On Enjoying the Little Things

I have no inherent talent for most of the things I do. I am a slow runner, a mediocre mountain biker, my skiing technique is average at the very best and, admittedly being afraid of falling and exposure, I get gripped way too easily. All in all, progressing quickly in any of these sports doesn’t…

Golden Ultra 60K: One Big Hill

I did it again. I stood at the start line of an ultra without having had my cup of morning coffee. It was the second leg of the Golden Ultra, aptly named Sweat. Just shy of 60 kilometres, out and back via the Moonraker trail network, with roughly 2,400 meters worth of steep ascent to…

Black Spur 54K: A First Caffeine-Free Ultra

To do something on a whim. The above expression perfectly describes my rationale, or lack thereof, behind running my first ultra a week and a half ago. Of course I’ve been spending a lot of time out on trails and in the mountains, preparing for the Golden Ultra, happening September 23rd. But, that’s just so…

I am Trailstoked: Fullstoke and the Longest Run of my Life

I know I am strong. That might sound over-confident if it wasn’t for the fact that I got to witness my strength first-hand at the 5 Peaks Trail Running’s Fullstoke race this past weekend. Part of the Trailstoke race trifecta, it is Canada’s only such organized event taking place in a national park – in…

Racing in the Rain: Survival of the Fittest 18K

Rain was tapping tirelessly against the bright orange fly of my tent. I remained motionless in my sleeping bag, listening. Realizing that waiting any longer would only make me be late for the race and would not make it stop, I got up. It was raining, yes. But it didn’t sound like too much of…

First Contact: The Trail Racing World

“You’re running the 50k, right? How big is the big climb ahead?” I asked the woman who was probably the leading female runner of the day’s ultra race as I ran up beside her. We’d just left the first aid station, about 11 kilometers into the race (and 36 for her, as she was doing…