Archive for August, 2013

Carnage! Jeannie and I run the Whistler 5 Peaks 10k trail race

On the Whistler Gondola

On the Whistler Gondola

Jeannie and I are here in Whistler to support April and Dave on their Ironman Canada race (also racing are our other Port Alberni buds Russ, Rod, Gary and Colin – they are all on their bikes as I write this!). Jeannie found there was a 10k trail race the day before Ironman: the 5 Peaks Whistler-Blackcomb trail run. We’re here anyway… so of course we entered!

Short runs are not my thing, definitely not what I am good at. I can go for hours and hours, but I am just not fast. But now that my various injuries and illnesses seem to be at bay, I am motivated to get faster – so I figured this race would Read the rest of this entry »

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A fun 10k run, racing against Port Alberni’s No. 7 Steam Train

LP1010923Last Saturday, about 30 racers lined up alongside Port Alberni’s steam train or a 10k race! Yes, really! It’s a fun race, organized by local runner and physiotherapist Brian Callender, modelled after a race in Australia. The conductor lined up with us, and counted: “On your marks… get set…” and then Read the rest of this entry »

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Report and photos: Angel’s Staircase 60k ultramarathon, near Winthrop, WA

LcP1010838Wow, what a race! Dave has already posted a video of the race, which you can see here: Angel’s Staircase 60k Ultramarathon video.

So my report will be pretty brief – more photos than words, other than the photo captions. Basically, our run went quite well… one of my first races that I actually have done some race-appropriate training for! I have had more than Read the rest of this entry »


Video of Dave and Jackie running Angel’s Staircase 60 km Ultramarathon, Washington

Here is a four minute video of Dave and Jackie run the Angels’ Staircase 60 km Ultramarathon.

Thanks to Valerie for making it!

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Next up: Race the Steam Train 10k, Port Alberni’s No. 7 Challenge!

Photo: Kristi Dobson

Photo: Kristi Dobson

Here’s a fun new race, that hopefully will become an annual running event: racing Port Alberni’s historic steam train from town to the historic McLean Mill. It’s a 10 km road run with about 150 m of elevation gain. (FYI, organizers promise that we will not actually be racing the train on the train tracks – we will be taking roads nearby…)

Organizer and local runner Brian Callender asked Dave and me to participate in a photo shoot to promo the event a few weeks ago… so here we are! From the event’s Facebook page, it looks like several dozen people have already committed to take part. Dave and I hope to both run it – but we just ran a tough 60k race on Sunday (post and pix coming shortly), and we are waiting to see how our legs have recovered before we commit.

The race starts at 10am at the corner of Dunbar and Third, in town. It goes uphill via the Kitsuksis dyke and Compton Road, and ends at the McLean Mill (more detailed route info and map are posted on the Facebook page). There will be a water stop along the way. A small awards ceremony will be held around noon, and then… guess what… all runners get a free ride back to town at 1pm on the steam train!!

Toot toot! See you there!

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Last ultramarathon training run: Three hours up the China Creek Watershed, Port Alberni

ILP1010782‘m posting this a few days late, because Dave has been really on it posting things this week… but last Monday Dave and I did a long run as our last big training run (well, almost our only big training run since the Squamish-Whistler ultramarathon a month ago!) before the Angel’s Staircase 60k Ultramarathon that we are running in Washington State on August 11th.

We have done this run before from our house (I think it is something like 10k each way from our house, nearly all on trails or logging roads, to the gate at the base of the China Creek Watershed, which is part of Port Alberni’s water supply – so it makes a good long run). But I wanted to do a route with a steady climb, which the trail section isn’t really. So, instead, we drove to the gate on Cameron Main (near the turnoff to Bainbridge Lake) and ran up China Creek Main from there. Driving to the gate, instead of running to it, meant that we would have the time to go much farther up the roadl

This run was significant in a number of ways: Read the rest of this entry »

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