Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- Perseverance: Thank you's, Photos, Race Report, Press Release, Clean Up, T-Shirts to Extreme Runners (on sale for $15 while quantities last!), AGM report, Pick up Rec Cntre Deposit etc...
- Mail Client Race Jersey to Clearwater
- Need for Speed Clinic Prep: Book facility, find video camera, poster design, blog, press release etc...
- Books: Finalize ELM Training Manual, Running Manual and ELM Cookbook files for Sure Copies...all of which will be available as Books and EBooks for purchase in November.
- THATS RIGHT! THE ELM COOKBOOK is on it's way!! Stay tuned for the release this November... Hence the chocolate segway...there will be a few chocolately recipes in there you can be sure!
- Meet with Nathaniel at www.nrichmedia.com to review new ELM Website: Another exciting deal for November as we get set to launch the new ELM site...it is looking amazing and will host our new ELM online store!
- Work on book...Fit & Free coming soon!
- Work on other (secret) online store products...
- Set date for ELM annual Christmas Partay with Extreme Runners
- Finalize ELM Equipment pricing list...soon to be part of our online store.
- Data Entry
- Back up files
- Confirm NCCP course dates in November (continuing ed)
- PERU! Confirm info night details for next Friday.
- Client monthly programs
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We are getting super stoked about tomorrow's race and looking forward to seeing you all in Cumberland on Sunday morning!
The forecast is looking like we will get a classic, wet, fall trail run on Sunday so leave your white socks at home! Our list of registered racers is growing and we are anticipating another big turnout for this years event. Thank you for your support of the community fundraising event- see you soon!
PRE RACE NUMBER PICK UP: New this year, we are offering an opportunity for you to pick up your race number TODAY between 1 and 5pm at Extreme Runners 436 5th st. Our friendly volunteers will greet you at the store, confirm your registration and give you your race number and t-shirt if you pre-ordered one. This means you get to avoid the long line up on Sunday!
RACE DAY DETAILS: Race starts at 11:00am with pre-race registration taking place from 9:00-10:30am and pre-race announcements at 10:45am. No. 6 Mine Park behind the Cumberland Rec Centre on Dunsmuir. Park in the gravel parking lot beside the rec centre and walk to the park for race central.
FUNDRAISER: All proceeds go directly to the Cumberland Community Forest Society! Thank you for supporting this great local cause and for giving back to the forest lands so that we can continue to enjoy them in the future!
Maps & T-Shirt sales on race day will also go towards the CCFS and you can meet members of the Forest Society to learn more about this great cause.
SWAG, FOOD & PRIZES!
Once again we have had overwhelming support from our local businesses in the community and there are some amazing draw prizes to be won! Draw prizes include everything from Darkside Chocolates to a night at the Riding Fool Hostel - go to the perseverance website for a complete list of sponsors: www.perseverancetrailrun.com .
Thrifty Foods is once again generously providing all of the post race munchies for our racers! You can look forward to a great spread including hot soup as well as fresh coffee from Darla and Bruce at Mudsharks coffee!
TOP 3 finishers in each category will be awarded ribbons for their efforts and there will be a special prize for the BEST COSTUME!!
Enjoy a post-race massage by donation from new sponsors Cumberland Massage Therapy!
WOAH! It is going to be a great day in Cumberland! Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
MOMAR was my last race of the season and I have been enjoying a couple of weeks of unorganized play...which helps my mind more than my body I think.
Being as competitive as I am, I couldn't pass up a little cross-training competition last weekend, however. So, I dug deep and entered new territory in my first 'Pie Making Contest' at the Cumberland Harvest Fair.
Although I had only made 1 pie before considering this competition I had 2 weeks and an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on my side.
Seems my off season is leading me to even bigger purse prizes than my racing season did this year... Cause I managed to snake 2nd place at the Pie of the Year contest!!! Woot woot!
Friday, October 16, 2009
PLENTY in the next couple of weeks!!
This Saturday (tomorrow) October 17th we are leading a pre-run of the Perseverance 10K Course in Cumberland.
This is a great way for racers to check out the route and prepare for the race course. It will be a scenic tour of the route not a hard run and all paces are welcome! You must pre-register, however, so email me today if you plan on joining us... email@example.com
Super cool banner c/o ABC for the Perseverance Trail Run! Next Sunday, October 25th 11am start!!!
We still need a few volunteers for next weekends race so please let us know if you can help out! It is a great cause - to raise funds for the Cumberland Community Forest - and a great way to give back to the forest:)
We need pre-race registration volunteers for SATURDAY, October 24th for an hour or more between 1 and 5pm.
AND we still need a few course marshalls for race day.
Hope you can join us!
CUMBERLAND HARVEST FAIR: SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH (tomorrow!)
This is a good old fashioned fall fair with all sorts of activities and events taking place in the Village of Cumberland between 10-4pm. Go to The Cumberland site for all of the details or check it out on the ELM Facebook page.
We will have a table set up promoting the Perseverance Trail Run (inside the OAP hall/Museum) and looking to recruit a few more racers for next weekends run.
AND...I will be entering a 'theme' pie into the 'Best Pie of the Year' contest!!
What started as a whim has turned into something of a personal challenge for me...as I had only baked 1 pie in my life until 2 weeks ago! I have been researching on the google...reviewing old classic cookbooks...picking pie bakers brains...and baking up a storm in the process... They haven't all been pretty but I am hoping things come together for the big day...tomorrow!
Please come down and vote for your favorite (aka MY) pie between 12 and 2pm Cumberland Cultural Centre, 1st floor, OAP hall in Cumberland.
Dave the auctioneer will be auctioning off all the pies following the judging...with proceeds going to the Cumberland Community Schools Program.
What better way to spend a stormy fall day?
Cheers and Happy Fall Trails!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Comox Valley was extremely well represented this weekend at the Royal Victoria Marathon and Half Marathon. I was kept busy as a cheerleader for close to 20 familiar faces from the Valley out on the race course. From the Half Marathon speedsters to the first timers I was filled with inspiration around every bend on Sunday morning!
I watched both the half and full marathoners as they passed the 5km mark in front of my sisters house (the best place to cheer!!) and everyone looked great, relaxed and there were even a few smiles!
Lynn, Simone and Korky heading off to the next km marker...
Lisa and Karen just getting warmed up...
Holly looking great at the 5k mark on the Half Marathon!
Here is a video of the pack coming by...very quiet except for the footstrikes...5k into it and everyone is in O2 debt because they started crazy fast under the mask of adrenaline...HA!
The 23k turnaround point for the marathoners was another great spot to see the crew as they came through a water station and looped back to begin their trek home. AGAIN everyone was looking great! All smiles...I mean look at Heather in that pic above! She had WAY too much energy!! Hi 5s, patsontheback and away they went to Dallas Road...
Then it was off to km 37 at the bottom of Clover Point Hill on Dallas Road. I ran over from my sisters place then began a series of hill repeats as I ran with all my buddies towards and up the hill trying to motivate them to find that last 5k somewhere from within...
They were tired. They were sore. They were sweating. They were cramping. They wanted to pull over and just stop. But they didn't.
They pushed up that hill with the strength and determination and the fight of champions. They all ran that hill with great form and great pace and before they knew it they were heading for the finish line...they best part of a marathon! I had such a wonderful time running the final 5k with Korky, Lynn and Simone- watching the view from their eyes...as the volunteers and supporters rallied for them and pushed then onwards...the support from complete strangers was absolutely heart warming...humans at our best.
CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing accomplishment! Now it is time to take it easy and get some much deserved rest and relaxation. Enjoy this downtime and then you will look forward to setting new and exciting goals for the future!
Full Results can be found online::
Have a great week!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I love the harvest season with it's rich colours, bounty of fresh fruit and veggies and plenty of cozy visits with friends and family.
I have a confession to make. I have entered a pie making contest! The Cumberland Harvest Fair is next Saturday 10-4pm and the highlight is the 2nd annual pie making competition.
The bad news is I just started making pies last week (3 already!).
The good news is the first round of judging is ' Peoples Choice'. That means that YOU are invited to PLEASE come down to the fair and vote on my pie! 12pm-2pm vote once only please:) Go to our facebook page for all the details...
Perseverance is 2 weeks away! Be sure to sign up for our course pre-run next Saturday...right before the pie judging...at 9am in Cumberland!
Chop Chop. Off with your hair! And on a random aside I had to get half my hair cut off yesterday and in the process I learned something important from my fantabulous hairdresser at Level 10, Karen, while going for my annual chop yesterday.
NEWS FLASH: You have to get your hair cut more than once per year if you don't want it to die, break and fall out. Really? Every 8-10 weeks actually, she said. WOAH! I am going to try 2-3 times per year and see how that goes. After spending 2 weeks on the beach WITHOUT A HAIRBRUSH last month I had done some serious damage.
GO GO GO! MARATHON MAMAS!
Our first annual marathon clinic is coming to a close with a final celebration run this weekend... The Royal Victoria Marathon!
Best of luck to all ELM and Comox Valley racers in the Full and Half Marathon this weekend! Look for me just around the corner from km 5!!
Deep breath, stick to your plan, enjoy the experience to the fullest and you will have an amazing day!!
See you there!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I am back into the swing of things after the whirwind week post-holiday-back at work and post MOMAR. Here, in random order are a few pics from my week:
Sunday (8am bright and early post MOMAR) Marathon Clinic leader:)
- Wednesday Rat Ride in Cumby:))))
- Thursday Adventure Running - ran the Perserverance 10k route!
- Saturday Run to Cruikshank canyon from Raven Lodge with Liz! 18-20k? Followed by the ELM Plant Swap!
- Sunday- today- Rat Ride in Cumby! They boys are working on a new trail ... we got to check it out and it is going to be a great long ride!! Stay tuned...
Today's Rat Ride crew...random shot...it is hard to take pics while riding so I end up with all of these stopped and very boring shots:) I can't believe how warm it is out there! I gotta get back out there right after this...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
MOMAR is done, the end of my race season has arrived and I am pulling out of the post-race fog, finally.
For about 36 hours following MOMAR I am typically in a mild dehydration, glucose depletion, post-race serotonin deprivation fog. This is not the first time this has happened and I know that I am not alone. By Tuesday morning the fog had lifted and I was sharp and fired up to my usual self once again. But I have experienced what I would call 'post-race depression or blues' following other races in the past.
I am not alone.
Many racers experience a low feeling once they cross the finish line and the adrenaline wears off. Face it, any activity that involves a 'high' always involves a 'low' - be it healthy or unhealthy extracurricular activity.
What goes up must come down and there are many hypothesized reasons for the post race blues.
I believe there is both a chemical & emotional response to the cessation of intense race pace training and exercise. Serotonin levels seem to drop below pre-race levels and nothing but chocolate can make you happy.
Many people feel a sense of 'emptiness' in their lives when their activity level, social training network and weekly schedule suddenly and dramatically changes following a big event or competition.
This is normal and makes complete sense.
So how can we prepare for this and decrease the intensity of the post race blues? Common sense:
1. Set yourself up with a reward following your big event to soften the low. Some people book trips following big races - this is a great time as your training schedule will allow it and you can focus on healing and recovery.
2. Catch up on all the things you couldn't do while you were so busy training! Remember all those Sundays when you wanted to sleep in or go for brunch with your friends but you couldn't because of your training commitment? Remind yourself of all those things and get out and do them!
3. Play. Move your body in a non-structured, fun way. Do whatever you want and try all the things you have wanted to do but didn't have time or energy. No schedule, no plan, no worries!
Finally, here are 2 great quotes from an e-article written by Amy Lemen on the ironman.com website::
Above all, keep things in perspective. It's helpful to take a
step back, appraise how the race went, and move on, especially since many
athletes' identities are often closely tied to their life in training.
You need to find other forms of self-validation. Remember WHY you
started doing the sport to begin with, and have fun with it.
Sometimes we think it's all about a goal, and we forget that there's joy in
This is me at the 'back of the pack' (thanks for the constant reminders on the megaphone Bryan Tasaka) wondering whatthehell I am doing in a Solstice touring boat when I was supposed to be in a low volume Extreme cutting through the water... It almost looks like I am crying...I could have when I realized what a beast of a boat I was in and my lats started cramping on me like vibrating wings on my back...will have to talk to CVK about that one...grrrrrrr... Photo by Tony Austin...
This is the steeeeep spot on Off Broadway where I was stoked to stay on my bike cause Tony was there with his big camera! Races do make us do things we are afraid of... Photo courtesy of Tony Austin:)
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