The Stages of Injury.

Stage 1: Denial

When you’re in the first month of your 3 month training program and feeling like a boss, you don’t want to let anything at all get in your way. “Injury? No way. I didn’t even do anything…. I had a great run last night…” 

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What the hell happened?! I went out for an “easy 8km run” around my neighbourhood the Wednesday before last. Sure, I was tired that day and I was feeling pretty run down, but I thought an easy run day was just what I needed. I felt awesome and energized the entire time. Got home with a smile on my face, showered, watched TV and went to bed. It wasn’t until I woke up the next morning that I could barely walk on it.

Stage 2: Realization

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After a day or so or two of not being able to put much weight on it I had to accept that something was really wrong. The realization was extra awful considering I’m only at the beginning of a really grueling training road to Mountain Madness.

Stage 3: Depression

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First begun the days of limping around the house and office groaning and glaring at whoever pointed it out. All the while muttering to myself under my breath about what this all could mean for my week, month, training, marathoning… etc.. etc…

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Stage 4: Acceptance

When I finally accept the defeat… I can be realistic and figure out what’s wrong with me. It turns out, I’m pretty lucky. What I’ve been told is that I have “tweaked”, “kinked”, “over worked”, “hyper extended”…. the thing. So taking care of it is and has been a matter of stretch, walk it off and easy physio exercises.

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You have to accept it eventually, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean you have to like it.

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Osoyoos – Family Reunion, Beaches & Sunburns

Last weekend the boyfriend and I took a mini vacation to Osoyoos. His side of the family had a huge family reunion we weren’t originally sure we would be able to make – but we managed to swing it by leaving early from work on Friday and driving up that night. It takes around 4-5 hours to get there so it was pretty late when we pulled in. I wont even pretend we were cool and stayed up to party… it was right to bed after the hellos.

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I love late night road trips; its pitch black when you get there, so you get the fun of waking up in a totally different place with completely different scenery. It blew my mind a little when the boyf told me he’d never been to Osoyoos, so first thing in the morning, I took him for a drive to coffee and the best view point in town.

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Selfie – Burrard Inlet

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Enjoying the last bits of summer at the inlet on the weekend.

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Run-Hiking – Elk Mountain

Not long ago, the best and I were looking for a challenge…. so as always, I took this seriously and delivered. I know you aren’t suppose to judge a book by its cover, but I just might have chosen to climb this particular mountain because the photos I saw of Elk Mountain‘s peak on the Vancouver Trails website gave me wonderful day dreams.

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Train your mind to see the good in every situation.

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Hot Sweaty Trail Running & Ice Cold Ponds.

I love the summer time. I love the extended day light hours, letting me get in that extra bit of training on week nights, the warm weather, the smile the sunlight puts on my face… but then, there’s trying to train in it. I try to plan early morning runs on the weekend, but working full time monday to friday makes my body crave at least one decent sleep in (by sleep in I mean until 9am) a week…. leaving me wide open to heat issues. While I’m happy with the time of year in general, I have to admit that it is in some ways a form of torture to be out there workin’ it in this heat.

On the weekend I took my best friend from hiking to trail running. In retrospect, it would have been nice of me to take her on a cooler day, but hey, she said it was ok. Since starting my training plan at the end of July I had to tell her that our weekend hikes will be running for me, and she can yell “run forest run” while hiking her way behind, or keep up as much as she could. She did AMAZING.

We started around 9AM and kept the pace slow and steady. The run was scheduled to be “Easy pace with last 15mins at race pace” so I took my time and matched pace for the run up to the peak.

A few highlights from our run:

Enjoying the view from the top!

Enjoying the view from the top!

I've actually found this a few times, but finally had someone around to take my photo with it. Its 3 fallen over trees with amazing looking tipped up roots. SO COOL! & huge!

I’ve actually found this a few times, but finally had someone around to take my photo with it. Its 3 fallen over trees with amazing looking tipped up roots. SO COOL! & huge!

Hands down, the best part of our day was running into this waterfall with ice cold pools to dip in. BEST way to cool down during a hot trail run!

Hands down, the best part of our day was running into this waterfall with ice cold pools to dip in. BEST way to cool down during a hot trail run!

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MM Training Week 1: You just have to want it.

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Monday: Active Recovery/X-training
I scheduled the majority of my cross training days as strength. I have a pretty good set up at home, so I’ve paired those together with simple body weight exercises – especially targeting the core. Crunches, bicycles, leg lifts, squats, planks and arm exercises, etc. using my weights whenever I can.

This was also a landmark day for me and my plank: 2mins and 2seconds! I’d never gone more than 1:30.

Tuesday: Hill Repeats *6x30sec at 5k effort
This was a very exciting day for me. As I was getting ready to go, my bf, who has NEVER run or shown any interest in joining, offered just that! Since I would only be running a km or so around our neighborhood to warm up before hitting the hill, it seemed like an easy start. Not only was I SO PROUD of him, it was nice for me to have someone there for support and tossing me a high five when I sprinted past.

While I have done plenty of purposely hilly runs, hill repeats were new. I was proud at how easy it was to sprint up the hill each time… I have to admit I did push myself a bit too hard at one point and kind of felt like I might hurl… but I didn’t!

Wednesday & Thursday: 6k Easy Run & 6k Strides 5kis walking?
I’m pretty dissapointed that I fumbled here. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping, which caught up with me pretty badly when I went downtown to the beach to see fireworks on Wednesday night. I’m going to count this as an “active recovery” kind of day. We had to park really far from the beach and walk for a lot longer than we wanted to.

I barely slept Tuesday night, wasn’t home until after midnight from Wednesday’s fun, and by Thursday all I could see was the couch and sweatpants. My conscience was pretty pissed off at me, but my body was thankful I skipped another day.

Friday: Active Recovery/X-training
A big part of me wanted to make up some missed running on Friday, but I knew I’d be training hard enough all weekend so I let it slide. Instead I spent a small part of my evening, squating, planking, crunching and lifting weights.

Saturday: 8k Easy, last 15mins at race pace.
Saturday morning I headed up to Malcolm Knapp with my best friend. She’s been getting really in to running lately, and we’ve been hiking together a lot as well. Her fitness has gotten to be pretty bad ass the past few months and I couldn’t be more proud. I told her now that I’m training I have to RUN a good portion of our HIKES and she was happy to try! We got the full 8KM in, plus a gorgeous peak, and I ran ahead at “race pace” for the last portion of the trail to get my speed in.
Sidenote: IT WAS DAMN HOT THIS DAY. 

Sunday: 5k Tempo
I headed back to Malcom Knap and hit the lower level, flatter trails on my own. I had no choice but to go mid afteroon… it wasnt as fun as I wanted it to be. I ran the trails as fast as I could (comfortably, of course), sweat buckets and felt a bit pukey from the heat. Thankfully Id learned from the day before and put a handful of ice cubes in my pack for the adventure.
Sidenote: IT WAS DAMN HOT THIS DAY TOO.

Final thought for week 1:
This is exhausting. Im not made to run in the heat, I thrive in fall… winter… spring?! Not when its 30 degrees…. but we keep swimming running.

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Trail Shots – Baden Powell July 2014

Not too long ago I decided I wanted to get some neat action shots from the trail. I’ve been working with a couple friends and coming out with some cool shots in various places. Its been a lot of fun, and pretty hilarious at times because we’re all amateurs. I have to say that this experience has made me much more aware of my form and my notorious red face!

Here are a couple of my favourite shots from the other day on the Baden-Powell:

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Even though that last shot is pretty blurry, I just love it. There’s a whole sequence for this leap down the hill where I make some pretty awesome air!

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Mountain Madness Training Plan

Mountain Madness is coming up… it will be my first trail half! I’ve been running through the trails like crazy this year and feel like in finally ready to take on this distance. Ive never followed an actual training plan before. I just go out, run a comfortable, reasonable distance for what I’m “training” for to keep my endurance, and a longer one on the weekend with some lazy strength in between. Its gotten me this far with little issue.

I want to be faster. I want to be stronger. I’m going to be faster & stronger.

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After searching the internet for a training plan that would suite me best, I settled on a 12 week trail specific half marathon plan from Back Country – I’ve been visiting the site for a while now and figure they know a thing or two.

When I finished converting the thing to Canadian, I put some thought in to how I would be using my active recovery and x-training days. Then, I went shopping and did some meal prep.

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I’m feeling pretty unstoppable with this plan and that gold mine of a fridge. The next 12 weeks are going to be very challenging, and very exciting. I just hope I’ll still be able to fit some ice cream in after my long runs.

Day 1, here we go!

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Ruth Lake – Cabin, Fishing, Relaxing.

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom and I have been making the trip to 100 Mile House in the interior to visit family, especially my grandfather, and have a nice relaxing couple of days. Over the years, the vacation has extended and molded a bit to accommodate our relationships, but its still the same great time its always been.

The boyfriend and I left early Sunday morning, and met my mom and step dad at the cabin on Ruth Lake. We beat them by a few hours and used that time to do some fishing. Actually, we did a lot of fishing over those few days. We spent an awesome few days in the interior visiting family, eating way too much, fishing, boating, relaxing and enjoying some beers.

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the trip:

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