Monday, June 30, 2008

Grand Teton Running Camp and More!!!

What a week we had last week at our GT Running camp. We had people from all over here in the Tetons. The weather was amazing, sunny and hot each day.
The camp ended on Sunday but then myself and 6 others did a 6 hour workout up and down the Teton pass..6.2 miles one way with close to 2,500 feet gain each time up! It was 96 degrees and hot. Great soak in the "very cold" snake river and today I have fresh legs! The ice cold baths work for recovery. I personally feel great about my run that will start next Wed. July 9th in Las Vegas..
I have some extra weight on me for this run which I feel is a good thing:) When I did the 300 miles in 2006 I lost to much weight so going into this a bit heavy will help me move faster, at least I hope so. The team is so excited and me to! I hope you will follow along and when the going gets tough and it will I will draw on all of you and how inspirational you all are to me!

Here is the link to a fun web site/blog and an interview with me about the 810! Thanks for checking it out.

Guess what? Dreamchasers is bringing on board coach Matt Hart! Following soon will be more information about this but needless to say we are thrilled! Matt was a guest coach last week and it was wonderful to have his happy energy, amazing knowledge and experience.

We would like to thank Dusty for coming to camp and being such a great helper and inspiration. We look forward to more fun with you Dusty. are the 2 blogs for you to go and look at for some great photos and information on just how fun the camp was. You all were missed and we hope to see you at the next one!

Matt Harts blog

Dusty Hardman

Jim just completed his ride across America!!! A long time dream for Jim is not complete.
I spoke to Jim soon after he finished the ride and it brought me to tears. It will take some time for this to sink in for Jim but we want to know how proud we all are of him!!!
Check out his site, it is not to late to make a donation.

Have a beautiful week

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Note to Western States Runners


Colleen here. I am writing on behalf of Lisa and Jay, who are up at Targhee hosting this week’s Ultrarunning camp. Boy do I wish I was there!

At any rate, I know so many of you – runners, crew members, pacers, and family and friends who supported Western States dreams this year - are so disappointed about the cancellation of the event. The Race Organizers have made a very responsible decision and we hope that conditions improve in the area for everyone’s health and safety.

Lisa and Jay would like to offer a discount to those runners who are now deciding upon a new race to which you can apply your health, fitness and training.

From now until July 31 (or earlier, if we meet the maximum number), the Grand Teton Races will offer the following discounts to those who cannot participate in Western States this year:

$65 off to the first 30 to register for the Grand Teton Races 100 Mile Race

$15 off or the first 20 to register for the Grand Teton Races 50 Mile Race

Please send an e-mail to Jay will respond to you on or after Sunday, June 29th (when the Dreamchasers Running Camp has concluded).

Please be sure to include your name and the distance (GTR 50 or GTR 100) for which you would like to register in the subject of your e-mail.

Jay will respond and provide you with complete instructions for registering online with the appropriate discount code.

And two special shout-outs:

Meredith…we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!! And are thinking about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgie: Happy Birthday, George Velasco! We love you, too!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

My own training and other!!!

Happy Monday to you all!


I had a good week of training and was able to get close to 20 hours on my feet and on a bike. Some great long climbs:)

My new bike training is on my mountain bike with my 5 year old Annabella on her tag along right behind me and we now are able to hook the chariot up so I can also pull Gabby our 2 year old. I would love to thank all the people who sit around and design all the wonderful ways that us parents can come up with to bring our kids along on our training runs and rides! No excuse!!! Jay is happy because this means we can all go as a family. He can pull the girls while I ride or he can ride and I can pull the girls.

Annabella yelling go mommy go, catch up to that truck!!! Wow how thankful are we:)

It has been a good few weeks for so many friends and fellow Dreamchasers.We are still waiting for the results to come up on the Big Horn web site but I have spoken to or emailed with some!Ronda was 1st women...we don't know her time as of yet...But yeah...great race!

*Katherine Dowsen friend from town was 2nd overall for the women in here first 100 at Big Horn!

*Olga was 3rd women!!! With a PR of 3.5 hours!!!! Yeah, you go girl..I am sure Olga will have a great race report on her blog very soon.

*Michele was 4th women overall and said she had a great time even with her bad feet!!! Way to stick with it Michele you continue to inspire us all.

*Our buddy Laurie was on an amazing pace in the 100 when at 68 miles she felt very sick and about passed out…ended up with a fever and like I told her..MTRC..she made the right choice when she had to call it a day. What a great attitude she has...she will be back. Told me today that her stomach muscles are so sore from all the laughing she did once she felt better from her crew!! Live to race another day!

*Mike Evans ran to the finish line with Michele and was 1 hour ahead of what he wanted..27 hours.. Nice going Mike…we are very proud of you…and your crew Chandler and Erika!

*Katy Cotton ran the 50 mile race in just over 13 hours...Katy…the one you always see running with a smile!! Great going Katy!

We are still waiting for the Bighorn results to be posted on the web site but we spoke to our friend Matt Hart who is coming to our training camp this week here in the Tetons and he WON the 50 mile race...check out his blog post.

Mike Waridan running Western States this weekend....How will it go?Read his blog post!!!

Frank Fumich runs 50 mile in Ohio:) well done Frank!

Hi Lisa: The race went REALLY well. I did pretty much exactly as you said, except when you said from mile 15-30 to try to run up half the hills...well I was feeling so strong a lot of them I ran all the way up...not the super long ones...but any smaller ones, I just went the whole way up at points. I felt great up to about 37 miles and then started to feel it a bit. But with about 13 to go, I was at about 7:45 and really wanted to break 10 hrs. Never thought originally that I would have a chance, but once it was in position to from about 13 to go until about 3.7 to go, I ran the whole thing (with the exception of a couple steep hills that I power walked the upper portions) and there was a lot of ups...At 9.1 miles, I had 90 minutes until 10 hrs and so for the 1st 60 minutes I ran almost all of it which included some serious hills and couldn't believe I was getting to the top without walking...then I got to 3.7 miles to go but only had 30 minutes and it started with a big hill and so I just couldn't quite do it...and when I knew I wasn't going to break 10, I sort of eased up a bit and made it in 10:15....tied for 11th place out of about 50.On the very last steep downhill, (and I took it easy) I finally felt my quads sort of go, and I woke up to SUPER sore legs and my feet are really sore...and kind of my right ankle...but nothing is swollen and so I think it's just sore from the pounding but no big deal hopefully...but I was really pleased with how I did. It was the VERY FIRST time when it was ME that was actually passing people, powerwalking UP hills...that was a whole new experience...and not a single person passed me from mile 21.2 and I passed a lot of people doing both the 50 and 100.!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

**Congrats to Ted, Jeff, Ed and Thomas for there 47 mile rim to rim at the Grand Canyon! One hot hard run!!!

**Jeff Grant: you have to read one of his new favorite workouts and check out his blog!!!

Lisa,Did lots of paddling the past two weeks, including my first ever kayak commute to the office. It was perfect, 15-minutes of rolling the kayak down a steep hill, 1 hour of paddling to within two blocks of work, a short carry to the office, a long day of work, a short carry to the water, and hour long kayak home, and then a steep walk back up the hill pushing the kayak. I loved it! Also did the long rides and crossing-training during the week. JEFF..THAT IS SOME WORKOUT!!

WELL...THIS WEEKEND IS WESTERN STATES AND THE LINE UP is is going to be so fun to follow. Dreamchasers has several running and we will be with you every step of the way!!! Eat, drink, hydrate and keep on movin!

**Last but not least...I am honored to say I have been asked to be part of the Team Smith/Pearlizumi!!! Thank you Aric and that you Smith, Pearlizumi, Body Glide and Nathan!!!Check it out…

We have a sold out training camp this week here in the Tetons!! I will be posting lots of fun photos and reports. Hope you can join us for the next one.Guests are Matt Hart and Laurie out!

Have a wonderful week and stay tuned


Marie Boyd the race director of Bishop High races! Trains with her 2 year old babies!!!

Sandy Powell!!! Read her amazing story!
Surgeres, France – 48 hour race……………

by: Sandy Powell

I sit quietly reflecting on my second visit to Surgeres, France and think about reaching my goal of running over 200 miles. I was invited back to run in the world-class 48 hour run on May 16-18, 2008. The thoughts that consume me are so numerous and the experience is just like a dream. It begins with an invitation to participate and then from there you are treated like an Olympic Champion. When we arrived at Surgeres train station, having traveled almost three hours from Paris, the race director and his crew met us and transported us to what would be our home base for the next six days. We stayed at the same hotel as last year and it was so wonderful to see the owner and his wife again. Like others, we met up with some of the same runners and it was fun to share stories about the past year and catch up on what was happening in our lives.

The whole town of Surgeres is involved in the success of this race! The business people had a big celebration downtown on Thursday evening to meet the athletes and welcome us to Surgeres. Afterwards, we went to the Hotel Gambetta for a pre-race meal that was just what people say about French food – out of this world! We departed that evening to begin our preparations for the race that was to begin the next day at 4:00 PM. (Rain or shine)

I began my day planning and preparing my crew about all the “things” they would need to do for me as I began this 48 hour journey. I must say and would say a thousand times over, I could not have made it without my crew. My husband, Ben, my sister, Cindy and her husband, Dan Clymore have been there for me the past two years. We went to the race site and readied my camper for the everything I would need for the next two days. (Each athlete has their own camper/table/chairs to use throughout the race.) I felt content that we had made all the preparations so we went to the luncheon and then participated in the “Parade of Athletes”. Each athlete is introduced and then your national anthem is played. I think at this moment I am so honored to be invited to this race but more importantly I am so honored to be representing the USA. Shortly, thereafter the race begins and off we go around and around the 300 meter track for two days. We switch directions every six hours and each time you pass the scoring table you wave to your lap counter so they can record your lap. I had the best lap counters – they cheered me on and were so encouraging especially during the downpours of the continuous rain.
During my first 24 hours I followed my race plan. My coach, Lisa Batchen, told me to be patient. Do not follow the crowd – run your race! Of course, if you look at the leader board I was doing just that – being patient and waiting until the dawn of a new day to move out and start moving up the leader board. The first 24 hours of running for me had been fairly consistent. I was eating/drinking and experienced no problems. At hour 24, I took a short break to change clothes, shoes (my faithful and best shoe the INOV_8 F -Lite 335) and just rest a few minutes before I started the second half of my race! I am over half way finished this race I thought – and that was a good feeling. The second day would prove to be very interesting as I began to move up and started to pass people that on the first day left me way behind. Again, I focused on my goal and what I needed to do each hour. Into the second night proved to be a challenge as I experienced some problems with my knee but after my crew’s help and prayers I was able to get back in sync and kept adding laps to my total mileage. The second night when we had the worst rain storm there were about only six of us that stayed out and ran all night. We accumulated some valuable miles even in the downpour. As daylight came, I was revived and was eager to add more miles and finish the race. I kept watch on the leader board and stayed with my plan! I ran steady and moved up to fourth place and held that place until the end. I was also glad that Phil McCarthy from New York was there to run and represent the USA as well. He did a great job by placing third in his first 48 hour race.

The race was over and the feeling of just being able to run in this race and be a part of this festive weekend in Surgeres, France was more than words can describe. The support and help that you receive is just unbelievable! I love this race and really do enjoy the experience of running 48 hours! I reached my goal of 201.5 miles and look forward to the next race! I know that I want to go back because there is no other race experience like the 48-hour race of Surgeres. I want to add a thank you to my sponsors: INOV-8, POWER BAR and RIVERHEADS RURITANS.


Ray and Kathy Zahab are new parents!!! Mia Sahara Zahab came into the world last week.

We have all warned Ray about the sleep deprivation and how wonderful it is to be a parent!

Kathy...looks so beautiful, does she not after just having a baby!!

Welcome Mia!!

Had to share this photo below of Mia with her Canada visor on!!! Go team Zahab!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My 810 Miles to save the kids!!!!

Not 810 miles on foot but in many ways I wish it were on foot:) I am so confident on my feet...
302 or more miles on foot, 508 miles on a bike..or 2 bikes but not at once!!!

I one of the very blessed ones that wake up each day and know what I am to do with my life. I wake up and ask God what he has in store for me each day and move forward. Many days I can't accomplish all I would like to but like my friend Donna has told me and I now tell the end of the day it is enough. What you have done at the end of the day is enough!!!

For many years I have been raising money for Aids Orphans and God willing for many more years I will continue to do so. each day when I wake up my goal is to be a great wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, coach, mentor, motivator and humanitarian! This is good amount of things to try to be great at but I will keep trying! :) Being a great runner or athlete is not important to me any longer it is what I can do as an athlete, what I can do on this earth to leave my mark, my legacy for my children and those to come.
For all the children of the, yellow, black and white..I RUN FOR YOU!!!

How do you want to be remembered? How do you want to leave your mark?

I was not going to be running Badwater this year I was going to be running across America with my friend Louise. We ended up postponing this until 2010 and the run is turning into something more extraordinary that we had thought it would be. The reason for postponing came mostly from me. This is a run where you need nailed down sponsors, crew and a great deal of support. I wanted to do it the right way and not just do it. My family is the most important to me and my 2.5 year old would be to young to take this year and in 2010 she will love it. What an education for my kids and a chance of a lifetime!!!
So...I just could not seem to let this idea go of doing something this year when I got a phone call from my friend Sister Marybeth Lloyd that she was going to be able to crew for me at Badwater this year. Well..I was not going to BW and has 2 days to get my entry in and I did and I was excepted.

The end of March I was out for a run and I always say God talks to me and he does!
Lisa..not just BW do something more and really try to raise a great deal of money for the kids since Sister Marybeth will be on your crew this year...Do something different. That day I spoke to my good friend Ray Zahab and told him what I was thinking and he said no...
You should do a true point to point..Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney along with the Badwater race.
Wow...I loved this idea right from the start and got my Badwater crew to think about it and Sister Marybeth to pray about it..and she emailed me and said "YES LISA, WE ARE TO DO THIS!!!!"
The great news is I was excepted to the Furnace Creek 508 mile bike race in Oct.
Last year I had to pull out at 400 miles, this year I will see the finish line with doing many things different.

302 miles on foot, 508 miles on bike, 1 women, 2 legs to save the kids!!!!

I ask you to take a few moments and check out our web site.
The press release is there and we have already since May 1st raised over $135,000!!!!

On July 9th we will start at 9am in Las Vegas and run to Badwater and then on Monday July 14th I will be in the 10am starting group of the race.
The 810 web site and my blog will have many, many updates along the way and the 810 web site is going to post the course map and more information in the next few days. we are also setting up a way to donate on line so stay tuned.!!! As you know..we can all make a difference with one small act of do make a difference.


NOW...I Challenge you to send the 810 web site to 10 of your friends and ask them to send it to 10 of there friends..this is how it works, this is how we can change the World, ONE at a time..!!!
I believe this, do you???

Here is the support we have gotten so far and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Primal Quest

Here is the link to the story on

Sister Marybeths Web site

Take a good hard look at this and you tell me if it is not worth your time, effort and energy to reach out and help us with this project. This will blow you did me!

I leave you with this today..we all ask, what can I do today...what can I do today to make a difference. Well you can help us and if you would like to know more please email me

God Bless and Many Thanks
Lisa and team 810

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Crazy weather at the races!!! Tell us about yours?

Check out this course:) It is the Great Wall of China Marathon that a student Sergio ran!!!
Wow, last weekend hit hard with so many races and many were forced to not complete the race or they gutted it out with sheer determination. The drop out rate was not due to not being ready of being in shape it was due to hot and humid, mud, snow, sleet, hail, rain, freezing temps.,

thunder, lighting, tornadoes!!!!

I sit in awe as I read the many race reports from the weekend.

All the way from San Diego Cailf. to Wisc. things were a real mess.

The good news is there will be other races and you will have another chance at your 50 or 100 miles!!! The Tetons waits for you the end of Aug. the field of runner's is getting exciting!

Here is an email from a student who did the WORLD OLYMPIC DISTANCE TRI. THIS PAST WEEKEND...CRAZY STUFF!

Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for your help and advice.
It was an amazing event. It was super well organized.
However it was cold and rainy.
The water was 59 degrees and super high swells and white caps.
Right after my wave took off they canceled the swim. The water was too
rough and cold.
One girl suffered hypothermia and had to be life lighted to the
Some had to be lifted into boats.
I felt really bad for the men; none of them got to do the swim.
But I loved the swim. After my hands and feet and forehead went
completely numb I didn't feel anything any more.
The swells were a blast to go up and over them. I was laughing under
I was 10th for the US out of the water.
Anyway I feel really good about the whole thing.
However I was really happy with my performance. I did the best I could.
I ended up placing 12th for the United States and 28th in the world in
my age group!

NEXT: Our Jim Simone who is riding his bike across the weekend and now they have had some weather issues as well. Go Jim Go!!!

I'm currently in Great Bend Kansas- tomorrow we are heading off to McPherson Kansas- than to Abiline- and a rest day-
So far we have raised $15,775.00- but the fund raiser continues- so people can still donate their tax deductable contribution to Harbor House at

We have had a lot of head winds- we are in the 20th. day of this ride and we have had headwinds everyday except 3- in the mts. we had winds 35-40 mph with gusts up to 60mph- but at least this makes for interesting days-

The desert (Mojave) was beautiful- the Mts. stunning-the Plains (Tx., Oklahoma and Kansas-) are flat and windy-
This trip really is about team work- many times I've felt like bagging a day and taking the ride- when someone would reach out and get me going again-
A great example was today- as I pproached the 2nd. SAG stop at mile 50 I really was feeling beat p- after 50 miles of headwinds, avg. ride speed 11 mph- I was ready to bag the day- I ran into Rich and Darell- now I'm not a very experienced bike rider- I had never rode in a pace line- they taught me how to ride a pace line and draft and we just burned up the final 36 miles-

Physically I feel pretty good- my butt is a little sore- but mostly I feel good- the psychological aspect- just like any ultra- is the toughest- to get up day after day and do it again- to have those tremendous.
Thanks for the great coaching.

IT WOULD be so great if all of you who are reading this would post your race story from this past weekend!
Mine..well I was in a can driving for 2 days while many were going through all of this!
We are now back to the Tetons and thrilled. We were met by good friends when we arrived with dinner and they helped us un-load the truck. Its good to be back, really good.

Much love

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

10 ways!!!

Our Annabella won the most creative award at school...her art work in really amazing!

Annemarie and Lisa on Mt. Lemon! George at the top of Mt. Lemon!

Hi friends,

It has been some time since I have done a is full for all of us. The great, the good and the not so good. We are in the process of moving this week and as anyone might know this is hard work. We pack and move our self but have had the good fortune of friends to come and help.

George has been here back and forth from Calif. a few times in the past week! Annemarie has bent over backwards to help with our kids even though having 2 of her own to take care of.

We are thankful for good people in our life.

Training is going ok..not great but I feel good and strong. I am in the do what you can when you can place and this is ok with me:) Has to be.

George and I got to the top of Mt. Lemon which is 27 miles up hill...we went 19 miles up and then 2 down and then Annemarie picked us up. This was great. Some time on the bike and the rest of the time packing, and working.

Sister Marybeth sent this to me and I think it is worth sharing..I really enjoyed it.
Have a great day

10 Ways To Raise Your Vibration
By Aine Belton

Below are some timeless tips that will help you raise your vibration to enhance your manifesting success and connect more to the radiant truth of your being and the bountiful nature of reality.

1. Take ResponsibilityAs James Allen says, "Circumstance does not make a man, it reveals him to himself'. The more you take responsibility for your life, the more you are able to change it. Responsibility is freedom and empowerment. Become conscious of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes that are creating your world. Take responsibility for them and choose those that serve you and your world.

2. GratitudeGratitude opens your heart and connects you and aligns your vibration to that which you feel grateful for and as such attracts more of the same into your life. It is a way to give (in its appreciation) and receive (by the opening and expansion of that giving). The more you value and appreciate something, the more there will be to value and appreciate.

3. TrustTrust takes you towards happy desired outcomes in a magical, effortless way. Trust yourself and your power as a creator. Trust the universe and the gifts it wishes to bestow open you. Trust the doors that are opening and those that are closing. Relinquish control and allow yourself to be carried along the river of trust that will take you to your goals with grace and ease.

4. Suspend judgmentJudging others or yourself lowers and constricts your energy and separates you from love, truth and joy. It is a way of making yourself superior and above another by making them 'less than' or 'wrong'. It can be a way you deny your own self-judgments by projecting your guilt onto another. The more you love and accept yourself, the less you judge others. We all make mistakes. Seek to forgive, love and understand both the one you are tempted to judge and any potential shadows within you that they are reflecting.

5. MeditateMeditation allows a calm and balanced perspective to be reached and negativity to wash away and dissipate. It creates a gateway through which you can access higher states of consciousness and connect to the love and wisdom of your Higher Self. Meditation returns you to a place of clarity, truth and peace and allows your energy to clear, align, balance and recharge.

6. Honor your emotionsHonor your emotions and listen to what they are telling you about what's going on inside. If they are negative or uncomfortable what thoughts or beliefs are they pointing to that may need changing or aligning? Express and release your feelings rather than deny, repress, control or judge them. This doesn't mean wallowing in them or giving them undue attention if they do not serve you (i.e. nip that self-pity in the bud!), nor does it mean venting at someone inappropriately (writing a letter and burning it would be far 'cleaner'). Honour your emotions by accepting them and allowing them to be released.

7. Know you are lovedYou are loved totally and unconditionally by the source of creation. There is nothing you need do to win that love and nothing you can do to lose it. Becoming aware of this truth connects you to your inherent value, increases your sense of worth and deserving, heals pain of separation and loneliness and opens you to the love that is there for you in every moment.

8. Forgive yourself and othersForgiveness of self and others is the ultimate mind-body-soul detox. It liberates you from whole clusters of toxic emotions and sets you free from draining attachments. It can also set you free from feelings of guilt, shame and undeserving that block you from happiness and success. In forgiving another you are also forgiving yourself. It is an immensely powerful force for healing and transformation and a most gracious gift you can give yourself and another.

9. Have funFun will attract success into your life like iron filings to a magnet. It is the antidote to stress, struggle, tediousness and seriousness. When you are having fun you are open and sharing of who you are and ride on the current of spontaneity and joy. What brings you fun, happiness and joy? Commit to more of it in all areas of your life!

10. Love, Love, Love!Love yourself and others. There may be times this is easier than others, but make it your overriding intention. Love lies at the heart of all that you seek, and separation from it lies at the root of your troubles and pain. Let love be a guiding light in your life that will steer your ship through stormy waters back to the shore of truth, happiness and joy. We all love to love and be loved! It doesn't get better than that! It is the highest vibration there is. The more you love yourself and others, the happier, brighter and more successful your life will become.