My favorite comedy.

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Weekly pictures.

Robin Williams, wow. Money, fame, everything you could ever want and quite often that isn’t what is really needed.

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August is here

and of most people that means that the running starts to ramp up for fall races.  I am one of those people.  With 3 races on my radar in the next few months and a few others that I may add at any time this is prime running season. I am also trying to wrap my mind around the reality that I am going to have a high school child in a week.  Where does the time go. I ask the same question when a race arrives that I haven’t given it my all in training for, this leads me to thinking of joining a training group for some accountability.  However I don’t know of any ultra training groups around here, so the next step would be a personal coach.  I know that there are several good/really, really good coaches online so I might go that route.  Some of them are pretty pricey, but what prices does one place on good coaching and accountability when it isn’t inherent?  It looks like another 100+ degree day with higher humidity, lets let it rip on the trails.

 

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Comparisonitus

runfaraz:

A nice little read.

Originally posted on Writtenbysean:

Description
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Comparisonitus, also called “why’s he got what I haven’t got” syndrome, causes bitterness, resentment, lack of focus, stagnant progress and decreasing goal completion symptoms. Unlike being lazy, comparisonitus, is a lack of movement caused by an allergic response to someone else’s success

Comparisonitus can make you miserable and affect your performance at work or school and interfere with ambition and drive. But you don’t have to put up with annoying symptoms. Learning how to avoid triggers and finding the right treatment can make a big difference.

SYMPTOMS
Comparisonitus signs and symptoms usually start immediately after you are exposed to a specific kind of success you crave and can include:

– Envy

– Low self-esteem

– Depression

– Financial pressure

– Loss of motivation

– Decrease in meeting goals

CAUSES
During a process called sensitization your nervous system mistakenly identifies someone successful or happy as something harmful…

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Hawai’i time

I have been in Hawai’i for 4 days now (Kona area) I have 5 left. I am super bummed to know that half of my vacation here is almost done. Not complaining though as I have been to some amazing places and seen some incredible sights so far. Not to mention the running. Every morning so far I have run through the resort along the walkway adjacent to the ocean and on the second day I ran down to the Queen K highway when it was 87 degrees and 90% humidity. I now know for sure that I don’t do well with humidity. Having the lava on one side of the road made me see how the Ironman athletes feel during their run segment, which is right down the road from here. Tomorrow I am heading down to do the entire horseshoe road from one side of the highway to the other, about 11 miles. Hopefully I feel well, I will take water and some nutrition. But for now…

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Sedona May 2014

I an here in my second hometown of Sedona, Arizona with my family for one of our yearly trips where we enjoy getting out of the heat and city for a few days. Didn’t stay a week this time but when we leave tomorrow it will be 4 days which has even nice. I had plans to get a lot of running done while here but it didn’t quite work out as planned due to the Slide Fire. The morning gave been so smoke filled that it is hard to breathe normally let alone while trying to run the hills up here. Plus all of my favorite trails are closed by the US Forest service as a fire precaution. The smoke dissipates in the afternoons and that is when I have been running instead of the mornings. I had plans to run doubles on Saturday and Sunday but I only got a single yesterday and got nothing in today as I spent most of the afternoon with my kids and wife. I did take a swim in the ice cold Oak Creek after running yesterday and that was great. I am going to pray that the smoke umbrella lifts tonight and I can run tomorrow morning before we leave but I am not holding my breath. Fire fighters said that at night the colder air comes down the canyon from Flagstaff and it sits on top of the warmer Sedona air trapping the smoke underneath.
Tried to go eat at our favorite restaurant, The Hideaway, only to find out it is no longer there as the building owner kicked them out to start his own restaurant. What a dick. They had been there since 1978.
We went to Jerome yesterday for a few hours. That is a tripped out town. Tried to go yo the Puscifer store but both times we went up there we found a note in the door saying they were at lunch. Oh well. I also discovered while up there that the Northern Arizona wines are the favorite drink of Arizona hipsters. I couldn’t believe the angst and cooler-that-you attitudes I could feel through the windows as we walked by. I used to think that I could be a wine drinker but not if I have to act and feel like them. Actually I am becoming less and less of a beer drinker. Don’t like the way I feel after having just a few beers. Yep, I am getting older. 10 days from now I will be in Hawaii for 9 days. I am looking forward to that but nervous about finding places near the resort in Kona to get in 10-15 mile runs. Yeah I know, go run the Ironman route. Maybe. As I sit here on the patio I see the long shadows drifting in across the canyon and it’s tree canopy. Guess that means it is getting close to time for the nightly trip to the pool/hot tub/game room. J always miss leaving here, I think the countless memories if spending so much time here with my grandparents at their house gets to me. Turning on KAZM radio for Wolfman Jack and a quiet enjoyable night. Thanks for reading.

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Reach 11 trail

In between my daughters soccer games a few weeks ago, I ran the trail that goes behind the Reach 11 recreation area. To the east the trail goes under the 101 and 51 freeways winding through desert terrain until it ends near the Mayo clinic. You can continue on from that trailhead on the streets or other unofficial trails but I turn around there. The trail is pretty flat packed dirt with desert vegetation all around, some areas have nice spots of shade from trees and large shrubbery. It us a nice run that isn’t very well travelled but I did see a few other runners and a few bikers.

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