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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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Success for both of us: Ucluelet’s Edge to Edge Half-Marathon!

LDSC_0069Dave and I have got a bit behind on posting to this blog…. In part, that’s because I have had so many injuries this past year and a half that I haven’t been running as much, and also because that has affected my enthusiasm for running. So, my most recent injury is metatarsalgia, an inflammation of the metatarsal bones (in the forefoot, those bones that connect to your toes). It started up a few days after our Guadeloupe race (6-day ultramarathon), back in April. We had signed up for Ucluelet’s Edge to Edge Half-Marathon as soon as we made it through Guadarun… but, by the last month before the E2E, I didn’t think I would even be in any condition to show up on the start line for it.

But, we had already signed up, booked our accommodation, and Read the rest of this entry »

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Training for an ultramarathon: Foot care and first aid (Part 2)

This article about ultramarathon training and preparation was originally published in my own blog on January 13, 2010. It’s one of my most popular blog posts ever. I re-ran Part 1 (preparing for a multi-day race) a few weeks ago.

Without healthy feet, you are not going to get very far, and blisters early on in an event may cost you hours of time, or even keep you from finishing at all. So the focus of Part 2 of this series is how to take care of your feet, with some notes as well on First Aid kits and other safety gear.

Prepare your feet beforehand: Elite racers may not have to do much – they seem to have bombproof feet, and I don’t know if that is because they are genetically born that way and that’s why they become so good at distance, or because they have put so Read the rest of this entry »

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Re-finding the love of running

It’s been a tough year for me, running-wise. Which you may have noticed, by the lack of posts about running on this running blog. Winter is not the best time to get lots of running in – and then by March I was down with both sinusitis (which really sapped my energy) and Achilles tendinitis. Both lasted about 6 months (i.e. until August!) – and the only thing I can say is that I am glad that I at least had them both at the same time. It would have really sucked if I just got over one, and then the other started up!

So, this last month, it feels like I am almost starting at square one with my running. Almost. But, I’ve realized, the one important difference between a new runner Read the rest of this entry »

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Running again: Coming back from Achilles tendinitis

I first noticed it nearing the end of a 30 km run back in March: my stride had become asymetrical. I didn’t like pushing off with my right foot, or landing on my right forefoot (as I deliberately been trying to do, to gradually convert to the barefoot style of running). I suddenly became aware that I had been running like this, asymetrically, for several weeks. But now, my heel hurt, and that pain brought my injury more into my consciousness.  It took a bit of googling for me to figure out it was Achilles tendinitis, and to try various treatments for it. And now, after most of four months off  running… I am back at it again!

Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It seemed strange to me that I would suddenly develop it, when my heels have been fine for Read the rest of this entry »

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