What Winter Warrior is teaching me

On this day of finding out if I get in to Leadville Run 100 I will write about what I’ve learned from Winter Warrior:

  • Get up early and wear a headlamp to get my miles in
  • If I need to do some in the morning and some in the evening that’s okay, just get all the miles in.

The rules state that I must run or walk OUTSIDE every day in the month of January.

I track my mileage everyday using the STRAVA app on my phone or download Suunto data.

I’m going for Gold:

Bronze = run/walk 1 mile each day
Silver = run/walk 3 miles each day
Gold = run/walk 5 miles each day

All for a Winter Warrior Hat

This is the prize for running/walking/hiking 5 miles everyday in January.

I also got Jeff to sign up and we are a team. Jeff has walked at least one mile every day despite getting a cold on Day 3.

Our team effort looks like this as of today. We are in 76th place.

This is where I am as of this morning:

Ultra Running Play List Part 2

Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson
Where the hell did you come from? You’re a different, different kind of fun.

So What by P!nk
So, so what? I’m still a rock star. I got my rock moves and I don’t need you. 

Pacific Coast Highway by Hole
I’m on the Pacific Coast Highway, My God how did you fall so far?

Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
No speed limit this is the fast lane. It’s just the way that it is here and you say I never thought it could. 

Fix You by Coldplay
Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones. 

Bring the Rain by MercyMe
I am Yours regardless of the dark clouds that may loom above because You are much greater than my pain. You who made a way for me.

The Scientist by Coldplay
Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be this hard. Oh take me back to the start

4 Minutes by Madonna with Justin Timberlake
If you want it – You already got it. If you thought it – It better be what you want.

Fight Song by Rachel Platten
My power’s turned on. Starting right now I’ll be strong. I’ll play my fight song and I don’t really care if nobody else believes because I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.

Bobby Jean by Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band
We liked the same music, we liked the same bands. We liked the same clothes. We told each other that we were the wildest – the wildest things we’d ever seen.

Girl on Fire by Jessica Mears
Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame. So bright, she can burn your eyes, better look the other way.

8 Mile by Eminem
I’m a man, I’m gonna make a new plan. Time for me to just stand up, and travel new land. Time for me to just take matters into my own hands. 

Ultra running playlist Part 1

My ultra running playlist is about 3 hours but the plan is to listen to it twice for my long, long run. I could listen to them twice because these are all great songs with motivating lyrics.  Here is the list with my favorite lines from each song. 

Roll Me Away by Bob Segar
Stood alone on a mountain top, starin’ out at the Great Divide. I could go east, I could go west, it was all up to me to decide. 

Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in I’ll never meet the ground. Crash through the surface where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.

A Song for You by The Carpenters
I’ve been so many places in my life and time I’ve sung a lot of songs I’ve made some bad rhyme.

Tougher Than the Rest by Bruce Springstein
Honey I’m tougher than the rest. 

The Climb by Miley Cyrus
There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move.

He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli
I’m not living for applause, I’m already so adored. It’s all His stage. He knows my name.

Maybe It’s Time by Bradley Cooper
It takes a lot to change a man, Hell, it takes a lot to try. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.

Across the Great Divide by Nanci Griffith
Now I find myself on the mountainside, where the rivers change direction Across the Great Divide.

The Fire Inside by Bob Segar
Faking the smile, hiding the pain, never satisfied. The fire inside.

City Of Stars by Ryan Gosling
City of stars, Are you shining just for me? City of stars There’s so much that I can’t see. 

Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga
That Arizona sky burning in your eyes. You look at me and, babe, I wanna catch on fire.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers
Coming out of my cage And I’ve been doing just fine. Gotta gotta be down because I want it all.

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

Try by Pink 


Where there is desire there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame someone’s bound to get burned.

Black by Pearl Jam
I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star. 

Today Is Your Day by Shania Twain
You got what it takes you can win. Today is your day to begin. So don’t give up here, don’t you quit. The moment is now, this is it.

Moving on

What matters now and how will I get there now?

The greatest gift you have …. the new beginning in every second.