“We are stardust with delusions of grandeur. We’re making these stories up as we go and it’s up to us to decide what type of story it is. We always recommend to our athletes to try to imagine you are the star of a comedy not the star of a drama.” —David Roche @addiedoesstuff I had just had a few questions for David Roche, three time Team USA two time International Champ and winner of Way to Cool as well as coach and author, on our @humansofultrarunning podcast this morning 😂 😂 As usual, the conversation had it’s own plans and we really got into some gold on the mental side of running and how to approach racing. David’s approach is that races are the celebration, not the end goal of training. We talked about demons, knowing your “why,” what type of story we can tell with our running and racing, coaching, his new book... how he met @megroche3 and bought a ring for her just 2 weeks into their dating and some TMI stuff too! Podcast will be out this week. Stay tuned. #runnersofinstagram #SWAPrunning #SWAP #runnersofinstagram #humansofultrarunning
I remember thinking in High School that my running life would end when I graduated. I had no clue that there was such a vibrant community outside the confines of school & that contrived social environment. It took me almost 10 years to discover the trailrunning community after high school, college, massage school & having two children. I was 27 when I first had my mind blown hearing about ultras. 28 when I ran my first 50k & 50 mi. I tell people my kids are 10 and 13 and they are stunned, but in my 20s I was working my ass off w/ two babies. I had massive debt from hospital bills due to no health insurance and was trying to make a living doing massage after dropping out of college. I barely made $10,000 a year. Then I found my passion for running again and my life completely changed. I began visualizing running while lying in a meditation pose because that’s how close I could get to actually running with two toddlers. Then I began running 2 and 4 miles when I had help at home. Running was so simple compared to the rest of my life. Passion has a way of brining good things into your life. Now I’m a free human, free of unhealthy relationships, free of debt, free of an unhappy job. I own my house in a dream mountain town, work for myself, have time to spend with my kids, and work in the outdoor industry in a position where I can innovate as much as my heart desires. I work with amazing companies and athletes. I realize this post makes it seem like I’ve reached something I was going for, that life is perfect..but I will never, ever arrive or settle. I have a long way to go still and many goals. I have only just touched the surface. I still struggle many days with my own demons of addiction, motivation, consistency. Although I have so much in my life, I also am missing much and all this building of the business and training has left me living a very independent and solo existence— which I love but life can be lonely. Life is never perfect but the very cliche “follow your passion” is the way to go and if you don’t know what your passion is, then just do something fun, that’s a good place to start. Photo @allisondobbsphotography
Accountability: perhaps this should be rule #2 after CONSISTENCY? Write it down. Be accountable to yourself (key words: to yourself!) for your workouts. I do this by keeping workout logs and by having a running coach which helps usually to keep me from doing stupid shit or not doing enough specificity. These papers hang on my fridge so that I can easily mark off the pull-ups I do each day since my pull-up bar is in my kitchen. I have a journal I use for a more comprehensive log. Yep, pen and paper! Old school record keeping 😉 💪
Next week I am having the super talented coach and athlete David Roche @addiedoesstuff on my @humansofultrarunning podcast! David writes regular columns about training in @trailrunnermag and coaches a number of high profile athletes. He’s a speedy one, winning races left and right with his equally talented wife @megroche3 who is also a coach and a Stanford MD. They have co-authored a brand new book, “The Happy Runner: Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer” and promote a lifestyle and training based in, well... having FUN, you know the science of having fun! Post any questions you have for him here and buy his book on amazon! Link in bio. Have you been enjoying the podcast? #humansofultrarunning #runnersofinstagram
Hummingbird I'll never be a hiker, I'd just take off down the trail To feel my body hot, breathing To feel the pain of fatigue Running though my legs Arteries of experience Bundled into a day And fifty miles. You can't ask the hummingbird To slow it's dance among the flowers It is incapable of using its feet For anything but perching. Should it need to move just two inches It must fly, Fifty flaps a second. I need to feel the hard ground As it leaps up into my legs, My legs, bleeding into it: They're clouds Letting loose a rain storm The rain, answering a call To create growth. Bon Iver in the background Inspiration from a world That spins right into and through me. In a moment as strong As a winter storm, I can't stop writing translations Of emotion from the world In a leather journal As you read me, You too, will translate Your world coming alive Through my words.
The wolf, if she ever had any fears, has long since conquered her deepest fears, and now she runs the forest at night with supreme confidence and endurance. To survive she must venture deep into the mountains and forests to find sustenance. In mythology and spiritual symbolism, the wolf is a shape shifter and a wise trailblazer acting as a protector and leading you to your greatest power. Wolves are the shit, so are little squishy nosed descendants of the great wolf. #runnersofinstagram #frenchbulldog #frenchiesofinstagram