Fair-Weather Runner, or not??

Last night, Hilary and I decided to do some extra training for our upcoming Seek the Peak race on June 15th.  Fun fact – Hilary & I actually met at STP in 2011, and have been friends ever since – often doing the Grind together, as well as I’ve rubber armed Hilary into some road races (what was I thinking…) and a wee bit of trail running. 

We parked at the Cleveland Dam, and just as we got there, the skies opened up, and it began to rain cats, dogs, elephants!  It was gross.  We headed down the stairs for approx 1 km, turned around came back up the route we’ll be taking on June 15, going past the dam, and running up the side of Nancy Greene Way.  Within minutes of starting, we were drenched.  We put our heads down, ran the hill, and laughed at the fact that the road was literally a river of flowing water.  We contemplated calling Momma, who’d driven the car up the was starting the hike ahead of us, to bail to sit in Starbucks and have lattes.  Sigh…what a nice idea… But, Momma doesn’t hike with her phone, and we were already wet, so might as well keep going!

As we started the Grind, Hilary turns to me and says “I will forever associate torrential downpour and exercise with you!”

I had to laugh because in my head, I’ve always been a bit of a fair weather runner, or a wimp when it comes to getting outside in complete nastiness.  But then I started thinking, and realized that that’s not the case anymore.  I used to always turn down running invitations when it was raining, let alone RAINING, and now, I almost never bail on training plans, and just get out there and get it done, no matter what the weather gods have in store.

Well, shit.  When did I become so hardcore??

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Iron Knee – RTNS – 25km Trail Race – Race Recap

Third weekend in a row of trail racing, and the Trail Beast is definitely coming out to play!

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Sunday am, I ran the Iron Knee, a 24-25 ish km trail race from Cleveland Dam (just below Grouse Mountain on Nancy Greene Way) to Panorama Park, Deep Cove.  There was also a shorter 10-12 ish km course called the Tender Knee that started at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

Spoiler alert :  I don’t really have a spoiler for this race…it was as expected a blast!

But, obviously, I have tons of pics and stories to share still!

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Sponsored?? HECK YA!

A few months ago, a little birdie told me a rumor that the Salomon West Van store was putting together a shop team for the upcoming trail season.  This team would represent the store and the brand at trail races over the summer, obviously wearing some bad ass Salomon gear.

Instantly, I was interested, but thought that my chances of getting selected were slim to none.  I figured that only things I really had going for me was my obvious love for Salomon gear, which I’ve shared with all of you since I started blogging, and the fact that I like to race, A LOT.

I crossed my fingers and hoped that by way of a miracle I’d get selected…

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Low and behold, I was asked to be a member of the Shop Team, and therefore an ambassador for the brand!  No freaking way!!!

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Success.Inspiration.Love.

After this past weekend, I have two main ideas swirling in my head that I want to elaborate and blog about, but I’m not sure whether they connect enough for 1 post, or if I should separate them into their own posts.  Yes, I know first world blogging problems.

After much deliberation (I slept on it), I’ve decided to do two separate posts.  First up, I’ve said a few times to people in the last few weeks that I consider my blog successful.  Kind of a weird word for a hobby.

Does my blog make me money?  Pfffft nope!

Do I have thousands of hits a day?  Hah ya right!

Are companies knocking down my door to send me swag?  Heck no.  But, I don’t want them to!

I want exactly what I have.  A little blog that reaches out through the computer/phone screens of my readers, draws them in, touches them, and motivates them.  No matter how big or how small, if I’m motivating you to do anything outside of your comfort zone, my blog is successful to me.

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TGIF!

Wow, this week flew by!  And really, come to think of it, this month is flying by!  Hard to believe it’s the last weekend of May already.  I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while now, and for 3 very different reasons!

  1. First up is Nikki‘s first ultra marathon, a 55km mostly on roads from Chilliwack to Abbostford, happening tomorrow!!  I will be there following her around, crewing for her, maybe even running with her – whatever she needs to cross the finish and earn her well deserved celebratory cupcakes from Heather!
  2. Saturday night is the Birthday celebration for another dear friend, also named Nicky!  (So thankful for the different spellings…) Anyways, looking forward to seeing and catching up with Nicky with a Y!
  3. Sunday I’m racing the Iron Knee!!  In previous years I’ve run the Tender Knee (10-12 km version) but this year I’m graduating to big sister, the 24-25 km race from Grouse to Deep Cove!  I know there will be lots of familiar faces out on Sunday – it’s almost sold out – package packet registration ONLY – and it’s almost all on my fave type of technical downhill trails – STOKED!  In case you were wondering, the elevation profile looks like this…

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And yes I think I’ll be wearing my new skirt to race on Sunday!

What’s up for you this weekend?  What are you excited for or looking forward to? 

xoxo

-S

Salomon Stamina Skort Review

Last week, the Salomon West Vancouver store had a special sale for their preferred customers, so Mom and I headed over to look into getting her a pair of trail runners.  She’s been slip sliding a bit on the Grind recently, and she’s interested in doing more trail running, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to grab her a pair of shoes at a steal of a deal!

Spoiler : Momma got a sweet pair of Hornets, and I scored something even better (at least I think it’s better…!!)

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As you know, I don’t like to do reviews on my blog unless I have “beast tested” a product, and really believe in both the product and the company.  I bought a Salomon running skirt, and I’ve already worn my skirt a bunch of times (every single time I’ve run since buying it), and I am completely in love with it, so I have to share!

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Buckin’ Hell – CMTS – 20km Trail Race – Race Recap

My 9th race of 2013 came fast on the heels of #8 last weekend at 5Peaks Golden Ears, and it was quite a different race.  First off, it’s the first race I’ve ever run that A) Had the name HELL in it B) Started in a CHURCH parking lot and C) Had a break in between sections of running.  Yep, just a bit out of the ordinary…it was Buckin’ Hell!

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Spoiler alert :  There are very few words that can adequately describe Saturday’s race, and the word “epic” and “insane” are probably 2 of the closest…it was a crazy morning, but a great morning nonetheless!

Check out my full recap & some fabulous pictures, like the one above, from the very talented Rob Shaer!

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Grouse Grind is OPEN!

In case you missed the announcement last week, the Grouse Mountain Grind is now open for the season!!

Mom, Hilary, Cathy, and myself headed up on Monday after work, and we had a great grind.

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The 1st grind of the season, is always tough, so we decided to take it a bit easy, and have what we call a “Grind&Chat” meaning that we go at a steady speed, but a speed at which we can talk as we climb.  This is a great way to ease yourself back into the grind, instead of trying to kill yourself first time out.

I also took the time to snap a couple shots along the way.  Since normally I can barely breathe, it was refreshing to take our time, and be able to take some photo’s to document the trail for those of my readers outside of Vancouver.

Click on in to see my photos…

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