275 Days

It’s a strange title but stick with me .

Somewhere between Rock & Roll and now I stopped running. I kept coming up with excuses and found myself unmotivated. In fact I had a run streak going in November until I managed to catch a cold. I don’t sick often internet but when I do..I end up missing work (which i despise doing!)

But I’m back now. Currently in exam season so this blogging is nice reprive from that. What have I been doing? Goal setting. Re evaluating my goals and what I want from running. I keep talking track, speed and that’s not happening! So I’m making a plan. I like plans. The whole reason I completed my first half marathon in 2013 was my timeline and plan . I had date to train to. Regular days to run. And it all seemed to fall into place! I have found that since then..it’s been a struggle.

I’ve got 275 days.

What does that mean? It’s a bit of an odd number I realize that .

This past year for me has been the rise of the #weddingpocalypse . Yes I did make that word up. I’m going to not one..but two weddings in 2015 (not to mention I’ve seen a plethora of engagements on facebook …even a couple running blogs I follow mentioned engagements!)

I’m not saying I’m old. But I’m not “young” either. I’m 22 and I definitely still feel too young to be in this “Let’s getting married and have children” phase. That being said the two weddings next year are couples in Scouting! And they are both a bit older then me..so that does play into that!

With one wedding in particular I am a bridesmaid! Check out the invitation I recieved

She made them herself because she's so talented!
She made them herself because she’s so talented!

I’ve known Nicholle since we first met at PJ 2007….can’t believe that was almost 8 years ago. And now I get to be in her wedding party.

This leads to me to my new fitness challenge

Becoming a Buff Bridesmaid.

The idea of #buffbridesmaid came into me when looking at my gym membership. I have one that has been used a bit this year but I really have an aversion to the gym. I can run by myself no problem but something about the gym alone is a bit of a struggle. I did manage to do more body weight and gym workouts when I was in Concrete Hero mode so I know I can get over this “fear” of the gym!

I should also say that I’m all for being body positive. Since running I have learned to appreciate my body more and what it can do. But I would love to improve certain things and feel more comfortable in my own skin.

So being a buff bridesmaid means. Running and lifting weights and just working on my whole body.

With this in mind I hope to see a steady improvement in running. I’m officially in training mode for running now.

In fact I’ve already signed up for my first race..you may have seen these images floating around the twitterverse!

Kinda love my pony tail in this!
Kinda love my pony tail in this!
Shout out to Kirill for sharing these shots with me!
Shout out to Kirill for sharing these shots with me!
Sprinting!
Sprinting!

I am proud to pronounce that I’m part of the Running Blog team for the annual West Van Run 5k/10k ! Also a huge thank you to Jennifer Strang . I don’t usually enjoy having my photo taken but you made it a very enjoyable experience!

I had such a fun time running that race in the snow that I was happy to jump at the opportunity to promote and support the event! Plus March is nice time of year to run. Even if it did snow on the course this year! The theme is We are Canucks so I’m hoping to try and coordinate a themed outfit!

Stay tuned for future blog posts on training for that as I am determined to PR again on that course!

I’m hoping after breaking the hour mark on my 10k I can finally tackle improving my half marathon time. I want to run 3 more half marathons before pushing the distance further. I also hope with this I will reward myself with a running tattoo!

I’m struggling with motivation internet I won’t lie..but I know that I can get back into a running groove. Especially once finals are over! Until then I’m working on getting over my gym fears!

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Fall Running (The end of my race season)

On Thanksgiving Monday, I celebrated my runniversary. (Yep pretty sure I made that word up but the sentiment remains the same)

In 2012 I ran the Granville Island Turkey Trot 10k for the first time..and I was instantly hooked on running races after that. I ran the 10k nonstop (Not a PR but I’m proud of another race is which I don’t run intervals)

I’m also thankful that the weather held out since it proceeded to pour rain for the next several days. During the race I found myself reflecting on my body and what’s happened since I’ve started running .

  • – I’ve lost weight
  • – I find myself happier
  • – I write about it, tweet about, and connect with others around the word via #runchat
  • – I’ve pushed myself to run trails instead of limiting myself to road races.
  • – I’ve made some amazing friends

Hard to believe this was me two years ago on that same day

Tracey and I before the start of the race!
Tracey and I before the start of the race!

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The Turkey Trot will always have a special place in my heart especially because of my mum since she was a big supporter having been running for awhile…unfortunately she’s had to stop due to arthritis. She still comes to most of my races and is always there to help me. For that I am grateful!

With that I lead you into my final race of the season. The Inaugural Rock & Roll Vancouver Half Marathon.

It was a perfect day for a run, not super hot, but the sun was out and I loved meeting up with people in the corrals as anticipated the start. I had also committed to running this race is costume

Captain America and Brittany!
Captain America and Brittany!

The dress I found at Hot Topic for those who are curious. It’s meant for cosplay so it’s made of a poly blend…perfect for running!

The race was going quite well initially, I ran past my supervisors house at around 5k, he got a photo of me apparently and I felt my second wind come at around 10k (this happens to me alot when training for long runs) and just as I felt strong..I managed to trip over my own two feet…and I hit the ground hard. Thankfully Tina was running beside me and was there to help me up. The first words out of my mouth were “How’s my face?” yep..you can tell where my priorities are at!

Course I only scraped my knee and my hands proceeded to be swollen for the remainder of the day…but boy can I feel it today as I’m writing to you…my back and shoulders really hurt. I imagine from bracing my fall. Essentially after that I found myself struggling to run..making for probably the slowest half marathon ever. I did however have the pleasure of running past my friends from No Island! and giving a couple of them nice sweaty hugs!

But I finished, I didn’t break any bones, so I’m glad things didn’t get worse. I will definitely be running Rock & Roll events in the future, I found the entire weekend well organized and I simply love my metal! The short was a touch boring but fits well so that’s all that matters.

I'm super!
I’m super!

So what’s the plan?

A run streak. As well as embracing track workouts because I NEED to get faster. I do say need..because although I don’t mind being a slow runner..it would be nice to break some records come 2015. Especially in the half distance.

I also have a unique/random fitness goal which I will explain in due time

In the mean time..I plan on relaxing and just enjoying my runs

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Melissa’s Road Race

In the summer of 2007 after PJ , my family and I went on a road trip. In Banff we discovered “Melissa’s Bar & Grill” or Melissa’s Misteak as it’s often known online as ! We ate there I got a shirt and socks and at 15 years old I said “One day I’ll run this race!” Little did I know 7 years later I would actually stay true to my word!

The sign up process was earlier this year and I had to get up an hour earlier since well Alberta is on Mountain time! It sells out everywhere and is regarded as a very popular race! I managed to sign up as well as CJ did too!

We set out on the Friday to drive to Banff…the ride was initially very wet but as we passed Kamloops the weather just remained grey we even saw some sunshine in golden!

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We arrived in Banff around 830. Checked into our hotel and proceeded to wander downtown banff for a late night dinner. Banff reminds me alot of Whistler just by the look of the streets shops and what not. We popped into an irish pub had some dinner and discussed our game plan for the day.

The hotel we stayed at was the Voyager Inn . We chose this hotel because a shuttle would be running a long to drive racers to the start line . A great idea since you can’t park near where the race begins and finishes. This stated in bold on the website. Alongside the warnings about wildlife…..!

 

Our hotel included breakfast. Well 7 dollars extra for a hot breakfast..so I guess it’s not really included is it? But I had cereal and toast and was perfectly ok with that. The shuttle dropped us off and we proceeded to walk for another 15 minutes eventually finding the start line gear check and other typical race amenities

We picked up our bibs and shirts. I ordered a hoodie and hat…because I wanted my name!

We participated in the warm up which was fun!

The 10k went out first. Then the half. I tried extremely hard to keep up with the 2:45 group but I found myself wheezing alittle bit. The course itself was beautiful as you run through the golf course but you can see mountains to right of you. The double loop i must admit was mentally challenging for myself. I usually prefer out and back courses. Not sure why but i do!

Either way it was cool out but not hot like Blerch so I didn’t find myself overheating which was nice. I had to talk to myself a lot about not stopping. I told myself things like

“You can finish, you’ve done this distance, you will become a half fanatic, and one day you will be faster then this”

I am a slow runner…for now! However the highlight was the final 2km in which I texted CJ I’m almost there. She proceed to call me and shout “YOU ARE ALMOST THERE BEAT THE BLERCH MELISSA YOU GOT THIS”

I was nearly in tears….(happy tears!)

I pushed hard for the final kilometer…I almost didn’t find it since the construction alongside lack of course marshalling but I went by sound and other people standing waiting for other runners.

I crossed the finish line in 3 hours 10 minutes. So better then Blerch which made me happy. I was sore and tired but CJ gave me a huge hug and screamed you DID IT!

I’ve officially submitted my application for half fanatic and am waiting processing of payment and such!

We wandered back to the hotel. Stopping for ice cream…because Cows is my absolute favourite!

We then went in the sauna and hot tub at the hotel which made us both feel AMAZING. I then treated CJ to dinner at Melissa’s as a thank you for driving and running the race with me. She completed it in 2:39. I am beyond impressed by her . I also told her since she ran this race for me…I will run whatever race she ends up picking ! She needs one with a medal I think!

We went to Melissa’s restaurant that night and then the pub to celebrate our achievements. The drive home was beautiful and I kept thinking about how crazy I must seem to some people

“YOU DROVE HOW LONG TO RUN HOW FAR?”

But it was worth it. I will be back to run Melissa’s one day.

Until then I’m relaxing and preparing for a few more races before 2014 is out!

(Having some issues uploading photos! Check back later!)

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Beating the Blerch!

It seems with all of school and work I neglected to post but fear not here is my review of the Inagural Beat the Blerch but first training runs!

Sunday is known as the long run day and I usually stick with road but this past sunday CJ and I took to Norvan falls

 

North Vancouver trails are amazing!
North Vancouver trails are amazing!

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I rather enjoyed pushing myself to go longer distances on the trails . No sure why I have the fear of it since I’ve done the half marathon distance 4 times now..but something about elevation on trails seems rather daunting. This run was technical but I enjoyed the challenge and eventually got comfortable

But I ran, it was cool starting off and returning it was rather warm. We ran/hiked/walked chatted. It was lovely. We talked about our goals , how we were feeling and general girly gossip.

With this recent trail run I’ve committed to some goals.

1- I will run at least 3 trail races next year, one course being Enduro

2- I will train for the Squamish 23

These seem lofty but I had this desire of being 23 and running the Squamish 23…yes much like my original half marathon goal I aspire for a champagne race!

My original plan with Beat the Blerch was to drive down with a friend and her husband unfortunately they had to miss the race to a conflict with crossfit. So with a transfer of names with hotel rooms I made the drive down with my mum that saturday. We spent the afternoon shopping and it was a gorgeous drive. I’ve never actually been this far down driving!

We checked into the hotel had dinner there to save ourselves some walking and then lounged the rest of the evening.

I woke up early sunday morning almost on autopilot as I am so used to running such early races…yet this half marathon started at 930!

That being said the hotel included complimentary breakfast and I didn’t want to miss out on that. So in most of my running gear I went downstairs and got some food

I was quite pleased with the breakfast ! It saved time looking for somewhere first thing on a sunday morning and wasn’t totally gross!

Thereafter , we checked out , got some step by step directions printed out for us and then drove to the race! That drive was lovely but a touch foggy which was interesting as the sun was starting to come out!

As we approached the race , we noticed an increase and traffic and I wasn’t totally loving the lack of people directing parking…as well we ended up driving farther down to park because no one communicated that onsite race parking was still available.

We parked then walked to the race. I had picked my bib up prior but they didn’t have a shirt for me! I would later exchange my size..as the L women’s….was so not an L.

I get a photo with the Oatmeal. An actual nice one. and I bought his book too!

My face is not an accurate display of how excited I was!
My face is not an accurate display of how excited I was!

The race begins! I start off strong! The blerches chased me! I had a cake (which I shouldn’t have and I think made me slower then I already am..but you only race…once? Nah doesn’t work!)

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I was impressed by the course. It was so beautiful and I loved how well prepared they were. I even saw the Oatmeal run past me in a fat suit….impressive!

Minus the parking and shirt mixup. The race was well run! I got chased by blerches, got cake and my photos turned out well and didn’t cost me a thing! So I will definitely be running this race again next year. In fact I may just drive down the day of and make a day trip of the race instead of an overnight. Considering how late a start it is!

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I even purchased a water bottle and socks which I plan on rocking when I had blerchy days running!

Coming up next Melissa’s Road Race & Half Fanatic Status!

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The Young Avengers (My Concrete Hero Experience)

Several months ago my lovely friend Haley told me I should do Concrete Hero. The only reason I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea was the fact that it involved obstacles. But she assured me it would be fun and I could do it (something something you run half marathons something something)

It also helped that Concrete Hero is a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation. In this day and age you are pretty hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been affected by Cancer. Although there many diseases out there in which we do not have cures, Cancer is just one of them.

My Grandfather Ivo passed away from Brain Cancer, it happened within weeks. I can still recall the memory of visiting him in the hospital . Had he not had a seizure we never would have discovered the tumour.

One of my favourite photos..besides some baby pictures
One of my favourite photos..besides some baby pictures

My best friend Kayla survived cancer. Bone cancer to specific. She has been in remission for 6 years and that’s simply amazing. It’s not easy losing your leg, but she’s done it so gracefully (and has even managed to make it on televison !)

Kayla and I at a concert, so basically our natural habitat
Kayla and I at a concert, so basically our natural habitat

I fund-raised for them. I ran with them in mind.

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And after the experience I had , I will most certainly be doing it again.

The race starts at a rather civilized time 10am. Check in beginning at 9. Warm starts at 940. So if you show up early you have plenty of time to get your bib , take some photos and hit the washroom before the race even starts. So this worked for me. They had parking space very close to the race start/finish so that was great too! Tristan was concerned about trying to leave afterwards but there were no issues there.

Now let me introduce you to my team…in which I only knew my Captain ..and the rest were just people on a facebook group..until race day!

Some of us are DC characters....either way we're super!
Some of us are DC characters….either way we’re super!

Also I would like to personally thank Jason Romein for these amazing photos! Starting from the left we have Ashley, Erica (or Airwrecka on Facebook) who would be my buddy for most of the event, Nicolyn, Haley our fearless leader, myself as Captain America, Brian !

Bib pickup was smooth, they had an on-line check in process prior making life a lot of easier! The race also had an amazing warm up lead by the amazing Karin! (Thank you for pumping all of us up!)

The obstacles were well spaced , there was a slight line whilst waiting to run through the school buses. Yes you read that right. I even got to honk the horn. Haley did require a band aid at one point, and the mugginess was pretty brutal. But we hopped over fire, ran through bubbles, I even fell off monkey bars into refreshing water! But still I kept trucking along!

The hardest obstacle was right at the end, aplty titled the Chief , here’s a couple shots to show you how brutal it was!

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I did require help climbing…as I was rather wet from the water causing me the slip when trying to climb. Note to self, don’t fall into water , stuff to work on next year. But check out this amazing jump shot !

Seriously Jason thank you so much for this picture
Seriously Jason thank you so much for this picture

This event was way too much fun. I love the medal, I love the cause, the atmosphere was amazing as everyone around was supportive. You can definitely count me in for next year . I hope to have some wicked arm muscles then so I can claim those monkey bars…and not fall! As well my team was number 5 for top 10 fundraisers, with our grand total amount being 3,480 dollars, which I think is pretty amazing. I am determined to beat that next year.

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Until then, this avenger is resting..but not for long as Beat the Blerch is getting close! Stay tuned for updates internet !

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The Grind & Cypress 5 Peaks

12 days. That’s how many days I have left before Concrete Hero. I’m so excited now and am feeling confident and ready!

The last few weeks have been consistent running and fitness . As well as no dairy for 2 weeks! Lactose intolerance is truly a lame allergy but it’s one I have and I need to manage better.

So what have I been up to? Well let’s start with Cypress!

I love the cup! It's cute orange and used it a lot already!
I love the cup! It’s cute orange and used it a lot already!

I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it out to any of the orientation runs but I had chosen the sport course because Brittany was running! As well trail running is still very new to me so I chose the course with less elevation.

It was a beautiful day and despite the heatwave I didn’t overheat. Luckily a good chunk of the sport course was in the shade !

Package pickup went smoothly and Brittany and I found ourselves with enough time to put our stuff away, get our bibs on and get to the start line! I found myself running into a lot of people as well. As I’ve been told I am the Kevin Bacon of my generation

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I enjoy the sport course immesnely. I found my workouts have been paying off as I ran the entire race almost non stop and clocked in at 1 hour , 10 minutes. The scenery was beautiful and I even managed to rock the technical parts as well! I will definitely be running this race again next year ! There was a ton off awesome food and drink afterwards and I even got myself a Salomon shirt too!

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As well that week my Bib Rave shirt had arrived in the mail that I won off twitter! If you aren’t familiar with the website it’s a site in which you search and write Race reviews. I look forward to completing more races and reviewing them on there!

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Shoutout to Brittany for being an excellent race buddy and winning herself an entry! After the race we proceeded to hit up the Salomon store so she could get herself a pair of proper trail shoes!

The other fun part of my training (besides running and weight workouts) has been the grind. It’s full as I’ve worked at Grouse for almost 3 years and I’ve made a point of not doing it….until now!

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Friday after a day at camp I pushed myself up the trail alone. In the heat too. I learned that I would not be doing anymore evening grinds but I was glad I did it none the less ! (Also I decided to do this before the cypress race….plus a 10k run ….I enjoy punishing myself!)

The following friday I managed to convince some friends with me. I found myself slower mostly due to tight muscles but I’m hoping to get another few grinds in before the end of the summer. It’s a tough trail but very rewarding!

For those who are not familiar, The Grouse Grind is a hiking trail on the Northshore. It is often referred to as “Nature’s stairmaster” . Despite being just shy of 3km , it is the elevation gain that really trips you up when hiking. A lot of people choose to hike it as you can take the tram down versus hiking down which is prohibited. I would not reccomend it to someone who isn’t already active as I’ve heard enough calls and stories of people getting injured or going into cardiac arrest. Make sure to read up on it and be prepared before heading up!

The grind is always better when you have friends!
The grind is always better when you have friends!

I’m starting to plan a costume for Concrete Hero, stay tuned for updates on that! I’ve got 3 runs to fit in this week plus some gym/body weight workouts!

Also I know we just got into august but school is just around the corner and that means Beat the Blerch is less then 50 days away! We’re in the midst of hill training (I share a love hate relationship with that) .

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Training Update

Internet. I am so pleased to report that I’ve made progress.

Where to begin?

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Well this past weekend I completed The Dirty Dash. a 5k obstacle course mud race in langley. It also happened to be one of the hottest days of the year so far…so the mud was not only sunscreen it was also refreshing. During the race I found this familiar thought running through my head.

“You should be so proud right now!”

Because as of late I haven’t felt that way but I think something finally clicked once I saw on my countdown that I’m currently at the one month mark until Concrete Hero. The Dirty Dash actually showed me that my cardio is strong and I can climb some obstacles but I still need some work! Hello pushups and more weight lifting.

Back to the Dirty Dash, I definitely wouldn’t have done had it not been for Dallas selling her registration to me (Thank you again!) But it was a great experience none the less. Despite the heat I finished the course in under an hour and half and plan to purchase photos later!

I also enjoyed the tshirt hoodie and neat phone carrying case I purchased. Also my fitbit held up! So expect a product review on that later this week !

I hiked the Chief Sunday. The last time I did that was highschool. Although i struggled with the elevation change I pushed through and managed to climb up and down in under 4 hours. I’m determined to get to the 3rd peak before the summer is over. Hopefully post concrete hero I will be able to achieve that.

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I’m somewhat on track for my Beat the Blerch training I’ve got a long run to make up this week but the cross training has been paying off.

I’m seriously loving jumping class. CJ found the place at Social shopper in which you get 10 classes for a certain price . It’s an hour of jumping on an individual trampoline and holding your core whilst performing certain moves!

Action shot!
Action shot!

I’ve actually been going to the gym . I’m proud to say. It’s slowly getting easier to walk in there and not feel as awkward as before! My gym aversion is silly considering how strange I can look whilst running.

Only 30 days left….but I’m feeling confident!

What’s next? I’m on the fence about signing up for another trail race . Cypress is coming up and I’d love to get some trail swag and to get off the road more. As well 5peaks has added a 6th race which would be a nice taper before my back to back half marathons!

I’m looking forward to the rain this weekend and things cooling off. I do not thrive in the heat that’s for sure..but alas the sunshine is nice and vitamin D is important!

I’ve done two runs this week. One was horrible and one was wonderful. Looking forward to 10k for the next few Sundays.

I’m not seeing the dramatic weight loss I want but I know with dedication it’ll happen!

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Taking to the Trails

On Saturday May 10th I woke up at 6am thinking

Oh god what have I done? This isn’t going to go well I’m going to fall and be slow and it’s going to be horrible

These thoughts continued to run through my head as I ate my Special K but I told myself that I’ve done that distance, i ran tuesday and managed to survive and plus Brittany would be running with me and I would make it through ok.

My Dad gave me a lift to Brittany’s place which was only 20 minutes away from where the race started. We got into her adorable green car and drove off!

We arrived there after 8 with plenty of time to park, hit the washroom and pick up our bibs (curse me for forgetting cash so I wasn’t able to purchase anything but I should save anyway!)

The package pick up line although long I only waited about 10 minutes. I also got a coveted buff which I already love and prefer (I love collecting shirts but it’s nice to change it up!)

The start of the race!
The start of the race!

It was lightly raining and was not as cool as I originally anticipated but I still chose to rock my Whidbey Island longsleeve if only for the concern that it might rain more later.

These shoes would eventaully be covered in mud..and very wet
These shoes would eventaully be covered in mud..and very wet

The race started in 915. I purposely put myself at the back knowing that I am infact a slower runner. I ran nonstop to the best of my ability only walking up the last major hill. I enjoyed running through the rivers, the cold water felt amazing on my feet oddly enough. Besides I had packed extra socks so I mean what’s the big deal?

Special shoutout to Brittany for being an amazing buddy!
Special shoutout to Brittany for being an amazing buddy!

Once we really got into the trails I barely noticed the rain. I kept looking at my surroundings. I also enjoyed my various friends running past saying “Go Melissa go!” Even people I didn’t know cheered us on!

However the highlight was one of the course marshalls complemented me on my lipstick ! Alongside my red shoes!

The course overall was tough but manageable. The worst hill was right at the end but this was at the top

Made the climb all the more worthwhile
Made the climb all the more worthwhile

After that it was a steady downhill and next thing I know I’m pushing myself for the last 400m to have a strong finish!

Total time: 1 hour 34 minutes. Not bad considering it’s my first ever trail race! Especially when I signed up just to join along with all my twitter friends

The post run food was amazing and just the energy from everyone there. It’s definitely one of the smaller races I’ve attended but I liked the intimacy !

Finish line shot rocking my Buff!
Finish line shot rocking my Buff!

After this event I’m seriously considering registering for Alice Lake, I’ve been told that’s the fastest out of all of them. Here’s hoping I can swing that Saturday off !

Either way this has got me wanting to run more trails and push myself to get out of my usual 10 & 1 routine !

Change is good! I’ll definitely need to work on this more as I train for Concrete Hereo!

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Ladies of The Trails

It’s not just a neat name. It’s a running group. If I recall correctly it was created last summer to allow running women of all ages and experience to come out and run trails. It’s sponsored by 5peaks and is run by Solana Klassen (frequently seen on the web as #beastcoach) I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog especially with some of the crazy distances she’s done!

I told myself this year I would get over my fear and run trails. I must admit the only reason I hadn’t joined these free dropins was fear of my slowness.

Trying to decide what to wear before heading out...
Trying to decide what to wear before heading out…

My mantra right now is

“I may run slower then a herd of turtles running through Peanut Butter….but I RUN!”

because right now that is the most important part to me, is just getting out there and doing it.

We met up just after 6, leaving at 615. I tried my hardest to keep with the group but I found my calves we’re starting to hurt (I need to look at compression sleeves as they haven’t been this bad since I started training for BMO last year)

Lynn Valley is a beautiful area, I've explored it a couple times whilst on break from class
Lynn Valley is a beautiful area, I’ve explored it a couple times whilst on break from class

I was holding back tears when Solana came back to make sure I was still alive (Thanks again by the way!)

Group running is not just fun, it’s important. Running with other people is what keeps people motivated and it’s about a support system , also running the trails by yourself is not recommended.

As a Rover I should know this. And I was prepared I had my phone wallet, and other essentials in my trail vest (more about my awesome vest later!)

In fact when we came to a turn off I insisted that the faster ladies run without me ! I was letting my pride get the best of me, and I didn’t want to hold anyone up. Jen and Chantelle offered to run with me and ironically enough we ended up beating them back! The shorter loop had quite the intial climb but I actually don’t mind that, compared to downhill. I was worried about injuring my self running down them

But I did it.

Post Run Selfie! Oh god what did I just do?
Post Run Selfie! Oh god what did I just do?

I did 8k is around hour and a half. Not my fastest but it’s a start! With practice make perfect.

I’ve got my 1st trail race this weekend, and after last night I know I can get through it and finish!

I’m looking forward to future summer nights of running with these women

Obligatory selfie post run (Credit to Solana!) maybe I'll work on not blinking next time...
Obligatory selfie post run (Credit to Solana!) maybe I’ll work on not blinking next time…

If you’re at all interested in running with us look for us on Facebook if I can do it..so can you!

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