Direction reviews this week, I feel I have enough information to do reviews on said products.

Haha Between reviews, my final long run before next weeks half marathon, a cookout at a friends place, and oh.. Thats right SCHOOL!

So stay tuned peeps!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Butterflies in my tummeh

About time I popped my head in again.

10 Great people and companies donated towards the Tarahumara cause I have mentioned in previous posts ( and the shirts have been ordered and should be here Thursday. Which ties into one of my grievances. I ordered 2 shirts, at the exact same time, the same order, yet they are being shipped in TWO DIFFERENT PACKAGES! As of now it is saying one will be here thursday, and the other will be here friday. What sense does that make!? *Takes a calm relaxing breath* Anyways, Race is on the 17th this month and I have finally worked up to the 13.1 miles needed for the half marathon, but my biggest worry is what if. I am fully capable of doing the half marathon, but what if one miniscule thing happens on that day that throws everything away on me? I went to try and do my run this morning, but my calves were incredibly tight where it left me only doing 2.5 miles, I am going to try and go out later today but still. What if I have an adverse effect to something present there, or it is just a bad run day?There are something you can prepare for, but other things you cannot. The cannots are getting at me, for the sheer fact I can prepare all month and then have the one thing I cannot control knocks me for a loop.