Category: Race Calendar 2011

Creemore Vertical

Mal: “We’re not gonna die. We can’t die, Bendis.

You know why? Because we are so…very…pretty

We are just too pretty for God to let us die.”

 

Creemore Vertical is going to be my first race of the summer. And zero preparation! 25 km at the pace of a snail is going to be super exciting if the weather predictions hold up: rain, rain, rain. In the hope of avoiding last year’s fiasco with the last minute dash to get gear ready I am going to leave the office at a decent time today (hey it is Canada Day!) and get all my gear ready and make sure I don’t forget all the items I forgot last year. And this year: we are getting to Creemore via motorcycle. I am not really sure this is a great idea, because of the rain partially but also because the last thing I really want to be doing at the end of my race is change into my motorcycle gear just to get back home! But for now, let’s focus on the gear list that I will need to get ready and carry to the race (in addition to the obvious running pants and top!):

  • mosquito repellent (last year I got eaten alive and I was the only one the mosquitos found to be tasty!)
  • baseball cap
  • water bottle
  • eload
  • double layer socks (2 sets, can’t remember if there is a river crossing on this race)
  • podcasts – I have been thinking about that and I will do without.
  • snacks: mini cliff bar, jelly beans, gu

This time around I will actually have a breakfast: chia + yogurt and perhaps even a bagel with cream cheese!

We got: a water bottle, repellent, Glide, Hydrogel, endurolytes (apparently it is going to be 30C in the shade tomorrow!), sunscreen, clif bars, eload, gums and candy.

 

2011 Race schedule update

I have been looking at trail races happening across Ontario and there isn’t much in the winter time – unless you want to use snowshoes! So I added my first California trail race for 2011: The Chabot Trail Run. I will stick to a 30 km race that weekend. Now it is just a matter of weeks before all the races start! Yay! Still need a March and a June race…

2011 Races

- Chabot Trail Run: 30 KM – Sunday February 20, 2011

- Seaton Trail: 26 KM – Saturday April 16, 2011

- Sulphur Springs: 50 KM – Saturday May 28, 2010

- Creemore Vertical Challenge: 25 KM – Saturday July 2, 2011

- The Limberlost Challenge: 28 km – Saturday July 16, 2011

- Iroquoia Trail Test: 32 Km – Saturday August 20, 2011

- Haliburton Forest: 50 KM – Saturday September 10, 2011 – or 50 miles if training goes well!

- Vulture Bait: 25 km – Saturday October 15, 2011

2011: the running year! or my 1st 50 mile race?

yes, I can!

I have been dreaming of a 50 mile race for years now and I think it is high time that I just got out there and completed a 50 mile race. What do you say? In 2010, I completed a combination of 50 KM and 25 KM races. I had a lot of fun.  I am looking forward to more running this year with perhaps a bit more training. I am the slowest runner in the world and it would be awesome I am sure to finish my races without utter and complete exhaustion. So I am going to approach things differently this year and actually train. Yes, train, like in actually exercise and maintain a decent weekly mileage. I have no clue how I am actually going to make sure I get the exercise I need, and no idea how to make sure that I leave my desk daily for this exercising thing. I will figure things as I go along, but one thing is for sure: I will schedule exercise time and simply stick to it. Come rain or shine. As Tara is my witness!

My favourite races in 2010 where of course the Haliburton Forest, Creemore and Sulphur Springs trail races. If all goes well in training, my Haliburton Forest sign up will be for the 50 mile race in September 2011.

2011 Races

- Seaton Trail: 26 KM – Saturday April 16, 2011

- Sulphur Springs: 50 KM – Saturday May 28, 2010

- Creemore Vertical Challenge: 25 KM – Saturday July 2, 2011

- The Limberlost Challenge: 28 km – Saturday July 16, 2011

- Iroquoia Trail Test: 32 Km – Saturday August 20, 2011

- Haliburton Forest: 50 KM – Saturday September 10, 2011 – or 50 miles if training goes well!

- Vulture Bait: 25 km – Saturday October 15, 2011

I can’t wait until April for a trail race, so I am looking at a January and February trail race in California or somewhere warm. What’s your race schedule?