On a scale of 1-10, How Crazy Are YOU?

Recently there’s been lots of talk of “crazy” in regards to the number of races, the number of km’s run, the number of consecutive days run, the hours spent training, just about any quantity based measure of running.

What I think is crazy, you may find to be normal, and what I think is normal, someone else may find crazy.  It all comes down to having your own level, what’s crazy to you.

Personally, my crazy tolerance level just keeps going higher and higher.  What I thought crazy just a year ago, is normal now, and what I thought impossible a year ago, is a goal to accomplish in the next 6 months.

There is no real reason to this post, and I kind of feel like I’m re-stating the obvious, but really, everyone needs to not compare their crazy to someone else’s crazy, because it’s unique to yourself, and I’m a prime example of crazy levels changing.

Let’s look back, shall we??

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KneeKnacker – 50km Training Run – June 22/13

I have a blog post that’s been brewing in my head for the past month, that I need to sit down and write, that basically asks “how did I get here?”; when did getting up between 5 & 6 am on weekends become normal?  When did running a 50km route as a training run become something I thought was a good idea and not the craziest thing ever??  To be honest, I can’t pinpoint a turning point, but things sure are different.

Saturday was a prime example of what my life has become.  Out the door at 6am, on the trails by 7am, attempting to run the entire Baden Powell route, from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, same route as the KneeKnacker which is my next big race on July 13th.

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Spoiler : Gemma and I finished the entire BP, all stops included in sub 10 hours, a 9:47 on the clock at the end.  Our running time was closer to 8 hours, but it was a training run, and we were out there with friends, taking fueling breaks, and taking it a lot slower than our normal running speed.

Obviously, since this was my whole day Saturday, we took a ton of pictures, and this post will be long, and pretty epic as well, since the day itself will go down in the history books as one of my favorite training runs of all time.

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June 26th Birthdays are Special People…

I interrupt your scheduled KneeKnacker training run reading today to say a big huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two great friends of mine!  I feel like June 26th has some magical powers since both of these ladies are very special people.

Jacquie – I’ve known Jacquie since I was 16, and while we haven’t been close the entire time we’ve known each other, we’ve always been supportive of each of our adventures, and been there as a support system whenever the other needed a hand.  Jacquie originally built this blog for me, and inspired me to start telling my story.  She is not a runner, but aspires to one day be a runner, and has been a huge supporter of my running and racing, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a fartlek and a yasso!  Jacquie has offered to be part of my crew during the upcoming Squamish50K as Jay is busy at a stag party.

Jacqs is a strong, beautiful, passionate person, and I wish her a very Happy Birthday and year to come!  Let’s make the last year of your 20′s count!!

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And then there’s Kim!  Also born today, and also such a wonderful friend.  We met Kim randomly, through the trail running world, and now we consider her and her pup Chauncey to be family.  Really, Kim encompasses why I love running and the community behind the sport.  She is such a wonderful person, vibrant with life, and willing to give you the shirt off her back.  She’s on the trails for the love of being active and outdoors, isn’t going to break any records, but she’s always willing to lend a helping hand to another runner suffering, needing a few words or encouragement or a friend out there.  Kim is truly selfless and I’m so lucky to have randomly met her, and now have a Hotel Kim just across the border!  Enjoy your day Kim, you deserve to be spoiled rotten!

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Both of these ladies I know will be coming by, checking in on the blog, and I just wanted to send them lots of special birthday wishes, from my heart to theirs – love you both!

xoxo

-S

Time flies…Happy Anniversary!

June 25 2011 hubs and I said I do in front of friends and family in Parksville, BC.  It was a very special day, and one I’m not going to ever forget.  It’s crazy how it feels like it just happened, and at the same time, feels like it was forever ago.

I’m a very lucky girl to have found my best friend, my husband, and my biggest supporter all in one.  Jay has been such an amazing support system, especially given how much of our “plan” has changed and developed in the past 2 years.  Relationships are never easy, but I believe that they can be a whole heck of a lot easier if you choose the right person.  I definitely chose the right guy because no matter what crazy thing I’m doing, he’s always in my corner, cheering me on, and right there to pick me up if I do fall down or stumble.  I wake up every day thankful to have met my match, and be able to call him not only my partner, but also my husband.

Happy Anniversary Jay – I love you to the moon and back!

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xoxo

-S

PS – other than it being a happy day with our anniversary – today effing sucks.  I was moving some stuff in the backyard in the yard in the pissing rain, hit my phone on something, and ended up with a cracked screen.  So, I’m using my spare time today to hopefully either get the screen replaced, or get a new phone, so any in depth posts will have to wait.  Happy Tuesday…not!

Whoa – BUSY weekend!

To say this weekend was busy would be an understatement, so I haven’t had a chance to blog about anything I have to tell you about.  And, I’m headed across the line today after work to visit with Hotel Kim & Chauncey, stock up on my GU’s, groceries, and pick up a few shopping packages.  (Hint: Daddy got neon kicks!)  But to hold you over until I do have time to properly tell you all about my weekend, most importantly, the time that Gemma and I ran the entire 50km Baden Powell, the KneeKnacker route, as a training run, here’s a few pics of our EPIC run!

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xoxo

-S

Sweeeeeeeeping – CMTS – Survival of the Fittest – June 16/13

Sunday was the last of the Coast Mountain Trail Series races leading up the big huge SOLD OUT Squamish50 event August 10th.  I had signed up for Seek the Peak super early, and while they didn’t conflict on the same day, I thought a double bib weekend was probably a bit much for me.  But, I had major FOMO as I knew Salomon West Van Teammates Scott & James would both be racing, as well as Linda volunteering.

I decided to volunteer, so that I’d still get to be involved, and as a way of getting some extra mileage in, I volunteered to sweep with Gemma and Jeff, the last 2 of the team, meaning that all 6 of us were going to be at the same place at the same time for the first time!

Rob got this awesome photo of all of us (except Jeff who was manning the parking lot position :( )  This was just before the race started and Rob had to get out into the woods so we were in a rush.  Sorry Jeff, I don’t know how to photoshop you in!!

Gemma, Linda, Gary, Scott, James, Me (with team mascot Roxy poking her head in!)

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So, what is sweeping?  Well, it’s the people that come behind the last runners of a race and collect all of the flagging and signs that are marking the course.  Sounds simple?  Well…

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Surrey International Music Marathon – Blogger Ambassador

Last year, I was lucky enough to be included as a Blogger Ambassador for the inaugural 2012 Surrey International Music Marathon where both mom and I ran the half marathon.  This race holds a very special place for me for multiple reasons :

  • it was the first half marathon I’ve ever run solely for fun, without any time pressures or stresses, and I absolutely loved the race, and came out with a great time, a PR at the time!
  • it was my mom’s first ever half marathon!  And she killlllled it!
  • it was the race where I met Nikki in person, which started our twitter to real life friendship

Other than these personal reasons, the race itself was very convenient via skytrain for my family, my Dad was able to run the 5km race, and overall it was a great event.  The crowd support lining the streets was surprising and very uplifting and inspiring for me.

Recently, I was asked to come back for a 2nd year of the event, and I wasn’t sure if the race really fit into my calendar.

So, what’d I say?

Yes, of course!  Even though I’ll be running mainly on trails this summer, this event was so much fun last year, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be involved again.

I’ll be running the half again this year, and if you’re looking for a local half or full marathon at the end of September, keep this in mind!  All information on registering can be found here.

The reason I’m telling you this now, so far in advance, is that the marathon is actually holding a kick off to summer event tomorrow morning which includes free fitness classes, free breakfast, an appearance from Trever Linden, AND registration discounts for participants!!

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All the details for tomorrow can be found here.

If you’re interested, you can read mine and mom’s race recaps from last year.

Is anyone else running the Surrey International Music Marathon in 2013??  Thinking about it??

xoxo

-S

Take THAT Grouse Grind!

Well, as you know, yesterday I posted my craptastic race recap from Saturday’s Seek the Peak, where I had a major meltdown and absolutely crashed and burned on the Grind portion of the race.  Yes, I know, it’s bad taste to whine & complain when you still PR, but when a race is annual, and you just know you can do so much better, it’s frustrating.

Last night, I headed up to the Grind with Karl & Gemma.  I was giddy to have these 2 speedsters willing to pace me.  And I’m not kidding when I call them speedsters.  Just to put it in perspective, Karl’s Grind portion of STP on Saturday was 39:05 whereas mine was 56:44!!  Ughhhh that time is just brutal.  It should’ve been sub 50 mins.  Could’ve…Should’ve…SIGH.

Anyways, I digress.

So, last night, the two of them were all gung-ho to get me a PR, and I felt like 43:00 was a fair bet.  43:29 last week with a bit of talking, so I figured 30 seconds was a solid goal.

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Seek The Peak – Ambleside to Grouse – 16km Race – Race Recap

Sigh.  12th race of the year, and my last race before KneeKnacker did not go as planned.  I made some dumbass rookie mistakes, and instead of being mad about that, I just have to learn from the mistakes I made, and re-focus on my “goal” races for the rest of the year.

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Regardless, it was a gorgeous day for a race, and the friends that I saw before, during, and after the race, really made sure that it was still a good day.

Spoiler alert :  While it was a brutal race for me, and I almost DNF’d myself, I still managed a PR, albeit a 5 second PR, not the 2-4 minutes I was looking for.

Check out my full recap & along with pictures from my wonderful hubby and crew, Jay!

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Seek the Peak – short & sweet

Saturday’s race was the 10th anniversary of Seek the Peak, and my 12th race of the year.

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Don’t let this picture fool you.  This was not a good race (for me), Gemma, pictured above, KILLED it!!

Short story : I tried a different nutrition plan, I under estimated the race since I’ve ran in 5 times in the last 6 years, I ran 8-9 km before the race, I ran super low on fuel, and was inches from DNF’ing myself at the top of the Grind, and I lost a full minute or more because of a disorganized aid station, I accidentily stopped my watch and have NO CLUE on time, and somehow, no idea how, I still managed to come out of it with a 5 second PR.  Nowhere near the race I wanted, but thankfully, with friends and sunshine at the start and finish, it made up for my terrible race and saved the day!

My Official Stats : 2:14:12 – 24/71 females 20-29, 220th overall out of 477 finishers!

Results can be found here.

Full recap to come!  And it’ll be an interesting one.  I have lots to say, most especially about how I made a few dumb rookie moves and have been kicking myself since!

xoxo

-S