The North Face San Fran 50Miler – Race Recap – Short Novel Version

I wrote the point form version of my race recap yesterday, and while it was easier to organize and cut my race down into sections, it really didn’t fulfill my need to blog.  The reason I blog first and foremost, is to work through the emotions of an experience and grow as a person.  Secondly, is to inspire others to realize they can do so much more than they think they can.  Thirdly, is about my experiences helping others.  What works for me won’t work for everyone else, but it can provide ideas, insight, and can help others with their own preparations or races.  While point form was easy and concise, it just isn’t me, and such a big experience deserves a novel long blog post.


So, grab yourself a coffee, and have a read on my experience running my first 50Miler, The North Face Endurance Challenge, San Francisco Goretex 50 Mile race.  Yep, that’s a mouthful of a race name.

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Phantom 24K Trail Race 2013 – Race Recap

My 22nd race of the year, was the Mountain Madness Phantom Race, the 24K route.

The Phantom is a staple to the end of the trail running season in Vancouver, and in previous years I’ve run the 12K, and the 19K (a couple times), but I have yet to try the 24K.  Considering I’m training for a 50Miler in just a few short weeks, I decided to man up to the longer distance. Not to mention Jeff, Dave, Shea, and Melissa were all doing the 24.  Sigh, peer pressure always works on me.

I was a bit worried about racing on legs that had been running every day of November for the #beaststreak, but I decided to give it a whirl.

Turns out, I had the right idea being worried, my legs were NOT in the mood to race on Saturday, and it was not a terribly pleasant morning, running wise for me…

But, seeing so many of my wonderful friends always makes it bearable.


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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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5Peaks – Buntzen 2013 – Trail Race – Race Recap

My 18th race of the year, was the 5th and final race of the 5Peaks 2013 series, the Buntzen Lake race on September 28th, 2013.


Spoiler alert :  For the first time in what feels like forever, I didn’t struggle in a shorter race.  Of course my race wasn’t perfect, and I still had to fight through to a strong finish, but it’s the first race I’ve really felt like myself, in a long time.  And it paid off, I finished the course 61st out of 145 finishers, 8th overall female, and 3rd in my age group! 

Check out my full recap & some fabulous pictures, like the one above, from the very talented Rob Shaer!

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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…

2013-09-14 20.20.27Yep, that’s me if you look close!

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

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5Peaks – Whistler 2013 – Trail Race – Race Recap

My 17th race of the year, was the 4th of the 5Peaks 2013 series, the Whistler – Blackcomb Mountain edition on August 24th, 2013.


Adam Campbell, the eventual winner of the Enduro course absolutely killing it out there!

Spoiler alert :  I struggled.  Similar to my last 5Peaks race at Cypress, I struggled along, didn’t feel great most of the race.  This time though, I was able to finish with a PR on this course of 3 mins faster then in 2012, so that’s definitely a positive.

Check out my full recap & some fabulous pictures, like the one above, from the very talented Rob Shaer!

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Sunday Funday – Trail Running – Squamish 50K training – July 28/13

With Squamish50 fast approaching, James and I jumped on the chance to join some people heading out for another Sunday morning am in Squampton.  The plan was 21km, car aid station, see how we felt, and then continue for maybe 10 more, maybe more if we felt good.

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Spoiler : The first section was closer to 25kms, and was a very tough section, and by the time we got to the cars, we were exhausted and decided it was a better call for us to end the run there. 

Even with the shortened distance, it was a solid training run, and I’ve now run ALL of the 50KM course over the course of orientation runs, races, and my own training runs.  Not entirely decided whether this make me feel more confident, or scared…

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Ladies Trail Running Day – Part 2 – Lower Seymour

At the end of June, while Amber was in town, I came up with the idea of a Ladies Day on the Trails, and it was a HUGE success.  Kim planned to come up and stay with us and explore some of our trails before Squamish50 in August, so I decided to plan a second installment of our Ladies Trail Day for the last weekend of July.

The sad new is that Kim had a family emergency (everything’s ok), and had to cancel her trip the day before.  The good news, is that we went ahead with Part 2, and we had 11 ladies show up, and they ran varying distances of 9km, 13km, 23km, and 28kms!  We used the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve parking lot as a home base and aid station (car trunk), and were able to accommodate all different distances.

The day looked like this in a nutshell:

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Obviously I documented the adventure for you…

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5Peaks – Cypress – Trail Race – Race Recap

My 14th race of the year, was the 3rd of the 5Peaks 2013 series, the Cypress Mountain edition on July 2oth, 2013.


5 out of 6 of the Salomon West Van Shop team!!  We missed you Linda!

Spoiler alert :  I sucked.  Hah.  I can’t find many positives in my race, other than the fact that it was a beautiful sunny day, so many friends were running, and I got to add another 12km to my mileage bank.  Yes, it was that bad. 

Check out my full recap & some fabulous pictures, like the one above, from the very talented Rob Shaer!

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Ladies Trail Running Day – Diez Vistas

When Amber asked me to take her for a 3-4 hour technical run, on Canada Day weekend, the gears in my head started turning, thinking of places to run that had good climbs, views to make the climbs worthwhile, technical aspects, and accessibility.

While I pondered good places to take her, another idea started brewing in my head…this was a great opportunity to take some of my friends that are either brand new to trail running, or trail running newbies out for a fun group run.

I’ve blogged a few times about Diez Vistas being one of my all time favorite trail runs to do in the lower mainland, and given the wide variety of what this trail has to offer, I decided it would be perfect for this event.

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Spoiler : our first ever “Ladies Trail Running Day” went fantastic – it was the perfect day; gorgeous weather, great trails, no injuries, a solid run for everyone, and an ice bath and cupcakes at the end!

Having 3 bloggers in our group, obviously we documented the whole adventure, so click on in for all the pictures!

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