Solid. I feel solid.

Well, CRAP.  This was supposed to post more than a week ago, but for some reason, it’s still sitting here.  Ah, technology, you jerk.  Anyways, nothing more has changed, I had ANOTHER solid weekend, this past weekend, with the girls.  Did 4 days of running, with 13 ladies, 4 dogs, and covered some 80kms.  BAM!!

So, let’s go back to the original post from last week…

It’s amazing what a few good training days does to a person.  I’ve had back to back SOLID training weekends the last 2 weekends, and I’m riding high.

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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 from Hilary “My Journey from 10K to Ultra”

While I’m off in San Fran running my first 50Miler, Hilary was nice enough to provide us with a guest post. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten her, but those of you who don’t know her, here’s a little post on her from a couple months ago.

Anyways, here’s Hilary!

My journey from 10km to an ultra-marathon (or three!) in less than a year…

otherwise known as ‘Get Off the Road!’

I started running begrudgingly. It was something I had done as a kid in school (emphasis on SHORT distances), but gave up when asthma took the fun out of it.

As an adult, I went through a couple years of severe health problems, culminating in a diagnosis of celiac disease. During this very scary time, life went on hold for me as I tried to come to grips with why my body suddenly started rejecting all food and nutrition, causing me to lose 45 pounds in 4 months (from my 130 pound, 5’8 frame) and leaving me with a body bereft of all muscle after having shrunk down to a scary 86 pounds. I ended up gaining the weight back almost as quickly as I lost it, (and about 20 pounds extra) and I soon found myself sitting at about 160 pounds of zero muscle mass (and feeling like a ginormous whale, in a body I didn’t recognize as my own anymore after losing and gaining almost half of my size – all within the span of a year’s time).

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Just Running in the Rain…

So, now that you’re completely bored of all of my vacation posts, it’s time to jump back into my real world, my running world!

My running has been struggling lately.  I’ve got some tweaks that are not going away, and my body has just in general not felt 100% on a run, in quite a while.  This was the reason I left my runners behind for our week in Cali, and I actually took off 7 full days.  My hope had been that I would come back raring to go, feeling refreshed and strong.  Nope.  Didn’t happen.  But, I’ve still got a few tricks up my sleeve, so don’t count me out yet.

We’re in that in between season of trail running, that is perfect when it’s dry, and miserable when it’s wet.  Sunday was a miserable day.  But, at least this is where we got to run…

photo 1Gorgeous right?  That just so happens to be Buntzen Lake.

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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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Sunday Funday – Trail Running – Squamish 50K training

After Saturday’s lackluster performance at 5Peaks Cypress, I whined and complained about joining James for a Sunday long run.  But then we started discussing routes, and decided to do the first part of the Squamish 50K course, which includes the “big climb”  that neither of us had run.  To be honest, James wasn’t totally on board with this route, but to convince me to come, he let me have input!!

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Spoiler : Squamish was totally the right choice, and we had a fabulous 28km run along some amazing single track (seen above), on a beautiful sunny day!

Squamish 50 is coming up in just a few short weeks, on August 10th, so I’ve broken down the first 14km for those curious who missed the orientation runs.

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KneeKnacker – 50km Training Run – June 22/13

I have a blog post that’s been brewing in my head for the past month, that I need to sit down and write, that basically asks “how did I get here?”; when did getting up between 5 & 6 am on weekends become normal?  When did running a 50km route as a training run become something I thought was a good idea and not the craziest thing ever??  To be honest, I can’t pinpoint a turning point, but things sure are different.

Saturday was a prime example of what my life has become.  Out the door at 6am, on the trails by 7am, attempting to run the entire Baden Powell route, from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, same route as the KneeKnacker which is my next big race on July 13th.

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Spoiler : Gemma and I finished the entire BP, all stops included in sub 10 hours, a 9:47 on the clock at the end.  Our running time was closer to 8 hours, but it was a training run, and we were out there with friends, taking fueling breaks, and taking it a lot slower than our normal running speed.

Obviously, since this was my whole day Saturday, we took a ton of pictures, and this post will be long, and pretty epic as well, since the day itself will go down in the history books as one of my favorite training runs of all time.

Read on…

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Best Track Workout, maybe EVER?

Tuesday night, I headed to the track to meet my friend Rishel to run some Yasso 800′s.

  • The plan was :
  • 1 km warm-up
  • 800m push (2 laps)
  • 400m recovery (1 lap)
  • 6 repeats at 3:45 average
  • 1 km cool down

That’s not what happened.

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