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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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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5Peaks Buntzen Lake – Race Recap

Last weekend I ran the final race in the 5 Peaks summer series of trail races, at Buntzen Lake.

The short version :

I ran the Sport course instead of my normal “run the longest/hardest distance possible” philosophy.  The Sport course goes along the Energy Trail, and does the lower loop of Buntzen Lake, also know as the Buntzen Lake trail.  This combo is somewhere between 10-11.5 kms, and is almost totally run-able for me.

I wasn’t able to run the whole thing, but I ran a very smart, strong race, only walked up a handful of inclines, and had a blast!

Spoiler alert : I ran the race in 1:02:56, which was good enough for 3/15 in my age group, 7/119  females, & 33/205 runners.

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

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Month of September – Training Recap

Just a quick post to add up September’s training/races, see where I got with my monthly goals, see what’s on tap for October

Total Road KMs :  97 kms

Total Trail KMs : 110 kms approx

Hours running :   21 hrs approx

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 4 hrs approx

# of Grinds : 3

How’s my month been? 

Wow, it has been an incredible, jam-packed month.  It’s hard to believe it’s October already, but even harder to believe just how much I did in September.

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MYM50 – Race Recap

Last weekend I participated as part of a relay team running the MYM50 – Meet Your Maker 50 mile trail race in Whistler, BC.

The short version :

50 Miler, in 1 of the most beautiful cities in the world, almost all single-track trails, after a 30 km warm-up of super technical trails, you go ALL the way UP Blackcomb Mtn, ride the Peak2Peak Gondola, and then go ALL the way DOWN Whistler Mtn!  The race is broken into 7 legs ranging from 7.86 kms to 21.12 kms, can be raced as a solo or a relay team from 2 to 7 members. Course tests all kinds of strengths and trail running skills – the crazy long never ending uphill climb, insanely steep downhill descent, super technical trails, a bit of road running, not to mention the accumulative distance of over 80 kms.  The race website lists the race at being 81.58 kms, but in winner Mike Murphy’s recap of the race, he lists it as 86 kms.  CRAZY LONG, either way.

I found a team of 2 other random people wanting to participate through Twitter & Facebook, and we split up the race into 3 chunks.  I had Legs 4, 5, & 6, totaling about 30 kms.  The most difficult part about my legs was that I was starting my race with the leg that goes straight down Whistler Mtn from the gondola to Creekside.  And then after destroying my legs, I’d still have to run another 22-ish kms.  It was going to be my hardest race thus far in my life, but I was ready for it!

Spoiler alert : My social media team was awesome, we all put our best efforts into our legs, we managed to beat the cut-off, finish strong, and had no injuries or major issues between the 3 of us.  We finished officially in 10:52:25!

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

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Weekly Training Recap – August 27 – Sept 2 – Week 9!

This week’s training:  (Monday August 27th – Sunday September 2nd)

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

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