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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To My KneeKnacker’ing Friends…

Last July, I ran the KneeKnacker.  I was one of the lucky ones to get selected in the lottery, and selected the very first time I entered the lottery.  Showing up at the start line, I was utterly petrified.  This race has a very special meaning to me, it’s basically right in my backyard, and it’s filled with so many amazing like minded people, both running it themselves, and organizing it from the backside.  Most people who don’t get chosen in the lottery, still show up on race day to volunteer.  It’s just that kind of race.  It’s special.

I didn’t put my name in the lottery for 2014.  My oldest friend asked me to be in her bridal party, and July 12th is her wedding day.  Luckily they chose the date before the lottery was selected, as I would hate to take a spot from someone who was able to run the race.

Yes, of course I’m a bit sad to be missing out on the whole day, since it involves so many people that I love and am inspired by, but standing up beside Alison is also a pretty amazing way to spend a day and I’m honoured to be there.

That being said, I just wanted to post something about this special race.  I’m not in this footage from last year, but I can’t help but smile when I watch this.  It’s a beautiful little glimpse into this amazing race and experience.

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Month of April 2014 – Training Recap

It was mostly just being busy, but also not really wanting to talk about my sub par training that had me almost forgetting to post April’s training recap.

Total Road KMs : 0 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~200 kms

KMs raced during April : 50K – Yakima 50K

Total KMs this month : 200 kms

Total KM’s this year : 800.5 kms

Hours running :  30 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 2ish

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 2 - Grind closed, but made it up & down BCMC twice.

How’s my month been?

Womp womp.  There really isn’t too much to say.  I volunteered and cheered lots in April, and I raced once, at the Yakima Skyline 50K, which I basically hated.  It wasn’t a great month for training, but I also had a prolo injection, which takes almost a week off of running as well.  If I had done this recap right after April ended, I’d probably be more positive about it, but on a whole, I think womp, womp definitely describes my month.

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Sun Mountain 50K – Race Recap

Short version: I made a deal with the devil to have my last run for a while in a gorgeous stunning location, and even though sections of it were unbearably painful, I ran with a friend, and spent just over 6 hours coming to terms with the fact that I was indeed injured, and would have to stop running. But it was a beautiful place to run!

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Am I ready? Hells no.

Hahah I have to laugh at how I’m going into Sunday’s race.

Am I ready?  Definitely not.

Am I still going to start and listen to my body and see what happens?  Absolutely.

I doubt that many people would feel comfortable going into a 50K and feeling under trained (or maybe we always feel like we could’ve trained more?), and I highly doubt that many people, other than the ultra community we know, would go into a 50K, just for fun, just to see what happens.

So, yes, I’m fully aware that for the most part, to most people, I sound like a crazy person saying “yes my foot is f*cked, yes my training has been sub-par at best, no I’m not going to SKIP this race, I’m just going to start and see what happens.”  Fully understand where you’re coming from.  I guess my brain just thinks differently now.

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Just Keep Climbing, Just Keep Climbing…

For the most part in trail running, and especially in ultras, you’re one type of runner, or the other.  Either you’re a ‘climber’ or a ‘downhiller’.  I’m totally serious about this.  Either you prefer to go up, or you prefer to go down.  I have yet to meet anyone who really enjoys (and excels) at both.

So, for me, I am a downhiller. I hate long climbs.  And given the choice, I will always choose the route that has less climbing, and the climbs I prefer are the shorter/steeper/more technical climbs while I despise the fire service road climbs, or anything that’s a long slow trudge.  For example, locally, I would always choose the Grouse Grind over running up Mountain Highway.  And really, when I have the choice, I’m likely to choose neither during a run, and do shorter climbs.  But alas, this isn’t always the smartest technique of training.

To be honest, a lot of my trail running “training” has been quite loosey-goosey, and determined more by which way I feel like turning when I hit an intersection, or the overall time on feet.  I do like to do more race specific runs, like before KneeKnacker I did lots of BP runs, and before Baker Lake, I did lots of Buntzen runs, but I’ve never really focused on the elevation gain, and the climbing specifics.

Shea & Melissa, mostly Melissa, have been bugging me about running Yakima 50K for the past 6 months, and Melissa threatened to register me so many times that I found myself in a FOMO position, and online when registration opened.  A weekend away with our good friends, running a 50K that looks stunning, no big deal right?

Wrong.  Somebody neglected to check the race course, and didn’t see the 10,000 feet elevation gain.  Eff.

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Month of March 2014 – Training Recap

March, oh where did you go??

Total Road KMs : 17 kms (treadmill…close enough to road)

Total Trail KMs : ~225.5 kms

KMs raced during January : 13 km trail race at Cap Crusher

Total KMs this month : 242.5 kms

Total KM’s this year : 600.5 kms

Hours running :  36 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 2ish

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 1 – Grind closed, but made it up & down BCMC once.

How’s my month been?

Surprisingly good.  At the end of February I was pushing hard to turn my month around, and I ended up being able to do exactly that.  Even though I had a prolo shot right before the end of February, and 1 in March, I’ve got a really decent overall mileage, I’m down ~7 lbs, and I’m making noticeable improvements in my foot injury.  All of this packaged together makes for a pretty solid month of March.

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Chuck-a-Cheer

As you know if you read Doug’s guest post, I was across the line, at the Chuckanut 50K last weekend, and we did a run-cheer during the race.

Not quite sure how we came up with the idea, but during brainstorming for meeting up, it just made sense, and sounded like the perfect idea.  I love Bellingham, and I love the Chuckanut trails, but the interurban path that runners start and finish on, well, that section is just the devil.

So, Saturday morning, we headed out on the Chuckanut trails with a different mentality than all of the racers lining up at the start line, and for once, I definitely wasn’t wishing I was racing, I was happy as a pig in mud just out and running on the trails.

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Month of February 2014 – Training Recap

February!  A short month, and for me, a super tough month!

Total Road KMs : 60 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~140 kms

KMs raced during January : 8 kms with 21.1 km pacing First Half, and 32 km trail race as a training run.  So technically 61.1 kms “raced”

Total KMs this month : 200 kms

Total KM’s this year : 358 kms

Hours running :  26 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 0!

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 0 – Grind closed, and didn’t get up BCMC

How’s my month been?

I thought February was going to be a much better month than January, but it really wasn’t.  I’d rate it a C+ on the whole for a training month, maybe even a C.

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Own Your Truth.

A year ago, I was so bloody stoked to run the Vancouver First Half.  I was gunning for sub 1:45, and I knew inside of me that I had it, no problem.  It didn’t happen, because of fueling issues.  You’ll remember, I went out a couple weeks later, and crushed my goal.  Then you’ll remember my road marathon in the spring, and how god damn close to BQ’ing I was, and how I was SO pumped to get after that sub 3:35 that I tried for a redemption marathon soon after.  I was so in the zone with road running, running super fast (for me) and crushing my goals and previous PR’s.  But, since then, I haven’t felt that love and desire to train on roads, my previous favourite workouts have slipped into the abyss, and I haven’t run barely any road races, or done much road running at all in the past 8 months….except when I’ve had to.  SIGH.

In the fall I was still stoked on my BQ’ing goal with Melissa and Candice, but the stars haven’t aligned, and a Whidbey 3 way BQ is no longer an option.  I still signed up for my spring races, and still believed I would find that desire again.

But today, today I finally really looked inside of myself.

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