Blackfoot 50km – A Running Mantra

I’m officially an ultrarunner. Before the Blackfoot 50km, I defined success as a finished race. As long as there was not a DNF beside my name, I’d be happy. As long as I left the race course on my own two legs (as opposed to a stretcher…or upside down being dragged by a Moose), I’d […]

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Here Goes Nothing

Tomorrow is my first ultra race. I will be winding and weaving my way through the Blackfoot 50km race near Edmonton and I’m pretty stoked about it. Since getting the idea to run the 2012 Death Race (in December 2011), jumping into training in the middle of Canadian winter (in January 2012) and signing up […]

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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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Fringe Benefits of Training

In the course of my running so far, I’ve found a few fringe benefits to this whole “give up your social life and run alot…and then run some more” plan. Significant moments and pieces that have made up for the rest, and that keep me going. 1 – Sleep. Glorious, glorious sleep. If you’re a […]

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Side Effects of Training

I didn’t intend on becoming a hermit, I swear. In the past when I trained for half and full marathons, I adjusted my workout schedule accordingly. Friday nights were usually chill nights in – long run Saturday morning. Then, because I had behaved myself so well the night before…Saturday night turned into a runaway (after […]

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Why I’m Training for an Ultramarathon

My motivation is boredom. Let me explain. Since I’ve signed up for an ultramarathon (the 125 km Canadian Death Race), I’ve had many conversations explaining WHAT it is. Yes, 125 km. Yes, 24 hour max time. Yes, 3 mountains. Yes, yes, yes. Very few people get it. Most people think I’m crazy. Which is fine, […]

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