Mountain Mama: Marathon Training is Getting Real

first_imgWith Month Two of Marathon Training Behind Her, Mountain Mama is learning a lot about running, but even more about life.Some people would prefer electric shock therapy than be alone with their own thoughts. At least that’s what the findings of a study published in Science found.I can relate. Faced with the prospect of going solo on my first double digit long run, I searched for someone to run with, paying a babysitter to squeeze a run in Thursday evening, finishing with a headlamp. Ten miles alone seemed so long, all alone in the woods, left alone with my thoughts. But it turned out that no matter how much I tried to avoid thinking, running that long presented quiet pockets that I couldn’t avoid.My first ten-miler started off pleasantly enough. We walked to warm-up before trotting onto a trail with dips and swerves. I’d had a long week at work, and enjoyed the distraction of hearing about my friend’s new running shoes and life updates.I was still in an optimistic frame of mind when the single-track stopped in front of an old road. My friend turned to me and causally asked, “Have you ever been on North Boundary before?”“Nope.” I was already economizing on words, mentally struggling with the run. I was tired and couldn’t imagine how I’d actually finish ten miles.He must have picked up on my need to be distracted because, usually a man of few words, he carried on a one-sided conversation for the next ten minutes uphill.“It’s not so bad, is it? A long uphill, but the slope is gentle,” he said in a cheery voice that only served to make me feel worse. Because it was bad for me, I was struggling with that unending hill. The top of every switchback hid the next ascent, the canopy overhead giving me false hope that we were about to crest the mountain.I could only manage an “uh huh.” Then I was back in the prison of my mind, which turned to all my friends who had recently told me of their travel plans. One was in Hawaii as I huffed and puffed up the mountain. Others had told me about winter trips to whitewater kayak in Ecuador and complete yoga teacher certification programs in Bali. With my bank account balance hovering dangerously around zero, any extra money was going to replace my fifteen-year-old hot water heater. Heck, I wasn’t even going to Gauley Fest (like every other friend in the Southeast who kept posting on Facebook about packing) or the Feather Fest (like all my California friends who were excited to escape the smoke from fires for a weekend). Everyone was living a Big Life, going to exotic places and having amazing experiences. Except for me. My life felt small and mundane and full of ascents.My friend pulled me out of this pit of misery pointing to the view on our right, where the canopy gave way to blue-tinted mountains lining the horizon, like waves stretching into infinity. The late evening sun backlit the mountains, making them look dreamy and soft, enshrined with a magical blue halo.“Wow!” I said, really meaning it. I kept my eyes glued to the right, anticipating every gap in the trees to watch the setting sun. The trail climbed upward and we trotted along. My stomach rumbled from my decision to drink a late afternoon latte and two snack sized Snickers. My feet still felt weighted and my body sluggish. But my mind felt different.We ran in silence, taking in the beauty that existed a few minutes from our backdoors. I inhaled into the hill, pulling one foot after another up, up, up. I breathed in the beauty of the mountains and felt my resistance to the long run soften.Finally the top of the mountain came into view. My feet felt lighter, my pace quickened at the prospect of summiting. We stood there for a minute, gulping in air along with the view. I swelled with the abundance of being able to run with a friend surrounded by the mountains and the woods. I beamed down at my legs who had taken me there to that moment.But the sun was setting and we weren’t halfway home so we turned down a steep single-track and leaned down the mountain. My feet danced with the terrain, waltzing with roots, rocks, and ruts. I flirted with gravity, pushing my torso forward and daring my feet to keep pace when it occurred to me that I was going somewhere.I was running down the mountain, chasing the last of the waning sun. And I realized that focusing on what was right in front of me was pretty exciting. I didn’t have to go halfway around the world for an adventure or to live the kind of big life I dreamed of. I’d been putting so much energy into everyone else’s lives and the extraordinary things they were doing that I was missing out on my own.I let go of my pathetic bank account balance at mile 5, the office bullshit at mile 6, my parenting woes at mile 7, and my epic love failures at mile 8. After that, it was all I could do to see the last two miles of trail.A few stars guided us as we cooled down, my mind quieter and less frazzled. Endorphins flooded me. We high-fived, congratulating each other on a great run. I chugged water that tasted like heaven in my mouth.The big lesson I’ve learned from month two of marathon training has nothing to do with warming up, negative splits, hydration, or the right gear. I’m learning how to run when I don’t feel like running. I remind myself that I chose to run this race and it’s a luxury to have the time to focus on doing something so good for my mind and body. Marathon training has taught me to stop comparing myself to everyone else. I’m living the hell out of the life I have.last_img read more

Ophir: SE Asia assets deliver ahead of expectations

first_imgFurthermore, the company said that during the year it continued to make progress towards “rationalizing” the wider frontier exploration portfolio.Capital expenditure is expected to be approximately $150 million assuming various farm-outs are closed successfully.“A series of commercial agreements are under negotiation which, if successful, will reduce forecast exploration spend significantly in 2019 as well as reduce the future exploration commitment spend from its current level,” Ophir said.“The majority of the spending for 2019 (approximately $110 million) is development and production expenditure focused on growing our production and cash flow, including both Bualuang and Madura (Meliwis development). The balance of spend is provided for exploration, predominantly exploration commitments as the company manages its exit from its deep water portfolio. The company is seeking to reduce those commitments further where possible,” the company said.As for the abovementioned relocation, Ophir on Tuesday said that the move would yield “further significant costs savings during the coming year.”Ophir briefly mentioned the Block R in E. Guinea which it recently lost after years of delays with Fortuna FLNG development there.The CEO said: “As we announced on 5 January, the Block R license in Equatorial Guinea has not been extended.  We are in negotiations to rationalize parts of our frontier exploration portfolio with the potential to not only bring in cash, but also importantly reduce our future exploration capital commitments and further improve our liquidity position.  We remain mindful of the potential value of our gas assets in Tanzania, notwithstanding the uncertainty over timing for their development.”In its  Operations and Trading Update on Tuesday, Ophir did not provide any update on the status of its dealings with Medco. To remind, the company’s board on Monday rejected Medco’s potential bid of 48.5 pence a share as not good enough.Offshore Energy Today Staff London-based oil explorer Ophir Energy is planning to move its corporate functions from London to Southeast Asia as its assets in the region have delivered above expectations.Ophir, which plans to complete the move by September 2019, on Tuesday said South East Asian including fields it had bought from Santos last year, would help it generate “significant free cashflow.”The company, pursued as a takeover target by Indonesia’s Medco, said the acquisition of interests in the Madura and Sampang PSCs (Indonesia) and Block 12W (Vietnam) from Santos for $205 million materially increased production and cash flow. These assets, Ophir said, have performed better than expected with the assets returning cash flow of approximately $110 million in full-year 2018, representing approximately half the initial purchase price.Alan Booth, Interim CEO of Ophir, said: “With the successful integration of the Santos South East Asian assets, Ophir has significantly strengthened its production and development portfolio. We are now well positioned to generate significant free cash flow going forward. Our underlying business and balance sheet remain robust.Booth said:”…We are building a company with increasing cash generation and declining risk capital expenditure. Our future investment decisions will continue to focus on maximizing returns to shareholders.“Ophir said its daily production in 2018 averaged 29,700 boepd, 8% ahead of guidance with Madura, Sampang and Block 12W contributing 18,000 boepd.Despite the higher than expected production, looking ahead, Ophir expects daily production for 2019 to be in line with previous guidance at 25,000 boepd.Rationalizing exploration portfolio to lower capexlast_img read more

Advocaat ready to win ugly

first_img The 67-year-old, who recalled Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez and put Connor Wickham on the left side of a front three, intends to do whatever it takes to guide Sunderland to safety. “I said the only important thing in the final eight games is winning, the way that we do is not important, so if we win games very ugly I like that, (we can) play very negative if the need is there,” Advocaat said. “I have seen a team who likes to work, so I am pleased. “It showed that if you work as a team and not an individual, I am sure that you get the luck you need. “Now I have time to see my best line up.” Advocaat knows the importance of local bragging rights from his time at Ibrox, where he won the 1998/1999 Scottish domestic Treble in his first season “In the home game in derbies, that gives a big advantage,” he said. “Tactically we withstood well (against West Ham), though we didn’t create a lot of chances, but in a home game with our fans behind us we can do even better.” The vastly-experienced former Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, South Korea and Russia coach presided over his first match in charge of the Black Cats at West Ham on Saturday, when his luck was out as Diafra Sakho netted a winner for the Hammers with just two minutes left. Sunderland head into the international break just a point above the drop zone, but Advocaat will put the extra-time with his squad to good use in preparing for the small matter of a showdown with local rivals Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Easter Sunday. Press Association Advocaat added: “Now for us every game is important as we need points and the next game, Newcastle, is the most important thing.” Sunderland will be hoping for positive news on the knee injury suffered by defender Wes Brown when he hobbled off in the first half following an awkward fall. Midfielder Adam Johnson will again be in contention having come off the bench on Saturday following his club suspension being lifted after a Police investigation. Dutchman Dick Advocaat is ready to abandon his Total Football philosophy if winning ugly helps keep Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

2022 World Cup hosts Qatar fail to qualify for 2018 tournament

first_imgQatar, the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, failed to qualify for 2018 edition of the tournament after a 3-1 loss to Syria in their penultimate Asian Group A qualifier in Malaysia on Thursday.Qatar will be participating in the 2022 World Cup by virtue of being the hosts but failed to make it to the big stage of 2018 through qualification.The Qataris, who have never played at a World Cup finals, needed to win both of their remaining qualifiers to have any chance of making it to Russia next year. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Marco Asensio, Andrea Belotti primed for starring roles in Spain-Italy showdown)On the other hand, two teams from Asia — Iran and Japan — have qualified for the big-ticket tournament next year.Japan made it through on Thursday after they defeated Australia 2-0.Australia’s fate now will depend on two factors — the Socceroos have to register a big win against Thailand in their final qualifier and hope for Japan to beat or draw with Saudi Arabia. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Spain, Italy lock horns to inch closer to direct qualification)(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

First responders gather in BC to call for end to stigma in

first_imgVANCOUVER — Eighteen years as a firefighter had exposed Greg Gauthier to endless trauma but a call involving a tour bus hitting a family triggered his descent into mental illness as intrusive thoughts and sleepless nights became his daily existence.Gauthier, 48, could no longer function at work but the stigma of asking for help in a job where chaos is the norm initially prevented him from reaching out.“I knew something was wrong right after that call,” he said of the August 2017 incident when an American man died and three others were injured as a bus rolled into a crowd of tourists, pinning at least two people beneath the vehicle.Gauthier said it wasn’t the most horrific situation he’d encountered, but it was the one that broke him emotionally.Over and over again, he would relive the scene of people taking cellphone video of the crash scene as police dealt with a hoard of visitors near a busy cruise-ship terminal and convention centre. Gauthier’s family life began to unravel and he felt helpless.“When you don’t have control of your mind and when you can’t block those thoughts then you feel like you’re losing control and it’s an incredibly distressing feeling,” he said. “I’m still dealing with it a year and a half later but I’m certainly managing it.”Gauthier finally realized that as a supervisor he had to set an example for the rest of his crew at a Vancouver fire hall so colleagues who had also been at the scene and others like it could feel free to talk about their struggles in a job that required them to soldier on day after day.“There’s a stigma and we’re trying to break that down,” he said as he prepared to share his experience and gradual return to work at a conference of first responders meeting in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday and Friday.About 350 people including firefighters, police officers, paramedics, dispatchers as well as their unions and associations are taking part in the event that will feature Gauthier and others in jobs where trauma is part of the job but talking about its impact is not.Gauthier said he wondered if he’d have to prove himself all over again if he took time off, if he’d put the “brotherhood and sisterhood” of his job at risk.“Part of my healing, part of my therapy, is talking about it,” he said, adding he got counselling. When he returned to work after five months he didn’t initially go out on calls, worked shorter days and slowly exposed himself to the rigours of the job, including driving past the accident scene that led to his breakdown.WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ health and safety agency, brought together a committee of 14 first responder agencies that organized the conference.Trudi Rondou, senior manager of industry and labour services for WorksafeBC, said the goal is to work toward dismantling the stigma of mental illness suffered by those who focus on protecting public safety but often need help themselves to cope with extraordinary stress.The key to getting that help is a commitment from employers to put prevention, peer-support and return-to-work programs in place, she said.“We did some research among first responders and that was one thing we clearly heard, that this has to be a culture change and we need to make sure our leaders are invested in this, not only with their words but with the budget and action behind it.”Otherwise, the costs range from low productivity, a high number of sick days and the potential for long-term disability from post-traumatic stress disorder, Rondou said.Last year, the British Columbia government amended legislation allowing first responders including emergency medical assistants, firefighters, police officers, sheriffs and correctional officers to make WorkSafeBC claims for compensation and health-care support if they’d been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, without having to prove it was related to their work.Greg Anderson, dean of applied research at the Justice Institute of B.C., said most provinces have similar legislation, but coverage for first-responder jobs varies.In Nova Scotia, for example, emergency-room nurses are included in so-called presumptive legislation while some provinces have coverage for post-traumatic stress injury and others only accept claims for post-traumatic stress disorder, Anderson said.Federal first responders, including employees of the RCMP, the Correctional Service of Canada and those in enforcement roles for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, are not covered by presumptive legislation.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Water main break Thursday morning near Montanas

first_imgParts of the Montana’s parking lot was flooded due to the water main break.Some area businesses are temporarily closed due to the break.No further details are available at this time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews were on scene this morning, Thursday, as they attended to a water main break near Montana’s next to the Totem Mall.The water main break was contained as the City shut down water in the area.Crews are currently in the process of repairing the broken water main.last_img

Fill a Mountie Boot to support Cops for Cancer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Constable (Cst) Christiaan Dreyer rider for the Fort St John Cops for Cancer Tour de North is hosting a ‘Fill a Boot’ fundraiser.Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 12 pm – 3 pm at Save on Foods, at 10345 100th St. Cst Dreyer and his sidekick, Cst Jodi Lewis invite everyone to join them to fill a traditional ‘High Brown’ Mountie riding boot with donations for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.The financial goal for Cst Dreyer’s is to raise $3000 before he sets off on the Tour de North in September. Donations can also be made online for Cst Dreyer on the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer page; CLICK HERElast_img

Didnt join Bollywood to make films with stars

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has a solid clarity of what he wants to do: make films which have his trademark style and never chase stars to get his dream on celluloid. The director, who has helmed mid-budget but critically acclaimed films like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster series, has learnt over the years on how to avoid the pressure of having a star to headline his film. “I don’t want to sound pompous but I want my films to be a ‘Tigmanshu Dhulia Film.’ Whether it’s a hit or a flop, doesn’t matter. I came to this industry to make films, not to make films with stars. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”Now I’ve learnt to not approach those producers with those kind of scripts where they will ask me to get a star. I don’t fall into that trap anymore,” said Tigmanshu. The pressure on a director to get a star on board can be quite daunting. Tigmanshu first hand experienced this while making his upcoming directorial, Milan Talkies, which earlier had several names attached to it, from Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to Imran Khan. Though conceptualised around 2011, Tigmanshu had to cross several roadblocks to finally make the film. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary”Earlier UTV was supposed to do it but I had a fallout with them because they weren’t releasing Paan Singh Tomar. There was a gap then and Ekta pushed really hard. I’ll give it up to her.” “Despite actors saying yes and no, dillydallying about it, she held on to it. But they needed a star. I requested her let me make it with whoever because otherwise this will never get made and she did.” The filmmaker is now ready to release Milan Talkies on March 15, featuring Ali Fazal.last_img read more