My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): I’m not ok, I Promise

I need to break this funk. But forgetting that the world is sinking into a crap volcano is hard to do though.  Running on the road or trail for three hours gives me too much time to think. I’ve tried hacking away at the negitivity with the Blade of Distraction for a while, but my brain’s arms are getting tired. I slip between depression about … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): I’m not ok, I Promise

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): 3 Ways to Mountain-Proof Those Chicken Legs

Here are 3 ways I’ve been training for the mountains in my 60k: 1. Plant-based Nutrition I eat a strictly plant-based diet, because Herbivores don’t get as sore as Omnivores I went to this intense gym class in my twenties. The goal of the class was to torture its victims by taking individual exercises and doing them for entire songs at a time. So if … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): 3 Ways to Mountain-Proof Those Chicken Legs

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): The Break-up (I’ll Run When I Want to!)

Dear Training Schedule, You suck. Sincerely, – Nate P.S. I hope you end up in a van down by the river. From now on, I’m going rouge. I’m play my own song, and I’m dance however I want to. That training plan, I burned it up in the garbage can. And yes, it was a plastic garbage bin. And no, it wasn’t a well thought out … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): The Break-up (I’ll Run When I Want to!)

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): I’m Too Afraid to Run With You

Your Strava statistics intimidate me. It took me 4 hours this morning to run 16 miles. According to your profile, you’d be waiting an hour-and-a-half at the finish for me to shuffle in. Are there Facebook groups for runners who take too long to run trails? Maybe a group for IT Band injured runners who hobble down mountains? Can you imagine 30-40 trail runners limping … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): I’m Too Afraid to Run With You

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): Putting My Procrastination in a Choke-Hold

I conjure up the strength to take off towards the mountain. It’s been a month since I’ve climbed it; I’ve let procrastination hold me closer to sea level for too long. Every excuse passes before me: But, what about my endurance bag, it won’t be here till tomorrow! And the boys, they’re doing school right now,and they’ll be pissed if I go without them! And … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): Putting My Procrastination in a Choke-Hold

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): It’s Hard Running With a Large Family

Having five kids is hard. There, I said it. Often, people are will say things like, “Oh, bless your heart for having all those kids,” and “You’re a better man than me”. Hogwash. Having children, adopted or birthed, doesn’t make anyone a better person or better parent than anybody else. For example, I hated coffee until I was 26-years-old. I tried my first cup o’ … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): It’s Hard Running With a Large Family

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): Will They Cancel My Race?

An email from Jenny Baker sat in my inbox. Subject: “The Georgia Jewel”. Here it is. I thought. They’ve cancelled my race. This fear has been in the forefront of my fragile existence for months. My finger hovered over the email. You knew it was coming, right? Everyone else has had their race cancelled. Why wouldn’t yours be the same? I have been in a … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): Will They Cancel My Race?

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): I’m Going to Make it Through This Year if It Kills Me

I need to break this funk I’ve settled into. Forgetting that the world is slipping into a crap volcano is tough to do though. I slide between depression about current events, and enthusiasm for the future even less now. There’s not much to look forward to anymore. I keep asking myself, “What if they cancel my race?”, But convincing my anxiety that it’s overthinking things … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): I’m Going to Make it Through This Year if It Kills Me

My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): Endurance Training = Life

Last week, my grandmother died from kidney failure. We were forced to bury her at a graveside only funeral with immediate family. Tonight, I sit in my dark house, typing on my phone with headlamp light for my bluetooth keyboard because the heavens brought their A-game and destroyed dozens of neighborhoods within two miles of our house.  Rewind to yesterday afternoon another blow hit me … Continue reading My First Ultra-Marathon (Attempt): Endurance Training = Life

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Anticipate the Journey

26.2 miles. A full marathon. During my training, I’ve got to run a whole one. It’s a ridiculous distance for my relatively weak mind and legs. And the catch. This huge run is only during training. At the end of the journey, I won’t finish with cheers crossing a fancy finish line, it’ll just be me. Stopping my Garmin watch and limping back up our … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Anticipate the Journey

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): 30 Minute Indoor Total Strength Workout

A 30 min workout that won’t be affected by a quarantine? What!? I’ve gathered these exercises to attack all the muscle groups used in ultras while strategically limiting the amount of rest required between moves. This routine should take around 30 mins to complete once you are comfortable with how the moves work. This workout requires: An Exercise Mat Optional: 5- 15lb Dumbbells Resistance Bands … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): 30 Minute Indoor Total Strength Workout

Vegan Recovery Foods

Anti Inflammation With Omega 3’s: – Ginger – Flaxseeds – Turmeric Anti Inflammation: – Blueberries – Sweet Potatoes – Green Tea – Soy – Cooked Shiitake Or Oyster Mushrooms – Garlic Whole Grains: – Brown Rice – Quinoa – Barley – Steel Cut Oats Vitamin A: – Sunflower Seeds – Carrots – Sweet Potatoes – Winter Squash – Swiss Chard – Spinach Antioxidants: – Blueberries … Continue reading Vegan Recovery Foods

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Healing IT Band Syndrome

Spoiler Alert: Remember when Mr T. beat the snot out of Rocky, then Rocky trained during an entire song and was able to destroy the old Fool Pittyier? Yeah, it takes longer than one inspirational song to cure an IT Band Injury. I read through my running journals recently and discovered an interesting trend; when I hike a big hill or mountain and then transition … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Healing IT Band Syndrome

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Facing My Tormentor

The monster claws into the side of my right knee cap. Its ability to remain hidden for so many miles astounds me. I almost believed my dance with this devil had came to an end. It must patiently waited for my next journey to the clouds. My first skirmish with the demon took place just after a climb over Patterson hill during a 10 mile … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Facing My Tormentor

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): We Should Write the Book We Want to Read

I practically never buy eBooks for my Kindle e-reader because I’m so cheap. Six months ago, I broke down and purchased a regular priced book. I was using a couch to 5k program with my kids and wanted an inspirational book about running. After reading the description to dozens of books, I felt my fix for digital retail therapy slipping away. I trudged through many … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): We Should Write the Book We Want to Read

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Sane People Just Don’t Understand the Ultra-runner

The old man in the red Chevy pickup warned us it would happen. His group tromped out of the woods while we threw on our gear at the North Pocket Trail in McLemore Cove outside of Chickamauga, GA. The Cove, as locals call it, is a famous site of an almost ambush/trapping of Yankee troops during the civil war. The Union army escaped their destruction … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Sane People Just Don’t Understand the Ultra-runner

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Why I Don’t Eat Meat

“Any idiot can run a marathon, but it takes a special idiot to run an ultra-marathon” Dean Karnazes You should have seen the face on my waiter at the Mexican restaurant, “So, wait? You don’t want any meat?” He paused, bewildered. “That’s right.” I said. “No steak, Nate?” He burrowed harder into his investigation. “That’s right, the vegetarian plate.” He beamed, “So… no chicken?” He … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Why I Don’t Eat Meat

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Can this be any different?

I’ve failed a lot. I’ve often thrashed my goals with a whip of laziness; while hanging my ego out to dry. So, can this be any different? Last night, my sprained knee and the pains from adjusting my stride told me to fail. They throbbed my leg and nipped at the cell phone in my pocket like two belligerent, drunks pleading for their phone call. … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Can this be any different?

My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Why?

A metal bin, fixed to a buried wooden 4×4, marked my first allowable outdoor distance. My grandmother could see the paved driveway from her kitchen as she made lunch for her daily wards (5-15 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other neighborly passerby’s). “You can go outside, but not past Calvin’s mailbox.” I put in many an hour hovering around the perimeter of that mailbox’s force field. … Continue reading My First Ultra Marathon (Attempt): Why?

Picking a soccer team? Goalkeepers are the most important person on the field unless you’re into losing…

El Luchador the Goalkeeper who snapped… We had a decent goalie. One day, he’s out there doing his “goalie thing”, and he dives and crushes the wind out of a sweet shot on goal. He gets off the ground, looks over at the coaches and transcends into a new dimension or something. The goalie tosses his hands in the air, swings back his head and … Continue reading Picking a soccer team? Goalkeepers are the most important person on the field unless you’re into losing…

Build Aggressive Soccer Teams: Misunderstood

If you can shape a player’s aggression and use it without giving the ref a reason to wave his authority around, do it. If you find a sweet spot, a kid who is skillful enough to keep up with the competition and forceful enough to decrease an opponent’s self-worth, then by all means foster an atmosphere that gives him the encouragement he needs to manhandle, but not mangle, his enemies. Continue reading Build Aggressive Soccer Teams: Misunderstood

Choosing a soccer player: Future potential vs present strength

Power of Potential vs a Powerful Player Excerpt From upcoming eBook… Picking Your Soccer Team: Your Dream Team is Another Coach’s Nightmare I did something stupid. They warned me I would regret it. “Those kids are too small to be playing in the U12.” they said. I should have listened. This was the spring. I had coached two teams the previous fall, U10 and U12 … Continue reading Choosing a soccer player: Future potential vs present strength

How to find a defender: Check their pockets

How To Find A Defender: Check His Pockets And Watch His Legs Excerpt From my new upcoming eBook… Picking Your Soccer Team: Your Dream Team is Another Coach’s Nightmare Two Basic Types of Defenders There are two types of defenders you need if you intend to build a brick-wall defense. These kids work on different terms; both types find pleasure from other children’s mistakes but … Continue reading How to find a defender: Check their pockets

How to find a soccer goalie: Look for the crazy one

“Yes, it’s intimidating to watch a small boy devour a sack of crickets, but you must put this kid on your team. Sure, he’s not right in the head, and he might act strange around the dog, but those qualities are why we need him in the goal.” Continue reading How to find a soccer goalie: Look for the crazy one

Creating the confidence needed to win soccer games

Confidence wins soccer games One key to any successful recreation soccer team, the one many coaches and parents overlook, is maintaining team morale. It’s pretty simple. When a player feels confident, they play confidently. You might ask, “Where are the best burritos in town?” and that would be a change of subject. But someone else might say, “I’m not praising a kid that sucks. Why … Continue reading Creating the confidence needed to win soccer games

The number one way to fix boring soccer practices

“I broke down. I found myself soaking in bath-bombs listening to Alicia Keys in the bathroom with the door locked after practices. Eventually, my wife started asking where all her candles had gone. The gig was up. I gave in. I had to do something. The Adele CD on the radio agreed with me that I was definitely rolling in some pretty deep doo-doo.” Continue reading The number one way to fix boring soccer practices