Month of November – Training Recap

Just a quick post to add up November’s training/races, find out how my month was, and of course, look into what’s in store for December :

Total Road KMs :  139.5 kms

Total Trail KMs : 72.5 kms approx

Total KMs : 212 kms!

Hours running :   24 hrs approx

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 3 hrs approx

# of Grinds : 0 – CLOSED all of November.

How’s my month been? 

November was a busy, busy month, but overall, a great month, hard to believe we are already in the last month of 2012!

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Bellingham Trail Marathon – Race Recap

I can’t decide what to call Sunday – marathon #3 or trail marathon #1.  Neither Cathy or I, nor anyone I’ve talked to has actually run a trail marathon before.  I don’t think they are very common.  In all honesty, a trail marathon has very little in common with a road marathon, other than the overall distance, which in trail racing, who knows exactly how accurate it is..races never seem to be accurate, and you can always hear people discussing who’s GPS is right.

IMO, a trail marathon is more like an ultra, but an ultra is technically anything over the marathon distance, so it wasn’t technically an ultra, but it also wasn’t really a marathon.  Let’s just go with really fricken long trail race?  That sounds about right…

The short version :

I really enjoyed this race, it had a bit of everything in regards to terrain, and the course was laid out really well.  I saw a few areas for improvement, but really very few for a first time event.  The surprises of the day were how cold it was, and that it snowed on us for 30-60 mins of the race in the Chuckanuts.

Spoiler alert : I finished the race in 5:17:42, which was good enough for 13th female out of 39, and 2/4 in my age group, and 44th out of 90 overall finishers.

Of course, I wrote a way too long recap, but feel free to keep reading!

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Bellingham Trail Marathon – short & sweet

Jay is out of town with his camera and all the pictures from Sunday’s race so you have to wait for the race recap, in the meantime, a little recap of the lonnggggg weekend :

  • We spent another great weekend in BHam, staying at Hotel Kim again
  • The Bellingham Trail Marathon is a mix bag of roads, interurban crushed gravel paths, single track technical, long ascents and descents, it really has a bit of everything!
  • Cathy and I ran together until km 26ish, and we finished just 10 mins apart.  I had predicted a 5:00-5:30 finishing time, with a 6:00 worst case scenario, and we both finished between 5:15 & 5:30.
  • It was dry in BHam, but we did run about 30-60 mins with snow flurries in the Chuckanuts.
  • Jay and Lisl were our awesome crew, meeting us at 3 aid stations & and the finish – thanks guys!!
  • Despite being dry, it was effing cold.  I wasn’t dressed warm enough, and I don’t think I warmed up the entire race.
  • I had issues with my legs cramping up and seizing, which was so brutally painful, and definitely affected my race.  Thankfully it happened in the second half of the race at 3:40 & 4:55 and only lasted a few minutes each time.
  • Once again, I met many other wonderful runners, got to see friends from previous races, eat out at The Fork-our fave BHam restaurant, AND had a great shopping spree at TJMAXX! Solid weekend!

My Official Stats : 5:17:42 – 2/4 females 20-29, 13/39 females, 44th overall out of 90 finishers!

Full recap to come!  But for now, my fave part of the weekend, cuddles with Chauncey :)




Oh hey, I’m a running a marathon on Sunday!

Sunday morning Cath and I are running a type of race that neither of us has ever run before, a trail marathonThe Bellingham Trail Marathon, happening just across the line, in Bellingham, WA.  Remember the Chuckanut 30km I ran in July?  And the Lake Padden trail half we just ran a few weeks ago?  This race connects both of those areas.

I’m not much of a medal person, but these are pretty bad ass.

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Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon – Race Recap

Last Saturday we headed across the border for yet another trail race!  This time it was the Lake Padden Trail Half in Bellingham, WA.

Start/Finish line area at Lake Padden :

The short version :

Love, love, LOVE this race!  Even though I literally struggled through 18 or 19 of the 21 kms, the course, the volunteers, the terrain, the views, the friends, and the overall experience made this a great race that I definitely do not regret running!  Not to mention, a fab weekend with new and old friends!

Spoiler alert : I finished the race in 2:07:19, which was good enough for 36th female out of 135, and 15/36 in my age group, and 117th out of 259 overall finishers.

Now, for those of you who want to read the extended awesomeness version, here it is :

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Weekly Training Recap – Sept 24 – 30 – Taper & Race Week!

This week’s training:  (Monday September 24th – Sunday September 30th)

LAST week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Sept 17 – 23 – Week 12

This week’s training:  (Monday September 17th – Sunday September 23rd)

Twelfth week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Aug 20 – 26 – Week 8

This week’s training:  (Monday August 20th – Sunday August 26th)

Eigth week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Ellie the Ultra Runner

On Tuesday night, North Shore Athletics held a special re-opening night that featured a group run with Ellie Greenwood, a short Q&A with her, and a showing of the movie “Unbreakable” which is the story of the 2010 Western States 100 Mile race.

I thought this would be perfect timing for me, with having my next trail race upcoming on Saturday (tomorrow!), and because recently little voices in my head have been chanting “Ultra, ultra, ultra”

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