Archive for June, 2012

Biking in France! Yes! 110 km through the French Alps!

Sure, this blog may be mainly about running… but biking is really good cross-training for running. Especially for distance runners, who tend to develop strong hamstrings at the expense of quads (which leads to knee injury) – biking works the quads and keeps your muscles more developed. Biking is also good for runners who are getting over an injury, like I am now, still getting over my Achilles tendinitis. So this way I can still train – maintain or even increase my strength and fitness – but without aggravating the injury.

So, we are in France now! Dave is racing Ironman next week (3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, 42 km run) here in Nice. (You can follow his progress live on Sunday at IronmanLive – he’s number 1989). We’ve arrived a week early and both rented Madrone carbon road bikes for the week. It’s a chance for Read the rest of this entry »

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The best thing about running (or one of the best things, anyway)…

The best thing about running is that you can do it anywhere!

I’m on the ferry right now, heading from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) back to Vancouver Island. I’ve just been in Ontario for the last five days – visiting family, as well as attending some writing events for an award that I was short-listed for. I got out on two very short jogs on Monday (one with my 9yo niece!) but, other that, I have been totally rushing around and not getting any exercise at all.

But that’s what’s so great about running – if you’ve Read the rest of this entry »

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Loon Lake, Dog Lake, and Daryl Chase’s Mountain Biking trails…

Just dropped Jackie off at Sea Air to fly to Toronto for some kind of writing awards so its the dogs and I for some fast mountain running.  We originally wanted to try a new trail by Whiskey Creek but it was pouring rain there so we stopped at Loon Lake instead.

The Loon Lake trails are fast and scenic!

Daryl Chase and the mountain biking crew did an awesome job of clearing the trails here, its like a groomed path! Read the rest of this entry »

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Our first race together! Sun Mountain 50k Ultramarathon race report

Stopping mid-course for a photo!

Life has been really busy for Dave and me… which is why not a lot has been happening on the blog this year, and why this race report is being posted two weeks after the fact. Between setting up house together, and both of us having pretty killer work schedules (I was finishing my MFA at UBC, and Dave was working lots of overtime on his TWO jobs), and then both of us getting sick for much of March-April, we have not had a lot of time for blogging… or even for training!

So we did not end up at the start line of our first race together as well trained and finely tuned and ready to go as we had hoped. Read the rest of this entry »