Thursday, March 13, 2014

New and Improved Website!

Hello loyal HUMR readers! Our location on the “world wide web” has changed. Please check our new and improved website.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Motivation Monday

Do you have yours?

Good Morning and Happy March to you all! This week i will start with a few PSA's and bring it home with some sweet Motivation. First, is it really March?

Public Service Announcements
  • This Saturday is the Striders 10 mile race and we need to keep representin. Please reach out to Curtis Thompson for details. (I will be in Denver this weekend but I will be there in spirit).
  • Scott Jaime's film Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail will be showing on March 28th at the Egyptian Theater in Ogden. I have tickets or you can buy them online. Let's get tickets and spread the word and make O-Town rock! The film is showing the next night- March 29th at Brewvies in SLC. You really do not want top miss this film!
  • HUMR shirts are in...kinda- Most of them are here (in my car). It has been a long drawn out ordeal and I think you all for your patience. Next order will be much smoother cause we will tweak it a bit. There are a few still at the printers and there is potential that some never arrived. Availability apologies. I want to thank Curtis and Bj for helping pull this chaos together and as always Striders for helping put up with it. They are so amazing to work with!
  • Pint glasses are in and $8 a piece. They are really nice and Joel has already tea bagged his. I plan on using mine for an adult beverage but my kids love milk in theirs.
  • We still have a few BUFFs left too. $12- let me know.
  • Please keep myself and Harrison updated on your race calendar for 2014 so we can keep it up to date. Thank you....thank you very much.
Now let's get to it.....

Buddha Thompson says- "71 miles last week makes me strong but still can't catch fly with chopsticks"

  • Stillness kill us- GET OUT!
  • Obstacles are put in your way to see if what you want is worth fighting for.
  • There are 2 types of Pain in this world: Pain that hurts you, and Pain that changes you.
  • When your big chance comes you don't have time to get ready- You have to be READY.
  • Stop waiting for a change- go out and make a change.
Have a wonderful week everyone and do what makes you happy!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Foto Friday, Contest, and Food

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one speaks many, many more don't you think?

Let's caption this baby. Leave your submission here on the blog, not on the Facebook link. Winner will be chosen and announced next Friday.

Jared models the Jackarff

Winner will receive a four pack of Moab's Johnny's IPA or Root beer if you prefer.

And finally a recipe. This is the one I used to make my post Moab race feast.

Adapted from

Pumpkin Waffles
Adapted from several sources

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I used much less than this, the original recipe calls for brown sugar)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs, separated
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk (If you don't have buttermilk - add 1TBS lemon juice per cup of milk and let stand for a few minutes)
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (plain pumpkin - not the pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil for brushing waffle iron or cooking spray (I find this step unnecessary, but I suppose that depends on  your waffle iron).

Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron. Sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl with buttermilk, pumpkin, and butter until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined.
In a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks (as in, far softer than the over-beaten whites you’ll see in my picture above). Folk them gently into the waffle batter, until just combined.
Brush waffle iron lightly with oil and spoon batter (about 2 cups for four 4-inch Belgian waffles) into waffle iron, spreading quickly. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm and crisp. Make more waffles in same manner.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

CT's Random Thought Thursday


Hello and welcome to the blog about everything and nothing

...When Jeremy was asked who he would have portray him in a film version of his life story, he said Mark Wahlberg

...A group of giraffes is called a tower

...Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is a fear of long words

...The broccoli says, 'I look like a small tree', the mushroom says 'I look like an umbrella', the walnut says 'I look like a brain', and the banana says 'Can we please change the subject?

...Rotating vortex?

...Until we meet again, happy trails to you

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What the HUMR? Da Vinci Sleep

Let me start off this week by revealing to you this fact: I am not a doctor. This may shock some of you, but I wanted to clear this up before dispensing my medical opinion as fact.

It’s no secret that I have been getting far less sleep the past 4 and half months. This largely has to do with the small human that now sleeps next to Kathleen and I’s bed. This transition has gone really well overall, but there’s no arguing that our sleep patterns have been impacted. Gone are the days of actually sleeping the “doctor recommended” 7 to 9 hours a night. At the beginning Kathleen told me I was actually sleeping with my eyes half open. Some weeks I’ve felt more like Kramer in the Seinfeld episode where he attempts to only sleep 20 minutes every three hours.  

Or who can forget the Kenny Roasters Chicken store that caused Kramer to go insane from lack of sleep...

Leading up to the Red Hot 55k a few weeks ago, I was worried that this would impact my performance. Funny thing is, it didn’t. And surprisingly, my legs have felt awesome in my recovery post-race. Curious as to how this could happen, I went and “Googled” if somehow your body can become accustom to less un-interrupted sleep. After minutes of intense research I concluded this was not possible. The Internet and it's so called anonymous experts told me so. But, as an experiment of one, I seem to be proving these medical professionals wrong.

Aside from my body spontaneously acclimating to less sleep, there were a few things I tried to do to mitigate my fatigue.

1. Know your limits

Past history with working out at Bomber allowed me to determine that 55 MPW is the absolute max number of miles I can handle without being a complete zombie. And that’s on good sleep. Mileage reduction was in order, but how?

2. Just say no to “junk” miles

I fixate on weekly mileage counts. Historically I would do this even at the expense of just getting in some “junk” miles. No sleep meant that this had to stop. Sleep walking through a meaningless 7 mile run was pointless. More purposeful running was needed.

3. Limit the number of days I run
I would run every day if I let myself. It’s just something I’ve pretty much done habitually since 2004. A lot of times my day doesn’t feel complete without running. But, with other, more important commitments (and my general sanity at stake) I decided to only run 5 days a week max. So far it's worked out fairly well.

Maybe I should try this Da Vinci sleep technique... think of all the things I could get done!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You Have to Fall to Get Back Up!

My awesome friend, Alyssa, at the finish of her first ultra.
...this is what I kept telling myself as I lick my wounds after completely being laid out on the trail this morning.  Picture this:  I am daydreaming about the hill repeats I am about to conquer when I trip and sprawl completely flat on the trail.  Legs out, arms out, chin smacked upon the ground.  As I push myself up I realize that I got off pretty darn easy.  My hands are 99% ok, my chin is not bleeding (though my brain was quite jostled), and it would appear that the worst thing that happened is that I am covered chin to knee in dirt (not mud!- another bonus).  Then it came to me:

You have to fall to get back up.

Specifically, you have to put yourself in situations where you may fall, or miss success, in order to grow as a person.  We have all been there.  Think of the first time you ran.  Personally, I cannot remember that far back, but we all had to go from a place of security (constant foot contact with the ground) to accepting a period of no security in the flight stage of running.  We have succeeded and now look at us!

I decided to share what I learned this morning:
  1. Pearl Izumi tights DO NOT spontaneously combust upon contact.
  2. A good hit to your pride is good once in awhile, it is how you carry yourself afterward that counts.
  3. Trail running is good for your ego, and your overall personality.  Trail running makes you overcome adversity almost every time you go!
Random aside: My right hand is jacked on the palm AND the back side.  One of the wonders of the world...

I would really like to hit this one point home:  I also find it absolutely hilarious that I was thinking about how I was going to conquer my hill repeats when I went down... I thought I have trail angel karma... I guess I'll save it for later.

Stay in good humor, my friends.