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Chuckanut 50km Race Report 2013

This race was a giant lesson in expectation vs. reality. Also a reminder that ultrarunners can exaggerate a tiny, small…very little bit…occasionally The Chuckanut 50km Race takes place every March in Fairhaven, Washington, and is an unofficial kick-off for runners in this area. It’s one of the first spring races and there’s good representation from […]

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Fresh Steps, Fresh Starts

Fresh Steps, Fresh Starts

While January always signals the fresh start of a new year, January of 2013 was an extra super major fresh start for me. A triple threat of sorts: New career, new job, and new hometown. I very happily blog to you direct from the land of panoramic mountain views, ocean air, and sushi galore: Vancouver. […]

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Talking to Ultrarunners

It’s been less than a year since I even found out what an “ultrarunner” is. And now…I am one. I had some moments along the way where I took a mental note of “I need to look that up when I get home” This is for you newbies, or those veterans nodding along like you’ve […]

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Setting Goals, Reaching Goals, and What Happens Next?

Setting goals, reaching goals…and what happens next? It’s very suitable that this topic could apply to anything. In this case, it’s ultrarunning. But during the course of my training for the Death Race I found life lessons along the way that applied outside the trails. Personal lessons (I can go harder than I think I […]

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125km or Bust

24 hours from now the gun will go off at the 2012 North Face Canadian Death Race. And I’ll be at the start line as a soloist, about to take on 125km of mountain running, trail navigating, and mud-avoiding (or…mud-accepting). I have two friends here with me who will be my crew – Laura and […]

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How to run for 8.5 hours (my way)

7am start with coffee and muesli at your favourite coffee shop. Have good friends wake up at ungodly hour to join you. Tour de France is a strong motivator for people to wake up at this time. Reach alleged trail parking lot. Disguise your dread for the task ahead with essential delays: choosing socks, bathroom […]

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U.N.I.T.Y.

First things first. This is a great song to have stuck in your head for a big weekend of running. And what a big weekend it was! I was warned this might be the biggest training weekend of my life. I may have given myself whiplash from rolling my eyes so far back. But I […]

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Commuter Cyclist Soap Operas (and other things I think about when I run)

I’ve learned through ultra training that the time I spend running is no longer motivated by music. As a road runner (and as someone usually training for a shorter race…a 10k or 1/2 marathon), my ipod was my crutch. I could not fathom running without a meticulously planned out playlist, which refreshed and rotated on […]

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Injured (Sminjured)

I’ve got a leg injury right now. I’m not sure how it started, but I’m going to guess my three month transition from fairweather runner to ultrarunner-in-training has something to do with it. I’ve had IMS treatments and dialed back the running considerably. I really miss the head-clearing long runs. More than I expected. In […]

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Is it the Shoes?

I can’t wait for winter running to be over. This is what my shoes look like today:               After all. Maybe it’s the shoes?  

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