nos·tal·gia : näˈstaljə,nəˈstaljə/
- a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
The last month has been in so full of nostalgia for me. The first couple weeks I spent in Hawaii, and as soon as wheels touch down on the big island and I walk down onto the tarmac…..it feels like home. Which is crazy, because that is actually 17 hours of travel away from my home. But if the past 3 years have taught me one thing, it’s that home can be a relative thing. It feels good to walk into a condo after a year has gone by, but my laptop already knows the wifi code. When I already know the running routes, the grocery store, and the best spot for a coffee to catch up with friends….that’s home.
Then I came home, and I adopted this 52.4 pound bundle of LOVE, Coco Bean.
At least, for me. For strangers she’s a 52.4 bundle of uncertainty and skittishness, but oh man does she love me. And it’s amazing and literally feels like for no apparent reason other than she just picked me. So I have been feeding off of her obsession with me and am taking her on all sorts of amazing adventures. I’m making the effort to get outside more with her and this has me back on trails that I haven’t been on in such a long time. The memories from my earliest days of trail running are such great ones that I have loved reliving from the dirt paths and the stunning overlooks. The beach is great, but the mountains have been calling.
So much so, in fact, that I made my off season project this time an ultra. I’ll be running the Mt Masochist 50 miler on Saturday with the one and only Julie. I haven’t seen her since our Lanzarote adventures, so this one feels right!
I get quite a few questions on my training for the ultra after coming off of 4.5 Ironmans this year. Truth be told – my mileage never got super high for this. As an offseason “fun” project, there’s no reason to come out of this trashed and needing a ton of time to recover. After all, 2017 racing begins in about 12 weeks! So, what I did with Hillary this go around is that we found a lot of ways to apply that stress, without really having to do overload of mileage. While I won’t tell you exactly what we did, let’s just say it involved a few days where I took 4 showers, and a few days where I got to the overlook to see this view more than once:
I’m looking forward to Saturday, and if you wish to follow along, here is the info from the race on how to do that:
“We will use all these, as well as the blog & main eco-x site for live webcasting during the race”: