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.
Have fun out there!
I had the best week leading up to Leadville 100. First of all I had the week off from work which means time off my feet. I spend about 6 hours a day on my feet treating people with soft tissue injuries. This is key for me. Andrew and I left Sunday from Squamish and traveled 3000km driving through 5 states and staying, hiking and photographing everything from the Bruneau sand dunes and watching lightening in Idaho, the salt flats in Utah, and finishing off with two days in Moab exploring Arches National Park. The best part was getting up at 3:30am on Wednesday (hey Andrew will be doing that for me in two days time) driving into Arches and hiking up to the back side of landscape arch. Andrew set up a time lapse and took photos with the stars and the moon and eventually we watched the sun come up. It was amazing. This is Andrew’s passion and it was nice to share his love and excitement for photography along this trip. Afterward we decided to do another short hike which turned into a 3 hour jaunt through the hot desert. Oops! Oh and Andrew was carrying all his heavy camera gear. But, luckily afterward we had the Colorado river right beside our campsite to cool off in.
Well, the race starts 4:00am on Saturday and I will be carrying the SPOT (a GPS tracking device) so family and friends can see where I am every 20 minutes. Andrew will be tweeting if there is good reception on how I am doing. You can track my progress live online
Below are some photos that Andrew took of our trip leading up to Leadville.
Have fun out there
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Unfortunately this summer is the summer of winter around here. Fat dog 100 from Cathedral provincial park to Manning park just got canceled due to mountains of snow. Knee knacker 2011 had plenty of snow to run on or through depending on where your foot landed and trying to hike up peaks as training has become more difficult due to the snow or less desirable due to weather conditions. Though I have to say training has been so much fun this year exploring new trails, hiking through snow, adventuring with new people, and stopping to smell the roses more often. On our second last adventure Andrew said that I complained that the hike wasn’t as steep as the guide book had told us and instead I missed out on some cool nature details that he observed on our way up Sigurd creek. Last week, heading of High falls and yesterday I enjoyed the hikes immensely because I let go of any training expectations, took in my surrounding and just had fun.
So don’t forget to stop and take a look around, or take in a deep breath of amazing mountain air every once in awhile.
As we approached Rainbow lake I said to Andrew “Wow, I can’t wait to come back here in the summer when all the ice is melted” Ah wait, it is summer, July 17th to be exact, the middle of summer! We did take snowshoes but I wasn’t planning on wearing them. Boy did they save me from slipping as we climbed toward rainbow peak. However, we turned around as the weather started to turn dark and rainy.
Have fun out there!
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