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!
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”
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”
A year ago, Lori and I ran the Powderface Half Marathon, it was one of the hardest trail races we had run thus far. Fast forward a year, and a lot has changed. We’ve run an ultra, a trail marathon, and countless training runs all over this general area. Sometimes you feel like you’re getting stronger, but you don’t really believe it until you have some solid evidence.