The line between fearless and reckless

Tonight I went to my second Bikram’s yoga class in the past week.  I know what you’re thinking, who am I??? 

I bought a Groupon with my friend Terri a while back, and we’ve been putting off starting our 10 classes.  We went last Wednesday, and again tonight.

A little background : I’ve avoided Bikram’s since the November 2010 when I also bought a deal, and found that my post car accident back was not strong enough to handle it.  My lower back would ache for days after classes.  I was encouraged to practice more, and also to avoid certain poses, but, no matter what I did, the pain never got better.  I ditched Bikram’s after my trial was over, and have been a bit scared and nervous to try again.  In the summer of 2011 I discovered prolotherapy, and after 5 treatments, my nagging lower back injury was basically cured.  Since then, I’ve had basically no issues with my back, and when a super good deal came along for Bikrams, I decided to give it a go.

Anyways, this really has nothing to do with the blog post I sat down to write!  Back on topic, the teacher today said something that really resonated with me during class, and I spent the rest of the class trying to burn it in my memory so I’d be able to share it with you.  I don’t know about you, but it is fricken hard to keep any deep thoughts in my head while practicing in that sweat chamber.

What she said?

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Taking a trip down memory lane…

Instead of running this am, I spent the morning cleaning out a HUGE drawer, filled to the brim with medals, bibs, pictures, cards, and all sorts of random stuff.  I’m sure everyone has one of these drawers.

While I was sorting through, I came across a picture from September 2009.  My mom, grandma, and my aunt went on a girls trip to Alaska for my Gram’s 85th birthday.  Thinking back, I can remember quite a bit of the trip, it was a great trip, but what I don’t remember, is looking the way I did.

I absolutely cannot even believe I looked like this.  It hurt to see these pictures.  Not just because of how I looked, but how delusional I was.  I really never thought I was anywhere this big, when I so obviously was.  I honestly have no idea how much I weighed then, but if I had to guess, I’d say somewhere around 200 lbs.  Wow, that’s hard to even type.

Anyways, just a little peek into what I looked like at around my heaviest.  And a reminder that sometimes we need to look back, and remember where we’ve come from, and how far we really have come.

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Final Answer? Yes, Final Answer.

The marathon poll is now closed.  I appreciate the input from everyone who took the time to read about my situation and comment on it.  I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this exercise, but it did not bring me clarity.  The two things it did was affirm the amazing online community I’m a part of, and remind me that only me knows the right decision for me.

Only I can make the decision for myself and know whether it’s the right choice or not.

That being said, I’ve made my decision…

I’m running BMO.  I’m going for my BQ Redemption on my home turf. 

See y’all at 8 am next Sunday, #BeastModeON!



DietBet Check-In

Well, yesterday’s post, asking for advice on whether or not to run BMO next weekend has sure been a topic of debate!!  Thank you to everyone who’s commented or messaged me, and I’d love to hear from others who want to give their 2 cents as well.

On a total change of pace, today’s post is not about running, at all.  Today is about checking in on my DietBet, my weight, and how I’m feeling.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I won my Dietbet V.2.0, and got asked by Cori to do a V.3.0. I gave in to peer pressure and joined.

Now, it’s time to check-in and see how things are going…

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Poll Question – How Soon Is Too Soon??

I’ve been keeping pretty quiet on what’s next for me after my oh-so-close 51 seconds off BQ’ing on a long (in my Garmin’s opinion) course a few weeks ago.  You might have noticed and thought uh oh Solana is not a patient person, what’s she got brewing?  Or, you might be new around here, and think that I could just leave it as a massive PR, and put my road marathon on the back burner until the fall, or next spring.

Well, it’s been a bit of both.  A couple of ideas have been percolating in my brain, and I’ve been being patient.  Focusing on recovery.  Really, I promise.

But, now, it’s time for your feedback on what I’m thinking, so I have a poll question for you:  What should this beast do??

Thinking Beast Mode

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Rolling Hills – Treadmill Workout

In prepping for my hill spring marathon, I did a mix of different hill workouts.  Hill training, in my opinion is best done with a group or a friend.  It is a nasty workout to take on solo, out in the dark, on a street, going up and down the road looking like a running crazy.

I didn’t have my solid hills partner since Cath was injured, so I turned to my trusty friend, the treadmill, for a couple workouts, and this one ended up being my favorite of treadmill hill workouts I tried.

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Saturday Adventure – Diez Vistas

One of my all time favorite trail runs to do, is the Diez Vistas loop!  It’s a pretty time consuming hike/run, as it’s out at Buntzen Lake, and take about 2.5 – 3 hours running, or 5-6 hours hiking, so we only get out there a few times a year.

On Saturday, I organized a group run around this loop, and we ended up having 9 people & 1 dog show up!


Last summer, I blogged about the Diez Vistas trail in turn by turn detail for anyone wanting to get out there and run/hike this great route, so I won’t do that again, but I will share some more pictures of our adventure.

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Boston Strong, Burnaby

Pavement Runner started something amazing last week, and I wish I would’ve taken the initiative to organize a Boston Strong run in my hometown, Burnaby, BC.  But, I didn’t let the weekend get by without showing support, both at the Vancouver Sun Run yesterday, and at my track workout tonight.  It was nothing big, but it helped me feel connected with all the other runners out there.

I just want to say that, I’ll never forget what happened in Boston last week, but I’m not afraid to continue running and racing, and I WILL be at the Boston Marathon in the future.

Nothing else to say, just wanted to share my #BostonStrong pics from this weekend.


Cath and I ran down to the Sun Run, cheered on the Cambie Street Bridge, visited with friends, and then ran back.  It felt great to be involved in the race, without having to actually race.  I love this race, but this weekend, my legs just weren’t ready for that hard of an effort.  It was definitely the right choice to get in a run, and be involved in our wonderful running community.

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10 Reasons Why to Volunteer

A few weeks ago, Jay and I volunteered at the “My First Trail Race” put on by Run The North Shore.  It was a blast, and I put together a few reasons why every runner (or non-runner) should get out and volunteer!


  1. MORE COWBELL!!  Gives you a reason to break out your inner child, make lots of noise with cowbells, cheering, and you can even do some colouring making a sign!
  2. Approved taper activity!  Have a big race coming up?  No better way to get inspired by fellow runners, and give your body the break it’s earned!
  3. Also great for injuries.  You’re not sitting at home sulking, instead you’re out and in the running community still.
  4. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!  It’s a good deed, and no matter what, whether it’s a gorgeous day, or miserable with rain, it will make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.
  5. Many races have unique volunteering opportunities that match your skill set – you don’t need to be a runner.  You can check runners in and hand out bibs, you can cut up fruit, you can be a sweep and also get your run in for the day.
  6. Making friends.  It’s a great way to get to know other runners, or people in the community
  7. It’s more interesting than Saturday/Sunday morning TV.
  8. It’s your duty!  Races wouldn’t happen without the help of all the volunteers who give their time.  As a runner, you should be giving back if you have the time.  It creates a cycle where you’re more thankful to the volunteers while you’re racing, and also promotes an even friendlier race environment.
  9. Lots of races give out great volunteer incentives – a free entry to an upcoming race, some swag, coffee, donuts/muffins, door prizes that include volunteer names, etc.
  10. Fresh air – get outside and breathe!

Last, but definitely not least, it’s fun! I promise, you will leave with a smile on your face!



Guest Post – Mom’s Race Recap of My First Trail Race


It’s been a while since I’ve done a guest post, my husband and I are snowbirds, and spend the winter in Mexico.  While we were very active over the winter, biking, running, walking, and climbing our own mini Grouse Grind; Lighthouse Hill, I haven’t run in any races since the fall!  I talked a bit about how I fit in exercise while vacationing, in my last guest post.

Solana asked me to do a guest blog post on my experience at the “My First Trail Race” held on April 7th in North Vancouver.

So, here’s how my first ever trail race went:

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