Goodbye July

I don’t have to look at my basically empty July calendar to know that this month was not a good month for me.  June 30th I rolled my ankle, as I was just getting back to testing out running, on my 2nd run as a matter of fact, and now here we are, it’s July 31st, and the entire month of July went down the tube.  It’s been dedicated to resting, recovering, and let’s be honest, sitting on my ass and doing nothing fun.

Womp, womp.

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A Day in the Life of a Race Director

I typed in the title of this post, and I expected it to be super easy to write, come flowing out of me, and just be one of those meant to be written posts.

And then nope.  Nothing came out.  I guess I’m a bit torn of how open and honest to be on here.  I’ve always prided myself on how open and honest my blog is, but when it comes to a professional relationship, I’m a bit confused with exactly how much to say.  When I first took on this job, I blogged about my experience at my first event, a Yeti snowshoe race, and while it felt so good to write about it, I was questioned on mentioning that some ladies were rude to me.  I still agree with what I said, and how I said it, but I’m sensitive to the fact that written words don’t always come across the way we’d like, and I don’t want to put myself in a position that could be taken the wrong way.

That being said, I’d still love to show some insight into what goes into the backside, the behind the scenes of a trail race, and why things happen the way they do, why things sometimes don’t go as smoothly as we’d like, and why sometimes things just go horribly wrong.


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Momma & Poppa Beast Take on Cypress 5 Peaks

Hi guys, it’s Momma Beast here (Solana’s mom).  Poppa Beast and I are finally back in town, and ready to run some trails.  We unfortunately missed the first two 5 Peaks races of the year due to traveling, so we definitely wanted to be able to run the Cypress race in July.

We were a bit nervous about running at Cypress Mountain, as we had never run there before and we’ve only ever done 1 trail race for Richard and 2 trail races for me, in fact, we are pretty new to running period, and we are still very new to the sport that Solana and her friends love so much.  Fortunately, Solana had decided to host 2 free orientation runs for the new Cypress courses, and we were able to attend both.

I should mention here that Richard and I are seniors, and very proud that we are running seniors!  I am 66 and Richard is 70, and we both start running only about 3 years ago, so it’s never too late to start.


We chose the Sport course for this race, as our conditioning has dropped off quite a bit from traveling and we were told it was the perfect beginner trail runner course, with mostly nicely groomed trails, beautiful views, and a bit of elevation, but not too much.

Here’s how our experiences at the orientation runs went, and why we’d recommend that anyone and everyone can and SHOULD register and run the 5 Peaks Cypress Sport course.

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Guest Post – Jen Takes on K3 Stage Race

Not shockingly it’s been hard to sit down and blog when you feel like your life is pretty darn boring.  I know you’re wondering how I am, but I don’t realllllllly want to talk about it, and so I have to rely on my wonderful friends to entertain you.

As you know, I was supposed to run the K3 – Kananaskis 3 day stage race at the beginning of July in Alberta.  It was going to be my goal race for the year, as I really wanted to do well and challenge myself at a European stage race in 2015.  Ah, the best laid plans…

While I was getting pumped about this race and trip, I managed to convince Jen Closs, that is was totally something that she could achieve, if she dedicated herself to the training.  I even offered to make her a training plan to help her bridge the gap.  I don’t have specific stage day race training, but it’s similar to ultras and back to back training, so I felt like I had the knowledge base to assist her to completing the race successfully.

So, Jen signed up along with myself, Shea, and Melissa, and we started planning our trip.  Jen was going to see her family in Alberta, and the Fab 4 of Jay, Me, S&M decided we were going to roadtrip, git up the Stampede, run the Skyline Trail in Jasper, and have just a grand old time!  Of course this was before it was obvious that I was injured and had to stop running.  Womp, womp…

My amazing wonderful friends still went and had a great time a K3, and through these wonderful photos and race recap, I’m able to live a bit through them, and you can too.  Jen prepared this lovely guest post for the blog, so here she is…


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Fond Memories of Mt. Seymour

I’ve mentioned many times that before I took on the 5 Peaks Race Director job, I ran the races myself, and always tried to make all 5 over the season.  2-3 years ago (I think) they moved the June race away from Seymour, and it was at Burnaby Mountain and Alice Lake after that.  The one thing about June at Seymour was that there was still snow, and the bugs were insane, so I don’t blame them for moving it, but I do have 3 very distinct memories of the course there, 1 good and 1 bad., and 1 funny…

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Weekend Update

Well, I survived a crazy busy insane weekend!  I’m tired today, a bit sleep deprived, but overall, I’m good, solid, and honestly not any worse for wear, which can definitely happen after a weekend like this one!

Friday the bridal party got together for dinner, drinks, and a chill pre-wedding evening.  Alla apparently didn’t get the memo that she was getting married, and sipped on wine until the wee hours of the morning.  I lasted until a respectable 12:45am before I begged off to go sleep in my own bed.  With the KneeKnacker starting at 6am, I figured I could get to the aid stn at Cypress for Mike’s arrival around 7:15-7:20 and stay for Candice around 8-8:20 and see everyone in between them before having to rush back to get my hair & makeup done at just after 9am.  Tighhhhhhhhht timing, right?

Well, makes it even worse that Friday night we had discussed not having to have clean hair, and then finding out Saturday morning that I needed it to be clean.  Shiiiiiiiit.

But, spoiler, it all worked out, and it was the perfect day!  Congrats again to Mr & Mrs Noullett!


Here’s how the day went, from ultra cheering to wedding party…

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To My KneeKnacker’ing Friends…

Last July, I ran the KneeKnacker.  I was one of the lucky ones to get selected in the lottery, and selected the very first time I entered the lottery.  Showing up at the start line, I was utterly petrified.  This race has a very special meaning to me, it’s basically right in my backyard, and it’s filled with so many amazing like minded people, both running it themselves, and organizing it from the backside.  Most people who don’t get chosen in the lottery, still show up on race day to volunteer.  It’s just that kind of race.  It’s special.

I didn’t put my name in the lottery for 2014.  My oldest friend asked me to be in her bridal party, and July 12th is her wedding day.  Luckily they chose the date before the lottery was selected, as I would hate to take a spot from someone who was able to run the race.

Yes, of course I’m a bit sad to be missing out on the whole day, since it involves so many people that I love and am inspired by, but standing up beside Alison is also a pretty amazing way to spend a day and I’m honoured to be there.

That being said, I just wanted to post something about this special race.  I’m not in this footage from last year, but I can’t help but smile when I watch this.  It’s a beautiful little glimpse into this amazing race and experience.

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Sunday Thoughts

To be honest, I’ve been passing time with this newest ankle injury in a really boring way.  I canceled our road trip with S&M to Calgary, and have basically been a slothlike creature for the last 6 days.  I can’t drive, so I haven’t left my house without my mom or Jay as an escort (aka chauffeur) and I’ve been spending far too much time either in bed or on my couch.

It’s hard to move around right now, and I’m trying to rest my ankle as much as possible and stay off of it, without also screwing up my already injured left foot by putting too much weight and pressure on it (ie crutching around on 1 leg = bad idea).

And I wish I had exciting things to blog about, but I just don’t.  People tell me they’re proud of me, and that I’m handling all of this quite well, but somehow when I’m missing so much fun and spending so much time solo with my Kindle, TV, or MacBook, somehow I don’t feel good about myself, at all.

But, I also don’t want you worrying about me, since that what happens when bloggers stop blogging and seem to fall off a cliff.  So, here’s a nice pointless blog post, I call it my Sunday Thoughts…

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Well, that sucks.

Run #1 on Saturday with Cathy and Nicky went really well.  We got slightly lost, and went a bit over the prescribed time, but my foot felt great, and both C & N did amazing!  It was hard to believe that Cath had a 13 week at home and that it was Nicky’s first ever trail run.  I was soooooo over the moon.

I rested Sunday as per order’s and arranged for another, slightly longer run on Monday with Jen M.


It started off great, and continued to be great for 11 kms.  And then, we’re on the home stretch, running along Varley trail, down some stairs, and all of a sudden, I’m in a crumpled heap, and my right ankle is screaming out in pain.  For those keeping track, my LEFT foot/ankle is the bad foot.  Eff.

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