This past weekend Lori and I ran The Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, AB. CDR was our big race of 2019, and something that I was very anxious about completing. It’s a 125 km (77.7 mi) 5181 m (17000′) Ultra in the Canadian Rockies. It’s known to be one of the more difficult ultras in Alberta (or even Canada?). When I registered way back in December, I wanted something difficult, something that I could fail at. As the race got closer, I was questioning my winter sanity, failing sounded painful, and success equally so.
2018 was to be a comeback year after suffering a few injuries in 2017 that forced me to take more time off running than I wanted (really anything more than a few days is more than I want…) I was also determined to learn from 2017. I was going to be stronger, and more importantly, smarter. This meant, taking days off or cross training more when I had a niggle. It also meant a focus on Strength work. Continue reading “Lost Soul 100k 2018 aka, Less really is more.”
Training leading up to Squamish had actually been ok. Well it had been lousy for so long, and things had started to improve, and my body was responding, which felt good. I ran the Powderface 44k “marathon” on June 30th. After this my left foot was a bit sore, which meant more recovery than I had wanted, but if nothing else, I’ve learned over the last year and a half to give my body whatever recovery it asks for. We went on vacation to my in-laws in July, which coincided well with recovering from Powderface. I took it easy, took a week off running, and got fat (j/k). Continue reading “Squamish 50k Recap”
2017 has been full of ups and downs in running. After starting 2017 injured, recovering and running Boston, I was coming into the summer feeling like I was on an up. I was working with my friend Melissa @ We Run the World Coaching, and exciting for a summer of trails.
I hope you like Ultra’s, Ultramarathons, and Ultra-Race Reports. I have a feeling that this one is going to be lengthy. I had registered for this race many months ago, back in January. It seemed at the time to be an eternity away. I was focused on training for the Calgary Marathon, and it was easy to mostly ignore the looming goal that I had set for the fall. Continue reading “Lost Soul 100k 2016”
T-2 Days… That’s a scary thought. But I suppose that was sort of the point. My goal this year was to set big goals, to take a risk and sign up for something big. Now that I’m here, it seems like that was an incredibly stupid idea <<Kidding… mostly>>. Continue reading “Lost Soul 100k Pre-race Obligatory Post”
My major goal race of the fall is the Lost Soul Ultra 100k in Lethbridge. I’ve heard so many good things about this race, and back in the winter when I registered for the race I really had no clue what I was getting myself into. Over the last few months I’ve had a ton of advice, and descriptions of the course, everything from “It’s crazy hilly, train on steep hills and be ready to climb and descend”, to “It’s almost too runnable, be used to running trail”. It was very obvious that I needed to see this course for myself and get some time on it. Continue reading “Lost Soul Recon Mission”