Girl Power

Since we still have so many friends, family, and events that happen in Vancouver, we’re down in the city a lot, and seemingly every weekend.  Which is totally fine, but when Jay has to go into the city for work more often, it gets hard.  It gets to be not fun, and not something either of us feel up to.  He’s been working lots in the city, and it’s been soul sucking on his energy and drive.  So, we decided that we just had to spend the weekend at home, and since it was a long weekend, it meant 3 days in a row of not driving.

I had plans to run on both Saturday and Sunday with new ladies I’ve connected with in Squamish, and I decided I might as well post it in The Ladies of the Trails and see if we could round up a posse.  Well, let me tell you, we rounded up amazing posses for both days, 6 of us on Saturday, and 7 on Sunday!  And the bonus is that on Friday and Monday, I got out on 2 more trail dates with 2 more rad women.

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

You may have been wondering when I’d get around to spotlighting Cathy, and you may have even been wondering why Cath hasn’t been doing a ton of running with me lately.

Well, I’ve been strategically (and patiently) waiting for the right time to tell you, that Cathy and Mark are pregnant!!!  Eeeeeek!

Cathy and Mark at the end of the Enduro course at 5Peaks Buntzen Lake 2013:

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Yes, Cathy is trail running while preggo!  Amazing!  So, let’s take a step back and find out how Cath became a runner in the first place.

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Spotlight on…Jen C

When I first announced the Ladies Runs, it was pretty late on a Sunday, the weekend before Whistler 5Peaks race.  I wanted to have all my ducks in a row before announcing it, but we wanted to launch it before the Whistler race, and be able to offer a special ladies last minute discount.  The first Tuesday, I had 2 of my friends – Dianna & Chloe Jr coming, but I had no clue if anyone else would show up.

A girl from Twitter, Jen, who had run one 5Peaks race at Alice Lake earlier in the year, and had no trail friends, was the first random to come out, and she definitely made my night by showing up, and ever since then she’s been a constant attendee of our nights, and I’m happy to call her a friend!

The first Ladies Night – a small but mighty group (Jen’s in blue!)

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I had to get through all of the girls of Team FOMO to be able to properly introduce them to you before the Baker Lake Party, and I neglected to introduce you to some wonderful women I’ve met through the formation of this group.  So, let’s tell you about Jen!

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Spotlight on…Solana

Team FOMO turns the spotlight on…Solana!!

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So given that Solana has done such an awesome job of profiling Team FOMO over the past little while, we decided that it was high time we hijacked her blog and did a spotlight on her!!

Solana has definitely been our biggest cheerleader and a HUGE supporter during our many hours out on the trails, a purveyor of catchy team names, and she is absolutely the reason that most of us girls are running an ultra-marathon on Saturday to begin with. The rest of the reason is well, FOMO. (If you don’t know what the heck is with this acronym we keep throwing around,  you’re missing out…).

So without further ado, here’s a couple thoughts from the ladies.

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Spotlight on…Katy

Katy, Katy, Katy!  Where do I even begin??

I’ve actually known Katy for a number of years, we played Ringette together 10+ years ago, and have kept in touch since.  When I stopped playing Ringette and was more focused on running, I harassed Katy to come run with me, and it took a couple years of texting, but she finally started joining me, and now she’s game to try anything.  I’ll suggest a race or a run to her, she’ll ask me if I think she can do it, I answer honestly, and then she goes out and kills it.

Katy finishing Seek the Peak looking strong and confident :

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She’s much stronger than she thinks, and most importantly, she has a positive attitude and is willing to put herself out there and try new things.  She’s an asset to our Ladies group, showing us that you can pick up running at any point, that just a little effort goes a long ways, and that running/racing can be for anyone and everyone.  I’m so glad to have her out and running with us!

Let’s get the full story from Katy!

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Spotlight on…Hilary

While Hilary hasn’t technically made it out to a Ladies of the Trails event since it became an official group, she was part of the original runs that launched the whole idea, and she has a really good reason for not being around lately…she just got back from a month of traveling – Europe & San Fran combo!  Plus, she was out running in the pissing rain on Sunday, even though she was puking Thursday/Friday…Yep, she deserves a spotlight!

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Hilary is a random that I “collected” at Seek the Peak 2011, and I haven’t been able to get rid of her since…

She’s one of the toughest girls I know, and we both suffer from the same running problem of always wanting to be moving, and never wanting to say no to a run or a grind with a friend.  Hilary WAS only a Grinder when I met her, and now, well, now she’s run the Squamish50K (signing up 2 weeks before on a whim), and is part of the Baker Lake Party coming up October 5th!

So, shall we hear from Hilary?

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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…

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

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

Saturday’s Buntzen Lake orientation run was such a blast!!  There will be a post about it coming up, but I’m still trying to re-cap my California vacay!  And of course, it’s a super busy time of year for me.  Can someone just pay me to blog??  No?  Awww.

Anyways, a highlight of Saturday’s runs for me was getting to run with my good friend Nikki!

Nikki at Buntzen on Saturday :

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Nikki and I met through the wonderful world of social media, and while we run at totally different paces, and for completely different reasons, we just get each other, and have become very close friends.  So not only did I get to run with her, but I also got to hear her tell her “back story” again.  Pun intended, as not only is it a story of her background, but also her physical back.

Don’t get it?  I’ll let Nikki explain.

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

On Tuesday, while I was spending time at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland, my trusty friends stepped up to lead the weekday Ladies of the Trails.  Katy, Dianna, and Candice I hear did a fantastic job, and we had our biggest turnout of a weeknight run so far – 10 ladies!

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So, it’s only suiting to spotlight one of my run leaders, Dianna!  I met Dianna through Twitter.  Hard to believe it’s only been a year since we met in person at the 5Peaks Buntzen race.  Which is a great time to mention that the orientation runs of the Buntzen courses are happening this Saturday!!  Details here.

Anyways, Dianna is a fantastic person, she’s always there for her friends, and even random strangers, she’s just that caring and giving of a person.  She’s easily taken a spot in my life and in my heart, and I’m super glad that the random world of twitter brought us together.

So…let’s find out how Dianna got into running…

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

Another great weekday Ladies run, and another wonderful lady to be featured on the blog.  I decided that next to be featured would be Candice, who I met kind of through mutual friends, and kind of through twitter while we were both training for road marathons last winter.  We discovered that we get along famously, and run the exact same pace on roads while training.  We just seem to fall into a perfect rhythm together.  Ever since we met, I was determined to get Candice on the trails, and this summer, I succeeded!  Not only has she been out running regularly on the trails, but she ran her first trail race at Squamish50 running the 23km course, and is signed up for her first ultra October 6, as part of the Baker Lake Party!

Our group on Tuesday :

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So, let’s find out how Candice got into running…

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