Way back in the spring, just a few weeks after the Calgary Marathon, on a random early morning trail run, I suddenly had a bout of dizziness that had me nearly falling down into the bushes. This bout of dizziness would become almost 6 weeks of vertigo. This wasn’t my first experience with vertigo, I’d had it a few times in the past, it’s caused by calcium crystals dislodging in the ear drum and floating around, causing havoc with the little hairs and balance in the ear drum. Clearly I’m no doctor, and this is a very simple, amateur explanation. Continue reading “Crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s…”
MEC (or Mountain Equipment Co-op for my American friends) puts on a series of races in most major Canadian cities, they are in expensive, no frills races, and until this weekend, I had yet to run one. I’d been eyeing them for a while as I’d heard that they are good races, well organized, and of course cheap. Until this weekend, it had never really worked out, I’d always had family commitments, been training for a different race, or had a big trail run planned. This past weekend, finally the stars aligned, it was their last race of the season, and there was a race on, it consisted of a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon. I knew I didn’t want to race a marathon, and ever since the spring when I was forced to DNS for the Calgary Police Half, I’d been itching to race a half and see if I could PR. I waited until the last minute to register so that I could check the forecast and make sure there wasn’t a blizzard or heat wave forecasted, this is Calgary after all!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month since Lost Soul already! I’ve been taking it pretty easy on the running front, and am feeling pretty well recovered. I’ve wanted to do a post summarizing my training, partly for myself, but also because I’ve had a few people message me asking me questions. I thought it would be beneficial to write it all out. Continue reading “Lost Soul Training Summary”
Before kids, I was an avid reader, I would frequently plow through a book in a weekend. I still love to read, but these days it’s hard to find enough time to myself to get very far in a book. I often pick up a book and will read a few pages, get interrupted, go back to the book days later, and have to start over again. I discovered Audible a few years ago. It’s an audio-book subscription service by Amazon. Since then I’ve been back to plowing through books again, but now I “read” while I run, while I drive or while I work. Continue reading “Daughters of Distance Review and Giveaway!”
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”
This past weekend I ran the Ironlegs 60k in Kananaskis. It was my second official ultra (my first was the Grizzly 50k last fall). It’s a little strange to think of it as my second ultra. I trained all last summer for the Grizzly, it was a big deal, and it was hard. Ironlegs was definitely hard, but my thoughts going into it were much more nonchalant. I purposefully tried to not take it too seriously. Continue reading “Ironlegs 2016 Recap”