Night of the Running Dead – Race Review

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog, but Jay and I absolutely adore Walking Dead.  I fought against watching the show for a couple of years to be honest, I don’t love guts or gore and I certainly don’t love zombie, so no point in me watching.  Right?  Wrong.  Walking Dead is almost totally not about zombies.  Yes, there’s zombies in every episode, but it’s more of a story line about people and their morals and relationships and finding out exactly what they will or will not do when pushed over their limits.

Anyways, when Melissa & Shea insisted we sign up for a 5K Zombie run in Bellingham, we hummed and hawed, but worst case, even with my injuries, I can walk 5K so we said yes.  Coming up with a running costume is always a challenge, but with the zombie theme, we couldn’t resist dressing up as Walking Dead characters.  Jay was Rick Grimes, and I was kind of a person, kind of a place, I was Terminus.

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Of course, if you don’t watch Walking Dead, our outfits really didn’t make any sense.

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Guest Post – Doug Narrates Our Chuckanut 50K Cheer-Run Adventure

Sunday’s are so bittersweet to me.  Sunday night TV and couch time is such a great thing, but being totally exhausted and knowing that Monday morning and work is coming super soon and that you’re likely to feel a bit like death after an insufficient make-up sleep, well that just sucks.  It’s almost like you’re pressured into wanting to go to sleep earlier, but I don’t have early sleeping skills, so I get all worked up and sometimes make it to bed even later.  Last night was totally one of these instances.  So, while I’d love to tell you all about my weekend in Bellingham for the Chuckanut 50K, I’m going to bring in a favourite Guest Post Blogger, the one and only, Doug Chase, to narrate our Saturday adventure while I am swamped with the Monday work blues, and not surprisingly feeling like crap after a jam packed weekend full of awesomeness but not enough sleep.

Without further ado, I bring you…

Solana and Doug’s mobile cheering section. Bringing MORE COWBELL to the Chuckanut 50k.


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2014 Race Schedule

I’m still working on everything I’ve got planned for 2014, but I’m looking forward to some fun new and old races, and my calendar is definitely filling up with SO many great races locally.

I know I’ll be adding more fun events to 2014, but here’s the basics that are can’t miss and already penciled in, or even registered!  Races in BOLD are for sures, everything else is tentative.

I’m not racing at all in January, I like taking most of December/January off to relax, and give my body a rest from all the racing I like to do during the rest of the year.

Sunday February 2nd – Icebreaker 8K – super enjoyed this one last year with Nikki.  And sounds like myself, Nikki, and Cath are going to be running it this year.  Great little local race if anyone wants to join us??

Sunday February 16th – Vancouver First Half – a Vancouver road running staple, and I know tons of people running it!  I’m going for a fast road half PR on this one!  Let’s wait and see how January speed training goes before announcing a goal!

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Guest Post – Night Time 50K Through Doug’s Eyes

In my epic long race recap, or more aptly named “adventure report” courtesy of Mike Murphy, I mentioned the many friends I made along the way of our crazy Saturday night in the woods.  One of those fellows, Doug, aka #10 “What does the fox say?” found me and my blog yesterday, and after adding each other on Facebook, I discovered that Doug had written his own recap of the adventure, and it’s so funny that I just had to share it with you guys.

So, allow me to introduce you to Doug and let him share his story!

2012 12ks of Christmas

“We knew that running a 50k trail race at night was going to be an adventure, and it did not disappoint. We were lost and off course 5 minutes into the race.

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Night Time 50K – Short & Sweet

To be honest, Saturday’s night Ultra was anything BUT short and sweet.  As per usual, the full recap will take me a few days to get typed into a computer.  And in truth, even though it’s long over, I’m still super conflicted on how I feel about it.  On one hand it was the most fun I’ve ever had during an ultra, and maybe even during any race.  On the other hand it was a shitshow; not well organized, and while advertised as extremely well marked, it was anything but, and it became a bit of a “build your own adventure” run.

There was 20 of us who started the run in super ugly conditions as darkness fell on Saturday night, and there was 14 who finished, none of which ran the correct route, all taking detours, shortcuts, and getting lost in the woods.  16 of the 19 other runners besides myself, I’m lucky to call friends, whether I knew them going into the race or not.  And the 10 of us who started together in our crew, all finished in 3 small groups, within 15 minutes of each other at the end.

The camaraderie is what shines brightest from Saturday night, while the strength to keep moving through pain, sickness, cold, frustration, and tough times is a close second.

There is no official standings.  It was not a race to us, but a pass or fail exercise, and we all passed.  9 and a half long hours, and a passing grade.  I’ll take it.

Full recap to come.




Lake Padden Trail Half 2013 – Race Recap

My 20th race of the year, was my second running of the Lake Padden Trail Half in Bellingham, WA.

One of my favorite races from 2012, I knew I had to go back and run it in 2013.  But, my body hasn’t gotten the memo either year, that this is a fun race to run!  It has revolted both years, and unfortunately, I’ve had to drag my ass around Lake Padden 2 years in a row.  Sigh.  At least I had a great time with my friends!


Anyways, the full recap, including photo’s from my wonderful husband and crew is now ready for you…

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Another Ultra? Sure, why not??

It’s not terribly difficult to twist my arm into registering for a race, but you’d think that a night time 50K, with a secret route, might be a bit more tricky to convince me to run…

Yep, you’d think that.

Sigh.  It wasn’t.

Melissa, Shea, and myself are registered for another 50K in just a couple weeks on Saturday Nov 2nd!  It’s definitely not your typical ultra with the whole starting at sunset, no route until package pickup, costumes and dogs are allowed to run with you, etc.  But hey, typical is boring right?  Well, I don’t think you can ever call an ultra boring…but you get the idea.

Apparently a couple of other folks that you might know *cough* Hilary, Candice, James *cough* are contemplating joining us too!  Don’t you think they should??

And don’t worry, we plan on staying together, running as a team through the dark, maybe even holding hands if it gets too creepy!

In the meantime, this weekend is the Lake Padden Trail Half on Saturday, a 5Peaks Ladies Run on Sunday to film with Jeff Pelletier of Pacer Films.  And then next weekend Friday is our Halloween Glow in the Dark night fun run, and Sunday is Hallow’s Eve (still debating half marathon before full marathon)!  Busyyyyyyyyy but awesome busy.  Let me know if you’re going to be at any of the events, and come say hi!



Lake Padden Trail Half Contest

In October, there’s a lovely trail race just across the border in Bellingham, WA at Lake Padden (about a 25 min drive from the US/Canada Border).  Last year, myself and Cathy ran the race, along with my new friend Jessica, who I had met a few weeks earlier at Baker Lake.  The 3 of us, were all brand new to this race, and we all thought it was a blast!  You can find my race report from last year here.


The race is a trail half that does a couple of seemingly weird loops of the horse trails at Lake Padden.  It looks terribly confusing, but I didn’t feel like I could’ve gotten lost all day, and I super enjoyed the less technical terrain compared to our local trails.  There’s 1 section called the “Mud Mile” and it was awesome to run through.  All 3 of us ran the race in just over 2 hours, and thought that it was super reasonably priced.  All proceeds went to charity, yet there was tons of post race food (beer included), and there was an after party, at a brew pub (yep!!) and tons of fabulous door prizes!  Jay and I won a gift certificate for a massage which we gave to Hotel Kim, and we won a beautiful work of art from a local artist that was signed!  We definitely felt like we got our moneys worth last year!

I promised I’d be back, and I will be this year on October 19th!  But, here’s the fun part…not for me, but for you! 

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Honey Wagon Run – Half Marathon – Race Recap

My 3rd race of 2013, was a tough, tough race, but the results were worth it!!

The short version : Nikki and I headed across the border on Saturday morning, for the most in-expensive ($15!!) half marathon we’ve ever paid for!  It was the windiest race I’ve ever run, and those conditions made it really tough to keep pace.


Spoiler alert : Nikki and I had opposite race results, with me running strong and achieving my 1:45 goal, and her unfortunately having to take her first DNF due to an irritated injury.  I finished in 1:44:43 officially.

Of course, I’ve written the long version below for all of you who like the nitty gritty details!

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Run for the Honeywagon Half – short & sweet

On Saturday, I headed out for my “redemption” half, after failing to hit my 1:45 time goal in February.

SPOILER – I ran SUB 1:45!!!!!!! 


source : Nikki’s instagram

  • $15 race in the farmland of Everson, just outside of Bellingham, WA
  • Almost completely flat race, on country roads (all paved), not blocked off from traffic
  • Low key, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, 150 runners in the half
  • Windiest race I’ve EVER run.  Definitely felt like I was getting blown away for majority of the race.
  • Jessica ran a strong race, finishing in 1:51:45, Nikki unfortunately had her first DNF.
  • Kim, aka Hotel Kim, came out to support, along with trusty sidekick, Chauncey!
  • This was a TOUGH RACE, due to the wind factor.  There was many times during the race where I felt like I was moving backwards, and could not hear my full bore music due to the roar of the wind.  It was crazy!!
  • I stayed positive, stayed focused, and managed to come in under my time goal!
  • I PR’d by 2:16 from my last PR 3 weeks earlier at First Half.
  • I KNEW I had this in me, and probably have even more inside of me, since the wind was a factor in this race.  Feels really great to perform how I knew I could.
  • Full recap to come with all the details, and lots of pictures – Nikki was our photog for the day.

My Official Stats : 1:44:43 – 13/85 females, 4/24 females 19-29, 41st overall out of 149 finishers!

Full recap to come!