Adele is a Stalker

By February 1, 2016 Rants
Adele, Adele is a stalker, creepy Adele songs

I’ve never been one to follow trends. I zig when everyone else zags. I wear white pants whenever I feel like it. I march to the beat of my own drum. I do not follow along with the latest trends or celebrity gossip.

And I do not like Adele. Frankly, she scares me. While the rest of the world was bawling over “Hello,” I was sitting in my car scratching my head in confusion. This song isn’t romantic or sad—it’s creepy.

When I mentioned this unpopular opinion to my friend Rachel, she immediately responded with, “well, Adele is a stalker.” And with those words, I realized why Adele has always given me the heebie jeebies. She is a fucking stalker. Her songs always leave me feeling strange and a little empty inside, because now I realize she’s only one lyric away from a restraining order.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And Adele has clearly been scorned a time or twelve. Let’s walk through some of her more…intense lyrics together, shall we?

Hello—I must have called a thousand times / To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done

Holy hell, Adele, take a damn hint! The boy didn’t pick up the phone the first 1,000 times, why would he pick up now? Quit calling the poor fellow! He will not accept your apology—chalk it up as a loss and move on with your life.

I’ll Be Waiting—I’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to love me again / I’ll do everything different / I’ll be better to you

First of all, sweet cheeks, we don’t “do everything different” for our significant others. You do you, and if he doesn’t like it, it’s not meant to be. However! If you wronged him and that’s why he left, chances are the boy ain’t coming back.

Do You Remember—You left with no goodbye, not a single word was said

This particular ex of yours sounds like a smart cookie—he caught a whiff of your crazy and got the hell out of Dodge.

Someone Like You—I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited / But I couldn’t stay, I couldn’t fight it

Oh no! The poor bastard from the previous song didn’t get away after all. Girl, in your opening lines of the song you say that he’s married now. And you’re creepin’ outside his house. No. He better hide his kids, hide his wife.

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Pinterest came in clutch for this one

Make You Feel My Love—I could hold you for a million years / To make you feel my love.

Adele, this is truly why I dislike you. I’m not a big fan of covers. I’m even less of a fan when I love the original song. You turned one of my favorite Garth songs into a sinister lullaby. You’re dead to me.

Rolling In The Deep—You’re gonna wish you never had met me / Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

Ah, the crowning jewel. The song where you finally lose your shit and make actual threats. The song that may secure you a permanent spot on Tindr. The song that ironically won you a Grammy…

So what makes most women fawn over this batshit-crazy singer? Is it her silky voice? Do we secretly want to be her and cry and scream and rage and stalk every single man we’ve wronged? Are we that desperate? Surely not.

Goodbye, Adele.

Mountain Mist 50K Race Recap

By January 31, 2016 50k Training, Race Reports, Running, Trail Running, Ultra Training
Mountain Mist 50k, Monte Santo State Park, Huntsville, Huntsville trail running, trail running, ultra running, Alabama 50k,

Mountain Mist 50k—my first ultra of 2016 is in the bag! And boy, was it one hell of a race! The weekend turned out to be epic, and that’s no exaggeration. Northern Alabama got the sloppy seconds of Winter Storm Jonas, dumping a whopping inch an a half of ice and snow all over our parade. Which is laughable for the majority of the U.S., but brings Alabama to a grinding halt. The roads became an ice rink, forcing the city to postpone the race a day.

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Partying with the locals

This is where I have to pause my upcoming rambles and give a huge thanks to Dink, the race director, and all the volunteers who fought to keep the race from being cancelled and braved the impassable roads and cold to aid the runners. That is a first-class race, folks. Run this race next year and show your support!

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How cold was it? This cold.

I had heard that Mountain Mist was the toughest 50K in Alabama, and it certainly lived up to expectations. The snow and ice took a typically challenging course and transformed it into a sadistic wintery slip-n-slide lined with sharp rocks. In fact, Dink said that this year’s race was the hardest in its 22-year history. I’m not sure I’ll ever again get the chance to say that I raced a 50K in Alabama in the snow. So I chose a good year to finally give this one a try!

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Obligatory pre-race selfies

I registered for the race with some friendly peer pressure from Sally. Since I don’t really have a schedule until I pick my fall 100, I’m essentially mimicking her entire training plan for Vermont 100 to keep myself in shape. I’m like her shadow. Or a creepy stalker. But I digress.

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16 degrees and shorts, because SOTO (skies out thighs out)

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Warming up in every sense of the word

Sunday morning dawned frigid, but miraculously lacked the biting winds from the day before. Pokey the Prius made it up the icy mountain without incident, and we got to watch the sun rise over the mountains, which is always a great start to my day.

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Good morning, Alabama!

The first part of the race was a complete ice rink. We would have fared better in skates and hockey pads. Instead, we looked like a drunken mob of Wayne Gretzkys and Tara Lipinskis slipping and sliding and more often than not falling on our asses. It was counterintuitive—the “runnable” parts of the course turned into a hesitant tiptoe, and the technical sections became an “I’m glad I have life insurance!” strugglefest.

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But really, though

It was also breathtakingly beautiful. The trails had transformed into a winter wonderland, with snow clinging to the branches and large icicles hanging from the rocks. Sally and I kept screaming, “This is so pretty!” Which, in hindsight, may have dislodged the aforementioned icicles and killed someone.

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Trail porn

I made the common winter running mistake of not drinking enough water in my early miles, which left me both dehydrated and in a calorie deficit since I use Tailwind as fuel. So I was pretty damn cranky from about miles 6-11, which intensified as we hit a long-ass hill at mile 9 and I had an encounter with a sexist runner that left me feeling pretty stabby. But we reached the aid station at mile 11 where I refueled and changed my attitude, and I was fine from that moment on.

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Pretty power line trails

A lot of the middle miles of the race blended together in a mix of climbs, descents, slipping, and mudhole swimming. Which sounds like a dirty innuendo. My apologies. As the day warmed, the trails became a sloppy, muddy mess. It was straight out of the Forrest Gump shrimp scene—there was ice, melted ice, icy mud, muddy ice, pretty ice, killer ice, and rocky ice. The woods echoed the entire day with shouts of “Whoops!” and thuds as runners crashed to the ground.

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Muddy mud

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Icy mud

About halfway through the race, our friend Vanessa caught up with Sally and me, turning it into a Lady BUTS party! We even got to experience her famous second wind where she turns on her rocket boosters and takes off like a shot, leaving everyone else in her dust. Which came in very handy when we pulled into the aid station at mile 20 and learned we were approaching cutoff times. We were all like, “What the what?!” and put more pep in our step. That was a crazy and somewhat unnerving feeling for me—I knew I wasn’t running fast, but I was moving my frozen ass as quickly as I could given the conditions and my lack of training.

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Squeezing through some slots

One of the highlights of Mountain Mist is going up the Waterline Trail—a steep, rocky, scenic climb that’s not for those who are faint of heart or have a fear of heights. Throw in the fact that the waterfalls and rocks were completely iced over, and it became a death-defying spectacle that proves trail running is the toughest sport around (#sorrynotsorry, Sport-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named).

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Don’t go chasing frozen waterfalls

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Choose-your-own fate – free climbing up the rocks, or using the icy rope

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Tell me again how hard your WOD was?

It was so treacherous that Huntsville EMTs were positioned strategically along the climb to quickly aid any runners who fell. And one supposedly did and hit his head. Yikes!

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Hats off to you guys!

While Waterline is the part of the course that everyone talks about, I had heard that the following descent was even tougher. And holy hell was that accurate. A steep drop into a baby canyon was made that much harder by the fact that the trail was entirely mud-covered rocks. The good thing about being at the back of the pack was that I could see the skid marks of all the runners who had fallen, so I knew where not to step. Thanks, faster folks! Even so, I slid a few times and made good use of the trees to catch myself from falling to my death.

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Can’t beat the views, though

The final climb up the Death Trail was made more tolerable by the fact that the finish line was only 2.5 miles away. And the final aid station at the top of the hill had beer! If you think I’m going to choose a faster finish time over stopping and chugging a cold beer, then you’re sorely mistaken.

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Bottoms up!

Sally, Vanessa, and I took off as fast as the soul-sucking mud would allow us. We navigated slippery bridges, turned a few corners, and crossed the finish line at exactly 8 hours. We were greeted with beautiful hand-painted finisher awards, roaring fires, mountains of pizza, and cookie cake—Sally’s favorite!

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Hard-fought finish

All in all, it was a hell of a day. While 8 hours is my slowest 50k finish, I will proudly own it. A few years ago I trained my ass off for my 50k. This time, I did minimal training and felt the effects. You get out what you put in, eh? But my body still carried me 31+ miles and I had a wonderful weekend with my friends in the woods. That’s a win in my book.

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Cold BUTS

An Outsider’s Perspective of Outdoor Retailer

By January 28, 2016 Travels
Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, #ORShow, Salt Lake City, traveling with friends, #hikerchat, Olivia's Adventures

I have been to four Outdoor Retailer shows over the past two years, which means I have peppered you with multiple blog posts (read this and this if you’ve missed out) and have inundated you with enough photos to make you question if I actually have a job. I assume you all secretly hate me by now.

This past OR, however, was different. This time was special because I got to share my adventures with my sister, Natalie, and friend, Olivia. They are both the type of people who say, “I want to do (insert adventure here)!” and actually follow through with the plan.

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My travel buddies

I can’t say enough about how great my sister is. If you think your sibling is cooler, then you need to check yo’self. I have written countless times (here, here, and here, just to name a few) about how willing she is to come visit me at the drop of a hat. And OR was the perfect excuse for us to terrorize Utah.

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Coolest sisters around

Look up the definition of “badass” in the dictionary, and you’ll find Olivia’s picture. She is currently on a journey to complete 50 new things before turning 50 (I know!), and coming with me to Utah allowed her to cross a lot off her list. Follow Olivia’s Adventures here!

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Olivia’s personality perfectly captured in a photo

Mark Twain said, “I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” Marky Mark was spot-on. Nat and Olivia were an absolute blast to spend time with, and it was wonderful experiencing the show with them.

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Our favorite booth of the week – Cat Crap!

So instead of me blabbing to you about my trip for the umpteenth time, here’s a recap of OR from Nat and Olivia’s eyes:

Nat says:

Hands-down, the best part of Outdoor Retailer was all the people I met.

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Some pretty cool folks

It made me want to be like them.

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Goofy

It inspired me to get outdoors more and live a cooler life.

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Salt Lake snowflake

And wear more hats.

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Buck and me

Definitely more hats.

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Reppin’ Voormi and Ethnotek

And I looooooved being in the mountains!

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Sisters being sisters

Olivia says:

On our final descent into Salt Lake City, I could see the Wasatch Mountains peeking just above the clouds.

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First peak at Heaven!

Checked in at Base Camp (Metropolitan Inn)

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Home Sweet Home

My favorite magazine was waiting for me at the entrance of the OR Show!

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#Outside

Once inside, I was overwhelmed with all of the gear companies that could supply my adventures for the rest of my life.

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Outdoor heaven!

Oh and my people.  The #OptOutside people were there along with the coffeeheads of #CafeMugShot.

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Meeting Rob Krar

The photobooth with appropriate props.

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Hanging out with Brooks Running folks

And the parties!

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Experticity Whiskey Mixer

Knocked a couple of items off of my adventure list while in SLC too. Snowboarding lessons at Brighton Ski Resort with Natalie — $45 including equipment!

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On the slopes!

Survived snowboarding, now on to snowshoe hike with new friends including a little Mayhem.  Thanks  #TetonSports #TubbsSnowShoes #IOMerino and Shawn!

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Snowshoeing with #hikerchat

Our last outing before heading home  – A view of Salt Lake.  :-(

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At the top of Ensign Peak

The Score!  Of course I didn’t leave empty handed even though the experiences were more than enough.

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Stickers on stickers on stickers

Next stop? Summer OR Show??  Hopefully, I was a good guest.  :-)

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…or not?!

Resolution Run Recap – Darnell’s First Trail Race

By January 14, 2016 Race Reports, Running, Trail Running
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When I’m in town over the holidays, I always do the Resolution Run. What better way to start the new year than with Red Mountain dirt all over your calves and shoes? I’ve been running it since their first year when the park wasn’t even officially open and the trails were just muddy indications of what was to come.

The Resolution Run was a fun morning on the trails for me. I ran a 20k feeling decent despite nursing a cold, then turned around and ran 10 more miles the next day. My body is officially ready for the 2016 racing season!

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Let’s kick off 2016 with a trail party!

But this race wasn’t about me. My running mama Darnell decided after seeing me finish Pinhoti 100 that she needed a reprieve from the roads and wanted to try some trail races. And like a good adopted daughter, I promised to run with her every step of the way.

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Darnell’s shadow

Running the Resolution Run with Darnell turned an otherwise cold and uneventful run into something much more. It was like seeing and experiencing trails for the first time again.

Every loose rock, ankle-twisting root, and slippery leaf pile made me grit my teeth and throw frantic glances backwards to make sure Darnell was still upright. The sunlight filtering through the barren tree branches, the vibrant new grass growing alongside the path, and the steam rising off our frozen yet sweaty bodies made me fall in love with trails all over again.

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It’s rare to find exposed single track in Alabama

We ran with Sally, who had only two days prior raced and PRed a 50k. I’m thrilled to watch her train for her first 100 this summer, because that girl is going to make it look like an easy stroll through the park!

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Three Musketeers

I loved being out there showing Darnell Red Mountain. I felt like a tour guide—showing my favorite patches of trail, pointing out the jeep roads where people mysteriously run “trails” so fast, reminding her that it’s perfectly acceptable to walk on Ike.

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Learning to walk power line hills

Let me tell you, Darnell killed it out there. She’s a trail natural—her footing was sure, and her strong and compact (read: tiny) body makes it easy for her to power up hills. I told her none of this during the race, however, because I didn’t want to make her self-conscious and have her start second-guessing herself.

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Bombing hills like a pro

I kept asking Darnell if she was enjoying herself. And when she’d call back “YES!”, I’d silently breathe a sigh of relief. Because while I don’t necessarily expect her to love trails as much as I do, I do want her to at least understand why I prefer dirt over pavement. Trails are so much more demanding and difficult (as she’d tell you), but they also have so much more to offer.

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Road runs sure don’t look like this

As my watch beeped over to the halfway mark, I sighed and said, “Ugh, that’s it?” I was sick, remember? Meanwhile, Darnell looked at her mileage and said, “Already!?” Despite our slower-than-roads pace, the miles were flying by for her. That’s when I knew she was hooked.

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Home stretch

So there I was, sandwiched between a friend training for her biggest challenge yet and a friend just starting her journey on the trails. It was a good day.

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Finish line celebration

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I made Darnell a finisher’s award from a rock on the trail

Lessons from Archie

By January 13, 2016 Positive Thoughts
Golden Retriever, cancer in dogs, tripod dog, tripawd, loss of pet

Last night, my family lost our beloved Archie. He was a goofy, gimpy, three-legged rescue Golden Retriever who meant the world to us.

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First photo of the little butterball

We found out five weeks ago that Archie had cancer. A tumor had burst in his spleen, and vets gave him only hours to live. Instead, in true Archie fashion, he rallied, his internal bleeding stopped, and he lived five more weeks full of life and love and treats and trips to the park and gourmet meals.

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Christmas selfie with his big schnoz

When we first found out how sick he was, my sister asked if it was worth it to own a dog if this would be the end result. And it always is the end result. Puppies leave us much too soon.

I thought for a moment and said yes, always. Because puppies give us love, and love is always worth it. Loving is the bravest thing we can do, especially knowing our hearts will be broken. But we should do it anyway, because love makes life rich and worth living.

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Arch and his toy on guard duty

Puppies love us instantly, without question, with all their hearts. And they teach us humans to do the same. In Archie’s short but full 9.5 years, he filled our house and hearts with joy and taught us so many valuable lessons that we’ll carry forever.

He taught everyone that it doesn’t matter if you’re weird or handicapped or a little different, life is fun and you should face every day with a gimpy smile.

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Such a ham

He taught us if you fall, hop right back up and keep going.

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No joke – fastest dog at the dog park

He taught us how to fashionably wear cartoon shirts.

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He used to wear kid’s t-shirts (not pictured!) after his shoulder amputation – most fashionable pup around

He taught us to take life’s leash in your own mouth, er, hands.

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Arch always walked himself home

He taught us that the good people in the world who rescue animals vastly outweigh the bad people who intentionally harm them.

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He and my dad were inseparable

He taught us to laugh at ourselves and our shortcomings.

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The time I found his missing leg

So grab your furry friends tonight and give them a big hug. Try to be more patient when they sniff every tree and pee on every bush. Sneak them a bite of your dinner. Smell their stinky little paws.

And most of all, love hard.

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Gnawing off his other leg, because, symmetry

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Fighting over who got to walk our new brother

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His favorite place to sleep was on top of our heads

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Or hugging us

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How he was found – exposed bone and nonstop bleeding. People suck.

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Like all siblings, we got along

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Sometimes

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He held his own against teasing from the other dogs

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So until the next life

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Goodbye, sweet baby Archie

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