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!”

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”

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”

The training plan versus the training goal

I have been contemplating this “goal” I have – to run the Juan de Fuca Trail in a day, hopefully in May. I put the word “goal” in quotation marks, because I have been thinking about the (many) differences between the goals and the training plans of an elite athlete versus those of someone likeContinue reading “The training plan versus the training goal”

My backyard training ground: the Alberni Inlet Trail

Well this training run, on the Alberni Inlet Trail, was filmed two months ago – on January 11. Sometimes life gets in the way… my next post will talk about what happens when things don’t exactly go to plan, and why it took me two months to get this video together! One of the goalsContinue reading “My backyard training ground: the Alberni Inlet Trail”

Super excited to partner with Salomon Vancouver – again!

I’ve been a fan of Salomon outdoor gear almost since I started running ultramarathons. The one particular piece of equipment that really turned me on to Salomon running gear was the appearance of their Speedcross line of shoes. Here on Vancouver Island terrain is mostly steep: it can be loose (if it’s been dry out)Continue reading “Super excited to partner with Salomon Vancouver – again!”

Big goals, small goals, SMART goals.

Setting big goals is a great way of motivating yourself. But you need to think about scale and do-ability: you don’t want to set goals that are too big. If your goals are so grand and huge that there is little possibility of ever achieving them, you risk setting yourself up for failure. Small goalsContinue reading “Big goals, small goals, SMART goals.”

Why “Keep it Moving”?

As a (former?) endurance runner, I know how important it is to keep moving. When running an ultramarathon, it’s risky to take any sort of break. Stopping for more than a few minutes may well prove fatal to your goal. If you want to make it to the end, you have to “keep it moving.”Continue reading “Why “Keep it Moving”?”