Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A runner's rambling...

Happy almost All Hallows Eve!

I'm very grateful to have my dad in town so this might be my only post this week. I'll make it short and sweet. :)

I was lucky enough to do a drawing of my friend and his wife at the finish line of UROC 100k. He had the great idea of adding additional characters to tell the story of the race, which involved quite a bit of snow and wind. It was creative, imaginative, and at first a tad challenging to put his ideas into the drawing, but I really enjoyed it and was pleased with the result.

Here's a view from my first trip up Flagstaff mountain in Boulder, CO.  The trail just re-opened last week and with my favorite trails up Green and Bear (my favorite trails up Bear just opened up today!!!!) closed, I decided to head up the trail last Saturday which I had previously avoided due to the road crossings. Since the road was closed to the public, going up Flagstaff was really nice and I enjoyed the trail and the views. The one thing that really bothered me was that there wasn't actually a trail to the very top! Trails just went around the top. How silly! In the picture I'm wearing shorts from INKnBURN, my new awesome sponsor. I am extremely grateful that they asked me to join the team and thought I would be a good ambassador, partly due to this blog. Just to let you know, INKnBURN has a long sleeve tech tee that looks like a Christmas sweater... it is simply awesome.

My sister Rachel wrote a great blog about the lifestyle choices we have both been making to not only give ourselves a better life, but also choices that are good for the planet. Check it out here:

It's that time of year to start thinking about Christmas presents! If you want to give something meaningful maybe think about a charcoal drawing or painting from I Believe Art: https://www.facebook.com/BelieveArt
Special discount for people who read my blog.

Run Wild, Run Happy,


? What is the most common crime corn commits? 

Answer: (backwards so you don't cheat) gniklats

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tart Cherry Juice for Runners

          When Sage and I went to Oregon this past summer to visit his family, his mom got us hooked on organic tart cherry juice mixed with mineral water. It's now my official nighttime drink. It tastes great and is an awesome drink for runners.

         Here's why:

1) It's a great recovery drink.
    -Research suggests tart cherry juice is a wonderful recovery drink. "The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties help reduce muscle damage, inflammation, pain, and the oxidative stress associated with endurance training." (Kitchen Cures by Peggy Kotsopoulos)

2) Helps with sleep.
    -Tart cherry juice won't make you fall asleep, but once you fall asleep it will help you stay asleep. Tart cherries contain the neurotransmitter melatonin which helps decrease insomnia and waking up once you fall asleep. This means you'll get higher quality sleep.

3) This doesn't directly have to do with running but....
  -Tart cherries also helps stop the growth of cancer cells and helps prevent diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

Run Wild, Run Happy,


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Running Poetry Slam!

Just in case you haven't seen Amy Marschak bust out this poem on running....

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Blog Post 101

Hello everyone reading my 101 post! I didn't realize it when I hit a 100 so why not celebrate 101?


Anyway, I know instead of just really using this as my personal blog, I've been posting a lot of updates from my website. Thankfully I have finally figured out (thanks to Sage) how to add a subscribe button on my website. See here: http://mindoverdepression.com/ So while I still might just link to the website sometimes, hopefully I won't be putting the same info in two spots.

Now, an awesome photo by Sage. However I will take credit for getting him to take the picture.

and just for fun...
I wonder if I'll be taller next year?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dealing with Negative Thoughts and Creativity in Trail Running


Just a couple quick things I really wanted to share with you.

The first is the page I just added to my website: Challenging Your Thoughts vs. Positive Words.
Please check it out and if you think it will help someone, share it.

Secondly, iRunFar posted an article called Trail Running and Creativity with a comment from me in it. If you go to https://www.facebook.com/BelieveArt and send me (I Believe Art) a message mentioning the article I'll give you $5 off a drawing or painting. It's never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping! Sorry it's not more, but 7% already goes to charity and I have to pay rent somehow.

If there is anything you would like to see on the website or here on my blog just let me know. :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Eating Away Depression

While unhealthy eating might not be the main cause of depression, it can certainly make things worse. Thankfully, the opposite is true as well. Healthy eating may not be the total cure for depression, but it can make a huge impact on how you feel physically any mentally.

With that said, the newest page to MindoverDepression.com is all because of my beautiful sister, Rachel. She's been researching the topic for weeks, reading plenty books and articles, so that we can help heal our minds through food. The page is called Eating Away Depression so check it out and show Rachel some love by sharing the page, leaving a  positive comment, or checking out her blog: RachelNypaver.blogspot.com.

Here are some other websites and books that have been rocking my food world:

-The author of the site, Vani, does a great job of investigating what's really in some of the standard foods many Americans eat. It blows my mind on some of the additives found in common food that is illegal in other countries. She's really doing some great work in her efforts to get companies to put out better food, or be more honest with their labeling. It's not just about food we know has crap in it like Gatorade or candy, but also things like Lean Cuisine or Subway.

Kris Carr: Her book Crazy Sexy Diet and her website: http://kriscarr.com/
-She's in her 40's and looks like she's in her 20s.... need I say more?

Kitchen Cures by Peggy Kotsopoulos
-Tells how to eliminate food cravings, boost energy, and get younger by eating foods that heal.

Food is meant to make us feel good, not cause heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, etc.. Please, take the time to learn what you're putting in your body. If there's an ingredient on a package that you don't know, look it up. Your body will show you some love for it.

Sending my love to all!

Run Wild, Run Healthy,


Thursday, October 3, 2013

The View at the Top is Nice, but it's Not Bad on the Way Up Either.

I’m just going to say it.
I am so proud of my boyfriend, Sage, for finishing 6th at UROC. Not because he managed to finish 6th on a bad day, but because of how he reacted to it. I had never seen Sage train so hard for a race before. He gave it everything he had. Then after all that work, he had a bad day. While others (by others I mean me) would have been upset and down on themselves, Sage was okay. Sure he was disappointed, but he was still happy with his life and a race wasn’t going to change that. In fact, we had a great time on Sunday as we rode our bikes to Pearl Street to have dessert instead of dinner.
                What really amazes me is that Sage almost always has this great sense of what matters in life. Even as people who have never met him say mean things about him through a computer, Sage just shrugs it off saying that they just don’t understand his situation and that’s okay.  I have never seen someone handle negativity, in any aspect of life, with so much grace.
                It’s been said that certain people come into our lives for certain reasons. I understand now that Sage came in my life not only to make me happy but to help me change how I see things. As Sage can attest, I often don’t handle things very gracefully, but I’m learning through him.

                To celebrate his 6th place at UROC, I want to share a fun interview I did with him earlier this summer. It may not be magazine worthy material, but it was a fun way for me to work on writing skills and so I’m happy with that. (I'm completely okay with the fact that it might be lame that I thought it was fun to interview my boyfriend to work on my writing skills.) 

The View is Worth the Climb

Trail Runner Sage Canaday Climbs His Way Up to Become One of the Best.
Written by Sandi Nypaver

To be honest, I really didn’t like Sage Canaday very much when our paths first crossed. I posted a Facebook status on my page looking for guidance on deciding between two races I wanted to do and his advice was “Go for the money!” He was joking of course, but I still thought he was insensitive and certainly not someone I wanted to represent the sport of ultra running. But when he swung by my small mountain town for a run, he quickly changed my negative opinion.  These days he’s playing his guitar for me in our small cabin overlooking the Rocky Mountains.

At the age of 26, Canaday left the renowned Hansons – Brooks post collegiate training group after running a 2:16 marathon in order to pursue his trail running dreams. Before he left the team, he told his coaches and teammates his future plans in trail running and they all laughed, thinking he was joking. Thankfully, Canaday knew it was time to trade in his road running shoes and pick up a pair of trail shoes that could take him through mud, streams, and snow. His decision not only led to an improved lifestyle, but ended up paying off big time as he became the US 2012 Mountain Runner of the Year and won a handful of competitive ultra marathons, often with a course record in tow.

                The idea of trail running as a career hasn’t always been complimented with an excess amount of praise and admiration for the now 27 year old Oregon native.  Canaday’s been scrutinized for his speed, and has been accused of taking performance enhancing drugs.  He has also been dubbed as one of a handful of runners who is changing the good nature of ultra running by being a full-time runner with plenty of sponsors. When asked about the topic, he responded by saying that while the comments are hurtful, it’s only a small glimpse of how harsh the elite road running scene can be. Despite the harsh comments, Sage is happy knowing that most trail runners will do what they can to support his dream. He goes on to admit that he still realizes it’s a privilege to be able to live off the money he makes from running, as many people have tried and failed.  Though the statement “It’s a dream come true” might be a little corny and an overused, I often hear him say it and mean it wholeheartedly.

                Running isn’t Canaday’s only passion.  He picked up a video camera when he was 8 years old and has been making videos ever since.  As I listened to him talk about his ideas for his YouTube channel, Vo2max Productions, his eyes lit up as it was clear his passions for running and filming are intertwined. As he edits film from a trail run or a training discussion designed to help others with their own running, he often loses track of time as the clock goes from PM to AM.  The creative process captures the attention of his mind, a mind that seems to be able to move even faster than his legs, which has ultimately helped his videos reach over a million people. Canaday scarcely mentions to anyone that he also uses his filming success as a catalyst to help others in need by donating a portion of his earnings to charity a few times a year.

                Canaday, is constantly busy, yet he is determined to keep improving his running in addition to all other aspects of his life.  Behind every runner is a lot of sacrifice, sweat and untold stories of failure and pain, and Canaday is no exception.  He lives for the sport and all the pain that can come with an ultra or running up a mountain. I can’t help but smile as I watch him bound up a mountain like a dog that doesn’t know the difference between uphill and a downhill, because I know he has yet to show the world his full potential.


SN: When did you first think about doing an ultra?
SC: When I was on the Hansons- Brooks team I saw an ad for The North Face 50 mile Championship and really wanted to do it. I knew the longer the distance the more competitive I could be, especially off the road. I wanted to train differently and was extremely motivated when I began ultra training.
SN: Is training for trails harder or easier than road racing?
SC: It’s different and I’m still learning just how different it is. I’ve recently found out I need to focus more on the time I run and how much vertical I do rather than miles. It is easier to be motivated to start a run with such great trail access but I find it a challenge to train for the different race courses because of the differences in elevation, terrain, etc. Running is definitely more enjoyable on trails!
SN: What’s the biggest challenge you have faced switching from road to trails? What have you learned?
SC: Staying on course and being able to run technical downhills. I’d rather have a big uphill at the end of the race than a technical downhill because I feel almost out of control. I started focusing a lot more on running downhill and getting in more climbing rather than worrying about how many miles I run.
SN: What do you miss most about road running?
SC: I miss knowing the course will be well marked and it’s rare to get lost. I also enjoyed being able to run even paced miles.
SN: What’s the best part about running ultras?
SC: Drinking beer after the race with other competitors and people! I really enjoy the sense of accomplishment from running ultra-distances as well.  Then there is the variety of trails, animals, the sunrise, and race challenges. It’s hard to choose what the best part is.
SN: You’ve trained with a team since high school. How’s running solo?
SC: I sometimes miss the camaraderie of a team but then again I feel like I get that from the ultra-running community. It’s nice to run my own pace on easy days. Always running with a team can get too competitive and we could run each other to injury.
SN: Is it true you once considered going pro in another sport?
SC: I played disc golf in high school and traveled to other states for tournaments and was pretty good. I thought about going pro so I could travel and even make some money. My dad, brother and I even built a course in our backyard. I also really wanted a beer sponsorship but I was too young to get one. (Canaday finally got his beer sponsorship with Avery Brewing this year).
SN:  What are your future goals?
SC: I really want to see what my full potential is and get the most out of my body that I can. Hopefully this will allow me to keep travelling and competing with the world’s best.  It’s also my goal to keep my life balanced and running in perspective. Hopefully I can always be involved in the sport and still be running in my 70s!
SN: Has success always followed you in running?
SC: No, I actually didn’t think I could run in college because I regressed so much my junior year of high school due to an iron deficiency. I had to use my sophomore times to send to college coaches. Then when I got to college at Cornell I gained 20lbs and went home for a semester to figure out what I really wanted to do. I struggled with my first year on the Hansons-Brooks team as well. I trained the hardest I ever had and ended up running a disappointing marathon. I felt too tired to compete.
SN: What foods keep you going?
SC: Cheese! And peanut butter, sweets and beer! I also eat plenty of organic veggies, fruit and grains. No meat though since I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life.
SN: You have some family history to be very proud of. In fact, a book was written about your ancestors. Can you talk a little bit about that?
SC: The book Stubborn Twig tells the story about the triumphs and tragedies of my Japanese American family. My great, great grandpa Masuo Yasui traveled from Japan to America in 1903. He built a life for him and his family from almost nothing and became a prosperous businessman and orchardist. Because of my family’s hard work, they broke race barriers in business, schools and sports while excelling in almost everything. Then during WWII my family was put in internment camps along with thousands of other Japanese Americans and they lost everything. Thankfully, my family endured and once again built a life they were proud of.
SN: What’s an odd fact about you?
SC: I can ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I'll be honest. You Rock. Seriously.

Hey Everyone,

I just want to start off by saying thank you. The most sincere thanks ever. Seriously.

When I posted Steroids, Hormones, Cortisol, Fat, Cancer, Acne and Other Crap I was definitely fired up. I had been doing so much research about food and I had been outraged on some of the things I had learned. Honestly, I probably could have better reinforced I wasn't trying to turn anyone into a vegetarian, I was just wanting everyone to really consider exactly what they were eating. I didn't even cite my sources well. Also, Heather had some great advice in the comment section for everyone who eats meat that I really should have included. Please check that comment out as taking the advice would lead to improvements for the health of people, animals, and then environment.

Back to the point- Everyone was awesome about it! I woke up the next morning thinking that I could really have some negative comments but that never happened. I'm so incredibly grateful to have such a great community around this blog. Everyone either welcomed the info or was like "hey, this post isn't for me, but I'm happy this helps Sandi and other people." How awesome is that?! I love, love, love when people can dislike something but be nice enough to not ruin someone else's happiness, as long as he/she isn't doing any harm. If everyone in the U.S. government were like everyone who reads this blog, it wouldn't be shutdown right now! 

So thanks- you all rock.

With that said, please read my sister's wonderful post about a special family member we have:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013