Thursday, September 1, 2016

Flavor Round-Up - Puroast Coffee

I am genuinely impressed.

When I first tried Puroast Coffee I think there were only three flavors. Now they have quite the variety...and I have to say - it was pretty exciting, as coffee goes, to try the new flavors as they came out. Every coffee roaster out there has their own array of flavors, some boasting a veritable arsenal of them. Many are passable, most need sugar to unlock the actual "flavor" of it...and some are downright awful, leaving a nasty aftertaste from the syrups used to create flavor.

Puroast's flavors, however, are different.

As I've made clear before: if you're not drinking Puroast, you're doing yourself a disservice. As trivial as it may sound to the casual coffee drinker... not all coffee is created equally, ESPECIALLY flavored coffee. How-so, you ask? Oh let me count the ways...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pineland 50 - The Come-Down

It still hasn't sunk in.

I ran a 50 mile ultramarathon...

Wow. Honestly I'm still in disbelief. Of...like...the whole thing.

I learned a lot during Pineland 50...both about myself and about life in general. I know, that sounds corny, cheesy, and painfully cliche...but it is what it is.

I've been pretty lazy for the last two weeks (yikes)...it's about time I get back on it, get back into "training mode", and finally put together this race report.

And gee willy, what a race report it is...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ultramarathons - Understanding Why

As I sit here... at 4 am...staring at the calm, quiet, not-yet-sunlit festival area...I find myself marveling at this whole thing.

Ultramarathon.

Like...this is really a thing...and I'm freaking DOING it today...

Whoa.

It has occurred to me at several points throughout this journey that many people don't really get it. Like...ok, you want a big achievement, you work hard and go do a marathon...good for you, that's a big deal. Now shut up about it and go to work on Monday.

But longer? ...why?

It's only now, sitting here, hours from the start, that I truly understand why I'm here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Quest For 100

In the last three years I've learned a lot about myself, my body, and what we're all capable of. I've witnessed people achieve some amazing transformations, milestones and accomplishments, and I've had my own fair share as well. With each success I have, each wall I break down...I can't help but want to see what's next. What ELSE can be accomplished that was previously "impossible"?

I kind of threw this out there at the end of the year...but didn't really get into it. This past November I decided to leap off the edge and see, once and for all, how deep the rabbit hole really goes. I decided to see just how far I can come from my starting point of 305 lbs. I decided 2016 is the year of the Ultramarathon.

The final challenge? 100 miles.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Solving Muscle Soreness - The Secret Sauce

I should have been SUPER sore.

A couple of weeks ago I ran my fastest 20 miler EVER. I should've been sore as hell at SOME point the following week. And I wasn't. The only thing that hurt was the new blisters I earned from being an idiot. And even THOSE were fine by Tuesday. As a matter of fact, that Tuesday I knocked out a pretty fast 4 miles in the freshly blizzarded roads of my New England neighborhood.

What Gives?

Why was I not sore? Why did I feel nothing even remotely resembling the bedridden crippleness I would expect from such a (relatively) hard 3 hour and 38 minute effort Sunday?

It's because I found the secret sauce.