Monday, February 3, 2020

Making Hard Easy

Making Hard Easy: Exposure & Perspective.

Our instinct is to prefer easy over hard. In most cases, if we can do something by easier means, without any negative fallout or consequences, by default we are wired to take it. Categorically we consider "easy" as a better deal.

But I don't think it is.

Most things that are easy for you now were at one time hard. It's not the actual thing that makes it hard, it's your emotional affiliation with it. You can transform hard to easy, if you are willing to do it while it's still hard.The biggest component of converting hard to easy is EXPOSURE.

You make the hard things harder when you fall into a habit of avoiding them. The more you do something, the less you'll be intimidated by it. Uncertainty decreases, your relationship with it changes, your coping skills improve and your resentment for it fades. The yearning for ease disappears. It becomes easy. 

We live in a world that emphasizes technological solutions and convenience to almost everything in our lives. We limit our exposure to things that are hard and we try to escape or resist them as much as possible. We like to complain about how hard something is, and often other people validate us. It's a huge part of our society.

Overcoming these hard moments will define the moments in which you gained the most. Altering your viewpoint and expectation of hard things will reduce the apparent difficulty instantaneously, and not just of any given task, but of all things in life.

You'll learn to continually transform the world around you into an easier one, just by making a simple change in PERSPECTIVE. The laws of reality are wonderful like that. You can make "hard" easy. You just gotta keep doing them...with a smile on your face :)

Exposure & Perspective

Running and rambling,
Case

Friday, January 24, 2020

What Works For Me

I’m not a doctor, I just play one on TV...


The majority of your running should be at an easy effort. A “conversation pace” run is below your aerobic threshold. It builds you up instead of breaking you down. These runs help to prevent injuries and form the basis for increased progress and gains.

Easy runs strengthen the muscles, bones and tendons that are needed to run longer or faster later.

Running hard might feel effective in the moment, but too fast all the time will produce an injured and slower runner in the long run.

Then again, we’re all different. Gotta find what works for you. This is what works for me...and keeps me loving the run 😊

What works for you?




Running and rambling,
Case

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lemonade

I tried my luck at getting into a race with my friends via a lottery this past weekend. I wasn’t as lucky as them and didn’t get in.

Not gonna lie, I was pretty bummed about it. But Jenn reminded me that everything happens for a reason and that I need to find something else. Something that speaks to me. Something that challenges and motivates me.

So I took my bad luck and turned it into an opportunity instead.


An opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade.

An opportunity to run the hardest 100-miler I’ve ever attempted, and an opportunity to chase a coveted Hardrock qualifier that I have eyed for years.


I was lucky enough to get the last spot in Georgia’s Cruel Jewel. I am very excited about this! The challenge of coming from a flat area like Essex County and tackling a race of this magnitude keeps me driven and passionate about my love for covering vast distances on foot. The mountains are calling...😊

I’ve got 16 weeks to make this finish a reality.

#nomorehardraces



Running and rambling,
Case

Monday, January 13, 2020

One Dinner at a Time


This is the most important room in our house. This is most important piece of furniture we possess.

It’s not about what goes on the dinner table (although that is important as well), it’s about what happens around the dinner table.

Our table has hosted many years of family dinners. It has also been the facilitator of countless after dinner conversations.

Our daughters have grown up at this table. So have their friends. At our table you don’t just eat and run. The meal is just the precursor to the real intention of “family dinner”.

Our kids, and their friends, have grown accustomed to a Thivierge family dinner. They learn to settle in, they’re going to be there awhile. They learn to communicate. They learn to listen. They learn to debate. They learn compassion. They learn. And so do we.

We are proud of our dinner table. It represents strength, understanding, education, unity, teaching, learning and love.

We believe this is how you build family values. This is how you raise your children. This is how you strengthen your marriage. This is how you create happiness. This is how you make the world a better place.

One dinner at a time.
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Several years ago, my father and I built this table together. The long evenings and loving effort he put into it is one of the greatest gifts he ever gave me and my family. I wonder if he knows that? I will remind him tomorrow.


Running and rambling,
Case

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Training


I love training.
I have faith in plans.
I look forward to my run.

Then the day happens.
My plans gets interrupted.
My enthusiasm diminishes.

I don’t want to run.
My mind is elsewhere.
My thoughts attempt to influence.

I’m stubborn.
I’ve built habits.
I believe in the process.

I arrive at the trailhead. I don’t want this.

I’m slow.
I’m heavy.
I’m sluggish.

This is difficult.
It’s always hard.
It never gets easy.

My heartbeat races.
My breathing labours.
My senses are heightened.

My blood rushes through.
My muscles sense the effort.
My tendons sense the pressure.

I arrive at the base of the hill.
I remain steady in my effort.
I begin to ascend to the top.

My body begins to warm.
My heart rate decreases.
My breathing levels off.

This is not as difficult.
It is not that hard.
It’s feeling easier.

I’m comfortable.
I’m strong.
I’m light.

I arrive at the top of the hill. I want this.

I’m dedicated.
I’ve made this routine.
I know the process works.

I want to run.
My mind is clear.
My thoughts propel me.

It was a good day.
I stayed the course.
My motivation builds.

I’m looking forward to my next run.
I have faith in my plan.
I love training.


Running and rambling,
Case

Monday, December 30, 2019

weULTRA Year End Party '19

Last night our running group weULTRA hosted its first ever Year End Party. It was filled with friendships (new and old), laughs, stories, good food, a great band, lots of dancing and tons of cheer.

 

First, we did a little recap of weULTRA’s 2019:
- we hosted 4 events that had 172 participants in total
- we had 14 people complete the weULTRA Slam
- we had 32 people complete the FAwR
- we did 4 charity events that raised over $10,000 and donated dozens of winter coats for kids in Peru.

Then we gave a sneak peak at the 4 events we have planned for 2020. Details of these events will be posted on the weULTRA group page soon.


We also presented awards to some very deserving people:

- First, we recognized Brian R. Bondy for his record FAwR Bandit run (22:57) and presented him with a custom made commemorative medallion.


- Female Journey of the Year: Brandi Bezaire (6th finisher of the FAwR, set 2 distance PBs on the course , holds the Official Female record, and then went on to complete her first 100k race at Woodstock).

- Male Journey of the Year: Patrick Hutt (13th finisher of the FAwR & came down to the wire to do it, completed the Slam, went on to complete his first 100-miler at Hennepin, and most importantly logged 483 unique beers on Untappd!!! It’s not a problem, it’s a hobby).

- Runner of the Year: Kame Eleonora (Ali)
Our RotY is very similar to our RotD award that we give out at our official events. This award isn’t necessarily about how great of a runner you are, or how fast you are, or how far you can run, etc. To win this award you have to make an impression on us. We want someone who digs deep. Someone who breaks out of their comfort zone. Someone that inspires others through their efforts in running. This year’s recipient was an easy pick. She showed up at 6HITA as a shy, unknown runner and knocked everyone’s socks off. She finished in the top 3 of the “Battle at the Barn”. At this year’s MDR: The Redux, she was the only finisher. Then she went on to complete the Slam with an incredible 2-chunk Bandit run at the FAwR (37:47). She then went on to complete her first 100-miler at Javelina Jundred!

- Then, we recognized Gord Lachine for all of his constant support of the runners. Through his actions, he shows time and time again that it’s the “we” in weULTRA that matters the most. He was presented with a bottle of Cognac and informed the next award we were going to be presenting will from here on out be named after him.

- Person of the Year (“The Gord Award”): Cody Odelle Turner
This is our most prestigious award, our highest honour, the one that everyone should strive for. This award isn’t relegated to just runners. It can be awarded to just about anybody that contributes to the weULTRA family. Cody embodies the spirit of weULTRA. He spreads positivity and helps others every single day without fail. His selflessness and generosity is unmatched, and his smile is infectious. He has been a part of so many people’s journey thru 2019 and was an easy pick for this award.

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Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us. 2019 was an incredible year because of all of you! I can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for 2020 😁

Special thanks to the following people for helping provide the deserts: Gord, Tim & Emma, Richard & Laura, Brandi & Adam, Patrick & Karen Hutt, Derek & Jen, Renee & Jennifer.

Huge thank you to Janine Trudell and the staff at Lilly Kazilly’s. Also, thank you to First Fall for the rockin’ entertainment all night!


And an extra special thanks to my wife Jennifer, for the unwavering support and endless love you provide day after day. Thank you for being such a huge part of weULTRA ❤️


Running and rambling,
Case

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Think about this...


How big is a billion?

Counting 1 number per second it would take you over 27 hours to count to 100,000.

To count to 1 million? Would take a little more than 11 days.

To count to 1 billion? More than 31 years!

Think about that. 

Now think about this...

Through the use of high tech telescopes and measuring tools, mankind has mapped & catalogued 1.7 BILLION stars.

We can somewhat understand how big the number “1.7 billion” is. (Would take almost 54 years to count out)

Seems like a lot, right?

Well...our Milky Way galaxy is estimated to contain 200 billion STARS!

And there are an estimated 100 billion GALAXIES in the observable universe!

Think about that.

Oh, and what can we see in our night sky with just our eyes? Well, there are only about 5,000 stars visible to the naked eye...and you can only see half of them! (because the earth is blocking the other half)

So next time you look up at a dark night sky and are amazed with the incredible number of stars...

...Think about that.

I went on a run tonight and it had me looking up at the night sky. I’ve included a few pictures I’ve taken of stars seen thru my telescope (not from tonight, it’s too cloudy).

Pic 1: Betelgeuse is a star nearing the end of its life. The red giant has a changing diameter that varies from 500-1000x bigger than our sun.


Pic 2: Sirius is the brightest star in our sky. It often flickers with many colours (due to it’s brightness and the effect thru the earth’s atmosphere). Also, it’s a binary star revolving around its companion star every 50 years.


Pic 3: The Orion Nebula is basically a star factory. It’s a stellar nursery where new stars are born. That hazy fog you see in the pic is interstellar gas and dust. It is estimated that perhaps 1,000 stars are being formed in there.


Pic 4: Me pretending to be fast.



Running and rambling,
Case