Guest Post – Candice & “The Road to Boston”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that when I started running, and started running marathons, I never ever thought that I could run fast enough to qualify for Boston.  It was an unattainable dream for me.  And then you’ll remember that I ran my third marathon in a 3:35:51 on a VERY hard course.  And you’ll remember that I learned the hard way that marathon courses are always long, and even though you have a buffer, when a race measures 42.66, you’re going to be over the time cutoffs.  A 22 minute PR, and yet, a bittersweet and tearful end to the race.  A dream that I never thought was attainable, magically (through hard work and dedication to training) then ripped out of my hands in the last 5 minutes.  It was a tough spring for me,  and my body just can’t handle road marathons the way some people (like Candice) can.

This post isn’t about my journey, because although I was close, there’s no close in Boston.  You either qualify, or you don’t.  And even if you do qualify, you’re not guaranteed to get to actually go and race.  This post is about how Candice, who I am so blessed to have randomly met through Twitter a few years back, not only qualified for Boston last spring, but took a big bite out of her PR, and killed the Run For Water Marathon.

Some might think I’d be bitter over as close friend qualifying right in front of me.  But, surprisingly, all I felt that day was extremely proud, and happy for my friend.  I knew Candice had trained hard, I knew she had pushed herself out of her perceived limits, and I knew she deserved her time.  Yes, tears came to my eyes as I saw her come through the finishing chute, but they weren’t sad tears, they were happy tears, if it couldn’t be me, she’s the next best thing.  And I can’t wait to cheer her on and support her from afar on April 18th.

So, here’s her post, on her “Road to Boston”.

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Guest Post – Candice Runs 50 Miles

Last year, I ran The North Face San Fran 50Miler in December, and this year, I decided that I wasn’t going to go back (can you blame me with the year I had of injuries?) but Shea & Melissa wanted redemption on the race and convinced Candice to join them.  The funny story of Candice is that just a few short years ago (1.5 years to be really exact) Candice thought trail running was not her thing. Candice thought that it was much too adventurous and hardcore, and she’d much rather run a road marathon than a trail 50K, thank you very much.  

It’s been a real treat for me to see a friend who never thought trails were for her grow to not only love them, but really come into her own through adventures and ultramarathons.  It really is true that the mountains and the woods get inside of us and change who we thought we were.  It’s been a pleasure to see just how much Candice has grown.  Although I wasn’t there to see her cross the finish line, I was stalking the results and cheering loud for her, and all of my friends down in San Fran this year.

And now I’ll let Candice tell you about her journey to completing her first 50Miler.

-S

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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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Guest Post – Chloe & Chantelle Run Whistler Half

Ahhh two of my little baby beasts ran the Whistler Half Marathon together a couple of weeks ago, after completing a training cycle under the watchful eye of their Beast Coach.  You may know Chloe Jr from the Guest Posts she’s done for the blog, but you probably don’t know her bestie, Chantelle.  When I first met Chantelle, she started coming with Chloe to Ladies of the Trails, and her and Chloe would hang out, back of the pack, chatting away the entire time about food.  No joke, the entire run was food based.  Both of them newer to trail running, it was always fun to take them through the muddier sections and listen to their squeals and watch them try to avoid as much mud as possible.

But, beneath their playful exterior, I knew that Chloe was a super strong runner, and so much stronger than she believed, and as I got to know Chantelle, I realized the besties had that in common as well.  Both of them are beautiful strong women, and that strength has come out even more since embarking on training for this race together.  Over the past few months they’ve put in the work, never questioned or whined or complained, just put their heads down and ran.

And now, the last time we went running, before this half marathon even took place, Chantelle and Chloe were both up at the front of the pack, asking me about a FULL marathon training plan, and how much work and time would go into it.  You could just feel the running love, and how much they’d both grown in their running.  It was a super proud beast moment.

This is the story of how their race went.  This was Chantelle’s first ever half marathon, and I know first hand how meaningful it is to finish a big goal with a friend by your side.  Brings my back to when I finished my first marathon, with Cathy by my side.

Running and friendship often go hand in hand, and I know how close these girls are, and am so happy they’ve also been able to take their friendship onto the trails and onto the pavement, training side by side.

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Guest Post – Melissa Runs Hallow’s Eve Marathon

A couple weeks ago, the Hallow’s Eve race occurred and while I decided to rest my feet/arches, Melissa took on the newest distance, a trail marathon.  There was only about 25 starters in this distance, but quite a few of them were people I knew, and I knew lots of people running the half and the 10k.  To avoid having major FOMO, I decided to volunteer, and convinced Dianna to join me!  Anyways, I asked Melissa to write a guest post on the trail marathon, and here it is :

“Anyone who knows me knows that I have a very quick trigger finger for signing up for races. Normally I’ll read the first sentence of a race review and I’ve already hit the Register button. This was not the case for Hallow’s eve Marathon. I hummed and hawed about this race for awhile leaving the sign up until just a few days prior. This year, Mountain Madness/Run the Northshore offered the full marathon distance along with the half and 10k. As I’m training for a 50miler I knew it was probably smart to sign up for the full… but it still scared the crap out of me as I have never ran a trail marathon before and the few trail half and 25km races I’ve ran have kicked my butt!  So I registered but I never read through the course description or elevation profile…what you don’t know can’t scare you! (I don’t recommend doing this!).

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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!

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“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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Guest Post – Melissa runs Defiance 50K

While we’re off in BHam running the night time mystery race this weekend, Melissa is going to tell you about the last ultra she ran…the one Shea signed them up for just a few days before, on Thanksgiving weekend!

As you know, Melissa and Shea are my partners in crime for the NF San Fran 50Miler coming up in *gulp* just over a month.

So, without further ado, I’ll let Melissa take over :

“Defiance

n

1. open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power

2. a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge

The definition of defiance really does describe my second 50k trail race, especially considering we signed up for this race three days prior! Bold resistance to taper and planning!

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Guest Post – James Meets his Maker – MYM 50 Miler – 2013

As most of you know, James is a teammate on the Salomon West Van shop team, and has become a staple in my training life, and also my outside life.  He’s become a good friend, and I was gutted to realize that not only would I not be running MYM myself, but I also wouldn’t be there to support my friends, James included.  I’ve seen James training his hiney off (literally), and while I knew it was going to be a tough race (when is 50miles ever easy?  Especially the first time around!!), I just knew that he had it in himself to get through the entire 80+ kms.  

Spoiler : He DID finish!!  And when I asked him for a guest post, I didn’t think I’d get it, but he did an awesome job summing up his journey, and I’m so glad to share it with my readers.

I’m beyond proud of him for this accomplishment, I and I hope to have my own 50miler completed in just a few short months.  Ahhhhh.  

Without further ado, I bring you James’ Guest Post on the Meet Your Maker 50Miler in Whistler, BC, on Sept 1, 2013.

 

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Guest Post – Ryland runs Loop the Lakes Trail 21km – Race Recap

While Jay and I are up volunteering at Coast Mtn’s Survival of the Fittest in Squamish, Ryland is going to do a guest post on the Loop the Lakes trail race!

After registering for the Iron Knee on the May 26th, I was offered an entry into the Loop the Lakes trail race in Squamish.  I had never run the full Iron Knee before, and I was a bit intimidated and didn’t realllllllly want to do a double race weekend.  I offered the entry to my friend Ryland, who you’ll remember as my random internet teammate for last year’s Meet Your Maker Relay, and as a guest blogger for a Yeti Snowshoe Race this winter.

Ryland was able to use the entry, but I made him promise to provide us with another guest blog post recap’ing the race, as I’ve never run this race, and to be honest, had only heard of it in passing.  He agreed and here’s his post!

Loop the Lake Trail Race – May 25/13

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