Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Pain Barrier

It's not very often that I talk about the details of my training, I'm just quiet about the nitty gritty details.

But I wanted to post about today's run and about what I do when it truly starts to suck.

Today was a normal LONG trail run day.  We set out early, quickly got rolling.  Corey really pushed the pace today, and I just fought to keep up!  I kept looking down at my Garmin (which I rarely do) and kept seeing 4:20/km, 4:15/km, 4:10/km...WTF?!?!?  What was I doing... I had to remind myself a few times about what Timmy Olsen once said to me about running within myself.  Great words from a wise man!   I settled into my pace and just kept on rolling.

Today was a tough day for me, not because I wasn't running well.  But because the conditions sucked and I hit a BIG pain barrier.  Everything just started to get sore all at the same time, UGH!  But, for the first time I didn't let it shake me or stop me.  I just kept plugging away and ticking the kms off.  My pace never faltered... When it hurt (oh, it HURT!) I just kept telling myself "keep moving, this will pass"... so I'd keep moving, never stopping, and sure enough, "the suck" passed!   :)


During my run today I though a lot about someone who inspires me!!  Her name is Karin McMillan and she just completed a 10 day race!! (Yup, 10 freaking days!!)  Karin is so strong and so inspiring!  When things got tough today, I thought about Karin and what she just endured... made my little run seem like nothing.
Thanks for being AWESOME Karin!!

New Sponsor!! 7SYSTEMS endurance sports supplement!!

Ok, I'm super excited to announce my newest sponsor!!  7 Systems!!!

For years I have searched for the perfect vitamin supplement combination, and always felt somewhat lost.  7 Systems takes all the guess work out of it, and conveniently packages all the necessary supplements into ONE pouch.  :)

Visit the site to find out full details... but here are some of the ingredients that I LOVE:

I love having a great company like this supporting me!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Orange Mud!!!

Another exciting announcement is that I'm now an Orange Mud Pro Athlete!!

I started using Orange Mud a few months ago and was blown away by how comfortable their packs are to use.  I absolutely HATE handheld bottles, but I also hate heavy packs.  I wanted something minimalist that didn't bounce or annoy the CRAP out of me... Well, Orange Mud was the answer!

The bottle is easily accessible and the pack does not move AT ALL!! Truly genius!!

It's also amazing that the company is owned by runners/athletes who "get it" and who truly care about their athletes!! SHOUT OUT to Josh Sprague and Beth Corasiniti Sprague!

New Sponsorship announcement!!

So one the biggest changes this year is that I have now signed on with... NIKE!!!!

This was a big decision for me, since I had been an Inov8 athlete for so long, and I loved all Inov8 shoes.  However, I did not feel that there was much opportunity for growth, and I never truly felt like I was part of a team.  With Nike I have amazing support and an amazing team! :)   Stacie Carrigan also signed on with Nike Canada and I'm so stoked to have her as one of my teammates, THIS GIRL CAN RUN!!!

To be honest, at first I was skeptical of what Nike could offer to a trail runner.  But soon after my initial talks with them I was sent a pair of Nike Zoom Terra Kiger and I was SOLD!!  These shoes were light as a feather, but felt like I was running on clouds.  NO MORE SORE FEET!! :) And they come in some sweet colours.

I have such an amazing group of sponsors now:
Nike, CW-X compression, Drymax Socks, Orange Mud Hydration, Julbo Eyewear, GU Energy Labs, Hypoxico and Tho'z Barz.  I'm so excited for the year ahead.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Big Changes

So there are some big changes coming up for me!!! Some new sponsors and some very exciting new products!!!

2014 is going to be a crazy year for me, between racing, training and getting married, I hardly think I'll have time to breathe.  Going to be great!

Stay tuned for all the exciting announcements.

Monday, December 16, 2013

What's up next for me

As I reflect back on 2013 I can't help but think how amazing it was.  I truly learned a lot about myself and a lot about my racing abilities.  I got to know some amazing people, who have become a HUGE part in my life.  I received phenomenal support from my close friends (Andrea, Pat, Jay, Liana, Lindsay, and Sylvie), family (mom, dad, Corey, Greg) and coaches (Ray Zahab, Dan Baribeau).

I'm already excited to see what happens in 2014!!  I know that I need to take my training more seriously and really commit myself to every aspect of it.  This year, although others believed in my training, I still felt like something was lacking and that I wasn't reaching my full potential.  Races were full of 'mistakes' or "learning lessons" as my friend Steven Parke called them :) ... So for 2014, I am committed to getting stronger, faster and to becoming an all-around better athlete.  The great news is that I don't have to go it alone!  Corey really wants to step up his game too, and start to make running his priority.  It will be quite the adventure next year, and I can't wait to go full-force into training.  I have had a great little "rest", but I'm done with that, and I just want to train.

I should also mention that I'm somewhat scared of the crazy training my coach is going to give me.  He loves to push me and see where my limits are!  Thanks Ray!!!  You're an absolute inspiration and I'm blessed to have you believing in me.

New Sponsor!! GU Energy Labs!!

A lot of thought and planning goes into nutrition during training and, of course, during races.  I had a really rough year nutrition wise, so I had to really take a long, hard look at what I was doing  and in the end I decided it was time to change up the products I was using.  Just a few months ago I received a TON of samples of GU products (thanks Paulette and Tony of Uber Performance Products), and I decided to give them a whirl! Well, the results were amazing and I was SOLD!  No more upset tummy, and I can actually stomach gels (in fact, I LOVE the GU gels, especially the Roctane ones, YUMMY)... I might just eat a gel for lunch today... I joke, I joke... maybe... hmmmm, maybe I'm actually eating one right now (you wouldn't know, muhahaha).

I just got an amazing shipment of product that includes GU gels (both regular and Roctane), GU Brew, GU Electrolyte tablets (the strawberry lemonade ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF), and some 'delicious for any meal ' Chomps (it will be a challenge to NOT eat these as candy)...