Wednesday, August 30, 2006

sit down for this one!

Good morning to all of you!
The first email I opened this morning was from Sister Marybeth!

Hi Lisa...grand total today......................
I am just blown away by this number that we have raised for the Badwater double and the money still comes in each day!!! Trail Runner and Running Times both are doing articles and I am so thankful. Imagine if we all do something to help the world become a better place? Yes, we do make a difference, a big difference.
The Teton Races are this weekend and we are really looking forward to them. The weather looks perfect. Our house is full right now with friends from all over the USA!
Being a race director is tons of work but I look at putting on a race as a family reunion to get to see everyone I adore and care about.
Have a great day

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Monday, August 28, 2006


Happy Monday to you all!
What a wonderful week and weekend we had with our campers!
Below is something for all of us and covers so much about what we talked about at camp this weekend and something to think about as we all move forward in life.
Do everything in life with and for a purpose.
Love to you all,
You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has with his wife now having cancer and him having "wealth" from the book sales.

This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, "Purpose Driven Life" author, and pastor of
Saddleback Church in California.

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:

People ask me, What is the purpose of life?  And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity.  We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions years in eternity.  This is the warm-up act -- the dress rehearsal of God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.  We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.  The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.

I used to think that life was hills and valleys -- you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth.  I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.

And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good for which you can thank God.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, "which is my problem, my issues, my pain."

But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.

It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder.  For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before.  I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego >or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.  He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.  We made no major purchases.

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back.  It was liberating to be able to serve God for free

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?

Am I going to be driven by pressures?  Guilt?  Bitterness?  Materialism?

Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.

God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list.  He's more interested in what I am than what I do.  That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.

This is beautiful and food for the soul.  A friend sent it to me, and I would like to share it with you. 

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Camp is Over...

Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods

But somehow I would bet I'm not the only camper to feel like things have only just begun! Everyone left camp with new ideas, new friends, and I hope a new desire to try and test their limits. I know I did!

So we parted ways today - some campers went up Fred's again this morning with Jay (see photo below), some set off to catch early flights, some went to church, and still others went through Victor to stop off for some delicious Huckleberry shakes!

Camp was a blast and I highly recommend coming to the next one...for more information about future camps, drop a line to

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I Laughed, I Cried, It Was Better than CATS!

Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods

And the Teton Camp isn't even over yet.

Today (Saturday) is the last full day of camp and it has just been great. The weather turned a little bit cooler today and in the morning it rained. No problem, as we retreated to the classroom for a neat clinic on Crewing and Pacing presented by Marshall. As the group includes some Badwater aspirants, this presentation was of particular interest.

Then Lisa led us in another core session. Another challenging core session. A session that included some creative uses of indoor space, including the walls and the wooden hand rails that served as ballet bars for the group. We also did stairs during this time and Lisa mercifully ended the session with some yoga type stretches.

After lunch, we hit the great outdoors - going to an area of the mountain known as Rick's Basin. Its part of the Grand Teton Races course (hope to see you there next weekend!) and it is just beautiful! Its my third visit to Rick's Basin and I swear its gets more beautiful every time. The hills of Rick's Basin are alive! Wildflowers of the most brilliant colors and mountain views that make you think how good it all is. After this 6 mile loop, we returned to the base of the mountain and the group began the ascent up Fred's Mountain again.

Now mountaineers may scoff at my use of the term 'ascent', but I think this is a good climb! Some of us went a ways up and turned around, while others followed Jay for some extra mileage and a further preview of the race course.

I have heard that these camps are transformational...this week, I got to see evidence of just that. For example, hats off here to one of the campers who was delayed in following Jay's group, but still took on the challenge to go the extra distance. He didn't catch Jay and the lead group, but I understand his route took him further than anyone travelled today. This camper has really gone the distance time and again at this camp!

Or take the camper who has thrown her hat in the ring and will be toeing the line at the Teton 50 Miler next weekend. Lisa and Jay are so happy to get her application - she is a very talented runner and a great person! - and she will ready herself for the race with confidence, knowing she will be quite ably paced by Marshall!

More about the other spectacular campers tomorrow...for now, I am going to catch some shut-eye and hope I can make it through tomorrow's final camp workout.

Friday, August 25, 2006

At the Teton Camp, Its Not All Fun & Games...Or is it?

Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods

I'd love to write a longer entry today, but I feel like I have been served the type of training day where I feel my head about to fall in my soup, or on my keyboard as it were!

If you're not at camp and want to feel like you're part of the fun, try jump roping for ten minutes and watch your heart rate SING!

great run

Hi all!
Below is an email sent to me last night from a friend. Makes you want to get out and run, right? I hope you all have a beautiful day, I know we will.
There are runs where the day just rolls off you, the music on your ipod magically matches your stride, the scenery around you seems greener than ever, and you feel a tingle of adrenaline at the back of your neck. Today’s run through the forest preserve was just like that. One that makes you feel so lucky to be a runner.
Hope you’re having a great day.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

2006 Teton Ultrarunning Training Camp BEGINS!

Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods

A friend who attended last year's camp had told me that there's nothing like the Teton Training Camp experience. Whether listening to the advice and amazing adventure stories of Lisa and Marshall Ulrich, testing boundaries in a setting both beautiful and challenging (Grand Targhee's base elevation is 8,000 feet), or reveling in the stunning views from the Teton mountain tops, he assured me my experience would be both beautiful and memorable. How could I go wrong?

So last night I joined campers hailing from across the country for the official start of the 2006 Teton Ultrarunning Training Camp, hosted at the Grand Targhee Resort. Lisa and her dear friend Marshall welcomed us campers with a great reception dinner. Dinner highlights included the opportunity for campers to introduce themselves (imagine my surprise when I actually recognized one of the campers from my Team in Training days back in NY - small world!) and the distribution of the much coveted goodie bags. Some campers chose to go to the campfire put on by the resort's Naturalist after dinner; others opted to hit their beds early in anticipation of the first full day of camp.

Today (Thursday) proved to be quite a full day for us campers. Lisa even admitted that some of it was challenging for her, too. Of course, unlike Lisa, none of us have the excuse of having run 310 miles less than a month ago!

The day began with a videotaping session. Marshall used his new camera to film each campers' stride. And tomorrow, we'll review the footage and get feedback from Lisa and Marshall on our gaits. I have promised the campers that I will not get the gait analysis video footage and post it to the Blog - some things are sacred!

After the videotaping session, we all headed up a steady climb to the summit of Grand Targhee Resort, also known as Fred's Mountain. The campers, who have arrived with varied running experience, all did great. I can tell you this with confidence as I was at the back of the pack and had a great view of everyone. Lisa and Marshall used the time to talk about the importance of form when it comes to power walking, as well as emphasizing the importance of technique when it comes to improving downhill running. A perfect example of a form that will get you down in no time was ably provided by Lisa's husband, Jay, who zipped up the mountain to meet us at the summit and then raced back down looking effortless and light on his feet. All this activity aside, campers took time to reflect and look at things like the wild flowers, which are in full bloom right now (or maybe that was my excuse to catch my breath!).

After lunch, we were treated to a cross training session led by Lisa. Its one of those things you have to experience to appreciate, but she had us all dancing up a hill and doing things like frog squats. One of these days, we'll capture the exercise on film. For now, you'll have to use your imagination. Giggling aside, campers were soon proclaiming that their muscles were singing and that they were using parts of their bodies that they rarely engaged in their running lives.

Then it was time to head to the classroom. Marshall and Lisa led discussions on three topics:

  • Nutrition, Hydration, and Electrolyte Balance
  • Race Strategy and Training
  • Mental Aspects of Racing and Training

Fascinating information and so interesting to be offered by people with race credentials like Lisa and Marshall. They jokingly assured us that they have made all the mistakes and would hope that if we could avoid just a few based on their experience, their job with us was done! The session ended with us viewing a video clip taken at the end of Marshall's Badwater Quad. Amazing stuff! Having witnessed Lisa's finish of the Badwater Double, I was struck by how the video revealed a very similar scene. Lisa and Marshall were both surrounded by a lot of love on their journeys.

Some campers headed down into Driggs for the Thursday night outdoor concert, others (like me, I'm getting old!) chose to retire early.

Good night!


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

foods that work!

 This is such great information and all about the foods we eat in our house! I ate so many avacados during my Badwater double and have to tell you it is my top race food!
Camp is going to be a blast this week, I wish you were all here with us

Look at avacados!!!!
Free radicals cause cellular damage, accelerate aging and contribute to the development of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Along with eating a highly nutritious low calorie diet, maximizing your intake of foods rich in antioxidants is an excellent approach to anti-aging and disease prevention.  Blueberries are one food that is absolutely loaded with antioxidants. They protect against sun damage, support eye health, are high in fiber, low in naturally occurring sugars, and contain a potent dose of proanthocyanidins beneficial for skin, cognitive function and cardiovascular health. This same antioxidant activity is also present in pomegranate, pink grapefruit and tomatoes which makes them all the rage for cancer protection and heart health.
Avocados contain glutathione, one of the most potent antioxidants and disease fighting agents available. Unfortunately avocados, high in monounsaturated fats, have gotten a bad rap during the past lowfat era. But, depriving yourself of avocados will only work to impede your weight loss while definitely depriving you of a source of healthy fats and antioxidants good for any complexion. Studies show that people sustain their nutrition program longer and have greater weight loss on a diet that contains about 30% healthy monounsaturated fat, like those in avocados, rather than a lowfat diet. This is because fats, when eaten in the proper balance with carbohydrates, can help to slow the release of sugars into the blood stream, thereby triggering less insulin release. Insulin is basically the hormone which instructs the body to store energy as fat while preventing the use of stored energy, making it a dieter’s nemesis if levels are too high.
Your skin certainly needs healthy fats to stay supple—but water is the key to preventing fine lines and a dehydrated appearance. Our skin, like the rest of our body is comprised mostly of water. Sufficient water is crucial to prevent joint stiffness, weight gain, headaches, decreased athletic performance and poor recovery after exercise. In general, the eight cup guideline is sufficient, but if you exercise or are in the sun you will require more.
Green tea
This is yet another compelling miracle food. Studies have found that just four cups daily can result in weight loss without a change in diet and exercise! Green tea also contains antioxidants useful for cancer protection and, if taken regularly, can help to lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar balance and increase your energy. It is energizing (it does contain caffeine) yet calming at the same time due to theanine, a natural compound in the green tea that blocks the release of stress hormone. 
Bone density, hormonal balance and cholesterol levels change as we age but having a serving of soy daily can help to lower cholesterol, keep your bones strong, improve heart health, protect the prostate and ease the symptoms of menopause.
The therapeutic effect of soy is due to the phytoestrogens naturally occurring in soybeans. Simply a cup of soymilk, a handful of soy nuts or a palm-sized serving of tofu can do the trick.
With the tofu, steamed or stir fried broccoli is your next best choice. Some sources say that just 2½ cups of broccoli a week is all that you need to reduce your risk of various types of cancer. Broccoli is high in fiber, numerous minerals and vitamins, as well as a compound called indol-3-carbinol (I-3-C). I-3-C is an anti-cancer compound because it helps to convert estrogen, linked to breast and prostate cancers, into a less harmful metabolite.
Wild Fresh Salmon
Fresh, wild salmon is my next miracle food primarily because it is so high in essential fatty acids, which help to keep our skin smooth (salmon has been called a “wrinkle curing” food) and are natural anti-inflammatory compounds. All of the cell membranes in the body are comprised of fatty acids and our brain is over 70% fatty tissues. It is not surprising then that the fats in salmon are crucial for a healthy mind and memory, along with their well documented cardiovascular benefits like blood pressure regulation and cholesterol balance. 
For snacking, raw nuts like almonds and walnuts are your top choices as they are rich in healthy oils, zinc, selenium, vitamin E and provide a mixed protein and carbohydrate source good for the carbohydrate-conscious eater desiring weight loss. Snacking on these or adding them to salads or oatmeal five times per week can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as lowering cholesterol too.

Red wine
The French have had it right for a long time with their consumption of red wine. Consumed in moderation (four cups per week for women; seven for men—and not all on the same night) red wine can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer and heart disease. It is the antioxidant polyphenols, especially catechins and reservatrol, found in the skin and the seeds of grapes that help to prevent the development of certain cancers and inhibit inflammation. Another benefit of red wine is that it is a good digestive aid when taken with meals.
Golden flaxseed
Cancer has recently become the number one cause of death in Canada, surpassing heart disease. Ground golden flaxseed is my final chosen miracle food because of its cancer protective ability. Adding two to three tablespoons of flaxseeds to your smoothies, oatmeal, salads or cereals daily can significantly reduce the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancer, along with providing a good source of fiber and essential fatty acids. The lignans in the flaxseeds, rather than the oil, are the cancer protective compounds.  To prevent the oils from going rancid, be sure to purchase ground flaxseed in a vacuum sealed package and keep them in the freezer. Better yet, you can grind your own.

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Glutathinone: this is a must read!

Hi there, here is some great info on the benefits of Glutathione! As I was reading through this it really made me stop and think about what a powerful product we have with our Glutathione patch. I really believe that what we have is a disruptive technology. In a book written by Clayton Christensen he talks about disruptive technologies and how they impact there competition. They literally dominate and cripple there competition! One thing that I found profound was that the call Glutathione, the Life Extension Molecule! We are going to make a significant impact on peoples lives! Please pass this info to everyone!

Glutathione (GSH)

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione (GSH) is your body A.I.D. (A- antioxidant, I- immune system, D- detoxifier). It is a small protein molecule formed from the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid.
Glutathione is manufactured inside your cells. Your cell's ability to make glutathione is determined by the supply of raw materials (or glutathione precursors), in particular of the amino acid cysteine.

Glutathione, the Master Antioxidant

But more importantly, glutathione is your body's master antioxidant and one of the most important healing agents. The highest concentration of glutathione is found in the liver which is the principal organ involved in the detoxification and elimination of toxic materials.
Interestingly, glutathione also acts to reconstitute the antioxidant vitamins C and E after they have been oxidized, and therefore plays a determinant role in their function.

Glutathione, the Life Extension Molecule

Low glutathione levels are found in immune compromised individuals, neuro-degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimers, and Parkinson's disease, atherosclerosis, male infertility, pregnancy complications, cataracts, damage from many pharmaceutical drugs, cancer and poor survival rates for patients with AIDS.
High levels of glutathione appear to protect against the dangers of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, autoimmune diseases, and chronic illnesses.

What the Experts are saying about Glutathione

"Glutathione is a substance, the levels of which in our cells are predictive of how long we will live. There are very few other factors which are as predictive of our life expectancy as is our level of cellular glutathione. Glutathione has been called the "master antioxidant", and regulates the actions of lesser antioxidants such as vitamin C, and vitamin E within the body. "We literally cannot survive without this antioxidant." Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D, in What You Should Know about the Super Antioxidant Miracle
Breakthrough In Cell-Defense By Dr. Allan C. Somersall, Ph.D., M.D. with Dr. Gustavo Bounous, M.D. "Without glutathione, other important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E cannot do their job adequately to protect your body against disease."Allan Somersall, Ph.D., M.D., and Gustavo Bounous, M.D. FRCS(C) in Breakthrough in Cell Defense
"No other antioxidant is as important to overall health as glutathione. It is the regulator and regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the human body. Low levels are associated with hepatic dysfunction, immune dysfunction, cardiac disease, premature aging, and death." Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe & Patrick J.D. Bouic, The Immune System Cure
"Raising glutathione levels is a good thing, no matter how you do it. There are several theories about how to do this and all are slightly different. Some believe that NAC will do it, it certainly has the right chemical structure. Others think that only bioavailable glutathione is the way to go.... However you elevate your glutathione levels, it is a good thing to do!" - Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D. in a response to a patient query at a forum on, an AIDS and HIV Information Resource.
One reason why it is so important to maintain high levels of glutathione is that it is crucial for the detoxification of carcinogens. Packer states that most people do not inherit "cancer genes"; rather, they have a genetic weakness in their detoxification system. Glutathione is an extremely important part of the detoxification system, and thus of our defenses against cancer. Interestingly, whey protein has also been found to raise glutathione levels. Glutathione may also be one of the most important keys to longevity. Centenarians have been found to have higher levels of glutathione than would be expected for their age. Boosting one's glutathione levels ...should be one of the first items on anyone's anti-aging agenda. - Ivy Greenwell in The Antioxidant Network, A brief review of "The Antioxidant Miracle," by Lester Packer, PhD and Carol Colman
"As Dr. Lombard points out in his book, "The Brain Wellness Plan "...the brain's high fat content renders it especially vulnerable to free radicals, so that the body has defined specific ways to protect brain cell fatty acids through special antioxidants.... Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body. Depressed glutathione levels are associated with the increased generation of free radicals found in Parkinson's patients, for example, and contributes to further brain cell death. Oral glutathione does not seem to be effective, but supplementing with n-acetyl-cysteine NAC, along with selenium and lipoic acid ..... stimulates the body's cells to increase natural glutathione production." Excerpts from the Willner Window Radio Show: Program aired on 5-3-98

A deficiency of glutathione can cause hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia) and oxidative stress. Glutathione is essential in intermediary metabolism as a donor of sulfhydryl groups which are essential for the detoxification of acetaminophen. [PDR Medical Dictionary. Spraycar. 1999] Selenium is a structural component of, and a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase.
"(Glutathione peroxidases) break down hydrogen peroxide and any peroxides which form on fats and oils within the body. The selenium contained in the enzymes acts as the reactive centre, carrying reactive electrons from the peroxide to the glutathione. It is the glutathione that is the antioxidant in the reaction, not the selenium as many health food companies would lead us to believe. Selenium by itself is a potent oxidant which can be very toxic if to much is taken." - Dr Steven Gieseg in Reducing Free Radicals - A Dietary Revolution, New Zealand Science Monthy, (1999) July, 6-8.

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Camp starts today!

Good morning!!
It is a beautiful morning here in the Tetons and its going to stay this way. Sunny, warm and NO humidity:):)
Camp starts today at Grand Targhee Resort with myself and Marshall Ulrich. We will be posting photos and updates for you all week.
Next week are the Teton Trail races. Marathon, 50 and 100 mile. We are so pleased with the amount of runners we have, it being just the 2nd year. It is going to be close to 150 runners!!
We don't want the races to grow to fast. Our goal is to have a family race where the entire family can come and enjoy Grand Targhee Resort. Our goal is also to put on a great race that you will always remember as being one of your favorites.
Many new updates on and about the race are now on the race web site.
Pam Reed will be doing a book signing on Friday at race check in and much, much more.
If you want a massage, before, during or after the race for yourself or a family member please contact Lisa in can just send me an email!
I just found out that my father is reading my blog!! My cousin Jackie is copying them down and taking them to him to read! Thank you Jackie and thank you for the great care and love you give to my father and to the rest of the family. It is so very hard for us to live so far away from those we love and knowing that he is surrounded by people he loves and is loved by is so comforting! I do plan to spend about a month down south, perhaps Nov. and then be able to drive to the 24 hour race in Dallas. Maybe I can get some cousins and even my father who have never been to a race to come and crew and cheer me and the others on. This 24 our race in the National Championship and they have $12,000 in prize money!!!!
This was sent to me this morning from a fellow runner in the UK!
Thought I would share it with you.
Have a great day

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.

1) Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way; BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.
Have a wonderful day with many *smiles*
Take the time to live!!! ?Life is too short?

"My Verdict: The new Yahoo! Mail is far superior

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Monday, August 21, 2006

quote for the day!

 Richard and Rhonda Benyo have both run the Badwater double, I adore them so very much. Below is a quote from Richard and it just makes me smile from ear to ear!

"We had done this thing we had set out to do, and instead of becoming larger because of the experience, we became smaller, more humble more aware of how little we know: about the world in general, about ourselves specifically." 
- Richard Benyo in "The Death Valley 300. 
Wed. Marshall Ulrich and I start a training camp here in the Tetons! We will send you some updates and photos. It has been so beautiful here and is going to continue with this. Next week is RACE week. We are so looking forward to seeing so many of you..
I ran for 1:30 today and it felt so good, I'm back, my energy is back and I feel good. Ready to rock and roll.
The money is still coming in for the kids, my cup keeps running over and over. If someone told me that we could raise another $150,000 for the kids I would go back and do it again! The 310 miles was more than worth the journey in so many ways.
God Bless you all

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Our Frank McKinney!

Hi all!
You must click on this link and see what our Frank Mckinney is up to.
Frank ran Badwater for the 2nd time this year. His awesome story is on his web site.
Happy day

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One amazing father/man

Good morning!

I just have to share this photo with all of you.

This is our friend Joe with his 3 boys! Joe is a full time father, yes a FULL time stay home father.
Joe and his wife Sue made a great choice for one of them to be able to stay home with the boys and the best choice was Joe.
I have never seen Joe look so happy and so full of love. He still runs each day pushing 3 babies, he just ran a 50k race last weekend!

When I opened this photo I just sat here with such admiration! Can't you just feel the LOVE looking at this photo of a father and his 3 boys!!!
Joe and Sue what a tribute to both of you as parents and thank you for setting such a great example for all of us. It is hard to stay home all day with 1 child, let alone 3! You are amazing for having the patience that I know it must take, but knowing you, you could have 10 kids and still have the beautiful smile on your face.
Ok, everyone..go hugs your kids and tell them how much you love them!

Have a great weekend

Friday, August 18, 2006

52 marathons!

 Good morning everyone!
I feel so good and getting back to moving!
I have decided to run the Vermont 50 on Sept. 24th and then a 24 hour run in Texas in Nov.
It is so important to find new goals so we don't sink into feeling like staying in bed:):)
Below is from my friend Dane.
Check out what he is doing! Yet another wonderful soul doing something to help make the world a better place to live.
Go Dane!!!
Have a great day
ps..going on a 5 hour hike with my brother Mike today who is here visiting from Chicago..cant wait!

What is Fiddy2?

is Dane Rauschenberg's quest to run 52 marathons in 2006 (one every weekend without fail no matter where it takes him), with all the proceeds that he raises going to the organization L'Arche-Mobile.

(As all expenses are paid by Dane, he is
ALWAYS looking for sponsorship, accomodations, or donations to help defray his costs or to assist L'Arche Mobile.)

And if that isn't enough, Dane will continue to work at his present occupation during the week and attempt to run every marathon in 2006 under 4 hours!  With 32 Marathons down, he is well on his way!
Who is Dane Rauschenberg?

Dane Rauschenberg, a Penn State Alumnus and member of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity, currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and is a member of the Washington Running Club.  A relative novice to long-distance running, Dane began tackling marathons in law school to lose excess college weight and considers himself to be just "an average runner who happens to be extremely stubborn".  His personal best for a marathon was run at the Marine Corps Marathon, October 30th, 2005 with a time of 3:07:25.

What is L'Arche Mobile?

Located in Mobile, Alabama,  L'Arche Mobile is one of the many L'Arche communities worldwide L'Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with a mental handicap and those who help them can live, work, and share their lives together.  Click on the picture below to learn more about L'Arche Mobile or the highlighted text above to learn about the history of L'Arche itself.
Because of his endeavor, Dane has been asked to be an official spokesperson for:

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While Dane will appear in the 2007 edition of Ripley's BION book for Fiddy2, Ripley's newest book: Expect...the Unexpected will be in stores 08.01.06.

Also, the Dear Mr. Ripley Contest (wherein everyday people can write to Ripley's and tell them why they should be in the next Ripley's BION book) begins on 07.05.06. (Official entry forms and contest rules can be found by clicking the link above or going directly to

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Running Under the Bomb

 Good morning all,
Take the time to read this, go to the web site and look at the photos. This is one of my coaching clients and he IS going to make a difference in  world where we have so much hate and pain. Again, we can make a difference by doing and giving!
Have a great day

Running Under the BOMB
Hi Coach (I know you prefer Lisa but I love to call you coach),
Well this is the feedback concerning my training schedule during the 34 "crazy" war days in Lebanon,  I couldn’t following your instruction as you requested, in the schedule you made for me for July and august, but I try to do my best. The war was kind of crazy, even more.  I can call it running under the BOMB. Well yes coach, it is the way I use to train for the Sahara Race.
No one on the street, it's hot, around 34 degree, I arrived near the Movempik Hotel, the security guy shout "are you crazy? Since 2 days no one pass by, death near us, around 4km, and here you are running", I smile, and keep listen to U2, "Where the street have no Name", it was coincidence, and I don't know how the song and the street arrive in the same time. Well it's all start on the 12th  of  July in the morning,  When Linda (my wife ) wake me up by saying "the war start again" I couldn't believe it,  specially when I saw the TV, it was simply crazy, crazy, crazy, THE CRAZY WAR.
It was hard for me to accept it, I was preparing hard, around 3h/day, really focusing on my training, get up at 4AM to run then after work to the gym to train.  What to do and how to keep training?  For the first 2 days I didn't know what to do, refugees are every where in Beirut, people are dying, children caught up in conflict zones etc...(I think you saw enough on TV). Even being on the street is becoming dangerous, what to do? What about my sponsor? NO SPONSOR any more, I was really angry, depress, But I was decided to continue, but how?
Now, I'm in the Raoucher, near the sea, the sea witch is colored now black& bleu, because the bombes hit the electricity fuel reserve, running, and watching the Israely helicopters come and go, the air force plan keep hitting  the airport, far from me around 10km, I was watching all that during my run, can you believe it?, I know it's crazy, I didn't want to stop running, it was a way of feeling alive, and not accepting what is happening, and if I have to died, I want to died in doing the best thing I love. Still no one on the street after 1h of running, suddenly a couple show up, waking near the AUB (American University of Beirut), we look to each other and smile, I sayed  "I though I'm the only crazy person in Lebanon", they reply, "NO, NO, we are here too", I keep my way, & I was so happy to see that life keep going. I keep running day after day, and each day it was a new challenger by it self, always thinking, am I going to see my son again, my new born daughter of 3 month, my lovely wife? Each day I leave them, and deeply feel like I was never going to go back, yes believe me, out there at last there was 50%  of chance to get hurt or killed, one of these days the bombs hit the port , 3 hours before going to run, where usually I pass every day, and another the bombs hit the "Harbor light", it's just in the middle of the road where I pass by. With that I lived the surprise of foreigner leaving the country, by boat, when I pass by them some insult me, the Canadian military look to me with that black look: what this guy is doing? And some simply smile. Or when the Israeli ship bomb Beirut and I was they only person in Lebanon running, near the sea, and have to find a place to hid but there was no place, the bomb pass over my head, and Linda call and she was mad, every minuets, to see where am I & if I still alive.
I'm still alive, felling alive, and thank god, they stop the war, and now I can run
But now, I will run under the sun.
During this war, I lived something reply special, something, I heard before but I couldn't believe it, people you race with, they became even more then your family, and this is what I really notice during this war, a lot of people from all over the world, I meet in 21st MDS, call or send emails, asked me to leave Lebanon, asking how they can help me,  & SPECIALY my coach Lisa smith,  keep sending email inviting me to her house in the US (many thank), and who will help me to raise money in support of innocent children caught up in Lebanon's conflict zones  really this make me happy. I could easily go, I have a French passport, but somehow I didn't want.
I will take part of the next Sahara Race, (I will try to find again a sponsor) and I will run for SUPPORT INNOCENT CHILDREN CAUGHT UP IN LEBANON'S CONFLICT ZONES. For more information's please visit my site, and please do not hesitate to send me you comment @       
The Lebanese ultrarunner,

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Paradoxical Commandments

Hi guys and gals,
This was sent to me from Bob who lives in Hawaii and is with the HURT 100!
Very good and so wonderful. Thank you Bob for sending and sharing the love!
 Check out Kent M. Keith's Paradoxical Commandments. He wrote it in 1968 and it was paraphrased by Mother Teresa.

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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 I find this very interesting. I love to suck on peppermint candy and even smell peppermint when I am in a race. It really seems to help me run better! Might be crazy but true!
Hope you had a great day

Bryan Raudenbush, Nathan Corley, and William Eppich
Wheeling Jesuit University
Previous research has indicated that odorant presentations can have both positive and negative effects on psychological perceptions of athletic task performance. The present study extends past research by assessing how the administration of peppermint odor affects actual athletic task performance. Forty athletes undertook a series of physical tasks under conditions of no-odor or peppermint odor. The peppermint odor condition resulted in increases in running speed, hand grip strength, and number of push-ups, but had no effect on skill related tasks such as basketball free-throw shots. The implications are particularly salient in regard to enhancing athletic performance using a nonpharmacological aid and as an adjunct to athletic training

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the giving

Good morning to you!
I am on my way this morning to Jackson Hole High School to put on a 6am track workout with a group of women who are training for the NYC marathon. I am so looking forward to this. Watching the sun come up, the cool air on my face and the smell of the morning. I just love the smell of the morning:)
I am so proud of all of my coaching clients. As time goes on so many of them are being drawn to run for something other than themselves, to run to help something close to there own heart by raising money or giving of time. Doing anything is better than not doing anything at all. Giving makes us all feel so good and watching others gives also makes us feel good.
Below is an email being sent out by one of my NYC clients, Anthony. Jay and I are giving him $2 a mile and thank him for his love and for his giving.
I hope you all have a wonderful day

Friends -
On March 28, 2006, this world lost one of its shining examples of strength and determination.  On that day Alisa Etlinger, at the age of 44, lost her long and valiant battle with cancer.   Alisa was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.  Her courage was not only demonstrated by her battle to live, but also by how she relentlessly cared for her beloved daughters, Carly (6) and Hannah (4), and for her devoted husband Wayne, all during her illness.  In addition to her constant care for her family, she continued to teach her special education students in The Bronx, NYC for as long as her strength would allow.  Alisa’s joy of life was evident by her beautiful smile, wonderful attitude and joy of gardening, and her memory will forever burn brightly for all who knew her.
On Sunday September 24 I will be running the Vermont 50-Mile Trail Race (in Brownsville, Vermont) in honor and in memory of Alisa.  Every step of the race will be run for Alisa, for her husband and children, and for all of those who stood by her side in the face of tragedy.  For each mile of the race completed, I will be making a donation of $10 to the trust established for the benefit of Carly and Hannah.
My goal is to help to raise a minimum of $2,000 for the benefit of Alisa's children, and I invite you to join in this celebration of Alisa's life and memory by making a contribution to the Etlinger Trust for each mile of the Vermont 50-Mile Trail Race that I complete.  Please let me know if you wish to contribute so that I can keep track of our contributions, and keep you informed of my results in the race.
Many thanks to Linda and Bruce Mellion for their help in writing this e-mail.
Contributions can be made directly to:
Etlinger Trust
c/o Attorney Kenneth Gould
Marcus, Gould & Sussman
222 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605

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Monday, August 14, 2006

The Final Analysis

Hi all!
Right now I have 3 amazing memories that stick out in my mind with the BW double. With each passing day I have more and more.
1. Rhonda Provost the first women to complete the BW double came to see me on Sunday in my hotel room before the pre-race meeting. I felt as if I was meeting my long lost sister, the connection to her was and is so very beautiful. She is so much about look at her and you see love. I feel so blessed to have her in my life at this time. She sent me what you will read below by Mother Theresa. I already have it and know it but it was sure a gift to get it again and now to be able to share it with you.
2 and 3 are both with my sister Julie. I asked Julie to give a prayer for me, our crew and for all the runners and crews before the race started. Our crew made a circle and held hands. Julie blew me away with her prayer, one that I wish the entire world could have heard. God was speaking to her and through her and the words just came to her heart. It made me and the rest of us ball, it made me 100% sure we were going to be successful. When the going was tough I thought about her prayer, her words and I just smiled knowing that we were all going to be ok.
The 3rd was on the way back while near the top of Towns Pass about 240 miles into the journey. I was having a very emotional time, the stars were the best I had ever seen and the most I had ever seen in my life. Julie looked up and said to me, "each one of those stars is a child looking down at us and thanking us for saving there life." Being close to $140,000 of money we have raised I do feel that each star represented a child and I sit here so thankful, so very thankful. Love, Love, Love until it hurts and when it hurts keep on Loving!
Have a great day
The Final Analysis
Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, you leave yourself vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest ideas.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight.
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis it’s all between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

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