Race Report – SciaccheTrail (2017)

The SciaccheTrail race is named after the Sciacchetrà, one of the wines of the Cinque Terre region. The gorgeous video below features some of the winemakers.

Fantastic isn’t it?

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Race Report – Ultra Trail Harricana (UTHC)

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So my colleague/friend sent me this video last year. Her son had completed the 65 km, and she and her family did shorter distances.

Yeah, I want to do that!! Ultra-Trail Harricana 80k was my 2016 “A” race. Things were looking good training-wise until late June, when my right foot started to hurt. Then it started to swell. Then I couldn’t push off and it felt like I was walking on a marble. Turns out I had something called “capsulitis“, which explains why my second to on my right foot was now facing east o_O.  After a couple of months of nothing but 5k runs, a cortisone shot in the toe joint to get the swelling down, orthotics to stabilize my crazy deformed feet, I was given the go ahead to try a 12k. Not too bad. The next weekend, the weekend BEFORE the race, Supercoach Ray Zahab told me to run back to back 50 kms. Saturday I “ran” 50k, trying to stay within cutoff pace. Success! Ray checked in with me on Saturday night and told me to run as far as I could without pain on Sunday… that turned out to be a little over 20k. I felt confident that I could finish the race, but it was going to be close!

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i2P 100k 2015 Volunteer Report

On August 22nd, one week after the EndurRun, Steve and I helped out at the i2P Run 100k. We camped at Lac Philippe, and if I do say so myself, we have a pretty sweet setup!

Sweet Camp Image
Sweet Camp!

At 5PM we met at the beach and shuttled 3 runners to The Ark.

I'm excited to shuttle image
I’m excited to shuttle! / Photo Credit: i2P Run

Dinner was held at The ARK, but unlike last year I was able to eat as much as I wanted because I wasn’t running! Hurray! Continue reading “i2P 100k 2015 Volunteer Report”

EndurRun 2015 Volunteer Report

So how did I spend my summer vacation? Well it wasn’t really a vacation. I was one of the minority (?) concussion sufferers that ended up with post-concussion syndrome. I spent the first two weeks laying low, staying quiet, zero stimulation, trying not to let vertigo, ringing ears, headache and nausea get the best of me. I reminded myself that it wasn’t terminal and truthfully, I was VERY lucky it wasn’t worse.

Steve and I were both registered to race the EndurRun Ultimate. We raced it last year and had so much fun we signed up for 2015 within the week of finishing the race. I knew a few days out that there was no way I was going to be able to compete, so I offered to volunteer.

While Steve was doing such amazing things as this:

Stage 2 – 15k Time Trial

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MEC Fell Race Report

MEC Race 4. Oh boy. The course description:

Experienced: A race of close to 10km and approx. +465m / -470m elevation change.
The tough one! Start with a short sharp ascent and decent on open hill before looping the steepest North East ski slopes (including the frankly terrifying 28% slopes of Heggtveit!), the route then ascends the Slalom slope (almost as steep as Hegg), descends back down to hit some single track under the high ropes and aerials course, a loop around the biathlon track and shooting range before ascending again up and down Brian’s Trail on some classic flowing single track.

I can do this right? That’s what I thought when I signed up. You only live once!

So Steve and I trained for it. We did quite a bit of trail running and then it was time to run parts of the course. Here I am looking at the ski hill map. My posture reads confidence right?

MEC Fell Training Image
MEC Fell Training

I know everyone says ‘it looks a lot steeper in person’ but it does. Really.

We started with a little warm up and then started to climb the hill.  Holy Mother of God. I was terrified at times. We were full on crawling at times and couldn’t stand for fear of falling back. And when you think you’ve cresed the top? False flat! Wooo! We did make it to the top, my Garmin stopped at some points because I was going so slow, but we made it. Next was the descent, and we chose the next hill because it was less steep, and wouldn’t you know it, with 10 feet to the bottom I slip and slide on my rear. Steve heard the gravel and turned around to see me sitting there in the rain. He shouts ‘what the heck are you doing?’. I couldn’t get up for laughing.

On to race day!

July 5th and there are a lot more people at this race than I ever thought would show up. Our friend Dave came in from Toronto do run this race. It was going to be great! We get a little pep talk from Chris the RD from MEC Ottawa, and off we go. Straight up. It was pretty slow going single file, but I was totally fine with that since I knew what was coming. Well we all did because we drove by it to get to the race site, but I’d crawled it once. On the way down the first down I passed some girls racing who were singing and picking flowers and putting them in their hair. I was gasping for air and they had all the energy in the world. Loved them!! After another small up and down there she was – Heiggtveit. Again we were single file, but that was fine with me. I wore gloves this time to help me grapple the rocks and grasses to keep me from falling backwards. I passed a few people, some I was a little worried about to be frank, but I kept my eye on them and advised the first aid folks when I got to the top. But I’m skipping ahead because I had yet to get to the top. This was humbling to say the least because it was really tough. There was no stopping because people were behind you. I stuck with my pack and made friends with Bob. I was so grateful to get to the top. I screamed a bit when the photographer walked out of the woods because I didn’t see him. Turns out there was a bear right near us – I never saw that either. #oxygendeprivation.

Bob and I were chatting as we were running along the road at the top, then down and up another hill (the photo below is me at the bottom of that hill) then all we had left was Brian’s trail. And that sucker is FUN. I came through the finish smiling, Steve and friends were waiting for me. What a blast! I’ll definitely do this race again next year!

MEC Fell Race
Only 2k to go!