Training while injured: To run or not to run

Part of my impetus to get “back” in shape – what initiated this Keep it Moving Project – was the fact that I was dealing with both illness and injury. I had surgery for an umbilical hernia (my second surgery) in October 2019, and I also have a chronic knee injury (related to running, butContinue reading “Training while injured: To run or not to run”

My training motivation is working: I feel strong!

It is almost three weeks ago that I realized I was once again getting into that rut. Where you know you are getting out of shape. But you feel lethargic and absolutely not motivated to train or do anything about it. Exercising when you don’t feel like exercising Well, one advantage that I have isContinue reading “My training motivation is working: I feel strong!”

Keep it moving – now and forever!

Well, I have been working on ships for most of the time from last August until just a few weeks ago. (Yes, even while I was training for my 47 km Keep it Moving Expedition Run – which I did complete in September! I’ve hardly been home since then, so I am a bit behindContinue reading “Keep it moving – now and forever!”

The legs still work: A steep mountain training hike

Well, I survived my three weeks at sea (including travel time – driving to Nanaimo airport, flying to Haida Gwaii, then working on the ship, then flying and driving back home). Not the most ideal ultramarathon training for my upcoming 47 km expedition trail run. But, amazingly, I seem to be doing OK! I managedContinue reading “The legs still work: A steep mountain training hike”

I don’t feel like going for a run

I don’t feel like going for a run. Well that often happens. Even though in the “bigger picture” you know you want to exercise, sometimes at the actual moment you just don’t actually have the motivation to make yourself get out there and do it. This just happened to me. (And it was not theContinue reading “I don’t feel like going for a run”

You don’t necessarily need to run lots to train for an ultramarathon!

Training for an ultramarathon can be really hard, in many ways. One issue is that it can be difficult to find the time to do the long runs – fitting some four or five hour runs into a schedule that is probably pretty full with other life/work/family obligations. Another issue is that that much runningContinue reading “You don’t necessarily need to run lots to train for an ultramarathon!”

Safety tips for solo wilderness hiking and running

You often hear the advice: Gon’t venture into the wilderness alone, always travel with a buddy. Is it safe to go into the wilderness alone? My first answer is YES, ABSOLUTELY But I will qualify that: you need to be smart, you need to be safe, and you need to carry the appropriate gear. IContinue reading “Safety tips for solo wilderness hiking and running”

Forced to postpone my expedition run (but it’s a good thing!)

I came up with the idea for this solo expedition run only in December. My knee injury seemed manageable, it was a bit over a year since my second hernia surgery, and it felt like I could maybe take up running again. But it’s hard to get motivated when you are out of shape. RunningContinue reading “Forced to postpone my expedition run (but it’s a good thing!)”

Ultramarathon training: the power of back-to-back days

I was super-stoked to do my first long run since becoming less active, a few years ago, due to my knee injury and hernia surgeries. I’m temporarily living in North Vancouver, on a four-month course, but luckily I have been able to continue my off-road running on the trails up nearby Lynn Valley. I didContinue reading “Ultramarathon training: the power of back-to-back days”