Rainfall Warning…

Have you heard the weather report for this weekend??  Rainfall warning. 

Not exactly what you want to hear going into a double bib weekend, is it??

Sigh.  Well, nothing I can do about it now, except prepare myself for the worst, and hope for the best.

And I can dream about it looking and feeling like last night instead…


Yeaaaaa.  It was a beauty of a night.  And you know that feeling after a workout, when you’re like “YES! This is why I do this”??  Ya, it was totally one of those workouts.  So, I’m just going to be thankful for how beautiful Vancouver was yesterday, forgive it for the rainfall this weekend, and hope the sun comes back to play a bit more before Fall & Winter really set in.



Friday Five

If nobody told you yet, it’s FRIDAY, and it’s time for a fun useless Friday post!

Five things I have a passion for
1.  Um duh, running.  Preferably on trails, in the middle of nowhere, but I’ll settle for any running at all.
2.  Inspiring others to get active.
3.  Friendships.
4.  Getting deals when shopping.  And finding presents that people actually like.
5.  Beaches.  Mexico.  Coffee.  Sushi.  Animals.  Ya, ya I know, way more than 5.

Five things I’d like to do before I die
1.  Rim2Rim Grand Canyon
2.  Epic Stage Race in Europe
3.  Travel.  Lots.
4.  Weigh 140 lbs.
5.  Have a personal chef.  And a personal trainer.  And maybe a butler?
Five reads I love
1.  My Life on the Run – Bart Yasso
2.  ALL of Jodi Picoult’s books
3.  Wild – Cheryl Strayed
4.  Little Princes – Connor Grennan
5.  The Long Run – Matt Long

Five favorite movies
1.  Ever After
2.  Rent
3.  Clueless
4.  Lion King
5.  American History X

Fives places I want to travel to
1.  Colorado
2.  Greece
3.  Australia
4.  Costa Rica
5.  New York

And a bonus funny picture to brighten your day!


Have a great weekend!  I’ll be doing a double bib weekend as long as my knee co-operates, running the last 5Peaks BC race of 2013 at Buntzen tmrw, and the Surrey International Music Marathon half on Sunday!  (Registration still open for Surrey, but only in person at the expo!)



Surrey International Music Marathon – Blogger Ambassador

Last year, I was lucky enough to be included as a Blogger Ambassador for the inaugural 2012 Surrey International Music Marathon where both mom and I ran the half marathon.  This race holds a very special place for me for multiple reasons :

  • it was the first half marathon I’ve ever run solely for fun, without any time pressures or stresses, and I absolutely loved the race, and came out with a great time, a PR at the time!
  • it was my mom’s first ever half marathon!  And she killlllled it!
  • it was the race where I met Nikki in person, which started our twitter to real life friendship

Other than these personal reasons, the race itself was very convenient via skytrain for my family, my Dad was able to run the 5km race, and overall it was a great event.  The crowd support lining the streets was surprising and very uplifting and inspiring for me.

Recently, I was asked to come back for a 2nd year of the event, and I wasn’t sure if the race really fit into my calendar.

So, what’d I say?

Yes, of course!  Even though I’ll be running mainly on trails this summer, this event was so much fun last year, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be involved again.

I’ll be running the half again this year, and if you’re looking for a local half or full marathon at the end of September, keep this in mind!  All information on registering can be found here.

The reason I’m telling you this now, so far in advance, is that the marathon is actually holding a kick off to summer event tomorrow morning which includes free fitness classes, free breakfast, an appearance from Trever Linden, AND registration discounts for participants!!


All the details for tomorrow can be found here.

If you’re interested, you can read mine and mom’s race recaps from last year.

Is anyone else running the Surrey International Music Marathon in 2013??  Thinking about it??



Surrey International World Music Marathon – Half Marathon – Race Recap

Last weekend I also ran in the inaugural Surrey International World Music Marathon, on Sunday.  Yes, I did a Half Goofy on the weekend.

The short version :

The SIWMM 2012 was a fantastic event on a beautiful day, and they exceeded my expectations for a first time race!  Everyone I know, really enjoyed the course, had a great run, and would definitely consider running the race again next year.  I personally ran my fastest, and funnest half marathon, so far in my “running career”.

Spoiler alert : I finished in 1:47:29, which is a 7 min PR for me!!

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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Guest Post – Mom’s Race Recap of Surrey Half Marathon


If you’ve been following along on Solana’s blog you know that I, Carol, have been training for my first EVER Half Marathon!  I recently did a post reviewing my training plan, which you can read here.  If you want to read about how Solana rated my training (my mean coach), she posted about it here.

Spoiler : I ran a great race, and am thrilled with my results!

Nice bling, eh?

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My Review of Mom’s Training

I’ve been documenting Mom’s progress during training for her first ever half marathon, happening this Sunday at the Surrey International Music Marathon.

This post is dedicated to reviewing what the training program was, how closely she stuck to the plan, and what I think she has learned, and will take with into her next program.  Yes, she is already talking about her next half marathon hehe

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Mom’s Weekly Training Recap – Sept 24 – 30 – Taper & Race Week!

Mom’s 13th and FINAL week of half marathon training :

(Monday September 24th – Sunday September 30th)

Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Sept 24 – 30 – Taper & Race Week!

This week’s training:  (Monday September 24th – Sunday September 30th)

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

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Mom’s Review of her 12 week Half Marathon Training

Before running in her first ever half marathon on Sunday September 30th, I asked Mom to do a re-cap/review of her 12 week training program :

Take it away Momma,

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