In the world of ultra running, there's a lot of talk about suffering and struggling, but mostly suffering. We all talk about it, we hate it, we love it, we glorify it. The challenge. The rawness of it. We suject ourselves to suffering time and time again. The strugglebus. The sufferfest. But what really is suffering? What does it mean to suffer? Can we legitimately call what we experience out there on the trails, running and racing, suffering??
Most men either compromise or drop their greatest talents and start running after, what they perceive to be, a more reasonable success, and somwhere in between they end up with a discontented settlement. Safety is indeed stability, but it is not progression. - Chriss Jami, Killosophy Chuckanut 50K, the official start of my 2018 race … Continue reading Chuckanut 50K
My First Ultra: Squamish 50 miler
12:24:19 My official finish time. It's taken me months to process it and I don't even know what emotion I was feeling as I crossed that finish line. I want to say it was overwhelming joy and gratitude and thankfulness to have finished the race so successfully for my first ultra... but the primary emotion was mostly gratefulness to not have to run a single step further? Relief?!!! I want to say that I was ecstatic. And I was. But it took a few minutes to sink in... months actually. And now when I look back, it's an overwhelming mix of gratitude, joy, pride, thankfulness, humility...
Needle Peak & Flatiron
August 4, 2017 (2ish weeks to Squamish!!!) "It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. … Continue reading Needle Peak & Flatiron
Picture Perfect Panorama Ridge
August 2, 2017 For the last several weeks... many parts of our beautiful country were smothered in a thick blanket of smoke and ash as forest fires devastated many beautiful forests across the province... We were advised to stay indoors as much as possible and to definitely not participate in heavily physical outdoor activity. However, … Continue reading Picture Perfect Panorama Ridge
A life in motion…
Motion is life! running up a hill - powerful in motion... the freedom of flying and ease of running downhill... fearless in motion.
Muscle MLK photoshoot
May 29, 2017 I always knew I wanted a shot at modelling.... just kidding. But when an opportunity came up to run for a Muscle MLK Canada photo shoot with some of my faves from the Abby Trail Running Club... I was so excited to join the fun!!! Promoting running - especially trail running and … Continue reading Muscle MLK photoshoot
Run for Water: 25K Trail Race
May 27, 2017 My 2nd 25K trail race, a local race, directed by friends! This race fell only 20 days after the BMO Vancouver Marathon, which was my 1st A-race of the season. I probably highly underestimated how much that would take out of me and how much I'd still be recovering from it at … Continue reading Run for Water: 25K Trail Race
BMO Vancouver Marathon
my May 7, 2017 The BMO Vancouver marathon is a race that I was super excited to run because not only is it through my "hometown", but it's one of the most beautiful road marathons in the world and it was my first A-race of the season and I felt like I'd trained really well … Continue reading BMO Vancouver Marathon
Run Ridge Run: 25K Trail Race
February 25, 2017 Run Ridge Run, the first race of the season of the Coast Mountain Trail Series... and my very first ever trail race!!! I think when I first started trail running infrequently back in November(ish), I loved so much and just wanted to be part of something fun with the club so I … Continue reading Run Ridge Run: 25K Trail Race