Trading MYM for…???

As many of you know, my big huge scary crazy goal for this year was to run a 50Miler, and the 50Miler I chose was Meet Your Maker in Whistler, BC, that I ran part of as a relay team last September long weekend.

I committed before I could really think about it, at the start of 2013, and planned out my entire year dedicated to building to that insane goal.

Unfortunately, a family wedding date changed from July to the exact same date as MYM, and my 50Miler dreams for 2013 were crushed.  There wasn’t another 50Miler in the area that I could run instead.

Well, I haven’t actually talked about it on here, or with many people, but I actually decided to trade MYM for something else a few months back, and it’s now time to fill you in…any guesses???

Hint : This gal, Melissa, who I’ve been running with on the trails this year, is the reason I’m taking on this challenge!  And no, we did not set up this shot, although some people might think we are handicapped for our ideas!!

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Sunday Funday – It’s Blueberry Time!

Sunday, Jay and I had planned to go on an epic trail running day along the Howe Sound Crest Trail, but after a hard race in Whistler, we decided we were just beat, and would rather sleep in, relax, and spend a Sunday Funday with James and Mariah.

Spoiler : We slept in.  Went for a short run.  And then went to visit Terry Bremner, at his organic blueberry farm in Delta.  And we ate more blueberries on Sunday, than we ever have!  Besides blueberry picking, we had a tour of a 100yr old giant gorgeous barn, we did wine and juice tasting, and got to see a behind the scene look at how the delicious blueberries are made into amazing blueberry juice!!

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Spotlight on…Brandi!

Last night, we held our second 5Peaks Ladies of the Trails evening run, and from our small & mighty group of 4 last week, we doubled to 8!  And the best part was, while the ladies from last week weren’t able to attend, we ended up with 7 brand new ladies!  And, I only knew (in real life) two of these, my girlfriend Melissa & my momma bear. **YES, momma is back running!!  Her ankle is feeling quite good, and she’s so happy to be able to run again!**

Our group last night :

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Of the new ladies who came out, I had met & run with 1 during the KneeKnacker, I had passed another during Squamish50, 2 were total randoms, and a “friend” from Twitter.

As we were heading back to the parking lot after a wonderful 1:15 on the trails, we were chatting with Brandi about her crazy weight loss story, and how she had discovered running.  The wheels in my brain started turning, and I came up with the idea of showcasing a different member of our running group every week.  Everyone has a story of how they ended up on the trails, and I personally relish hearing these stores.

First up, is Brandi!

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5Peaks – Whistler 2013 – Trail Race – Race Recap

My 17th race of the year, was the 4th of the 5Peaks 2013 series, the Whistler – Blackcomb Mountain edition on August 24th, 2013.

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Adam Campbell, the eventual winner of the Enduro course absolutely killing it out there!

Spoiler alert :  I struggled.  Similar to my last 5Peaks race at Cypress, I struggled along, didn’t feel great most of the race.  This time though, I was able to finish with a PR on this course of 3 mins faster then in 2012, so that’s definitely a positive.

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

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Summer Traditions

Every summer, my grandma and I head to the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Fair which is attached to Playland in Vancouver.  This has been our tradition for a number of years now, and something we both look forward to.  We wander the market place, take in the shows, do a little gambling, and treat ourselves to some junk food!

This year was no different, we headed to PNE last Thursday and had a blast.  We saw TWO Superdogs shows, the new Sportacular (it’s pretty cheesy, and we prefer the motorsports only show), we bought Monkey Butter in the marketplace, enjoyed BBQ’d Pulled Pork as part of the BBQ competition, had deep fried oreos, and all around had a grand old time!  Oh, and if we win the house, Gram’s taking the main floor, and I can have the top floor.  I like the top floor deck the best.

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Definitely one of my favorite summer traditions!

Do you head to the PNE annually?  Do you have any other summer traditions? 

xoxo

-S

It’s Time To Be…Honest.

Sometimes, blogging is a pain.  And other times, it’s the only thing that keeps me accountable.  I could keep pretending that nothing is wrong, and that I’m fine.  But, the thing is, I am incapable of lying.  Like I literally cannot hide things or tell a lie without confessing it almost immediately.  So, here’s my truth:

I’m up about 8 lbs.  Sigh.

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It turns out that even when you are running ultras you can’t just have all the treats you want.  Crap!

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5Peaks – Whistler Trail Race – short & sweet

Home and relaxing on the couch after a whirlwind overnight trip to Whistler for the annual 5Peaks Whistler race on top of Blackcomb Mountain, I’m looking back at this morning, and I’ve decided that I’m going to see it as a success (I wasn’t so sure post race…)

I shaved exactly 3 minutes off last year’s time, on the same course, and last year I took over 5 mins off my time from 2011.  So, taking off 8 minutes in 2 years, it’s definitely forward progress.  But the truth of it is, I struggled, and have been struggling on these shorter/faster races.  I’ll elaborate on my full race recap, but for now, know that I’m actually excited to have the next 4 weeks off from racing.  I know I need the break, and I’m going to take full advantage and enjoy it.  The final 5Peaks race of the season, Buntzen Lake Sept 28, I’m going into it with fresh, not “just raced 83kms in the 2 weekends prior” legs!

Regardless, today was a great day in Whistler.

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My Official Stats : 1:29:21 – 9/16 females 20-29, 116th overall out of 210 finishers

Results can be found here.

Full recap to come!

xoxo

-S

 

Fat Dog 120 Relay Team – In their own words

I thought of this post while I was up on top of Skyline Trail during the last leg of our 120 mile relay of Fat Dog.  We had 9 team members, each running a leg between 7 & 33kms, ranging in age from 10 to well, let’s go with *middle aged*…and I thought it would be really cool to have each leg described in a few paragraphs by each of our runners.

I think I’ve mentioned before that the team was made up of mostly family members, but not really blood family members, the lady organizing the team is my grandma’s step sister’s daughter’s daughter.  Yep, that’s a mouthful, so we’ll just say my “cousins”.  The team was made up of Kelley, her son Cache, her boyfriend Vic, Kelley’s brother Mike, Mike’s son Diesel, myself, my husband Jay, my friend Katy (last minute fill-in for Mike’s injured wife Kristin), and family friend Graeme.  Yep, you could call it random.  But, not as random as my Meet Your Maker team last year…

Anyways, I asked everyone to send me a short 5-8 sentence paragraph on their leg of the relay, and this is what I got back!

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Fat Dog 120 Mile Relay – Leg 9 – The FULL Scoop!

So, I’m still waiting on some people *cough* KATY *cough* for their leg recaps, so I guess while we wait – tick tock tick tock – I’ll give you the full scoop on the last leg of the relay, which is also the solo 20 mile course.

The course is somewhere between 30-33kms, and has over 2000m’s of elevation gain.  You will feel like the up is never ever ending, and at the top there are these little sharp peaks that you have to go up/down, up/down, up/down about 5 or 6 times.  It’s a very tough leg, but the views you see, and the terrain you run through is more than worth it.

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I did a leg re-cap, like my race recaps, in case you want the full deets of the last leg, Skyline trail, and the solo 20 miler course :

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Inaugural 5Peaks Ladies of the Trails Group Run

It’s summer time in August, everyone is busy, and we only made the 5Peaks Ladies of the Trails announcement a mere 48 hours before, and with 4 different friends having to cancel within 2 hours before the run, I wondered if it would only be me running solo through Lower Seymour.

I shouldn’t have worried.  Dianna and her dance party pants was there, Chloe Jr. who excitingly has signed up for her very first trail race this Saturday at Whistler 5Peaks, and Jen, a gal off Twitter who is exactly the target market for these runs.  Jen has run road marathons, halfs, and 1 trail race (5Peaks Alice Lake), she loved the new trail experience, but doesn’t have trail friends, and is scared to go solo.  Perfect!

I should mention we will meet at my car – a charcoal Rogue with a Salomon logo on the side going forward.  I will try and park near the front row of the gravel parking lot at Lower Seymour.

We did one of my favorite loops – twin bridges/mystery/ned’s/fisherman’s/homestead which is just under 7kms in just over an hour.  It may have been a small group, but it was a mighty group, and it was a blast!  The inaugural run was a success!

After some stretching and laughs, we all headed over to Booster Juice for a smoothie, and a tailgate party at my car.  Next time, we need warm coats for after!!

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If every Tuesday goes like this, it will easily become my favorite night of the week.  Hope to see more ladies out there next Tuesday!

Who’s all running Whistler 5Peaks this weekend??  My favorite of the 5Peaks series, it’s been a staple weekend getaway in my life for the last 6?? years.  Looking forward to running on top of Blackcomb Mtn, seeing friends, and enjoying a weekend in Whistler!  If, by chance you aren’t signed up, but want to, I might have a special discount code for you (good until Midnight tonight!!), message me for more info!! 

xoxo

-S