Tuesday, December 25, 2012


NORAD Tracks Santa reported that Santa was back at the North Pole, so it seemed safe to go out for a run.  We didn't wear our headlamps as it was starting to get light.  George had 9 planned, so he saw me over the bridge and asked me if I wanted to follow him into the trails.  I wanted to, but thought for a quick second I didn't really know what I had in me today, so we parted ways.

As I ran, I remembered as a kid leaving Miller Lite and Saltines with the plastic wrapped type cheese out for Santa. I don't know why this popped in my head, but it made me laugh inside.  I bet my father enjoyed that little snack.  My mind just continued on of so many wonderful Christmas memories and joy.  Although I know my parents scrimped and saved for presents for us, I can't remember a one, but only remember the happiness of the day.  As I continued to relive so many Christmas memories, I didn't even realize it had begun to snow.  I looked down and the white snowflakes on my fleece just made me smile.

Running was great today and effortless.  I probably got in five to six and I consider it a great Christmas present to myself.  I found peace, joy and happiness throughout. 

Wishing y'all the merriest of merry and joy throughout the day ahead.  If you're able to get out and run today, I hope you also consider it a great present to yourself.

Keep dreaming!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Not a creature was stirring...

We got out early this morning.  With Jedi leading the way, we hit a bit of trail to go over the super neat bridge as the lake/rocks were iced over.  The only thing of note other than awesome was interestingly enough there was only one star in the sky...ummmm.  I headed home so I could shower and sign on to work and George continued on.  As I arrived home, could it be, that one star was twinkling.  Perfect!

Wishing you a day of twinkling stars, it's just too good!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

What do you have in your hands now?

After diddling around far to long this morning, I got out for a run.  Pep is still among the missing, but it was really nice out.  Surprisingly, the lake was high, so I circled back and used the awesome new bridge the snowmobilers built.

While running up the hill, a car passed me and stopped on their way heading down.  They said to me, ''we thought you might wonder why we were driving up your street.''  I told them I wasn't. I went on to explain, '' I live on the other side and I figured you were looking at the house for sale up there.''  Don't ask me why I felt the need to explain, but I did. In my head,  I had already figured it out and didn't really need to know anything else.  They explained to me they thought people maybe looking for answers from God because of the recent events and handed me a pamphlet.  I took it and was interested to see if it did have the answers.  I anxiously read it while I continued on, disappointed to find no answers but an advertisement to buy a book from their religious organization.

I continued to ponder and read as I ran still hoping I would find something.  I heard George call out to me, ''what do you have in your hands now?''  He got home from work as I was out and must changed quickly and got out.  I told him what I had and told him to beware, they were going to get him too.  We decided his response would be he didn't need the paper or any answers because he was a Jedi.  He didn't end up seeing them.

Onward and upward.

Keep dreaming.

Monday, December 17, 2012


The Hokas have a great grip in the snow!

I got out for my usual super early, still dark up and around and Pace.  It was beautiful out.  Although difficult to see with the headlamp and snow falling...ahhhhh....so nice!

Hope ya'll get to enjoy some new snow running, it's a great way to start the week.

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


If I was baking instead of running, I was missing the baking powder. Pep was the main ingredient lacking in my run today. 

Before heading out, I went through Jamie's blog roll as I usually do.  I read Danielle's blog and she wrote about the recent events in such a thoughtful way.  I read over my latest post which was probably written just as events were unfolding on Friday.  It seems unimaginable in a few short moments, I would be reading on FB something so horrific was happening. 

Today's run lacked pep.  But that's ok.

Keep dreaming.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hello Love!

Three minutes before leaving work yesterday I received an email ''need for a meeting tomorrow'', ick.  Sure I could have blown it off, but I had good stuff to share.  :)  Thank you at home access.

As George headed out this morning, I fired it up and compiled an email, so I could start the cleansing process.  We agreed, he would meet up with me at some point.  I finished up and headed out, I continued sorting through the week in my head.   As I made it to the other and went up the hill heading down the road I bumped into George!    He took the lead, using hand signals we weaved our way through the trails.  Soon my work angst disappeared to what I love.  GREAT run weaving and following and feeling strong!

Do what you love, love what you do.  Yep!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Then there were no stars

I got out this morning early.  It was quite dark.  I figured it was cloudy.  Half way through my run I looked up and there were stars.  What a nice surprise.  As I ended my run, they were gone, so guessing it is cloudy now!

Temp was awesome as was the run.  After a Tree Trimming weekend of family and friends in MA, it was nice to get out this morning to peace and stillness.  We were sad to miss the TMR event and miss all that awesomeness, but yesterday ended in the excitement of the MMT lottery drawing with George, Ian, Bob and Tom Page getting in.  It's exciting to see everyone getting excited and training for events once again.

Wishing you a day of lucky stars!  As they say this time of year, Believe.

Keep dreaming.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A follower

I'm lucky my New York based boss has allowed me some flexibility working although PTO isn't allowed this month.  So today found me adjusting my work with George's schedule and getting out with him again.

Lately, I've tended to do my usual routes and paths, but with a Jedi in the lead going off the beaten path is a given.  I weebled and wobbled as I did my best to keep up on the first of the year frozen trails.  At times I found myself  ''intensly thinking'' and slipping behind,  but would then see George circling back for me.  This would make me smile inside.  It was quite cool to see the snowmobilers were out working on the trails and we were happily surprised to see a pretty impressive bridge.

A great run following and exploring!

Wishing you all a fun filled following type of day!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Following a Jedi

Although I got up super early, I went to bed super early, so all was well.  I signed on a bit and worked and headed out around 4:30.  I was pleased George's work schedule allowed him to run with me this morning.

The beam on the head lamp is great and I kept him in my field of vision the whole run.  The air was crisp, the run was great!  The last half mile, he said, ''hang tough and run it in strong.''  I did exactly  that!  I'm thankful for a bit of speed work and of course his company in the dark, along with him not letting me dilly dally.  Luckily we were back before what seemed to be an earthquake.

Have a great day and remember to hang tough throughout your day.  You'll be a better person for it!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


George convinced me not to set my alarm last night which was I good move. When I'm not working, I need to remember if I'm sleeping a bit later, I must need it.

I had a short window of time to get out and run.  Christmas Craft Fairs were waiting for me. 

It felt great to be out.  Since my focus was running, not much dreaming occurred.  I hit the start of a few snowflakes and at one point looked down and was happily surprised to see tiny white snowflakes against my black pants and red fleece.  It made me so happy!

Right after that moment of happiness, I heard a little grunt and a tiny pugish, probably bulldog was at my heels.  A flash of a second happening, but in my mind for some reason, I saw him run off with a tiny Santa hat on his head.  Of course, this wasn't the case, but that was my dreaming moment.

Totally grateful for stepping out the door to a happy world!

Wishing you all a the same!  Happy Dec 1st!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Who's out at 4?

Seriously, three cars drove by me this morning which made for a quicker pace than usual.  I suppose that's good though.

I procrastinated getting out in the cold, although I had looked forward to it.  Xar's blog entry was sort of short, so after I read it twice I headed out.  Although the moon is full (?) clouds were covering.  It didn't take too long to warm up, I was overdressed, but that's ok, the air was beautiful.  So thankful for the ability to get out and run..aaahhhh.  I didn't want to go back in, so I stretched a bit outside enjoying the crisp air.

Hustle and bustle in the 'boro lately.  We took an unplanned trip to NYC and as usual it was great.  It was quite hard to realize a few weeks back things weren't bustling in NYC.  I love our trips and unplanned stops while we are there.  One of my morning stops at GMA featured Kid Rock.  I must admit I like his duet with Sheryl Crow, probably the only reason I know him, other than his marriage to Pamela Anderson.  I laughed so hard to myself when an older gent next to me told his wife it was Boy George.  I'm sure Kid wouldn't appreciate that likeness.

I think the saying is opposite, but good things come in threes, so today is going to be a great day.  Hope it is for you too!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Running with our dogs

Today had me running with thoughts of our dogs.  I don't know why, but they have been on my mind lately and especially today.  As I passed George, we high fived and I know he often does the same when he runs.  Howie was his constant companion on the trails.

I am very thankful they decided to pick us.  Life is different without them, but the memories are still vivid.  The doggie pitter patter and wagging tails never go away.

I hope you all have a day filled with the happiness of  a wagging tail!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Peaceful Slog

I got up and out super early and it was pitch dark.  I had no idea the temp, could be warm, could be cold, so I dressed in between.  It was quite warm, but every once in awhile there was a really strong, nice wind.  I really was overdressed.

I've been Hokaing along, getting used to the feel.  No real distance and today was an up around and Pace slog.  The feet felt great, it's amazing the big shoes are so light.  They seem to fit great, it's just different.  At times, in the dark I knew I was moving, but it did take some effort to get from here to there and back here. I thought maybe I should be giving it a little more effort. It was a slog.  But it was peaceful and I did it.

Have a great day whatever you find yourself slogging through.  Some days are just meant for slogging!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Time to Fly

For me just putting on Hokas is fun.  Seeing the Time to Fly on the inner sole really makes me smile.  Their marshmallow goodness is just down right cheery. 

I went for a jaunt over the other and up the hill.  Blazed in orange, I look forward to tomorrow to go longer. Even though I stay on the dirt roads and pray the hunters around practice safety, it's just too easy I feel to be over zealous.

As I type, I hear multiple shots.  As I was heading back from my run, I also heard a rapid succession of shots.  I have mixed feelings about hunting, but could only think with sadness, ''time to fly little deer, time to fly.''

Wishing y'all a safe run filled with goodness!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Merry and Bright

The week has me waiting for a big box from Zappos.  Said box arrived, but the shoes were too big.  Hopefully tonight a fitting size will arrive.  After my hot poker feet at SC, I'll try some Hoka Love!

Today had me doing a short romp over the other and up the hill.  I headed out to sunny brightness and the glow of blaze orange.  An awesome day.

The Stone Cat run has made me feel really merry and bright.  Hard to explain, but some amazing break through has occurred, not sure what, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Wishing you merriness and brightness to you day!

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Running Many Miles Makes Me Happy...Stone Cat Report

My training consisted of pre-dawn jaunts, runs filled with fun including blueberry picking and unexpected finds and the typical slug fest runs, all I would have no other way.  I did ignore the fact, I really needed some new shoes which probably wasn't the best idea.

Although the real back of the packer of the Trail Monster crew it was tons of fun to represent.  One of the volunteers at the start/finish aid station was asking how many had descended upon the hallowed grounds of the infamous Stone Cat event. He particularly enjoyed seeing the FB post on the TMR page, ''We're here, ready to kill it''.    Thanks Volunteer guy for the props!  Kill it they did, great day and beyond amazing runs for all!  PR's all around, well except for me.  :)

The pre-race vibe was awesome.  Seeing all the TM's excited to run and seeing friends made from years past, it was great!  I was pleased with the later 26.2 start, as I really didn't need my headlamp. I dropped my headlamp and I said to ''the crew'' (Triple S), ''it will be light by the time I get in there'' worked out perfectly.  Ryan's remark when I said this made me smile for quite awhile into the start/run, ''that's awesome!''  Thanks Squirrel for taking the headlamp from me.

The start amazingly fun, filled with awesome vibes.  It seemed many of  ''my peeps'' weren't running this year.  Maybe this was contributed to the fact the race filled up in record time or maybe some have retired, due to age, from the distance.  I tend to think it was the registration filling up.  :)

First lap was great, I  arrived half way to be greeted by the TMR aid station crew.  Mindy ran out to meet me, loved it!  Val took a pic, loved it!  Ryan served me pancakes and bacon, loved it!  I opted to skip the bacon, but dreamt of it throughout the second lap.

Although I got a major pain in the lower left butt, Bio-Freeze totally took care of this when I got to the half.  The first loop was fun.  I broke the race down by aid station miles and this worked well for me.  I ran behind a friend from last year and this was fun.  I also ran with Stu for a bit and we had some interesting conversation.  I enjoy this race, as it seems I'm able to stumble upon MA connections and it's fun to catch up on life in MA.  Stu was a cool guy. 

Second loop my feet started to kill and I tried to channel into all my running idols.  I wondered how 100's are accomplished with overall foot pain which of course is part of a 100.  Today as I type they are still burning.  Bio-freeze on feet might be a plan.

Five miles to go, I had a coke, and it was near done.  I was happy.  I knew my time had dropped considerably, at one point, Stu told me, I was on pace for a PR, but it wouldn't be.  I teared up with 2 miles to go as I saw Wash doing the course and asked him for some inspiration.  He slapped me five, offered it was one section of single track and then onto to the double and you are there...perfect, unimaginable moment to guide me to the finish.

I finished as I started, filled with good vibes, happy, back of the pack!   Totally awesome!

GAC crew, great race, great course markings, great volunteers throughout, awesome hoodie! 

TMR's amazing people, amazing races, amazing fun gathering at the finish,  perfect day!

OK, that's done, time to send in the Bradbury Snow Series app!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Season Finale

Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true.

Today I find myself pondering many things, but particularly the end of this year's running season. A good size TMR contingent will be traveling to MA tomorrow for the Stone Cat 50 and 26.2.  Stone Cat always seems to me to be the season finale.   I hope everyone has the day of their dreams!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bouncing along

We headed out a tad before lightness to ensure no stumbles into down wires.  Although we don't have any power, all was well. 

My quick jaunt around was great.  It's extremely warm out with a gentle wind.  The only thing out of place aside from a very few down branches came home with me for fun.  George came upon me, while he shook his head, I just smiled, bouncing along to the buzz of generators.

Keep dreaming!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Candle in the window

Songwriter: JOHN C. FOGERTY
Put a candle in the window, but I feel I've got to move.
Though I'm going, going, I'll be coming home soon,
'Long as I can see the light.

The house was pretty cranked up due to George stoking up the wood stove before he left for work, so I had no idea what the temp or weather was like outside.  For fun, I put a candle in the window prior to leaving in case the wind and rain made it hard to see my way home.

It was quite beautiful out.  Temp actually seemed warmish with a cool not sure if it were rain sprinkles or fog.  Along with a small consistent wind, the perfect conditions for a relaxing run.  I no longer fear the darkness, I've just learned to not think about it.  But today, although the moon wasn't visible, it did seem not so dark, there was a calm lightness.

Enjoyable run!

Keep dreaming!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Found it today and it doesn't get much better.  Hope you do too!
Keep dreaming!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Seeing Beyond

I was happy to get out this morning to do a peaceful run.  I was looking forward to the run, but was even more inspired to get out after reading Pathfinder's post this morning.  I was also determined not to get spooked in the dark. 

It was really dark and foggy.  But I accomplished my goal by just trying not to see beyond.  I happily ran living in the moment, enjoying the present and really not searching for anything out the dark.  If something was going to come eat me, so be it.  I was so in that meditative state a few times I really got disoriented.  It was kind of cool in a weird so of way as I chose it not to be scary.  Overall, a really great run and just what I needed.

Excitement this weekend.  The BBU!!!  So I gotta get ready now as George and I are heading over to help with pre-race prep!!

Hope you all have a beyond great day!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blinking Lights

I was super excited to get up this morning and use the new head lamp George ordered through REI.  It had the blinking light in the back just like Scout's.  Although I really didn't need to have the back blinkers on, I put them on for the fun of it.

As soon as I was out, I realized it was really dark this morning.  The headlight worked great as far as the beam, but I wished I had worn my glasses so I could see as far as the beam was shining. 

I crossed over the lake and immediately saw blinking little lights.   Was it actual lights or little eyes.  I couldn't tell and then realized they were some sort of eyes.  Were they darting towards me, I couldn't tell. I high tailed it back, feeling like I was running madly while I kept glancing back to make sure it wasn't after me.  I continued on and continued to see little eyes everywhere.  I soon wished in addition to the back blinking lights the headlamp had some little warning sound to scare little eyes away from me.  I then wondered if my, ''in case I get lost at the Bruiser whistle'' would have made me feel more secure. 

Towards the end of my run, I finally decided like Squirrel had plotted about ''ice pants'', I would invent an attachment for the headlamp like an old school transistor radio.  If only an ipod could make outside sound, I think that would work.  Something small and with sound surely would scare away those little blinking lights.

Well at least I got out, but I can't say it was the most relaxing run ever.

It's surprisingly warm out, so enjoy your day!

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Good luck and more

On my run this morning, I glanced down and saw a shiny penny.  So strange at that exact moment there it was.   I'm lucky for much and do often think there are no little things in life.

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things - a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a newsstand - I am tempted to think - there are no little things”    Bruce Barton

Keep dreaming!






Friday, October 12, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom

''Just get out and keep your ears open''  Jedi

I was excited last night to wake up and go out this morning in the dark.  I needed to run and in the dark.

I couldn't find my ipod and started a frantic search.  George said, ''just get out and keep your ears open.''  This was just what I needed.  The sound of the wind, the crunch of the leaves, the different crunch of the pine needles...all of it,  just what I needed.

Hope you too have a day keeping your ears open.  You might just hear what you need to hear!

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

It is cold!

I got up early enough to ensure 2 hours of running in the dark.  I just love it!  It was really cold and I thought foggy, until I realized it was my breath that was making it hard to see with the head lamp. 

GREAT morning run.  It did amaze me to see a guy on the other side outside smoking a cig. He made me jump.  This seems to be maybe the last hurrah for visitors, I think for some it's a long weekend.  I noticed more cars around the lake this weekend than we've seen normally.

After running, I came home put on long pants and went down to take Cricket out for a run which probably added another mile.  My neighbor was at her daughter's for awhile, but things didn't work out so she's home again, so I'll do what I can to help with Cricket.

I think I'll take a quick ride for a DD Pumpkin Coffee.  A great treat after a decent run!

I thought it was suppose to be rainy today, it surely isn't, so I hope you get out and enjoy this beautiful day!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Trash Run

CMP was out during the week tree trimming. So with things trimmed back it was quite noticable as I ran that I need to do a trash run some day.  I thought about this for most of my run as I was noticing cans and such along the dirt road on the other side.    As I was heading back from ''over the other'',  I  paused to look at the foliage and this rusted and crushed up wire fence or something to see if I could see an image of something in it.  As I was focusing on the wire thingie, I noticed this other wire/metal thing and thought maybe it was a power line something or other.  I looked closer and saw quite the find and of course it needed to come home with me.

Throughout the rest of the run as a carried my treasure with me, I kept looking behind, as I knew at any time, George would come upon me and be shaking his head.  And just as expected, he did and said, ''I'm not saying anything.''  I'll post a pic once I have have it all cleaned up.  It's really a pretty nice brass log carrier and with some imagination has TM footings.  Of course, I'll use it as a wool carrier.  :)

The run about was good, but the trash couldn't have gotten any better!

Hope your day is trashy, in a good way!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Best Day of the Week

George headed out before me and after minimal puttering I headed out.  I love experiencing the difference a day can make.  I developed a migraine yesterday, went to bed super duper early and slept it off. 

With headlamp on I headed out.  I saw another headlamp coming towards me on the other side and remarked to George as we met up, ''isn't it beautiful'' and he replied, ''best day of the week.''  Amazingly it is in many ways.

OUTSTANDING run, especially heading back with George at a quicker pace.

Hope you all experience a ''best day of the week'' type of day!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blinded by the light..

I got out this morning, a tiny tad later than I wanted.  The powers of FB had connected me with a couple of friends from way back and I wanted to respond to their messages.  FB is amazing, but it also often makes me face real life at times and hear but not quite understand that bad things do happen to good people.

I did my up and around and Pace.  While doing pace a car drove by me.  In my head, I did know it was the paper delivery person, but I took precautions by heading into a driveway.  I also ran into my neighbor going to work and his headlights blinded me.  So a bit of obstacle coursing this morning.  I also saw a tiny, tiny pair of shiny eyes...this made me smile today!

The moon is amazing.  When the cloud cover moved, the lightness around me was quite noticeable.  I looked up as much as a could without coming to a halt, the sky was amazing.  It just spoke Fall.  Ahhh...so nice.

OK, time to start another day..well, I still have 14 minutes to dream.

I hope you enjoy a beautiful Maine Fall day!

Keep dreaming!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fresh Air, Times Square

I really appreciate the still dark morning fresh air.  I guess I really, really enjoy night running or at least running in the dark.

After settling back from the world wind NY tour, I surprisingly notice how much the trees have changed in the course of the week.  Although ''I love New York'', it feels so great to breathe crisp Maine air.

It's back at it today, so I got up early and did a quick up and around and Pace.  I saw two little eyes towards the end and I wasn't phased at all. I was so happy to be out. There's just something about having the world to yourself!  Although, I couldn't see the moon, it didn't seem so dark, maybe those city lights are still in my brain.

Have a great day!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Virgil Quick Come See!

I copied this from the Town of Virgil website, ''Our American culture got it’s start in places like Virgil, New York and the qualities of our early settlers can still be seen in the people who live here today. Their pioneer spirit, civic-mindedness, and friendly hospitality live on in today’s Virgil residents.''  Ummm..sounds alot like the Trail Monsters.  A perfect fit for amazing team, amazing spirit, amazing accomplishments and fun!

The journey began at the Virgil Fire Station where, drop bags were left and race pics were taken and bibs were picked up.  Appropriately freebie bumper stickers Squirrel eyed said, ''It ain't for Sissies.''  The TMR crew probably would need to look up the definition of the word sissies as there were none among this crew. Excitement at packet pickup was right on cue and went smoothly.

We headed to Hairy Tony's for pre race eating. An odd name for a restaurant, but decent food.  The pickings of the group ranged from salad, sammies, fish and chips, quesadillas, pizza and a huge slab of beef (David's choice, of course).  The food seemed to fit the bill and it was on to early retirement for the next day's events.

TMR's converged at the start/finish in darkness, lit by well powered headlamps and James bedazzled TMR tee.  It was chilly but the vibes were warm.  They were off and running soon around the lake into the trails.  Story told, Scout's Bada$$ got grabbed by a stranger at the start.  Rick and I headed to a random spot for the first sighting and Ian went on to organize crewing/support/pacer/all around TMR leader duties.

Although as per usual my sense of where it was was way off, we arrived in time to see James' bling, David (for a quick glimpse), Joe and the ''Just for Fun'' gang all go past.  All were already enjoying their journey or focusing on their goals whatever the case was for each.

We then headed to Lift House aid station. I was quite pleased to have Bruce (Rick) drive George's car for me, due to my directionally challenged especially in foreign areas driving skills. We arranged the ''Just for Fun'' drop bags so they would be in an easy to find group.  Ian was quick to notice the turn to the aid station didn't seem well marked and ran to the end of the road to ensure the lead runners headed in.  I was majorly impressed with Ian's RD insight and sense of detail. 

It didn't taken long to see, TMR bling.  James looked awesome.  David, truth be told, looked frantic and fast, Joe, was well Joe, strong, steady pace, unmistakable stride and along came the gang, Scout, Squirrel and George, all looking outstanding.  It was fun to see them all looking so great!  Ian was helping everyone and soon they were all out and headed up and up all in great spirits.

Bruce headed back as he was hooking up with the '' Fun Group'' at some point to get some miles in.  I dropped him at the hotel and my 15 minute trek back turned into much longer by getting lost, but finally making it back to the hotel to do some status updates and check out of the hotel.

I headed back to the start finish, daring not to attempt any aid stations for fear of getting lost and during this time throughout waiting for the 100 milers completed the Acorn Hat. :)

Ryan updated me on the progress of all runners and was sure to let me know George's status throughout.  He amazingly was able to give me rough ideas of when the 100 milers would arrive.  First to come in was James.  I was so proud to be associated with the TMR group and James as he was one of the 100 mile leaders.  Surprisingly, James had to ask where he should go and I feel like I crazily was screaming ''this way James.''  His aid station stop was swift and he was out looking fresh and fast to his next 50.

David was next to come in.  I remember feeling a little nervous, but reminding myself, this was already 50 miles.  I couldn't tell if he was limping.  Mindy and Josh were amazing, they attended to his every need.  I snapped a pic and didn't want to interrupt any of their prep for the next 50 miles.  So I went back to my car and which was front row to observe him heading out sometime later.  The story has it, he ate a full BBQ dinner at this point.

I waited for Joe and checked with Ryan for an update.  I got out of the car and waited for a bit and then checked with check in after checking and rechecking his number.  They didn't have him coming in yet.  I went into the barn and he was aid station grazing. I was told later, he snuck in from the side and they missed him.  Again, not wanting to break any 100 mile mojo body and mindset I didn't know if I should approach him.  I tried snapping a pic, but he moved past me.  Then the funniest and maybe scariest part of my whole VC100/50 happened.  I wanted to pass along the fact that Ryan was updating TM nation via FB to Joe as I sensed he may have hit a bad patch.  Last year relaying Ryan's play by play of the race and funny quips on the TMR site really helped bring George out of a funk.  So I say to Joe (nervously, as he caveman style is ripping a chunk of bagel with his teeth). ''Ryan's following you'', Joe, ''who's Ryan?'', me nervously, ''Triffitt''...Joe, ''oh ya.''  Me horrified, ''how ya doin'''...Joe, ''alright''...I then watched him move on and back out.  I nervously reported back to TM control headquarters, Ryan.  Ryan of course responded, ''LOL.  Then he's doing what he should."   Phew...I could let that whole scene go....this was typical for Joe.

A bit later, while checking times in the barn, I ran into Bruce again.  We then began our nervous waiting for the ''Just for Fun Gang.''  Bruce had a rough idea of around 14 hours and George was about a 1/2 hour behind.  We had a few false alarms, but had fun trying to detect them by the height range of headlamps for S&S.  Bruce finally determined them coming in and it was confirmed with Val's back blinking light. It seemed to me their pace was quite strong and quick which was a great sight. He went down to meet them.  I ran to the finish to attempt a pic in the dark.  They arrived and quickly headed to the hotel to shower.  Chafing was bad from their 50 mile jaunt and it was quite cold at this point. I was sure to urge them out of the cold, although they wanted to wait for George.  I knew George was fine and wouldn't want them in the cold.  Bruce escorted them to the car like the Rock Stars they were.  50 miles done and they were perfectly normal.

Shortly later, I headed to the point coming up from the lake where some people head onto the road, instead of the path to the finish.  (This is how Joe came in during my infamous sighting of him.  He also headed out the same way, but I wasn't going to tell him any different).  I was pretty glad to be there, as I was able to direct a few in the right direction.  Before I knew it, George came up, said, ''hi'', recognized it was me standing in the dark and went on in and finished up in good spirits.  50 miles done.

We all then converged at the resort. and went on James watch.  We figured maybe 2 a.m., so Mindy, George and I traveled down at 1:30.  It was kind of hard getting updates, but we some how figured out it would be later than we planned.  We went back and then back out at least one more time and then waited.  I'm not quite sure of time. We were told, the 2nd place guy had dropped and James was second.  We cheered the winner and then crazily cheered the next runner, but then realized it wasn't James.  Second place guy hadn't dropped.  Scout at some point before 2nd place guy joined the watch and we all squished in our Virgil and NYC bound packed car.  We dozed off and on, over explained our rumbling stomachs, drank kind of rough coffee and nibbled on day old Tim bits. 

We somehow anticipated James' arrival and he came in to his amazing 3rd place finish.  100 mile finishes believe it or not can be anticlimactic for the first finishers as most spectators are either sleeping to rest up for a finish or crewing their guy.  It was pretty crazy though, we cheered wildly and maybe even shed a tear or two. We headed back, went out for breakie and went back to wait for David.  Ian assured us, he would be in shortly. Ian had paced him through the night, so we knew he was fine.

David arrived with Mindy (the other Mindy) completing an amazing 7th place first time 100 mile finish.  Covered in dried up mud with his most amazing and devoted crew, Mindy, he finished all smiles, hugs and again, maybe a few tears (at least on my part  :) ).  We all checked out his buckle and admired his accomplishment.   I really have to mention the devotion of Mindy (the other Mindy's) crewing.  Simply amazing!

At this point, we heard Joe was going to be a bit.  With little to no sleep, we opted to head out for our NYC 3:00 check in to avoid any night driving.  But, with no doubt, Joe finished his 3rd 100 of the year.  I'm sure he's got a good story to tell!

All and all, a great time, amazing and inspiring weekend!  Go TMR Ultra Group!!

Keep dreaming!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NYC, the way after

Since this isn't a race report really, I'll start with some highlights of the way after of the VC100 and 50.

We always travel to NYC after big races.  Although this wasn't a 100 for George, it was a big event so we went per our usual ritual. 

Since we (I) had slept less the an hour in 24 hours, we got to NYC and got right out after checking in.  We headed where ever and found ourselves in the middle of an Italian Street Festival.  It semi-blew our minds.  From Italian we then rambled along the outskirts of China Town and Canal Street.  Along the way, we ate a $1.00 slice of pizza from 2 Brothers Pizza. Always fresh, always hot, always tasty.  We decided we would head back to the hotel, take a nap and head out later.  Being so exhausted, we slept until 3.  

Since we were in the city that never sleeps, we headed to a favorite restaurant, Empanada Mama's.  It's open 24 hours and difficult to get into during ''normal hours''.  This was AWESOME.  We rambled through NYC, Times Square like we owned it.  People were around, but hardly any.  We witnessed our first NYC rat, scampering past us in Times Square.  At the restaurant, George got a breakfast offering, I got full on empanadas, guac, plantains,  and a side of yellow rice.  While there, we had front row seats to some drunken after bar peeps who kept having fist fights.  It was our entertainment. It did make me a little nervous.  They were at outside seats, so luckily we were inside.  We also had espressos, so we were powered to keep going. 

At some point George headed back, I went off exploring, shopping and visiting GMA.  The days blended, and we walked tons.  While heading down from walking over the Brooklyn Bridge one of the days, NYC PD were heading up, someone was up there threatening to jump. I've heard tons of jokes over the years about such things, but this really saddened me.  The pedestrian path was then shut down, helicopters were overhead and the street traffic was outrageous as sirens abound.  We randomly walked into City Hall to use the bathroom.  Who knew there would be a line for marriage licenses and people waiting to be married.  It was so cool, I even shed a few tears as couples of all kinds were getting married.  I imagined this may be where they shot, Carrie and Mr. Big getting married. I more than totally loved this random experience.  Other highlights involved a trip to Chinatown in search of dumplings, fittingly dubbed, ''The DumplingTour.'' We found the best dumplings, being hand rolled by an older women, priced at an unimaginable 5 for $1.00, they were delish.  No celeb spotting, (except GMA celebs and guests) but walked through the hustle and bustle of the President's trip and motorcade throughout town that day.  I wanted to hang around the excitement, but we didn't.  We walked a ton of side streets and found tons of cool things. I was randomly selected to be interviewed by Billy on the Street.  It all happened so quick. I had no idea what was happening and answered the question about Katy Perry's cat's name wrong. I may be on an episode because I had to sign a release for it to be aired.  We randomly booked another night's stay, George has found that hotel prices drop drastically ''the day of.''  As with all things, our time ended and we headed home on Wed.  Along the trip, I found I LOVE DD Pumpkin Spice Coffee!  Yum, home delivery to Waterboro, ME please.

All and all, tons of fun after ''The Main Event''.  OK, I'll write about my actual experience in Virgil, NY and TMR race sightings of both the 100 and 50 later on.  I need to go for a run now!.

Keep Dreaming!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

When training goes bad, it's good!

I wanted to be on my feet for 4 hours today.  I ended up doing 3.25.

I started a bit later than I wanted to, but was glad to see George off to Bradbury and then get ready and head out.  I was experimenting today with a different water belt.  It seemed good for the Birthday FA, so I was pretty excited to use it today.  Not a mile into the run and I realized it wasn't going to work.  I thought, I should probably go home and change it out, but I was hoping it would work out.  It didn't.  I ditched it less than half way in to my intended run.

George mentioned to me what I should eat before I head out.  I sort of forgot to do it.  I also thought last night I should make a PB&J and take it with me.  I didn't.  So needless to say, I was craving PB&J about half way through.  I figured, don't ask me why, 2 Gu's would do the trick after having one before I left the house.  Some guy almost hit me on the dirt road.  OK, it was early for normal people, but he was heading right for me and it wasn't dark.  A squirrel fell hard from a tree right next to me as I headed up Abbott Mountain. I almost had a heart attack.  There was probably more, but it was really all good.

It was nice to run through Nature Conservancy Trails and head up Abbott Mountain.  I haven't run up there for awhile.  I'm glad I know that belt won't work and pretty glad the nutrition thing was a bust.  All good for next time.  So when training goes bad, it really is good! 

What a wonderful day it is out there!  I'm patiently waiting for George to come home with Bruce's Burritos and hear all about his run! 

I hope y'all had great runs today!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Virgil quick come see...

My playlist song as I finished my run was, ''Virgil quick come see''.  Perfect, as we look forward to adventures at the VC100.  I couldn't have ended the run any happier.

My run was GREAT! Accompanied by Bob Dylan most of run, along with crisp clean air.. total recon.  I really don't know what that word means and I will look it up, but I've decided my Friday runs are from this day forward referred to as my ''Recon Run'' or maybe RR.

Have a great day! 

Keep dreaming!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bradbury Bruiser Race Report

The gnarly course and infamous ''O'' was our destination for today.

Today we ran the Bradbury Bruiser.  The Bruiser course is described as ''a crazy twisting, turning 12 mile loop of single-track trails filled with rocks, roots, bumps and hills. Save something for the last two miles, this is where you will earn your bruises.''

I tried my best not to focus on the last 2 miles trying hard to convince myself that the ''O'' trail wouldn't be so bad. Linda and I ran it last week missing an important turn and ended up running 4 and something miles rather than the real 2 miles or so.  My mindset was, I can certainly run 2 miles today and survive, since I ran 4 of it last week.  With this is mind, I wasn't really super psyched out as in past years.

The start of the race was exciting.  The crowd lined up as Ian gave directions.  Since I was way back of the pack and a bit excited at the start, I remember only hearing a thanks to the volunteers. Since the volunteers are outstanding throughout the whole series there was a large round of applause.  I enjoyed the vibe of the back of the packers, everyone was excited.

Since I typically start and finish in the same line up, I had fun throughout the race adjusting my strategy.  I ran with Jerry the first 2 races, but I figured he was probably feeling better these days and he would probably being doing a quicker pace.  I was happy to see Jerry before the start and hear he was feeling better. He was going to see what happened as far as pace. I knew this meant we would not be running together.   I adjusted my strategy to try to run with Pete as much as I could as he was lining up with us in the back.  I really knew this wouldn't be possible, but it took my mind off my original plan.  I was happy to stick with him and his crew for a very short time.  Surprisingly Jerry ended up not being too far ahead of me, so I caught up and I hung behind him for awhile.  I then switched to, ''as long as I can keep him in eye range'', but he pulled away.  We had a good little group for a bit, Linda, Autumn and Lady in Red (I think). Lady in Red passed by at some point and I remember Linda going past me at some point. It finally settled down to Autumn and me.

It was fun to run with Autumn, we ran and chatted. We were pleasantly surprised when we came upon the last aid station.  We then moved on to the final 2 miles and I was more than thrilled to have the company on the ''O'' trail.  I was thankful to have someone to check in with to ensure we were on track with the twists and turns, ups and downs.  I was more than thrilled each time we would come upon an arrow and would let out a ''yay''!  The marking this year was incredible.  Bye, bye fear of the ''O''!

I  heard George and was happy to see Xar and George coming back to see us in.  We finished it up and got our Bada$$ hoodies.  Although the crowd had dwindled, the vibe was still there.  It was really a fun day!  Ian and Ryan really put on an outstanding series.  The course markings were great and the aid station support is amazing.  Their enthusiasm is still high for the back of the packers and it is sincerely appreciated.

Although my times for this series were a bit slower than in the past, I am happy to say I got out there and did it.  I enjoyed each race in a different way.  Maybe next year Autumn and I can meet our secret strategy and our time will be twice Judson's.  :)

Happy Fall, the summer is officially over!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Feeling Breezy

There's always the cleansing song.  :)   Valerie Abradi

As I ''crossed over from the other'' the breeze coming off the lake was so strong, I immediately felt cleansed!  It was an unclean work week.

If I don't write this diddy as soon as coming in after my run, it usually doesn't get written.  I needed to capture this feeling, so I sat down with the lap top.  The keyboard has mini puddles of sweat as it was quite humid I guess. 

I don't remember much of my run.  I thought after ''over from the other'', jeez where did I run.  I reflected on the happiness of the week, the emails from S&S about the upcoming adventure, reading Unstrung's account of last Sat, the dirt series finale to come, the full twice baked I ate last night, power walks with George after crazy days, so many more that certainly out weigh the less than happy moments...ahhhhh.  So grateful.

I was wondering why I woke up singing, ''Call me maybe''.  Now I know!  Great run.

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

And then there was cake...

A day full of friends, running and chocolate cake..does it get any better?

And we won't speak of the ''O'' trail, ok?

TM's were all over Bradbury yesterday running a variety of miles and each having their own story of battle with the ''O'' trail!

Congrats to Unstrung, Scout and Squirrel for their extreme Bada$$ness.  Fun day and chocolate cake!  Yay for FA Birthday's!!!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, August 31, 2012


My run/stretch was made by seeing an itty bitty Tiny Turtle!

Figuring running will be on tap for tomorrow, I got out for a run and circled back with George for walk.  On the way back, I spotted a Tiny Turtle..a total ''ohhhhhhhhh a tiny turtle!'' moment.  Just what was needed to put a nutty work week behind me.  I love when stuff like that happens!

The Birthday FA at Bradbury is tomorrow and should be fun!

Have a wonderful day, it's so beautiful out.  Dont' forget to look for turtles, it will make your day and help you forget what ails you, I guarantee it!

Keep dreaming!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Feeling Ducky

Towards the end of my run, I started to think about wearing a garmin and maybe I should be running faster.  Just as those thoughts entered my mind, I looked to my  left and saw 2 ducks and 2 ducklings and I was thankful for not running fast and missing them.

I've been MIA as I traveled down to Charlestown to visit my niece while her husband was in Ireland on a golf trip.  We had a great time walking around Charlestown and the North End.  Allergies have been pretty bad the last few days as well.  It seems kind of amazing though, we went to an acupuncturist on Saturday and I personally couldn't feel better today.  No allergies and various other aches and pains seem non existent.  I tend to be a believer, so I'm not sure if the power of positive thinking is on my side, but I had a great run this morning.

Wish you a  great day!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Same Plan

I'm beginning to feel like Pathfinder, plotting my plans to get in my run.  Yesterday worked well, so I did the same thing.  Slept a bit later, signed in for a bit and headed out at dawn. 

A tad of humidity, some rain drops and peace and quiet were on tap for today.  Up and around, over the other and up the hill, great run!

Did some research on bittersweet..I don't think that's what I saw growing yesterday.  Interesting plant.

Time to work!

Have a great day!

Keep dreaming.

Monday, August 20, 2012


I reset my alarm several times before getting up this morning.  I really wanted to run, but couldn't seem to get up.  By the time, I got up, I  had convinced myself I would run during lunch.  I signed on for work for a bit and knew I couldn't be settled until I got out there.  So I decided to head out, I'll just make up the time on the other end.

So glad, I got out.  It was cool and crisp and not a soul was around, until the end of my run.  I figured I'd just do my up and around, but really wanted to go on the other side.  So I did.  I opted to wear a pair of George's socks,..oops, if he reads this he'll know, but my feet felt great.  (Note to self, I think men's socks are made better than women's, look for small men's size.)  After blistering yesterday from the wet, I wasn't sure about crossing the lake.  When I got there, I looked down the runoff and it was easy to cross over without getting soaked.  Not sure why I never thought of doing that other than sloshing through the lake can be fun.  In doing so, I noticed what I think may be bittersweet..could that be?  I'll need to look it up later.  I just love bittersweet, I hope it is.

The run was great and now I can settle back and get to work.

Have the best day!

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bean Power

Last night we went to the best ever Bean Supper at Willowbrook in Newfield.  The event was to benefit the historical society.  While at the Farmers Market last Saturday, one of the vendors mentioned it to me, so we thought we would check it out.   Since George had a long run at Bradbury with Scout, Squirrel and Bruce, he was pretty hungry.  All the food was homemade which included at least four different types of  baked beans,  a variety of salads, corn on the cob, hot diggities if  you wanted them and amazing desserts.  George had six desserts.  The woman at the table behind us commented to me , " your skinny man can eat ''.  This totally made me laugh.

So powered by beans in a good way,  I had a decent run.  I noticed the people who don't seem to appreciate running through their land had a no trespassing sign posted, so I took the trail.  The trail was lined with turkey prints and I could see what looked like trail shoe prints.  I'm supposing the trail shoe prints belonged to George.   It worked out great, as I thoroughly enjoyed the trail.  I only had opted not to go on it in the past after one time seeing foxes running from the direction of that trail.

Since yesterday's slog my shoes were still wet, but I figured it wouldn't matter because the lake was still high.  Combined with the wrong socks and a new romp crossing the lake, I got a blister early on, so I took my sock off which helped.  Overall maybe close to two hours on my feet.

New development on the travel adventure front.  Scout and George are registered to run the VC50 and we will be there to watch the TMR 100 milers come in.  I better get my cowbell ready!

Having a relaxing day after a decent run.  I hope you are enjoying yours!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Soulful Slogging

I've always loved running in the rain, but today I could only manage a slog.  But a slogs better than no slog.

I tried various visual inspirations and thoughts to get myself in gear.  I have friends I met at SC last year running the TARC 50K today. I tried to imagine running with them. George is running today with Scout and Squirrel.  I tried to tag along to their train.  At one point, I even pulled out the Ian and Emma VC100 trek.  I tried to play my favorite tune on my ipod over and over, but it was still pretty sloggish going. And to think that pic of Xar hiking some beautiful terrain, only managed to get me to skip up the hill.  

Although the run wasn't the greatest, I had a great time thinking about MANY special people, their accomplishments and talents, so I guess the slog was darn good for the soul!

Looks like the day is starting to clear, enjoy your Saturday!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Stay with me and I'll buy you breakfast

Towards the end of my run, I caught up to George and he said to me, ''stay with me and I'll buy you breakfast.''  This ended up being the perfect incentive for me to finish strong and is quite possibly a metaphor for a happy marriage.  :)

Friday's seem to find me waking up later lately, but today was fine doing so.  I diddled around and enjoyed looking at Chippie's last pics of the VT100 finish line on FB.  When I got out, it was still quiet and cool and crisp.  No one was really up yet, except for one Bradbury Breaker tee like truck.  The truck went past on the dirt road, nicely slowing down to go past me, the young slouched down driver gave me a ''hey'' and as he got past me turned into crazy monster truck.  This made me smile and think of the Breaker.

I enjoy spotting weird things on my run and may tend to pick up things such as a crazy rusted old bed spring..a rusted old tomato cage that looks like a girl with long hair running and today was no different. 

After my little find, I bumped into George and he was holding something in his hand.  As we both passed each other we held up our finds and at the same time we both laughed.   His of course was practical, mine of no use, but I found fascinating.

Needless to say the run was great, over the other to the end, up the hill.  The lake was fun to cross, surprisingly, the water was running high due to all the rain.

OK, time to cash in on that breakfast!

Have a great day..it's awesome out!

Keep dreaming.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I got out really early this morning.  George was heading out to the mountains and I went out right after he left.  He gave me his headlamp that is super strong to use and it worked really well.  I didn't feel skiddish at all while running.  Since it was so dark and I had his headlamp on, I was thinking about what it must be like running a 100 miler at night when you are by yourself.

The air was cool and crisp, the sky clear and I was feeling grateful.  I realized I love these peaceful morning runs and felt thankful for so much in my life.  Gazing up to the sky, the sliver of the moon, the stars and the outline of the trees...so very thankful.

I saw one little scareddy cat.  It was totally Halloween like and he was more frightened by me than me of him.  I got in 4 miles and thought back to the early days training for B2B my first real race and I would think that was a big run.  I thought for a bit it would  be a nice day for a sick day and to continue on running, but figured the sun would soon be up and the world wouldn't be only mine.

It feels like the rest of the day will be a good one.  I hope you enjoy it!

Keep dreaming!

Monday, August 13, 2012


I got out my usual time this morning and it's quite dark now.  I found what seemed to have the strongest beam headlamp and even put on my glasses so I could see any critters in the distance. 

It was absolutely beautiful out.  The air felt nice, crickets were cricketing and the crescent shaped moon with one star next to it was amazing.  It was one of those runs I felt as though I could have run forever, especially in the dark which makes it so much more peaceful.  I only saw one pair of eyes which seemed to belong to a cat and this made me jump.

I intended to have a good run yesterday, but got involved watching the marathon.  By the time I got out it was so muggy, I called it quits before too long.  Saturday George went over to Bradbury to run  with Scout and Squirrel and I decided to go for a ride to a yard sale I saw on Craigslist.  I ended up buying 2 used once bikes.  Shiny blue for me and and black for George.  I decided a bike to the Farmer's Market in Newfield would be a good ride and so that I did. George thought maybe that was 20 miles round trip.  Later on that night we rode together down Blueberry Road which tacked on another 6 miles. I really enjoyed the ride and couldn't seem to wipe the smile off my face as we pedaled together.   I figure all I need now is a basket and a Toto dog to make the picture complete!

I hope you have a great day!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Caw Caw Lady

I got out quite a bit later this morning than a typical Friday.  After a fairly crazy work week, I must have needed to sleep.

It was over cast and it was quite humid.  I ran an over the other, up the hill and added the up and around.  Despite it being much later, I didn't see anyone until the near end when the ''Caw-Caw Lady'' rode by with her care taker person.

Seeing her always reminds me of the day while I was out running. She approached me that day and asked me some rather random questions and went off, cawing.  Just like that, ''caw-caw''.  At the time, the whole thing was a bit odd.  However, today as I continued on after seeing her, I thought about that day, heard the birds and thought, ''that was what she was doing, becoming part of the sounds around us.''  I smiled and thought, ''ummm, glad I figured that out!''

Just as I am typing this George said, ''it's a bird fest out there.''   Although, he has no idea what I am typing, that's kind of funny.

Hoping to tack on some longish tomorrow!

Hope you enjoy your day!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


After staying up too late watching the Olympics Sunday night, I needed to go to bed super early last night.  In doing so, I got a really great sleep and had a wonderful run this morning.  Amazingly, it was pretty cool temp wise as it was just before sunrise.

I did a quick up and around and 'Pace''.  As I was heading through ''Pace'', I saw Farmer Joe up and outside smoking a cig.  Gave him a ''howdy do'' and headed on home.  George worked a crazy day yesterday and is off today, so I saw him on my way back as he was heading over to NH to do some hiking.  Ummm he's really got something in his mind, wonder what it could be?  :)

It really seems like it is going to a be beauty today.  Hope you all get to enjoy some outside time!

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bradbury Breaker

Today we ran the Bradbury Breaker.  This is the second race in the series.  As with the Scuffle,  the atmosphere at the start is really fun.  It just seems everyone at that start is just happy, chatting away and ready to get into the second race of the series.

I was hoping I'd be able to stick with Jerry again this race, so when I asked him what was up for him today, it seemed that we may be able to match pace again.  Yippee for me!

Although it was hot and humid, I don't know, I just felt good.  Throughout the race there was a nice cloud cover and it seemed as though there was a nice breeze while on the trails.  Did I imagine this, maybe, but I don't think so. I felt great the whole race, remembering to take a Gu with me for the second half.  Last year, I had forgotten and remember all I could think of was getting a sandwich at Edna and Lucy's after the race.  We ran throughout the race chatting a bit, but we were sure to keep our eyes to the ground to avoid an falls.  Linda was part of the pack for awhile and it was fun.  I really enjoyed trekking up the mountain 4 times and I was pleased that I felt better than I remembered feeling last year.  The first time up was so much fun, it seemed as though there was a lot of spectator support up there this year.  I enjoyed seeing Dora in her directing spot as other years and Emma on our second trip up.  So cool, she popped up there after she finished her own awesome race.

As we started our second loop, the top amazing runners were finishing their race.  It was really exciting to see them fly by us, but at the same time still take the time to acknowledge us as we acknowledged them.

The race support was great.  Water stops volunteers were awesome.  Ian and Ryan organize a great race and luckily Mindy didn't have to wrangle any bandits this time.  George also was awarded Best Break for a nasty scrape he got slipping on a wet rock.  Although not an award one aspires to, but an award just the same.  :)  Luckily I work from home tomorrow and you will find me proudly wearing my perfect fitting maybe best one yet tee shirt!

With a feeling good back of the pack finish for the 9 miles, I'm looking forward to the next up, The Bruiser!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The only thing I like about a 100 miler :)

I set my alarm for my regular morning time and pretty much got up when it went off.  Well, maybe rolled over for a little while.  I've been surprised to realize in the last week it is noticeably darker trying to get out for a run at my regular time.  So after us both reading Val's second installment of the VT100, it was time to shine! 

As we ran together, I smiled,  remembering this is the part I like best about a 100 miler.  I can run with George throughout the whole run.  Although, he may opt to ''retro run'' here and there, we run together and I sure do enjoy it.

We went to the other side, tromping through the lake and through the spider web...sorry Mr.(s) Spider, up the hill and cut back through the trails. 

It's surprisingly humid of which I only realized when we were done. 

Such a great way to start my day!

Enjoy your day!   Looking forward to the Breaker Sunday, so fun!

Keep Dreaming!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vermont 100 Race Report - George

It starts where they all seem to start, sitting on the couch with a beer in one hand and the computer in another.

The original plan for 2012 was to train through the winter, complete MMT, then do the VT100K as a fun run.  But there I was sitting looking at the entrants list when I realize I hadn't done anything really stupid in weeks, so I upgraded.  Truth be told, I DNF'd last year at VT100 and wanted to even the score.  I couldn't help myself.

So, with  just 9 weeks from MMT, I tried to recuperate, train and get myself ready.  This was about 1/3 of the time I needed.  Realizing, I would be going into the race at about 85%, this back of the packer decided to arm himself with a little bit more than an angry attitude.  I usually do not like a pacer and consider the night hours to be walking and running slow and getting ready for a rebirth and final push at the last 25 miles.  I did not believe I had this option this time.  My first and only choice was fellow Trail Monster, The Val.  When she accepted, I took this as a very good sign.

The thing about Vermont is what may work for other guys about this race does not work for me.  I do not run well in the heat and the smooth hard gravel roads and level terrain seem to slam me hard toward the end.  But still, I had to complete it.

Getting ready to start, I spend some awesome time with fellow TM's who will be running and crewing.  I breifly wonder how many other teams will be taking home more buckles than this one.

4 a.m. off like a herd of turtles.  The first miles go by pretty uneventful, it is still cool and all is well.  I am chatting with some old friends and spend sometime running with them.  It was nice to catch up and see they are still well.

I run into an old friend Scott and we spend sometime running and casually chatting.  I remark to him, I can't believe my quads already feel trashed at 25 miles.  He says to me, his too, but what are going to do, they aren't going to get any better forget about it.  This is the perfect answer for me and one I would have given him.

We hit some pretty good climbs and it's warming up, but still not bad.  Just before, my first time into 10 Bear I run into Annie and it lifts my spirits.  I am doing as good as to be expected on time, feeling the usual tiredness of 50 miles, but still nothing much to bitch about.

Here comes the drama queen stuff.  A couple of weeks ago I stressed out my neck muscles at work and retweeked them after the Scuffle.  I rested all week and they felt not perfect but better.  At 53 years old, you can't let every ache and pain you have stop you from doing what you love.

So who'd thought, after 50 miles into a 100 miler my neck would start to spaz out and progressively get to the point that I was standing in the middle of the road, unable to move, thinking that my plan of revenge at the VT100 was turning into the worst case scenario of a double DNF.  I started taking some Advil, but still no relief.  Another runner goes by me while I am standing in pain swearing out loud. He asked me if there was anything he could do.  I asked if he had any Advil, he says no,  but he says he has 2 tylenol soft caps that should act quickly.  I swallow without water, as lifting my water bottle was way too painful. I started stumbiling down the road trying to will my body foward.  I kept my left arm straight by my side and wrapped my other arm behind my back and applied a downward pressure to pull the neck muscles that were spazzing on that side down.  This plus the drugs allowed me to stumble forward slowly.  I swore some more and willed myself to stay angry.  I was at war with myself. 

Slowly I was able to cover a tenth or two of a mile between spasms.  I still had to keep my arm straight and pull on it with the other one and fashion some sort of running walking, but the ache and spasms did not stop.  After a long 20 miles I am coming down toward 10 Bear for the second time.  I see Annie and start yelling for some Biofreeze which I slop on the back of my neck and shoulder.  I grab a handful of caffiented Gu's as all these drugs were making me sleepy.  Off to 10 Bear I go.

I tried to weigh in and get through the medical check as quickly as possible and without a spasm that would require answers.  This was my war and they weren't invited.  Not too many things went right for me the second 50 miles, but having Val as my pacer was my one smart move.  I tell her her I am sorry I am late and will explain how my day is going once we get moving.  I then proceed to unload my list of problems and tell her there is no way I am stopping and I hope she was up to it.  Of course, she was. Before the race, she asked if there was anything special she needed to do as a pacer.  I told  her to just be The Val.  Those that know her will understand this is a requirement that only she could fill.  This would be the beginning of 30 miles, 11 hours of more than I would expect from any pacer.  She played her part perfect in every way.  She was The Val.  So there we were slowly moving down the road setting short obtainable goals and working toward them.  We figured out what time we waned to be at a certain aid station and what pace we would have to maintain.  Keeping me on track, helping me at aid stations and great conversation were vital to me finishing. This was The Val.  Around 89 miles we caught up to Xar and her runner who was was also having problems.  I offer some Biofreeze and offer up Xar to apply it on her back and butt.  I hope she can forgive me. After that we settle into the back of the packers death march.  There really is an upside to this.  You get to share time with many other runners who are fighting there own battles and you try to help them to hang in there as they are you.  Around this time, old friend Scott catches up with his son as pacer.  I am very happy to see he is doing well.  We talk and then it is time for him to finish his race. 

Val is being super supportive as only Val can to all the other runners who are fighting hard.  I think that many of them have pacer jealousy, because I surely had the best deal going.  We run into Ryan at Mile 95, who is also a spirit booster as only he can.  Then before you know it, we are almost done.

Though I was in alot of pain still, I really enjoyed the last 5 milles,  down the hill and to the finish.  I am very happy to hear of other TM's success stories.  The thought of doing another 100 miler right now is about appealing as sticking needles in my eyes.  But then again, I am sitting on a couch with a beer in one hand and a computer in the other.

Who doesn't like a little cowbell ?

This weekend was amazing!

We headed out to VT, George was running the VT100.  He had some business to finish.  Luckily he had Super Pacer with him to get the deed done.   Val would be crucial in this task.  He shared with me some on the way home and said, ''that isn't even the half of it'',  but that is his and her tale to tell.

We stayed at a neat B&B about 1/2 mile down the road from Camp 10 Bear.  I had an outstanding spot to see runners twice.  I saw them as they were coming up from their first stop at Camp 10 Bear (47ish miles maybe) and heading down to their second check in at Camp 10 Bear (70 miles).  I had an elaborate plan to hang George's TMR shirt between two post, have cocktails to offer non runner peeps that may come by and ring my Pineland Farm cowbell.  The only success of this plan was the cowbell.  Boy do people love a good cowbell when they are heading up a decent hill in the heat of the day.  I got all sorts of comments about more cowbell and people were smiling and thanking me for the support.  100 milers are an interesting breed and all seemed to enjoy a good cowbell. 

It was super fun to be in this ideal location to see up close this amazing event unfolding!!  And even more amazing, it was the exact first point the 100 mile leaders would cross paths with other runners!  Totally beyond words, but a moment in time (like many others of this weekend) I will never forget!

The Trail Monsters totally rocked it with outstanding and beyond dream races.  The TMR performances were not only of those running (beyond words amazing), but of the dedication of those supporting the runners. They each have incredible stories to tell of the 2 days. I had beyond great fun spending time with Val and Xar, they are very special people.   George treated us to dinner, although he couldn't attend as he was probably at mile 60 and dining on Gu.  I hadn't thought about food and was starving.  Val and Xar needed some nourishment before they took on their pacer duties and were also starving, so we headed out for some eats. Val made Big Brad tee-shirts to wear as they paced.  It was fun, we looked like triplets with our Big Brad tee-shirts on as we headed into town.  I am also so thankful for Ryan. He made me laugh so hard, but reassured me that every little thing was gonna be alright.  The accounts of his few days, are something you just can't imagine, but again, his tale to tell.

As I sit here typing this post, I am smiling and tearing up at the same time. My head is totally reeling from all the amazingness.  Amazing weekend, amazing people, amazing fun!

More cowbell anyone?  Oh ya!

Keep dreaming!

summer dress/tmr tech tee/crocs/cowbell

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


I got out for a quick up and around this morning.  I must have shut my alarm off this morning, so I woke up later than usual.  I'm glad I still opted to head out for a quick one.

The temp was comfortable.  Not a single soul was stirring except one deer fly and two corgis.  I enjoyed it!

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

Keep dreaming!

skirt/tech tee/streets

Monday, July 16, 2012

Looking for Inspiration in all the right places

"Walk far enough, life gets simple.. Life gets simple enough, things start to make sense.''  Chris Douglass 

If you want to find a good healthy dose of inspiration, the Bradbury Trail Running Series is a good place to start.

Today we ran the Bradbury Scuffle.  The crowd was sell out plus.  The race is described as a mix of single and double-track trails with a few rolling hills, a great introduction to Maine trail running. Ian, dedicates, this race to CHRIS DOUGLASS. Ian in his pre-race dedication today moved the crowd as he described Chris,  a Trail Monster runner and adventurer who’s life ended too soon.  Since the start of the series, I've been moved and inspired by stories of Chris and by sharing time with Linda, Jerry and Bethany.  Amazing people.

The race didn't start until 11, we slept in a little later than usual.  As we drank our coffee, George was reading and I was checking FB.   George went out to water the garden and I decided for fun I would check last year's results, to figure out what I might want to do for a time.  At this time I realized, the race started at 9.  I ran outside and told George, oops I made a slight error in the start time.  Since it was now after 7 and Bradbury is a long drive for us, we dressed in just a few minutes, threw some things including trail shoes in a bag and off we were.

As we headed to Bradbury, we saw Dave who is training for VC100 running to the race.  We like everyone else it seemed stopped to offer him a ride.  He refused the offers, it was part of his training. Amazingly inspiring and this was before the race.

We got to Bradbury, the place just seemed to be exploding with energy. I picked up our numbers as George got his shoes on.

We gathered at the start.  So many familar, excited and happy faces.  The crowd included many talented and inspiring trail runners including the Trail Monsters who are running the VT100, pacing and crewing next weekend.  Ian looking beyond ready for the VT100, gave the pre-race instructions and moving dedication and we were off.  I settled in my usual back of the pack and found myself behind Jerry.   I mentioned to Jerry, I'd like to hang with him as best I can.  He's a much better runner than I am, he mentioned because of some health issues recently, he was looking to just finish. We moved along and I even think we were quicker during the second part of the race.  At one point, we thought we went off course.  I ran a bit ahead to look for a marker.  I saw one, we were still on course.   I must say, the race today was the most inspiring and fun I've had trail running.  Although the day was quite warm, I never once was not in the moment moving along and inspired with each step.  I honestly have no idea what my time was, and may never look, but was pleased to finish with Jerry.  Although, he really had much more than me at the end and actually waited for me at one point, we finished together.

Ian, at the end of the Scuffle awards someone on the course the Chris Douglass award.  It's awarded to someone who shares the spirit, adventure and the love of trail running like Chris.  That award this year went to Jerry and feel honored to have run with him today.

I learned alot today about running and life from someone who knows alot about both and it all seemed simple and clear, one foot in front of the other.

Thanks to Ian and all the volunteers for a great day. Thanks Linda for the ice cold watermelon at the end. The tee shirts as always for the Bradbury series both dirt and snow, awesome.

 Looking for a dose of inspiration?  There are a limited number of spots left for the the next two races in the series so sign up or read this story, http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2012/07/09/unsung-hero-jerry-levasseur-brunswick-steeled-fire/129249 . I've never seen the Forcaster in our area.  As we quickly ran into Hannaford on our way home, there it was right when I walked in.

Have a great day!

Keep dreaming!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


I was up early and could hear chattering on the other side of the lake.  I waited until it was a bit lighter before I headed out for a shortie to ''the other side.''  Since the Scuffle is tomorrow, I just wanted to get out and stretch.  On the other side, the chattering came from peeps who I imagine are on vacation and enjoying the ability to drink 24/7 while sitting lakeside.  I ran into a fox coming my way and decided to turn and head back.  I envisioned for a second or two it was running after me.  Of course it wasn't.  As I returned home it was great to stop and realize sounds of a variety of chattering from tons of birds and whatever else is adding to nature's melody.  Ahhhhh...deep breath and right on cue a cock a doodle doo.

Have a great day!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dump Trumps Post

I like to write my little diddy right after my run.  When I got back,  I needed to sign on to work for a bit and then George was heading to the dump.  I enjoy a trip to the dump.  I don't know why, but I always get a kick out of the goings on there.  So my write up was delayed.

I got out at 5:30.  George headed out ahead of me.  I knew now where the blueberry picking was happening, so I ran to where I knew he would be.  I ran a bit further than where he was raking, actually an abbreviated version of my BL.  As I swung back, George was ready to head back.  I thoroughly enjoyed our jaunt back.  Because he was carrying a huge Ziploc of blues, it was a great pace for me.  We chatted about who knows what the whole way back and I loved it.  

Keep Dreaming!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A tad chilly

Still recovering from a later than normal Sunday night, I slept a bit later than usual this morning.  I then proceeded to shut all the windows upon waking up and procrastinated going out to run.  I was actually cold.

I did get out and it was cold which was good as I ran faster than I probably would have.  I did a quick up and around.  I got frightened by what I think was a dog.  Whatever ever it was, it was more afraid of me and bounded off.  It would be nice if this weather continue through to VT.

Looks like it will be absolutely beautiful today.  I need to go out and look at my garden.  Something is eating all the heads of all my flowers.  Flower box flowers were eaten to little nubs.  I'm thinking maybe a deer.

Have a great day!

Keep dreaming!

Monday, July 9, 2012


I woke up this morning thinking about the yummy crab cakes from last night.  As a result, my whole run was filled with, ''those were so delish'',  ''glad I took three'',  ''I wonder if I could make those'', ''there must be recipes on Pinterest''. 

What a fun and beautiful day yesterday was for Jamie and Kate.  A day filled with smiles and lots of talk about VT.

Preoccupied by thoughts of food, my run was meager at best.  I ran to where I thought George could be found.  He has a blueberry rake stashed out the woods and during some of his runs, he will stop to rake and I thought I knew where I could find him, but I must have been too early.  I continued on, but he was no where around.  I headed back and remembered I still have a whoopie pie to enjoy sometime today...I think it's going to be sooner than later.

Have a great day.

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blue Skies and Blueberries

I got out this morning  at about 5 or 5:30 returning a bit after 7 for a nice 2 or so hour run.  I will start to use my garmin soon so I'm able to see my distance, but for now I am happy just running.  The garmin is the necessary evil at least for a few runs.

The skies were blue and the trails were lined with blueberries, it was a beautiful morning.

Someone else was out, he was putting his boat in and on the way back it looked as though he was doing some fishing.

I ran some of my BL.  I tend to like to go into the trails through a dirt road which seems like it may or may not be some one's driveway.  I know during the winter the owner educated me as to where the trail was and I notice they have piled up some sand maybe to block one such trail runner. Oh well, I wasn't spotted and it provided a little bit of danger not to get caught. 

I was hoping to run into George along the way, I left before him, but other than few shoe prints, I didn't see him.

Looking forward to a fun day!  Enjoy everyone!  It's a beauty!

Keep Dreaming!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saving the Spider Web

We weren't sure if we would be sleeping early last night as our neighbors were having a big party which included fireworks. However, we put the fan on and really didn't hear a thing, so we were able to get to bed early and a have a good night's sleep.  So luckily I was able to wake up my usual early time and get out.

After a brief chat with Kate on FB as to why we were up so early,  I headed out the door.  As I headed over the dam I noticed the spider had been working the night shift again, however this time I ducked under the web and didn't disturbed it or get web all over me.

As usual, the run was beautiful, no one was out except  for the birds and me...and oh ya and a deer fly.  The deer fly followed me the whole way and at one point I realized how useful it would be to have a tail like a horse to swat it.  I continued along my way and saw a dark mound in front of me..what was that... a giant pile of moose droppings (moose on the brain)??  As I got closer, I saw it was a piece of clothing.  I decided to stop to investigate. I tend to like investigating things.  It was a beach dress, my story for this dress was that it fell of the back of a 4wheeler, it was size XL and had that combo smell of cigs and perfume.  I decided to use this as my horse tail.  I picked it up and for the duration of my run swung it around my head and side to side like a tail to swat away the deer fly.  It worked and it was sort of fun.

My run was a somewhat modified SC training loop.  I'm pretty sure I left the house around 4:30 and I was back at around 7, so I was happy with my time spent on my feet.  Overall, very pleased to have done this solid run.

On my way back, the spider web was gone, I figured George must have had the pleasure of running through it, as he was just getting up as I was heading out, although I didn't see him anywhere along the way.

Not sure what the weather is for today. It looks a bit like rain right now.  But I know tomorrow will be nice, huge congrats to Kate and Jamie, tomorrow is their big day!!

Have a wonderful day!

Keep Dreaming!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Spider Web

I got out early.  It was the best of both worlds.  It wasn't too dark, but I could see the moon and some stars.  As I finished up it was daylight.

As I left the house, George said, ''watch out for wild animals.'' I immediately started out with Joe W's story of the skunk on the course at the Western States in my head.  Of course, this tends to be my fear, getting sprayed by a skunk or attacked by a fox.  At one point, I imagined a moose was out and about, but it seemed to be just the sounds of a duck or or two.   I was just settling into a zone and I ran through a spider web as I crossed over the dam.  What a weird unexpected feeling that was, totally unexpected.  I just ruined a spider's night shift work in the matter of 2 seconds.  So strange.

I decided I would do the up around twice in a row, instead of leaving it to the tail end, so I wouldn't be tempted to skip it.  This worked well,I  hardly remember doing it the second time.

Another beauty of a day!


Keep Dreaming!

streets/yogish shorts/tech tee

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Over the Other and Up and Around X 2

I stuck with the plan of tacking a bit on each run and it was a good choice.  Combined with my still no thinking it was a really great run. 

I know there are days when thinking needs to be done to work through brain creaks, but why go there when there are no nagging creaks, body or mind.  So thinkingless today was great.  When my mind started to wander, I focused on BB, Belly Breathing and thought be gone!  A great refreshing run, 'over the other and up and around twice.'.

Happy 4th! 

Keep dreaming!

tt/cs/inovs/hat/sunglasses/bug spray

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

To Think or Not To Think

The following is one of my favorite quotes:
Author's note: I was recently asked what I think about while I run for 24+ hours. After quite a few minutes of deep deliberation I concluded that I really think about nothing at all.     * Stephen Wells, Livestrong Maine

After listening to conversations Friday night, I decided this quote was my plan for this morning's run. Result ...I like not thinking!

OUTSTANDING conditions for an outstanding start to the day!  I almost forgot my ''thought'' was to tag on a tad more, so I added on the perimeter of our yard.  Successful day so far.

Enjoy your day, it's a beauty!
Keep Dreaming
inovs/tech tee/yogaish shorts

Monday, July 2, 2012

Feeling Good!

After a day of not feeling well..everything ached..from a sore throat to every joint hurting, today I feel good.  I went out for a brisk pre dawn walk, itsy, bitsy run.  It looks like it's going to be a nice day!!

George is already out and about running and he went past me as he headed home for a bio break.  I'm really feeling good as he has a pacer for VT!!!!  It all just happened like it was so meant to be Friday night.  While at the Team Burphy celebration, Val became his pacer.  I cannot explain how good this makes me feel...he is truly in the best Super Pacer hands.

Have a good day everyone..I know I will!

Keep Dreaming!

Monday, June 25, 2012

It was dark..

I got out this morning in the dark.  The guy across the street I'm sure thinks we are weirdos as I happily said good morning as he was heading out to work.

I probably could have used a head lamp but didn't, so all the more reason to keep it moving and fortunately didn't encounter any critters.  The shadow moose on the other side didn't even spook me as it was so dark.

Ran over the other side and feeling good.

Have a great day!

Keep dreaming!