Ok, so I didn’t write much last year. I didn’t disappear or give up running for that matter I just simply forgot to write. After an exciting year of getting married and going on an amazing honeymoon it was time to revamp this website. I had to decide if I wanted to continue or not. I am changing things up a bit. I plan to add a research section in which I will review informative evidence based research in regards to anything and everything related to running. I have access to hundreds of journals and plan to review and write on anything that peaks my interest. I also plan to tell more stories of places and people that have or unknowingly inspire me in the community that I live and work in.
Running was pretty low key last year. I ran a few smaller races and started the Squamish 50 miler but had to pull out a couple hours in due to some lower leg and feet cramping. Nothing seem to fix it and they just kept getting worse. That was disappointing but my fault for being depleted the week before. Waking up in the middle of every night with calf cramps is a warning sign of electrolyte imbalance. I blame it on an 8 hour hike in the hot alpine with very little water and food the weekend before the race.
Nothing too big this year for races but I signed up for the Squamish 50km. Ok, its going to be one tough race. I am starting small this year and plan to run a solid 50km with no injuries. As always just aim to enjoy the trails.
Stay tuned for an update on hiking on the Tour Du Mont Blanc (TMB) during our honeymoon. This is one place to come and race, run or hike.
Salomon has done it right with their high quality film making about trail running. I truly have enjoyed the series of short films such as Killian’s Quest and other team Salomon vids. This film is my favorite of 2011, simply a year in review for team Salomon with timely editing, epic trails, raw emotion, beautiful landscapes, captivating music and inspiring runners. It’s not the stars that make this piece for me but the true beauty of the filming and the adventure of what and where trail running can bring us. I have been struggling with running lately, still not feeling a hundred percent and this motivates and inspires me to get back out there do what I love so much.
I have some exciting news! My crewer/photographer/director/supporter/friend/confider/goofing around/lover/ adventurer/boyfriend has asked me to marry him. He was suppose to ask me up in the Callaghan valley while we were cross country skiing before Christmas but due to rain and exhaustion on my part we never made it. Instead I received a really nice surprise over Christmas
I have grown much since meeting Andrew. Even before meeting him I protected myself by saying I’m not living with another guy until I’m engaged. In the beginning I let my fears of abandonment, trust and commitment lead the way but as I spent more time with Andrew I saw that he loved and supported me at my most vulnerable. Ultra running being one of those!! From the time I let go, and moved in I knew that we would spend the rest of our lives adventuring together. The engagement ring is an added bonus but not as important as I once thought. I see it as a symbolism of trust, commitment, love and respect. But, I see Andrew for much more.
We plan to have a small cozy cottage wedding in the summer with our immediate families and our closest friends. A celebration of love with those we hold dear in our hearts. A thank you to those who have touched our lives past and present and support us as we leap together hand and hand creating our own family traditions. My mom once told me that when I find that person to hold forever that we then become a family (Andrew,I and Talbot), to create our own family traditions and to always do what’s best for our family. (ya, I’m the one who has to live with him,..haha) This Christmas was a start of our first family tradition. I’m excited for more!
The upcoming municipal elections are here and voting ends on Saturday. To tell you the truth I have never voted for any mayor and council in any city that I have lived in. Why? Well for one, since moving to BC I have moved around nine times in the last 7 and half years . I guess I never felt like I had a community to hold as my own and share with those around me. It took me awhile to figure out a place and community that felt right to invest time and energy in. It will be coming up to a year in December since I moved to Squamish and this is finally the place I know in my heart that I want to raise my family and live and play. This morning I was running along the snowy streets in Brackendale and passed three people along the way. All three either said hi, waved or nodded as I ran by. This put a huge smile on my face as I knew that this was the type of community I’m proud to be apart of. I grew up in a wonderful small suburb outside Ottawa, in which people talked to their neighbours, looked out for each other, there were countless outdoor parks and bike paths and kids could play without a care in the world. Now my tiny hometown has grown ten times since those days, but I have been searching for such a strong and positive vibe that the suburb Barhaven has left on me. The upcoming election is a chance to make positive change right here in my own town where things like, trails, parks, developments, water and schools affect the community that I choose to be a part of. So I hope that everyone who loves thier community and what it stands for will go out and vote this Saturday as I welcome some positive and inspiring leadership that is needed in my community that I love.
So thanks to those who voted for Andrew’s video Set Free a trail running story as that propelled us into the finals of the Mountain Equipment coop sweet spot 2011 video contest. After two weeks of waiting we found out that MEC picked our video to win the grand prize of 2000$ in MEC gift cards. A small bonus for living what we love as this was never our intent to make this film. Andrew and I are going to continue on adventuring with some ski touring gear, something I keep saying I would love to do. So thanks MEC for helping with that dream.
Last years MEC sweetspot 2010 winner Jamie Bond lives and filmed his video in Squamish, BC as well. Perhaps, this means that Squamish has so much variety and beauty that its hard to beat a place like this to live and play. They do call Squamish the Outdoor Capital of Canada. Jamie’s video is awesome as it depicts all the things you can do outside in Squamish in 24hours.
Well, our short little video may not be done yet as we plan to enter it into a film festival upon an email from the festivals coordinator expressing some interest. In some ways I hope it doesn’t make it in as I don’t want my face plastered for people to watch. Haha. I originally hoped that the film would inspire at least one person to get outside and explore, have fun all while staying active, maybe even go for a run. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. So I guess the message is simple: Get out there, move, breathe, explore, enjoy and live what you love. One step, two pedals, 100 steps or a million pedals of something, get going! …..
After an ultra like Leadville I usually take a few weeks off. So far its been two months of not running. I am trying to sort out my body by unwinding the torques and twists that have resulted from years of postural neglect as well as a previous whiplash injury in my early twenties. A slight hip rotation here and thoracic torque there may not cause symptoms in everyday life or even during a few hours of running but these discrepancies become apparent in ultra distances and symptoms due arise. Stride length should be around 180 steps per minute regardless of how fast you are going. Imagine how many steps that is during a marathon (2-5hrs) and now during a 100 miles. Ok, I did hike much of that but still that is a lot of steps and force exerted through an uneven body. Obviously, in my case one side may take more of the brunt then the other (ie right back) and over time that will most likely lead to pain and injury.
So in the meantime I have been enjoying hiking in the mountains, grinding up the chief, yoga and waiting patiently for the snow to fall so I can start skate skiing and immerse myself into a new adventure of ski touring.
Currently, yoga is a new love that I have discovered a short three weeks ago. I have been practicing yoga at The Yoga Studio in Squamish. Each week, I’ve experienced a new teacher that has brought a different element to the practice. Lydia, Sarah and Annie all have a unique way of making a newbie feel welcomed, inspired and uninhibited. When I am there I just let myself go! The class is a balance between strength and flexibility with emphasis on the core and working on the tensegrity series. Tensegrity is a word that manual practitioners like myself tend to use when looking at the body and how it functions and moves. I tend to say a lot that “everything is connected”.
Tensegrity, tensional integrity or floating compression, is a structural principle based on the use of isolated components in compression inside a net of continuous tension, in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts,bones) do not touch each other and the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially. via Wikipedia.
At the end of each yoga class the teachers read a meaningful exert, poem or prayer for reflection and thanks.
Today we were given an opportunity during our last few minutes to give thanks in silence to what ever came to our thoughts. Andrew and my parents filled my jar of thanks today.