Saturday, December 24, 2011

Way of the Trail Runner - the Code of the Samurai for Coyotes & People





the COYOTE BUSHIDO
“Way of the Trail Runner”


  1. Your Physical Health is Ground Zero
Running should enhance your health, not tear you apart. Recovery is key. Always keep in mind the point of doing this is to maximize your health/fitness/well-being. If you are constantly pushing, never taking time for recovery (especially if you’re prepping for “an ultra”) you will soon break down or burn out. Keep an eye on your energy levels, your health, and your physical aches-n-pains. Either we make time to self-maintain or soon we’ll be doing all the things we should have been doing all along while injured.

  1. Respect the Run
 Running is truly a gift.  Always strive to appreciate that you can move your body in an inspired, elegant and amazing way.  Even a bad run is still a part of a great day more often than not. You are challenging yourself for sport, and your body will react and respond and build you stronger. Running is one of the greatest representations of “you get out what you put in”.

  1. Respect Your Fellow Athlete
Anyone and everyone who runs/hikes/walks (bikes/rides/etc.) deserves our deepest respect. Those who get out there and JUST DO IT, it doesn’t matter the distance, speed or frequency, on that day, you are an athlete and we are humbled by you.

  1. Respect the Trails
No matter where you live, you can always visit some amazing places to run. Be it a local park or a mountain, canyon or beach, MOTHER EARTH deserves your deepest respect. She nurtures us, and we should honor this. It’s not enough to simply not litter. Pick up anything you see out there. We are using the trail, beach or path to better ourselves; let’s leave them better too.  Step up your game.  It will feel really good and you will inspire others to do the same.

  1. Remember Where You Started
Whether it was 28-years ago or 28-days ago, remember how far you’ve come. Try not to waste time wishing you were better/faster/more fit than another time/period in your life, work to be better now.  There was a time you might have found running difficult, laborious or even punishment, but now, you can enjoy yourself, have fun and improve with mindful remembrance.

  1. Thou Shalt Not Envy (Another Runner)
Much of an athlete’s success is determined prior to their workouts beginning.  Never begrudge someone else the hard work they did to improve. Measure yourself against yourself, and be generous with that measurement (be glass half full).

  1. Lead (By Example)
Commit yourself to having an impact in the lives of others (runners & non-runners alike). Running doesn’t just improve you physically; it improves your overall health, well being, vitality and mentality. Reinvest that energy in others by inspiring them to take up a physical activity that inspires them. If they hate running, or don’t run, invite them to give it another shot with new perspective. 99% of us LOVED to run when we were children (“Don’t run in the hall/house or around the pool” etc.).  Parents and adults were demanding we ran less back then. Somewhere we took a wrong turn. If you found your way back to that JOY (or never lost it), spread the love. Even if you only inspire 1 in every 10 people, that 1 drop in the pond will send shockwaves through their life and to those around them.  It’s worth it.

  1. The “All In” Mentality
You never know which run or race will be your last for a while. Don’t take it for granted. It’s one thing to take an easy day in a tough week; it’s another thing altogether to just run because your training schedule says so. Don’t lose sight of this simple, yet profound thing that we do and how much we miss it when it’s not available as an option.

  1. Have Fun (At All Costs)
”If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” –Katelyn Benton
It’s better to sacrifice performance goals than it is to sacrifice the enjoyment of running. Yes, it’s fun to improve, but if you make it to the end of a long training program, fall short at a race, and have the feeling “I just wasted 4-5 months of my life” or more, you’ve ripped yourself off in oh so many ways. Start with a fun attitude of gratitude and the race results will follow. No, it won’t happen overnight. If you want that kind of success, you’re in the wrong sport.

  1. Pedro’ing It (Notes on Finishing Strong at a Race)
To “Pedro It” means to run your FASTEST 5k of the race in the very last 5k of that race (of ANY distance).
No matter how deep you dig, there’s always more you can give.  When you’re close to the finish, line it up and knock it out, go for it, get it done, *insert clever finishing clichĂ© here”.  The ONE exception to this is when you’ve spent more than 50% of a race running alongside someone (teammate or otherwise), thou shalt not drop the hammer on a partnership (at the very end).  If you’re running for position or wish to beat one teammate in particular, you agree to leave them (behind?) prior to the last 20% of that race (ex. in a 50-mile race, the last 10-miles).

  1. There Are Many Eyes In “Team”
When it comes to a run or race there will be good, bad and UGLY days. You are part of a team, especially when you don the COYOTE jersey.  Represent yourself as you’d want your teammates to represent you. Especially when you have a bad day.  The great thing about failing when a part of a team is you get to CELEBRATE the success of your partners in crime instead of wallowing in self-pity. Even when you go to a race where you are a “Coyote pack of 1”, we are globally recognized (thank you Facebook & Twitter), and you represent us all. Make us proud, especially when your performance isn’t what you had hoped.


Friday, July 22, 2011

ANGELES CREST 100 awaits - 1-day of Inspiration remains (until damnation)

The ANGELES CREST 100-Miler is tomorrow. This is DAY 5 of a 5-part BLOG.

If you are reading this as your first BLOG in this series, I have asked a few athletes in that finished 100's (or longer) over the last 5 weeks to provide me with a QUOTE that gets them fired up to compete, a SONG that helps them in the tough moments, and a MANTRA that helped them finish their respective races.  Pssst, there's a bonus at the bottom, past my Day 5 athlete/inspiration...

Day 1: JASON HEALEY
Day 2: JUNE CASERIA
Day 3: CHRIS PRICE
Day 4: KEVIN CHAN


DAY 5 ATHLETE: STAN KOSOSKI
RACE: Western States 100-Miler
FINISH: 28:48:26 (his 2nd 100-miler, 1st Western States)
QUOTE: "Pain is temporary. DNF'ing States will hurt for years (until you get back in again, and finish.)
SONG: Pornstar Dancing - My Darkest Days
MANTRA: “One foot in front of the other. Forward is progress. No excuses.”
Song Lyrics: Pornstar Dancing

Kelly won't kiss my friend, Cassandra
Jessica won't play ball
Mandy won't share her friend, Miranda
Doesn't anybody live at all?


Amanda won't leave me empty handed
Got her number from a bathroom stall
Brandy just got way too much baggage
And that shit just gets old


But I got a girl who can put on a show
The dollar decides how far you can go


She wraps those hands around that pole
She licks those lips and off we go
She takes it off nice and slow
Because that's pornstar dancin'


She don't play nice, she makes me beg
She drops that dress around her legs
And I'm sittin' right by the stage for this
Pornstar dancin'


Your body's lightin' up the room
I want a naughty girl like you
There's nothing hotter than a..


Stacy's gonna save herself for marriage
But that's just not my style
She's got a pair that's nice to stare at
But I want girls gone wild


But I know a place where there's always a show
The dollar decides how far you can go


She wraps those hands around that pole
She licks those lips and off we go
She takes it off nice and slow
Because that's pornstar dancin'


She don't play nice, she makes me beg
She drops that dress around her legs
And I'm sittin' right by the stage for this
Pornstar dancin'


Your body's lightin' up the room
I want a naughty girl like you
Let's throw a party just for two
You know those normal girls won't do


They won't do
I need a girl thats kinda frisky
Drinking with the fellas
Takin shots and gettin tipsy
We always wanna party cause she sexy as hell
And if i ever get in trouble bailin me outta jail
Cause she a stone cold stunna hotta than the summer
When she step up into the club every man and woman want her
she make me wanna get a stripper pole up in my home
cause of the pornstar dancin got me in the zone!


She wraps those hands around that pole
She licks those lips and off we go
She takes it off nice and slow
Because that's pornstar dancin'


She don't play nice, she makes me beg
She drops that dress around her legs
And I'm sittin right by the stage for this
Pornstar dancin'
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DAY 5 BONUS (my quote/song/mantra and AC100 race plan)


ATHLETE: Jimmy Dean Freeman (in AC100 LIVE terms: Jimmy Freeman)
RACE: Angeles Crest 100-Miler
2006 FINISH: 26:27:05 (my 1st 100-miler, 2nd ultra)
2007 = DNF at Mt. Hillyer checkpoint, Mile 49 (3rd ultra)
2011 GOAL: 22:00:00 (give or take an hour)
QUOTE: "It's not about luck; it's about willingness to suffer.”
SONG: Superman (It's Not Easy) - Five For Fighting
MANTRA: “Just (F***ing) Do It.”
Song Lyrics: Superman (It's Not Easy)

I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
I'm just out to find
The better part of me


I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane
I'm more than some pretty face beside a train
And it's not easy to be me


I wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
Bout a home I'll never see


It may sound absurd but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream?
And it's not easy to be me


Up up and away away from me
Well it's all right
You can all sleep sound tonight
I'm not crazy or anything


I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
Men weren't meant to ride
With clouds between their knees


I'm only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me


Inside of me, inside of me, yeah
Inside of me, inside of me


I'm only a man in a funny red sheet
I'm only a man looking for a dream
I'm only a man in a funny red sheet
And it's not easy, it's not easy to be me
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RACE PLAN NOTES
The A-plan is to utilize Suzanna Bon's 2007 splits (22:00:15) and much of Tom Nielsen's race strategy (hike the big climbs, take advantage of downhills, concede no time at aid stations, finish strong as the race begins with a 50k to go).


You can follow the race splits for ALL of us (including SoCal Coyotes Dom Grossman, Adam Bowman, George Gleason, Katie DeSplinter and Tiffany Guerra) at the AC100 LIVE link: AC100.com/live/
Some early and late race Tweets on any Coyotes near(ish) me: Twitter.com/CoachJimmyDean

Here. We. GO!


HOWL!!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

ANGELES CREST 100 awaits - 2-days of Inspiration remain (until damnation)

The ANGELES CREST 100-Miler is now a scant 2-days away. This is DAY 4 of a 5-part BLOG.

Day 1: JASON HEALEY
Day 2: JUNE CASERIA
Day 3: CHRIS PRICE

If you are reading this as your first BLOG in this series, I have asked a few athletes in that finished 100's (or longer) over the last 5 weeks to provide me with a QUOTE that gets them fired up to compete, a SONG that helps them in the tough moments, and a MANTRA that helped them finish their respective races.


ATHLETE: KEVIN "CHANDELOUS" CHAN
RACE: Western States 100-Miler
FINISH: 23:40:48 (his 1st 100-miler & coveted WS100 Silver Buckle)
QUOTE: "To get through the hardest journey we need take only 1 step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”
SONG: Walk - Foo Fighters
MANTRA: “The most dangerous weapon is your will.” - Bruce Lee
Song Lyrics: Walk

A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern
I think I lost my way
Getting good at starting over
Every time that I return


I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I'm learning to talk again
Can't you see I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?


Do you remember the days
We built these paper mountains
And sat and watched them burn
I think I found my place
Can't you feel it growing stronger
Little conqueror


I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I'm learning to talk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?


Now
For the very first time
Don't you pay no mind
Set me free again
You keep alive a moment at a time
But still inside a whisper to a liar
To sacrifice but knowing to survive
The first to find another state of mind
I'm on my knees, I'm waiting for a sign
Forever, whenever
I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I'm on my knees
I never wanna die
I'm dancing on my grave
I'm Running through the fire
Forever, whatever
I Never wanna die
I Never wanna leave
I'll Never say goodbye
Forever, whatever
Forever, Whatever


I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I'm learning to talk again
Can't you see I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?


I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
I'm learning to talk again
Can't you see I've waited long enough

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ANGELES CREST 100 awaits - 3-days of Inspiration remain (until damnation)

The ANGELES CREST 100-Miler is now a scant 3-days away.  This is DAY 3 of a 5-part BLOG.

Day 1: JASON HEALEY.
Day 2: JUNE CASERIA

If you are reading this as your first BLOG in this series, I have asked a few athletes in that finished 100's (or longer) over the last 5 weeks to provide me with a QUOTE that gets them fired up to compete, a SONG that helps them in the tough moments, and a MANTRA that helped them finish their respective races.



ATHLETE: CHRIS PRICE
RACE: San Diego 100-Miler
FINISH: 19:44:03 (his 1st 100-miler)
QUOTE: "If you want to run fast, you have to run fast. -Andy Salinger
SONG: Hell of a Life - Kanye West
MANTRA: Maintain, maintain, maintain. The quicker I run, the sooner I'm done.
Song Lyrics: 
Hell of a Life

I think I just fell in love with a porn star
Turn the camera on, she a born star
Turn the corners in a foreign car
Call the coroners do the CPR
She gave that old n-gga a ulcer
Her bitter sweet taste made his gold teeth fake, uh
Make her knees shake, make a priest faint, uh
Make a nun cum, make her cremate, uh
Move downtown, cop a sweet space, uh
Livin’ life like we won the sweepstakes, what!
We headin’ to hell for heaven’s sake, Huh!
Well I’mma levitate, make the devil wait, Yeah!



Have you lost your mind?
Tell me when you think we crossed the line
No more drugs for me, p-ssy and religion is all I need
Grab my hand and baby we’ll live a hell of a life



Never in your wildest dreams, never in your wildest dreams
In your wildest
You could hear the loudest screams, comin’ from inside the screen
You a wild bitch
Tell me what I gotta do to be that guy
Said her price go down, she ever f-ck a black guy
Or do anal, or do a gangbang
It’s kinda crazy that’s all considered the same thing
Well I guess a lotta n-ggas do gang bang
And if we run trains, we all in the same gang
Runaway slaves all on a chain gang
Bang bang bang bang bang



Have you lost your mind?
Tell me when you think we crossed the line
No more drugs for me, p-ssy and religion is all I need
Grab my hand and baby we’ll live a hell of a life



One day I’m gon’ marry a porn star
We’ll have a big ass crib and a long yard
We’ll have a mansion and some fly maids
Nothin’ to hide, we both screwed the bride’s maid
She wanna role play, ’til I roll over
I’mma need a whole day, at least rolled doja
What party is we goin’ to on Oscar day
‘Specially if she can’t get that dress from Oscar de
La Renta, they wouldn’t rent her they couldn’t take the shame
Snatched the dress off her back and told her, “Get away.”
How could you say they live they life wrong?
When you never f-ck with the lights on


Have you lost your mind?Tell me when you think we crossed the line
No more drugs for me, p-ssy and religion is all I need
Grab my hand and baby we’ll live a hell of a life

I think I fell in love with a porn star
And got married in a bathroom
Honeymoon on the dance floor
And got divorced by the end of the night
That’s one hell of a life

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ANGELES CREST 100 awaits - 4-days of Inspiration remaining (until damnation)

The ANGELES CREST 100-Miler is now a mere 4-days away.  This is DAY 2 of a 5-part BLOG.  Yesterday's BLOG was on JASON HEALEY.  If you are reading this as your first BLOG in this series, I have asked a few athletes in that finished 100's (or longer) over the last 5 weeks to provide me with a QUOTE that gets them fired up to compete, a SONG that helps them in the tough moments, and a MANTRA that helped them finish their respective races.


ATHLETE: JUNE CASERIA
RACE: Western States 100-Miler
FINISH: 29:50:54 (her 1st 100-miler)
QUOTE: "Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
SONG: Lose Yourself - Eminem

MANTRA: You can do it. You can do this. You can fucking DO IT!
Song Lyrics: Lose Yourself


Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
but he keeps on forgettin what he wrote down,
the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking how, everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up over, bloah!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that
Easy, no
He won't have it , he knows his whole back's to these ropes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that, but he's broke
He's so stagnant that he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again yo
This whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
(You better)

The soul's escaping, through this hole that it's gaping
This world is mine for the taking
Make me king, as we move toward a, new world order
A normal life is boring, but superstardom's close to post mortem
It only grows harder, only grows hotter
He blows us all over these hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he's know as the globetrotter
Lonely roads, God only knows
He's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose 'cause here goes the cold water
His hoes don't want him no more, he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it's old partner but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da

No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfucking roof off like 2 dogs caged
I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed
I've been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhyming and stepwritin the next cypher
Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
Cause man, these goddam food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's getting even harder
Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama's screaming on and
Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
Has gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail
I've got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go it's my shot.
Feet fail me not this may be the only opportunity that I got

You can do anything you set your mind to, man

Monday, July 18, 2011

ANGELES CREST 100 awaits - 5-days of Inspiration (until damnation)

The ANGELES CREST 100-Miler is now a mere 5-days away.  "ONLY 5 more sleeps" as my childlike self used to think on December 20th awaiting Christmas eagerly.  Having been to three 100-mile (or longer) races in the last 5-weeks, I felt inspired looking back on the performances of my friends, fellow ultra-runners and the handful of athletes I had the joy to coach (who competed in those events).  Over the next 5-days, I shall post a look into the mentality of those who inspired me at the SAN DIEGO 100, the WESTERN STATES 100 and the BADWATER 135...


I have asked a few athletes in this group to provide me with a QUOTE that gets them fired up to compete, a SONG that helps them in the tough moments, and a MANTRA that helped them finish their respective races.




ATHLETE: JASON HEALEY
RACE: San Diego 100-Miler
FINISH: 28:44:39 (his 1st 100-miler)
QUOTE: "In order to accomplish something great you must first expect it of yourself.”
SONG: Times Like These - Foo Fighters
MANTRA: Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Song Lyrics: Times Like These
I am a one way motorway
I'm the one that drives away
Then follows you back home
I am a street light shining
I'm a wild light blinding bright
Burning off alone

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

I am a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Life Time Capsule: 2010 into 2011. EPIC adventure = epic failure + success.



WHAT I LEARNED (ABOUT LIFE) IN 2010
I am not quite sure where to begin with this one.  Last year really didn't have a traditional/figurative beginning, middle and an end.  I'm not even sure I'm writing this to be read (yeah, sure Jimmy, that's why it's in BLOG format, and not in your journal). I just talked to myself in 3rd person there.  Yep, it was one of those years!


To understand where I find myself beginning 2011, it's important to look at where I was to begin 2001, yes, a decade ago (many of you do NOT know this story, which is amazing considering how infrequently I am not talking/telling stories).


In January of 2001, I declared (for the second time) "I will run my first marathon this year!"  It was right after taking a groundbreaking life seminar called the Landmark Forum (feel free to ask me more specifically about this course if you're curious what you might get out of it). I then hired a coach (sponsored triathlete / Coach Kaley Parkinson who then worked at/for Forward Motion Sports) and I went to work. The trouble started when Kaley sent me his athlete questionnaire and I answered many questions with answers from when I was in peak shape, about 6 years prior (can you say oops). I was just starting to run (again) and essentially was asking him to give me workouts that I shouldn't be able to handle/withstand for another 8-12 weeks.  You guessed right: I was completely injured (ITBS) within 8 runs, maybe even less (I think it was 11 days).  Completely my fault. Kaley, being a triathlete coach, suggested we continue training and he worked with me in the pool.  I did all I could to sustain motivation and went to the gym diligently for about a month.  I swam, biked did a ton of core work. IT band didn't improve much, at least not quickly enough to train for that marathon (June 2001).  Months later, I still went to the SD R'n'R Marathon out of a sense of moral obligation to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, since I had donation/sponsorship checks for $1-$2 per mile. I arrived in San Diego, went to the marathon expo, got the course map on Saturday, picked up my bib and started walking the course.  I got to the section where the course goes up a freeway on-ramp and after careful consideration thought better of it.  Instead I completed another couple loops around Balboa Park, GPS reading = 14-miles. The next morning, I caught a cab to Mile 13, stretched and waited for the race to come by, then jumped in and started walking, then walk/running, then jogging towards the finish. I finished, albeit unofficially in 22-hours, 17-min (6-hours, 17-min of moving forward time with a 16-hour recovery break in the middle).  It marked the first time in my life (I was 24 years old) that I followed through and did something I said I would complete when I knew my initial goal was not possible (to run the race straight through).


That race changed me.  Yet, it took another 16-months to prepare for my first successful marathon (run) after 2 more injury/sickness setbacks of 2-4 months, I completed CHICAGO in Oct of 2002.    Then, as inspired as I've ever been, I brought on the worst over-use injury of my running life: quadriceps tendinitis that lasted from late-Nov 2002 to Aug 2003.  I battled depression (for the second time in my life), went deeply into the abyss of 'video game addition' (was averaging 7-8 hours of gaming or gaming related activities for the better part of a year).  At one point that summer, I was eating 2-McDonald's McGriddles per day, 4-days per week, and on the other days, it was the much healthier choice of 2-Krispy Kreme Original Glazed and a Starbucks 'poor man's mocha (coffee and chocolate with some cream)'. My relentless girlfriend/fiancĂ©e (we got engaged somehow in the middle of all that nonsense) Kate invited me to run with her 2-3 times per week for 10-months (and I gave her approximately 100-consecutive-NO's).  The 101st invite elicited a "why not, let's go" and I laced up the shoes and have not looked back since then.  That tough, tough period of my life taught me patience and perseverance in ways I'll always appreciate and utilize. I haven't had a serious injury (*knocking on wood now*) since.  Sure, in peak training/racing, I've had ticky-tack aches and pains, a few muscle imbalances, but all things I could correct quickly with diligent work ethic and willingness to scale training back and rest when necessary.


The next PR marathon came in Dec 2004, and I finally got my 'BQ'.  I ran my 1st BOSTON in Apr 2005.  Then, I started training for a double-marathon on trails in May 2005 and ran the Sierra Nevada Endurance Run in September that year.  I went on one year later to complete my 1st 100-mile mountain trail race (Angeles Crest 2006) and the rest brought us to 2010.


FAST FORWARD TO 2010
I turned 34 last year, but spent the bulk of the stanza in "my Jesus year" as a couple of my friends playfully jested.  The Urban Dictionary defines Jesus year this way... "The 33rd year of your life. Time to get moving and get things done."  I took on more this year than maybe any other year of my life.  I did things that spanned the gambit: traveled (US and abroad) to coach runners, lead running clinics and presented as a motivational keynote speaker.  I performed stand up at numerous events/functions/clubs.  I coached the completion of my first formal training program for the running team/group I founded (the SoCal COYOTES aka  Coyote Running).  I helped inspire/motivate a family member (my BIL, Stan) to run 100-miles (my single proudest accomplishment of 2010).  I completed "the World's Toughest Footrace aka the Challenge of the Champions" aka the BADWATER Ultramarathon.  A healthy number of things I wanted to be great fell flat on their face.  I failed to finish my last major race/competition of the year (dropping out of the Oil Creek 100-Miler at Mile 76).  I fell short of my coaching program goals and promises in the sophomore effort of Coyote Training Programs.  I made a fool of myself, sometimes intentionally, sometimes quite accidentally on a number of occasions.  It was an amazing, epic and mixed bag.  I also came a few steps closer to understanding what my family means to me, and which friends I consider family come hell or high water.


I'm in my next zone now.  My introspective (or is this outtrospective?) space laying the foundation for what's to come in 2011 was January.  I share this with you to say, 2010 was an amazing AND perfect mess.  I hope I live another year to tell the tale of 2011 and dream about what 2012 holds in store.


RUNNING (the foundation/ground work for all I accomplish in other areas of my life)
After taking my Western States 100-Miler lottery stat to 0-for-4 (I got into the 2008/2009 edition of the race by automatic entry), I saw another loss in the lottery at the MMT100.  I realized my fate: to return to the ANGELES CREST 100-MILER: the site of my first 100-mile finish AND my first ever epic race fail (see: DNF).  I will run the Lake Sonoma 50-miler (April) and the MIWOK 100k (May) in my training buildup to my July 23rd/24th date with destiny.  I also aim to nail down the 'XTERRA Trail Run Series Champion' title in SoCal XTERRA's this year.  There are 7 races (you can tally points at 6), and I'll be running 4 or 5 of them in hopes of being 1st Place 'Age Group Male' 35-39 years of age.  I have 1 prospective race left, albeit it is a week after a 50-miler.  Good times.  I'd love to add another full Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail fkt attempt in there somewhere, and I also am eyeballing the Rio Del Lago 100-Miler in September.  Howl!!!


COACHING
I will continue to grow 'COYOTE RUNNING' brand awareness, help as many athletes as I can achieve their athletic (and life) goals in 2011, and coach in new arenas (corporate wellness, motivational/keynote speaking, school assemblies, etc.).


LIFE
I will take an even more active role in the lives of my siblings (Sarah, Mary and Daniel), work to set up some structures to mentor my baby bro (he's a Senior in HS), and plan more trips to see Kate's family and my nieces and nephew.  Also, I will continue to support my baby sis and her husband in their race and fitness goals (Stan is running WESTERN STATES!).  My family is rad.  I will also plan more time in with my mom, and invite her to participate (earlier) in some of my races.  I'd like to get my dad down to SoCal on a simple visit to see me and my sis Sarah.  I plan to move into a new apartment that allows dogs and get a puppy in the next 6-months, and use the time prior to throw out and organize 7-10 years accumulation of garbage/clutter that I don't need in my life including excess running shoes and clothing that can be donated.


CAREER
I will continue to move forward in my Motivational Speaker / Keynote Speaker business.  Last year I booked  4 gigs between August-November, this year I will average 2 per month (or more) by the end of 2011 and continue developing my network of schools.  I plan to book $24k-$50k+ in keynote/assembly gigs and take the next step forward in my presentation to both adults, businesses, kids and schools.  I will also get a website up on my speaking/emceeing by the end of March.  I already have my first "mini-doc" on a school assembly I did back in September (thank you Adam Bowman!)...


100 MILE CLUB CHALLENGE (15-min long) - video by BBrandTripel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRCxVHY7vsU


There's a LOT to do in 2011.  Enough writing about it, I've gotta get crackin' sendin' emails and making calls!!!