Monthly Archives: October 2013

Peak Week

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This week is Peak Week.  Peak week is the week before a competition.  And its name says it all.  It is the week that athletes who have trained hard, eaten clean, and dug deep; prepare for their big day.  It looks a little different for everyone.  And some love it, some hate it.  Personally, I love it.  There are those last workouts, posing practice, carb cycling, make-up practice, hair and nail appointments, tanning, and rest.  All of which make you feel like a kid before Christmas.  I salute all those competing in the Mid-Atlantic Classic and look forward to sharing the stage with dedicated individuals who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams.

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Find Your Biggest Fan

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In a world full of criticism and self doubt, there is nothing more important than surrounding yourself with those that believe in you and your dreams.  In that group of supporters, there is always one that is your “go to”.  For me, that is my husband, Jon Everson.  He has always been the heart beat of my many dreams, and without him, I would not be where I am today.   He shows support not only through his words, but very much with his actions.  As you can see from the photo above, he sports a Mexican cap.  Not because he is Mexican, but because he is proud that I am.  He goes to the gym with me the day after he runs a 50k, not because he needed it, but because he knew I needed him.  He tells it like it is, not what I want to hear.  He will be the first to tell me my strengths, and how to work on my weaknesses.  I have learned over the years, to put my stubborn nature aside and listen to his advise; 99% of the time he is right.  

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He knows how to handle the crazy and obsessive parts of my character, and despite the “el diablo” that comes out in me from time to time, loves me for it.  He likes to call it passion.  He has been the constant in my life since the day I met him.  And he views my successes on stage as His successes.

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A building would not stand, if not for a good foundation.  He is mine.  Find yours.  

Homemade Halloween Decoration

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I can’t believe it’s already October…and you know what that means…Halloween!  I have always loved decorating for Halloween.  But find that all the decorations in the stores are to expensive and cheap looking, so I made my own.  I thought I would give you some ideas, so you can do it to.  

Witches Brooms.

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These are so easy to make.  Gather a bunch of small branches and a large one for the handle.  I am lucky that I have a nice big tree in the back to get my supplies.  But more than once, I have taken what I thought were perfect branches, from my neighbor’s garbage piles.  With black stray paint, paint the handle black.  With a glue gun, start to glue the smaller branches around what will be the bottom.  When you are happy with the thickness, wrap with trine…boom…you are done!

Grave Yard.

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Using plywood, cut out several different headstone shapes.  Paint grey and then spray paint black around the edges to give some dimension. Then I print catchy names, and decoupage them on the headstone.  Use a 1×4, to make the part that goes in the ground (cut a point so it’s easier to get into the ground) and attach it to the back. I find it more spooky to put a few big tree limbs around the headstones.  Bones add a nice effect as well!

Wood Garland.

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I salvaged some old hardwood floor planks and cut them into little blocks.  Decoupaged printed skulls on the back, and put store bought letters to spell out “run 4 your life”.  Quite fitting since we are a family that loves to run!  I splattered with red paint.  Using twine and a staple gun, I attached them together in three sections to fit between my 4 columns.  Make sure to spray with a sealer to make them water resistant.

Coffin.

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Connect several long 2x4s attach together with 1x4s across the back.  Then cut into the shape of a coffin.  Cut out a cross and attach to front.  Use paint to put R.I.P.

Happy Halloween everyone!

New River Trail 50K

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This will be the 3rd year Jon and I attend the New River Trail 50K ultra run.  The first year, without much training, I did it in 5:54:50.   My strategy was how many 10 minute miles can I do.  I followed a simple formula:  every 1/2 mile drink water, and every half hour eat (I alternated between bean burritos and gu).  Below is a picture of my homemade burritos.

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The 2nd year I trained, and my marathon split was 4:28:07, and overall time was 5:22:46.  I followed the same simple formula described above.   Jon finished before I did, and made sure George was at the finish line to greet me.

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Unfortunately, due to an upcoming NPC Competition, I will not be running this year.  But I will be there to support Jon and volunteer.   I am also making 2 of the Awards for the Category Winners.  I love silversmithing and running, so was very excited to make these.   I start with sheet plate sterling silver, stamp and cut pieces, then solder, drill hole, add jump ring, acid, and then polish.

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Finished product.

 

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For those of you who have never done an ultra run, it is quite a thrilling feeling.  Not just finishing, but embracing your inner strength and conquering 32.2 miles in a single bound.  Like all goals accomplished in life, it fills up your “I can do anything I set my mind to” tank, and spills over into all areas of your life.   Happy Running.