Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Upcoming races

Here are the races that I have planned for next year (still waiting to decide on a few others):

1.  Around the Bay - March 24th (30k)
2.  Sulphur Springs - May 25th (100 miles)
3.  Sinister 7 - July 6th (148km)
4.  Haliburton - Sept 7th (100 miles)

Gonna be a BIG year!!  And my training kicks into high gear starting January 1st!!  Thank goodness I will have my amazing boyfriend Corey right by my side (thanks babe).  Also a big thanks to my training crew (Andrea, Jay and Gary).

Miles are going to ramp-up and more elevation training in the Adirondacks with Corey; should make for a fun and CHALLENGING winter/spring training season.














A big thank you in advance to my sponsors:


   

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thrilled to announce...

I'm thrilled to announce my newest sponsor: CW-X conditioning wear! http://cw-x.com/default.aspx



















For those of you who haven't heard of CW-X, they make the ABSOLUTE BEST compression wear on the market!  I have worn their tights and shorts in all of my races, and I've been very please with their fit and performance.  I also use the compression tights after races for recovery!!



I feel honoured to be part of such an amazing team of sponsored athletes :)  Better take my training to the next level now!


Monday, December 10, 2012

New Sponsor!!

I'm super excited to announce that I am now sponsored by Hammer Nutrition!! 



I have been using their products for the past 4 years, so I couldn't be happier about this!!  I always use Perpetuem and Sustained Energy during my races and I love their whole line of products.  Hammer is the only fuel I have found that works for me during longer training runs/races.  :)


Looks like 2013 is going to be a great race year!!!

Also a big thanks to my other sponsor:


Corey's 1st CrossFit competition!!

Some days I'm the athlete and some days I'm the coach (aka: the nervous girlfriend). 

This past weekend my amazing boyfriend competed in his 1st CrossFit competition: CrossFit Brockville's WOD4TOYS.

The day started out great with a combination WOD "Jump Isabel jump" (Isabel + pullups).  The WOD was:

7minute cap
30 snatches for time (95lbs)
*if you take more than 10 seconds to complete the reps, or let go of the bar you must do 10 tuck jumps
THEN max pullups for the remaining time of the 7 mins... each pullup = 1 second and would then be deducted from the time of the 30 snatches.

Corey did the WOD is 1:27, then got 95 pullups!  That put him into 1st place!!

Then came WOD #2:
"Di-Annie"
12 minute cap

10 decline pushups
10 deadlifts
50 double unders
50 situps

10 decline pushups
10 deadlifts
40 double unders
40 situps

10 decline pushups
10 deadlifts
30 double unders
30 situps

10 decline pushups
10 deadlifts
20 double unders
20 situps

10 decline pushups
10 deadlifts
10 double unders
10 situps

*Corey finished in 1st place AGAIN!!

WOD#3: Eliza-Grace
 12 min cap

21-15-9 reps
Squat clean and split jerk (95lbs)
Ring Dip

*Corey finished 3rd on this WOD!!

**At the point Corey was 5 points ahead going into the FINAL!!  This meant that he could come DEAD LAST in the last WOD and still win :) BUT WOULD THAT SLOW HIM DOWN!?!? NOPE!


The last WOD was created by the kids class at CrossFit Brockville.  It was a combo of front squats, lateral boxjumps, bear crawls, duck walk and KB swings.

Corey was rocking the WOD when all of a sudden his quads completely seized up!! He screamed in pain a few times, but kept pushing through.  (NOTE: FRONT SQUATS ARE COREY'S MORTAL ENEMY)

He finished the WOD in 3rd, and WON THE COMPETITION!!! :) YAAAAAAY!!

Needless to say Corey was DONE at the end of the day!!

 
I'm so proud of him!!! It was fun to sit on the sidelines for once, and get to cheer him on (cheer... yell).  It was amazing to see him push himself that hard and to not give up when his body wanted to.  Corey has completely changed his life in the past year and I couldn't be happier to be part of his life.  We love and support each other in everything that we do, and it's amazing to share our passions for running and for CrossFit.

I love you babe





Saturday, September 22, 2012

Love and Running (or running with the man I love)

As many of you know the love of my life (Corey Paquette) started running this year and recently completed his first 100 mile race!!  I have no words to express how proud I am of him, for everything he has accomplished.

It is absolutely amazing to share my passion for trails and ultra running with him!!  The countless hours we spend training for our races are so much more enjoyable, because we have each other.  Don't get me wrong, there are times when we get frustrated with each other, and I'm sure there are times when Corey wants to kill me, but in the end we are happy to have each other out on the trail and we MAKE EACH OTHER BETTER RUNNERS! We push one another, and really strive to be our best TOGETHER!

Our plan for the next few years is to race together!!  Our training and races will be intense, but we know we can get through it all together!! 


Next year

So Corey and I have been thinking a lot about our race plan for next year, and as of now we have decided on the following:

1. Around the Bay - 30k(March 2013)
2. Bear Mountain 50 mile (May 2013)
3. Sulphur Springs 100 (May 2013)
4. Sinister 7 - 148k(July 2013)
5. Haliburton 100 mile (August 2013)
6. Hamilton Marathon (Nov 2013)

Nothing is set in stone yet, but this is the preliminary plan :)  I'm excited already!!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Haliburton 100 Race Report

Result: 1st place! WOOOOHOOO!

Where to start... This was one of the hardest races of my life!! Not because of the distance, but because of the conditions that we had to endure.

The Course:

Haliburton 100 is a twice out and back course:

The course is extremely challenging in PERFECT weather conditions, with lots of elevation changes, and difficult technical terrain.











Friday September 7th, 2012

Corey and I arrived in the forest at approximately 2:00pm, giving us plenty of time to get set up and settled in.  The sun was blazing and the conditions were perfect!!  I was nervous, but excited to get thing going.  This was going to be Corey's first 100 miler and my first 100 miler in Ontario!  Our plan was simple: to run the entire course together and just keep each other moving!!

We picked up our race kits and got our tent set up, then headed out to show the aid stations to my parents, who were our official CREW for the race.  My dad, who just turned 70, and my mom run a crew like a NASCAR pit!  It's actually unbelievable!   (but that's probably a blog post itself)...  Just as we hit the last aid station, it started to drizzle slightly, so we quickly headed back to camp to get my parents tent set up.  Just as we arrived it started to pour CATS AND DOGS!!  Absolute torrential rain! UGH!

"Don't worry" I told myself, "this rain can't last".  (boy was I wrong)

Corey and I headed over to the cookhouse for our pre-race meal and race meeting.  Now, I normally don't attend the pre-race pasta meals, as the nervous energy in the room makes me even more anxious.  This time I was a little better, as I ignored any talk about race strategies etc.

Immediately after dinner Corey and I went to bed, we wanted to get a full 8 hours of sleep.  Unfortunately, there was so much noise in the campsites we were lucky to get more than a few hours!

It poured all night long and our tent became somewhat like a pool by 2am! FUN!

RACE DAY

We woke up at 4:15am to pouring rain, lightening and thunder!  We ate a light breakfast of Stoked Oats (Mmmmmmm) and had some coffee.  At about 5:30am our teammate and training partner Jay Richardson (who was running his 1st 50 miler) and his wonderful girlfriend Andrea Scheer-Hennings came over to our site.  We slowly made our way over to the startline. At this point I was more excited than anything, my nerves had almost completely disappeared :)

The lovely race director (Helen Malmberg) counted down from 10, and we were off!!  We started down the first stretch of road, being sure not to take off too quickly.  I was feeling great, legs were really 'there' today.  We entered into the first section of trail, the 'Normac Trail'.  The rain was absolutely insane at this point and I could barely see where I was going!  The trail was a complete mess, nothing but mud, mud and some more MUD!!  It was horrible, but I was completely in the zone and nothing could stop me from moving forward.
I could tell by the way that Corey was running that he was in the zone too!!  He was so fast and smooth, every step seemed effortless.

We entered into the next section of trails and continued to move smoothly and effortlessly.  At times Corey and I would reflect on just how much we love the trails and love being out there together.  It was truly amazing!  Our pace was steady, holding back slightly to ensure we would finish strong.

THE RAIN WOULD NOT STOP!!  The trails began to disintegrate into complete mush!  There was nowhere 'good' to step anymore, there was no point in tying to keep our feet dry.

At about the 35k mark Jay told us to go ahead, as he needed to slow down a bit.  He had held on so strong and run amazingly up to that point.  REALLY IMPRESSIVE.

 To be honest, I don't remember much from 40km to 80km!!  I know it was tough, I know the trails were a mess, but I can't remember specifics.  All I remember are my parents and Corey's parents at each aid station cheering us on and pushing us to keep moving.  I also remember Corey telling me to "dig deep" and that I "was doing great".

We hit the 50mile mark in 10:30 and headed back out, at this point we knew we were going to finish!  Afterall, the last 50 miles are run with the heart, not with the legs ;)

Now I must say that Corey and I both suffered tremendously over the next 50 miles.  EVERYTHING hurt, yet somehow we were able to keep moving forward.  We pushed each other the entire way and wouldn't let each other quit!

The uphills had turned into mudslides and it was nearly impossible to gain traction.  I almost broke a few times!  I just didn't feel like I was getting anywhere, it was extremely frustrating.  But Corey just kept pushing me along, believing in me every step of the way.

As we were about to enter into the last 10km stretch of trail, I glanced behind me and saw what I believed to be another female runner!!  I had been in the lead for the entire race, and start to think "was I going to lose this in the last 10k?!?!"  Doubt started to set in and I truly thought I might lose the lead...  So what did we do?  WE RAN!! FASTER THEN WE HAD THE ENTIRE DAY!  We ran the entire last 12km (10km on the loop, then 2km back to the finish), including all the uphills!  I almost gave into my doubt a few times on the trail, but Corey wouldn't let me quit.  He kept pushing me.  Once we got back on the road, I knew that I had opened up my lead considerably.  At one point Corey turned to me and said "this isn't running, this is sprinting!!".  But I was a woman on a mission, I wasn't going to give up without a fight!  I really wanted this win, more than anything. As we turned the corner back onto the main road, we were flying!!  Running with every ounce of energy we could muster. We crossed the finish line together, side-by-side.

A huge smile came over my face as I was told "1st place woman"!!!  :) Yippie!!!

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After we finished Corey informed me that it was not a woman that I saw coming up behind me before we entered the last Normac Loop, it was a male racer!!  I was over 1.5 hours ahead of the 2nd place woman!  He just knew that I would push myself harder if I thought I had to fight for the win!  (ARGH!!!)  Well, it WORKED!  (tricky tricky)

I learned a lot about myself during this race (a lot that I probably should've already known). I'm a hell of a lot tougher then I give myself credit for.  I can push, even when I feel like I have nothing left AND I am a talented runner (something I often doubt).

Corey finished his first ever 100 miler in 7th place!!  He just started running in February of this year, SIMPLY AMAZING!  He helped me realize how strong I am and what I am capable of.  He also told me he wouldn't put up with me doubting myself anymore! LOL!

AND, I WILL BE A HAPPY GIRL IF I NEVER SEE MUD AGAIN!!!!

HUGE THANKS TO:

My mom and dad
Corey's mom and dad
Andrea Scheer-Hennings
Jay Richardson
Helen Malmberg
Don Kuzenko
Gary Black

**My sponsor: Inov-8

and all of the wonderful volunteers!!