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!

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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.

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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 – 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.

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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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5Peaks – Whistler Trail Race – short & sweet

Home and relaxing on the couch after a whirlwind overnight trip to Whistler for the annual 5Peaks Whistler race on top of Blackcomb Mountain, I’m looking back at this morning, and I’ve decided that I’m going to see it as a success (I wasn’t so sure post race…)

I shaved exactly 3 minutes off last year’s time, on the same course, and last year I took over 5 mins off my time from 2011.  So, taking off 8 minutes in 2 years, it’s definitely forward progress.  But the truth of it is, I struggled, and have been struggling on these shorter/faster races.  I’ll elaborate on my full race recap, but for now, know that I’m actually excited to have the next 4 weeks off from racing.  I know I need the break, and I’m going to take full advantage and enjoy it.  The final 5Peaks race of the season, Buntzen Lake Sept 28, I’m going into it with fresh, not “just raced 83kms in the 2 weekends prior” legs!

Regardless, today was a great day in Whistler.

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My Official Stats : 1:29:21 – 9/16 females 20-29, 116th overall out of 210 finishers

Results can be found here.

Full recap to come!

xoxo

-S

 

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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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.

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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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It’s Fridayyyyyyy!

A few funnies, and a few updates :

At the beginning of the week, this comic was being shared like crazy, all over Twitter, & Facebook, and I was personally sent it from 5 different people, on top of all the mass sharing.  It looked long, and I was busy, so I didn’t sit down to read it, until today.  Totally worth the read, and probably the most accurate long distance running comic I’ve ever seen, and not to mention, hilarious!  (The grape drink was exactly like the freezie during KK!!)

Do yourself a favor & take 5 to read this : http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running

My good buddy Karl noticed in Jay’s photo’s this “start line stare down” between Mike Murphy (#220) and Gary Robbins (#165)

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Some race foreshadowing??

What else??  Oh, just another KneeKnacker forgotten story, an update on me running yesterday, AND a new toy!!

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Whoa – BUSY weekend!

To say this weekend was busy would be an understatement, so I haven’t had a chance to blog about anything I have to tell you about.  And, I’m headed across the line today after work to visit with Hotel Kim & Chauncey, stock up on my GU’s, groceries, and pick up a few shopping packages.  (Hint: Daddy got neon kicks!)  But to hold you over until I do have time to properly tell you all about my weekend, most importantly, the time that Gemma and I ran the entire 50km Baden Powell, the KneeKnacker route, as a training run, here’s a few pics of our EPIC run!

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xoxo

-S

Seek The Peak – Ambleside to Grouse – 16km Race – Race Recap

Sigh.  12th race of the year, and my last race before KneeKnacker did not go as planned.  I made some dumbass rookie mistakes, and instead of being mad about that, I just have to learn from the mistakes I made, and re-focus on my “goal” races for the rest of the year.

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Regardless, it was a gorgeous day for a race, and the friends that I saw before, during, and after the race, really made sure that it was still a good day.

Spoiler alert :  While it was a brutal race for me, and I almost DNF’d myself, I still managed a PR, albeit a 5 second PR, not the 2-4 minutes I was looking for.

Check out my full recap & along with pictures from my wonderful hubby and crew, Jay!

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