"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."
-Amelia Earhart

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Inversion Mania!

I have been watching my ten year old daughter rock handstands for quite a while now and I finally got up the nerve to make myself go upside down.  Honestly, it was really hard for me.  I'm not sure why, but that going totally upside down terrified me!  But, I did it and I've been practicing every day. Currently I can only old away from the wall for a second or two before I either hit the wall or topple over.  But we all start at the beginning, so I'll keep practicing!  I'm also fortunate to have a few fabulous yogi friends that are very kind and generous with advice.  

Here is a bit of the past couple of weeks worth of learning.

Friday, October 2, 2015

My 6 month transformation

I have to say that the sport of bodybuilding is much more than meets the eye.  Most, and I can include my previous self to this statement, see the scantily clad made up faces of the women on stage and assume they are a high maintenance crowd.  One might assume that the competition is only about looks or that competitors are vain.  I have to say that I was wrong.  Very very wrong.  Bodybuilders are the some of the most humble people I've ever had the pleasure to meet.  It's very much like the ultrarunning crowd.  You can't put yourself through such rigorous and strict training without developing a sense of camaraderie with those who are also doing the same. They are a group of  extremely dedicated and hard working people. The fact of the matter is, just like myself, most of these women live in spandex with their hair in a pony tail because they're too busy cooking, eating, and sweating at the gym to be worried with such things as make up or high heels. 

Ultrarunning is hard.  Really really hard.  But competition prep took hard to a whole new level for me.  It's not just the training.  I love lifting weights. That's the easy part. The diet adds a whole new level.  After finishing a long run I would come home and eat like there was no tomorrow!  Now, it's egg whites and chicken and rice all day long.  Of course, I eat other things too like healthy fats and vegetables but there's no wiggle room. No bowls of cereal or cake on your birthday (yeah, that was bad timing). Bodybuilding is a 24-7 sport.  It gets really difficult.  Plus, 70 minutes of intervals on a stairmill while completely carb depleted is a new level of pain and suffering.

Despite all that I still want more.  I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment.  But, just like ultrarunning, along with the pain is the most amazing sense of accomplishment!  I built that!  I did that! I ran 50 MILES!  I competed in a figure competition!  And took home a trophy!  Yeah, I can't wait to do it again!

Now, for the fun part.  Here is my six month transformation!

Day 1-December 1, 2014 Competition day-June 6, 2015
And a few more fun pictures from behind the scenes! 
The night of check in, in my new Skill PT team jacket!
Headed off to pre-judging!  I was so happy show day was finally here!
Before finals.  Of course, my girl Katherine came to cheer me on!
A behind the scene shot that Jeff took.  Get it? behind the scenes?  lol #sorrynotsorry

The ladies of team Skill PT!
My evening routine!  I had SO much fun!

To all the hard working ladies whom I had the pleasure of share the stage, YOU ROCKED!  I can't wait to share the stage with you again!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


So I've decided it's time to pick up the blog again! It's time for a revamp, since my life has taken some turns. I would have never guessed that I would love competing in bodybuilding as much as I love ultrarunning, but it's true! I do miss distance running sometimes, but mostly I'm enjoying being active and am feeling strong, amazing, confident and am in the best shape my life!

Since the last time I posted I have...

Trained for and competed in my first figure competition where I won 5th place in the Masters class (ages 35+) and had the time of my life!
Begun an online class with NASM to become a CPT (aka Certified Personal Trainer) which I am super excited about!
Sent my son off to college which was way harder than I ever imagined.  He is having the time of his life and isn't too far away, so I'm happy.
Become mildly obsessed with inversions.  I finally made myself do a handstand for the first time ever and now it's on!
Took a huge break from running because of the arthritis in my knees and have just started running super short distances again!

Here are some photos from my competition in June.  I'm planning on competing again next fall!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Speedwork & Bodybuilding

So, I've just about given up the blog.  Between actually running and lifting, working, TrailAndUltraRunning.com work, housework, cooking and the kids I just plain don't have time any more.  But, don't worry, I'm still out there enjoying every day! 

What's going on?  Well, after my knees were bothering me even more I finally went back to the orthopedic.  Here's what I learned after some xrays and a running gait evaluation:
I have arthritis in my knees and that I have pretty good form, but need to
a) speed up to decrease time on feet and not run so horizontally, therefore decreasing impact
b) turn my right foot in a bit
c) increase my stride rate
d) strengthen my glutes and hips

So I started doing speed intervals and am continuing to lift more.  Yes, this means I'm taking a break from distance running at the moment, BUT...

Jeff made me an appointment with his coach, Jerry and after meeting him, I made a huge decision.  Monday was day one of training for my first figure competition.  Ever since Jeff did his first bodybuilding competition in October, I've been toying with the idea.  Now, the fact that I'm going to focus on intervals and strength training, it is a perfect fit.  I will be aiming for a competition in June.

Last Saturday we did a body assessment and here is where I stand: 140lbs, 20% body fat and ready to rock and roll! 

And just to clear things up, yes, I'm entering a bodybuilding competition, but no I won't look like this...
This is Iris Kyle, 10 (plus?) time Ms. Olympia winner.  She competes in the bodybuilding class.  I will be competing in figure class, which looks more like this...
This is Candice Keene Figure Competitor and IFBB pro.  Of course, she is a professional and I can only dream of her rockin' body, but you get the gist. 

So, wish me luck and I'll try to pop in now and again and let you know how my journey is going!  If you're on Instagram and care to follow, I'm at @reneeyeoman. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Round Valley

This morning Katherine and I headed to round valley thinking we'd do about 10 miles.  Well, we both kinda had one of those days where you're just not motivated and you feel like crap running.  So, after 3.2 miles we called it a day and went out to breakfast together!  Not a bad plan.  Not a bad plan at all!  Of course, despite feeling like slugs, we had a little fun.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Huntsman 5k

Last weekend I ran my first 5k!  A runner friend of mine, Dona, recently lost her twin sister to Leukemia.  Dona has since been raising funds for AML.  

If you would like to help, here's how:
 When she texted me to ask if I'd join her team and run, I didn't hesitate to say yes!  The run was fun, yet strange.  As I'm usually taking the first three to five miles very easy, I knew I needed to step it up. I didn't break any land speed records (I'm pretty sure I've said that particular phrase about five millions times!) I felt good and did pretty well! 

Dona and I after the race. She had t-shirts made up for the whole team!  Team Eileen, in memory of her sister.
Go Team Eileen!  Dona, cheering other team members into the finish!
Michelle, Dona and I have run quite a few miles together.  Both, wonderful ladies!  I was happy to be part of this!

Official time 31:52.4
10:17 average pace
Not bad for a distance runner who just ran a hard trail marathon the weekend prior!  [pats self on back]

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Race Day Photos

Mid Mountain Marathon race photos are out.  I love looking back at race day photos.  They remind me of how much fun I had!  Weeee!