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June Wilderness Marathon

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June Wilderness Marathon

June’s Wilderness Marathon, inspired by Bryan’s 2018 goal and Tom’s awesome scouting and route planning, ran through the Jerry Peak Wilderness of central Idaho.  Bryan’s run report and photos will follow below, shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

April Wilderness Marathon

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Guest Blog, Uncategorized, Wilderness Marathon | Comments Off on April Wilderness Marathon

April Wilderness Marathon

North Fork Creek and Pole Creek, Owhyees.

Did this one differently and did 3 different runs, with drives inbetween, totaling 26.3 and allowing us to see 3 different beautiful places in one day. Also made for more company: 6 of us for the first run, 4 in the second and 3 in the third. Driving the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway was as fun as driving. Lucky to live so close to such quiet, vast places!

March Wilderness Marathon

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Guest Blog, Uncategorized, Wilderness Marathon | Comments Off on March Wilderness Marathon

March Wilderness Marathon

The Selway Wilderness

Gorgeous run and great company. Didn’t see another person for 26.2 miles. Just saw bald and golden eagles and so many animal tracks, big and small. Followed wolf tracks (though at the time, we thought they were bear tracks due to their enormous size!), but we never caught up!

February Wilderness Marathon

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February Wilderness Marathon

Hells Canyon

Running through the snow, rain and even a little sun, Bryan and Beau took on the Hells Canyon wilderness this month.  Starting at Pittsburgh Landing and following the Snake River Trail along the infamous river, these guys got in a great winter run.

Relive the run here: https://www.relive.cc/view/1414961750

2018 Wilderness Marathons

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 2018 our own Bryan Hurlbutt will be tackling big goals to run a marathon a month, see more of his great state of Idaho and stay fit without feeling the pressure to race. Sound like fun?  Join the Billies to get on board with this adventure. Here’s what Bryan says about the Wilderness Marathon goal:

I plan to run a marathon a month in each of Idaho’s designated wilderness areas. These are not races–just adventures. Ideally, they are single track loops or point-to-point runs entirely within the wilderness. But in reality, some will likely end up being out and back, and some will be mostly on dirt roads adjacent to the wilderness (at least during the cold wintery months).

Technically, there are 15 wilderness areas in Idaho, but some of the ones in the Owyhees are small and near each other and can be grouped together in one run, making a dozen. Here’s what I’m thinking for my schedule. Would love to have anyone join me. Some will be day trips from Boise, some I’ll camp at the trailhead solo, and some may be part of family camping trips:

January 27 or 28: Big & Little Jacks Creek Wildernesses (owyhee dessert) (day trip from boise)

Late February: Hells Canyon Wilderness (ID/OR border, will run at low elevation along Snake River) (day trip from boise)

March 17 Weekend: Selway Wilderness (north central idaho; will run the low elevation part of the wilderness along lower selway river) (farthest drive, so probably requires a full weekend…Maybe Billies spring training weekend?!)

Mid April: N. Fork Owyhee and Pole Creek Wildernesses (owyhee dessert) (day trip from Boise)

May: Craters of the Moon Wilderness (SE of ketchum; mid elevation…running on lava rocks…) (hopefully a family camping trip)

June: Hemingway/Jerry Peak Wilderness (mountains and high dessert northeast of ketchum)

July 14 or 15: Frank Church Wilderness (central idaho) (hoping to visit the Bighorn Crags, so this would be near Salmon/Challis up pretty high) (family will be camping in the area this weekend to cheer on a bunch of Betties running the beaverhead endurance run)

August: White Cloud Wilderness (high mountains southeast of stanley)

September: Sawtooth Wilderness (high mountains southwest of stanley) (maybe part of a labor day family camping trip)

Early October: Boulder Wilderness (high mountains north of Ketchum)

Early November: Gospel Hump Wilderness (mountains in north central idaho, east of Riggins) (pretty far away, so maybe requires full weekend).

Early December: Bruneau/Jarbidge Wilderness (owyhee dessert) (day trip from Boise)

 

 

An Awesome Partnership with St. Luke’s Sports Medicine

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in SPONSORS, Uncategorized | Comments Off on An Awesome Partnership with St. Luke’s Sports Medicine

The Boise Betties are super excited to announce that we have been selected by St. Luke’s Sports Medicine as a sponsored team in 2016!  This is an incredible partnership for our athletes to stay on top of injury prevention and care- a must for any level of athlete!

What does this mean for the members of our running club?  It means that the physical therapists at St. Lukes Orthopedic Rehabilitation gave us an inside line for booking appointments; a chance to nip an injury in the bud.  If injury does set in and our athletes need a cross training option, St. Luke’s has granted us complimentary hours each week on the AlterG treadmill (antigravity treadmill: basically the best thing an injured runner could hope for).  But best of all, our athletes will prevent injuries with the help of comprehensive gait analysis by the pro’s in the sports medicine department.

Imagine running on a treadmill, in front of a large grid with little dots stuck on your knees and hips- actually dots on every joint- all in the name of identifying weaknesses in your running form!  Subtle hip drops and twisting torsos will no longer aggravate our Betties to the point of injury.  This is a very cool chance for our team to gain personal insight at a level many elite runners have not yet experienced.  As a new offering at the clinic, we are thrilled to be some of the first in line for the service!

2016 is going to be a great year for our healthy, strong, and balanced Betties!  Thank you St. Lukes!

DR. BETTIE: Resuming Training After an Illness

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DR. BETTIE: Resuming Training After an Illness

Welcome to Dr. Bettie’s Corner, your local expert in nutrition, fitness, and health! This is a bimonthly forum where we attempt to address Woman-focused topics of interest. We welcome your suggestions & questions! Please contact us with yours.

 

Resuming Training After an Illness

 

We are right in the middle of cold and flu season, which means you are bound to find yourself sidelined at some point due to illness.  How do you best take care of yourself when illness strikes and safely resume your training once you start to feel like yourself again?  Dr. Bettie is here to help!  I recently found myself taken down by the flu.  What I thought was just a little sniffle turned into a high fever and body aches and I found myself down for the count.

 

Do not try to run with a high fever.  Recovering from illness in and of itself places a lot of demands on your body.  Your body and immune system is working overtime to fight the virus.  Work on resting and staying hydrated.  By resting now, you will allow your body the time it needs to heal and you will be able to get back to your training sooner.  Your body heals more quickly with less stress.  Also focus on eating high quality foods and getting plenty of sleep.

 

Once your fever breaks, that means your body is on the mend, but it does not mean you should jump right back into your training plan,  After your temperature and eating has returned to normal, give your body at least one or two additional days of rest before resuming training.  And when you do run again start with easy effort runs.  As a rule of thumb, do one easy effort run for each day that you were sick before resuming high intensity workouts.  Listen to your body,  Even though you may feel better, your immune system is still working on rebuilding itself.

 

If you find yourself struggling with a minor cold, which includes only light sniffles and no fever, it is still okay to run.  In fact, some studies have found that people with minor colds have actually felt better after exercising.  So there’s no need to derail your training for a runny nose, but listen to your body and stop if you develop a fever or chest congestion.

 

Finally, do not despair if you do find yourself having to take a few days off for an illness.  You will not lose a lot of fitness by resting for a few days and your body needs the rest more than it needs the running when you are sick and fighting an illness.  Take it easy and resume running gently so as not to overstress your body and risk the return of illness.  The investment you make in resting your body will be worth it, as you will find yourself back on the roads and trails in less time.

 

Here’s to good health and happy running!

 

DR. BETTIE: Winter Running- Is the Weather Outside TOO Frightful?

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DR. BETTIE: Winter Running- Is the Weather Outside TOO Frightful?

Welcome to Dr. Bettie’s Corner, your local expert in nutrition, fitness, and health! This is a bimonthly forum where we attempt to address Woman-focused topics of interest. We welcome your suggestions & questions! Please contact us with yours.

 

 

Winter Running: Is the Weather Outside TOO Frightful?

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year.  (I mean, seriously hard to believe.)  And nobody hates cold weather more than Dr. Bettie.  (Pretty sure.)  What can we do to survive these harsh days?  Here’s a short list of advice, which I hope will help. (more…)

DR. BETTIE: Staying Motivated During the Fall and Winter Months

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in DR. BETTIE, Uncategorized | Comments Off on DR. BETTIE: Staying Motivated During the Fall and Winter Months

DR. BETTIE: Staying Motivated During the Fall and Winter Months

Welcome to Dr. Bettie’s Corner, your local expert in nutrition, fitness, and health! This is a bimonthly forum where we attempt to address Woman-focused topics of interest. We welcome your suggestions & questions! Please contact us with yours.

 

 

Staying Motivated During the Fall and Winter Months

 

Q: Dear Dr. Bettie, I just finished my big fall race, now what? How do I stay motivated to train during the fall and winter months?

 

A: First of all, congratulations! It’s a huge accomplishment to complete an event that you have trained for all summer. Hope it was a great experience for you! Make sure you take some time off after the race to let your muscles fully recover. I recommend that you take a full week off of running after racing a full or half marathon. Just like tapering before a big event, recovery after the big event is also important.  While you are resting, remember to stretch, drink lots of water and eat plenty of dark leafy greens to aid your recovery.  When you do resume running, start with (more…)

DR. BETTIE: Drink Up, Buttercup: Staying Hydrated for Half and Full Marathons

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in DR. BETTIE, Uncategorized | Comments Off on DR. BETTIE: Drink Up, Buttercup: Staying Hydrated for Half and Full Marathons

DR. BETTIE: Drink Up, Buttercup: Staying Hydrated for Half and Full Marathons

Welcome to Dr. Bettie’s Corner, your local expert in nutrition, fitness, and health! This is a bimonthly forum where we attempt to address Woman-focused topics of interest.
We welcome your suggestions & questions! Please contact us with yours.

 

 

Drink Up, Buttercup: Staying Hydrated for Half and Full Marathons

 

We all know (or should know) that staying hydrated is important but what is the best way to go about staying hydrated during long runs and races (half marathon distance or longer)?  Below are some tips: (more…)