Month of September – Training Recap

Don’t worry, I’m not going to miss September’s recap like I missed August!  In reality it’s a pretty sucky month with traveling, and twinges, so there’s not a ton to tell…

Total Road KMs : 21.5 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~104.5 kms

KMs raced during August : 15.5 kms

Total KMs this month : 126 kms

Total KM’s this year : 1888 kms

Hours running :  19 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : Hmm…2 hours of Grinding is all I’ve got…second month in a month with only 2 Grinds :(

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 2

How’s my month been?

This year is just flying by!  It was a good LIFE month with Weddings, and Vacay, and a big Birthday party.  It was a fun month, a busy month, but not an ideal “training” month.  I guess we could call it a stepback month, but that’s kind of crappy going into my next 50K ultra this weekend.

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5Peaks – Buntzen 2013 – Trail Race – Race Recap

My 18th race of the year, was the 5th and final race of the 5Peaks 2013 series, the Buntzen Lake race on September 28th, 2013.

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Spoiler alert :  For the first time in what feels like forever, I didn’t struggle in a shorter race.  Of course my race wasn’t perfect, and I still had to fight through to a strong finish, but it’s the first race I’ve really felt like myself, in a long time.  And it paid off, I finished the course 61st out of 145 finishers, 8th overall female, and 3rd in my age group! 

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

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Friday Five

If nobody told you yet, it’s FRIDAY, and it’s time for a fun useless Friday post!

Five things I have a passion for
1.  Um duh, running.  Preferably on trails, in the middle of nowhere, but I’ll settle for any running at all.
2.  Inspiring others to get active.
3.  Friendships.
4.  Getting deals when shopping.  And finding presents that people actually like.
5.  Beaches.  Mexico.  Coffee.  Sushi.  Animals.  Ya, ya I know, way more than 5.

Five things I’d like to do before I die
1.  Rim2Rim Grand Canyon
2.  Epic Stage Race in Europe
3.  Travel.  Lots.
4.  Weigh 140 lbs.
5.  Have a personal chef.  And a personal trainer.  And maybe a butler?
Five reads I love
1.  My Life on the Run – Bart Yasso
2.  ALL of Jodi Picoult’s books
3.  Wild – Cheryl Strayed
4.  Little Princes – Connor Grennan
5.  The Long Run – Matt Long

Five favorite movies
1.  Ever After
2.  Rent
3.  Clueless
4.  Lion King
5.  American History X

Fives places I want to travel to
1.  Colorado
2.  Greece
3.  Australia
4.  Costa Rica
5.  New York

And a bonus funny picture to brighten your day!

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Have a great weekend!  I’ll be doing a double bib weekend as long as my knee co-operates, running the last 5Peaks BC race of 2013 at Buntzen tmrw, and the Surrey International Music Marathon half on Sunday!  (Registration still open for Surrey, but only in person at the expo!)

xoxo

-S

Just Running in the Rain…

So, now that you’re completely bored of all of my vacation posts, it’s time to jump back into my real world, my running world!

My running has been struggling lately.  I’ve got some tweaks that are not going away, and my body has just in general not felt 100% on a run, in quite a while.  This was the reason I left my runners behind for our week in Cali, and I actually took off 7 full days.  My hope had been that I would come back raring to go, feeling refreshed and strong.  Nope.  Didn’t happen.  But, I’ve still got a few tricks up my sleeve, so don’t count me out yet.

We’re in that in between season of trail running, that is perfect when it’s dry, and miserable when it’s wet.  Sunday was a miserable day.  But, at least this is where we got to run…

photo 1Gorgeous right?  That just so happens to be Buntzen Lake.

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5Peaks – Ladies of the Trails – Weekend Buntzen Runs

On Saturday, we had our first every weekend run for the newly formed 5Peaks Ladies of the Trails, pre-running both the Enduro & Sport courses for the upcoming Buntzen Lake race on Saturday September 28th!

I loved the idea of being able to host a weekend event, as well as being able to do it as an orientation run for the race.  The Enduro course of Buntzen, the Diez Vistas, is a killer course.  It’s not terrrrribly long, between 15 & 16 kms, but it’s super technical and challenging.  Usually the views after the big hike is worth it, but it was a bit of a spooky morning, instead of the clear sky we were hoping for…

2013-09-14 20.20.27Yep, that’s me if you look close!

Regardless, we had a fantastic day on the trails, let me tell you about it…

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Buntzen Orientation Runs

We have been having a ton of fun with our Tuesday night weekday Ladies Runs so far, and I’m so pleased to announce the date of the first weekend outing for this group!

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We will be doing orientation runs of both Buntzen Lake courses on Saturday September 14th.

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