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Our plan to celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday!

We’ve kind of let this little blog lag. Life has gotten in the way big time. So today we decided to commit to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday by posting 150 cool, fun, and downright silly thing we get do every day!

Day 1/150

June 1st, and it’s a beautiful morning. We have waited so long for sunshine and blue sky. It’s been such a rainy spring, the river is still running high. It’s so nice to run by the river, the sound of the water over the rocks mixed with the songs of the bird’s make you want to play hooky from work! We love our mornings running the trails. Running the river fits right in there as a cool, fun thing!

It was a good morning to do some Blister Sister planning. We have planned a few fun things to get into this year. It’s going to a good season!

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A Friday Moment

I really enjoy running along the river near where I live. I am fortunate that I can get out there before work. It’s my awe time. It reminds me that there is a whole other world out there that I miss when I don’t get out an go for a run.

The trail was crazy icy under the fluff of snow that was falling so it turned into a death defying toddle but that gave me lots of time to take photos and just listen to the river.

Just take a moment and listen to the river…

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Winter morning run

Hard to believe it’s the middle of January already! Winter is here and the trails are great even after a few thaws.

The Blister Sister

The Blister Sister

We ventured on to the trails at Ravenshoe this morning and had a great time. The fat bikes have been out so the trails were smooth and it was cold enough that the snow was set and we didn’t do any damage running on them . It was a little icy in patches but our screw shoes kept us upright! We always have a laugh at Ravenshoe, you never know what your going to find in that little wood lot!

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Morning run

So nice that the late spring weather has been perfect this year. Here are a few shots from our morning run. 😊

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It’s Maple Syrup Time

Winter is passing and cold nights and bright sunny days can only mean it’s Maple Syrup time!  On our run this morning we came across trees tapped along the back road.

There are a number of types of maples that can be tapped and apparently these old beautiful trees are just right.

 

The Blister Sister and some sticky fun!

I had the opportunity to help make maple syrup with a dear friend who tapped the trees on her beautiful property. I always thought it would be a big involved production to make syrup but it wasn’t. She just boiled it down on her barbeque. It was just as simple as the syrup is. Pure Canadian sweetness.

I checked out the web to find out more about maple syrup’s history and production. If you have a minute check it out here. Maple Syrup

The sap is running and trees are tapped!

 

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Winter run

It’s been a rare day this winter when we have had an opportunity to run with snow on the ground. It’s been such a mild   winter so far. Who know what the rest of February and March have in store. What ever happens we will remember that today was a beautiful day for a morning run.

wonder run, we saw a herd of deer dancing in a field and this beautiful hawk.

 

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#runtheyear

Usually we lay low during December and into January but then this little motivational gem came along. Run 2016 miles in 2016. http://www.runtheyear.com . We’re in! That’s 3244.44 kilometres in 2016!

We’ve made our first milestone so to speak, we clicked off 200 miles in January, that’s 321 kilometres! The Blister Sisters are off and running!

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January Robins

A frosty morning run in January and what did we see? A tree full of robins! It’s been an easy winter, but we still can’t wait for spring!

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Oh! Happy Days! Spring Training

It is so wonderful to get back in the trails. They are drying up nicely.

Running the mountain bike trails at Ravenshoe.

Running the mountain bike trails at Ravenshoe.

We are determined this year to be in good shape for the season so we are incorporating a little body weight training into our runs. Strong legs and gluts are important to running but we don’t want to discount upper body strength that will make our running more efficient. A strong upper body will power us through tough workouts and races while helping us maintain good form as we train to boost our endurance. Sounds like a plan, right?

You can read more about upper body strength and see some easy exercises on the Women’s Running website.

 

In the next week we are off to Storm the Trent! We really need to get on our bikes now!

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The Blister Sisters and the Band Aid at Raid the Rib!

We have been waiting three and a half long, cold months for our first event. It was worth the running in the brain numbing cold to be ready for it.

Yesterday the Blister Sisters and the Band Aid ran the Raid the Rib Adventure Race. To do this event we needed a team of three so we enlisted our good friend Jean to be our “Band Aid”. Jean runs like a gazelle over the trails but this is the second time she has joined our team so we must be doing ok to keep up with her. We had so much fun, we just laugh the entire time.

Blister Sisters and the Band Aid

Blister Sisters and the Band Aid

 

The event was held at Rock Ridge Ranch on the escarpment near Milton Ontario. This location was great, the escarpment terrain offers a lot of navigational challenges from rocky ground to cliffs and creeks, nothing about is it flat and rolling. Besides the spring thaw with mud and flooding, at the ranch location, you are also dealing with horse trails that twist and double back so there wasn’t an easy route to any control.

The Don’t Get Lost organization hosts great events always with little twists thrown in to even out the field. The Rib Raid was a scramble so every team could plan their own route. There was no set course, which is just what we like, if we couldn’t find something we could just move on. This time it was mandatory to head back to the start midway through the race and each member of the team had to do an individual navigation challenge.

The morning started out on time for us, but Jean was a little late arriving at the Ranch. She was driving in from another direction than us. She got behind a Don’t Get Lost car and decided it would be easy just to follow it to the Ranch. Unfortunately it didn’t come directly to the ranch, so she was just a little lost (Get it – Don’t Get Lost! LOL) and little late arriving.

This left us a little less time to come up with our plan of attack, but we managed to pull it together and we felt we were good to go at least for an hour or so. This was a 4 hour event so we were going to have to plan on the run as well.

All was good until the start when the entire field took off running in the opposite direction than we wanted to go! We sort of stood there dumb struck and then trotted off to follow them, having no idea where we were going. Then our brains kicked in and we hauled butt in the opposite direction to find our first control. Now we were in charge of our plan again. The first and second controls were right were we thought they should be. We over shot our third control and got a little turned around. I even had to pull out the compass to see which way was north, I hardly ever do that. (We really need to take a navigation course). After some bush whacking, we ended up on a double track trail not really knowing where we were on the map, but three heads together, we took a good guess and we were right. We found more controls before heading back for the individual challenge.

found one

Oh Yea! Found one!

 

Now it was supposed to be 10 degrees C with some sun, but in reality it was windy and cold, I froze waiting at the individual challenge, luckily none of us took too long to find our controls and off we went with an hour to go to finish the race.

Now we were in those twisty horse trails I mention. They just seem to go in circles and they looked the same. The land is treed and rocky with a few outcrops and bogs. Tough going, we eventually, after a spectacular fall by Glenis, decided we had better figure out how to find our way back to the finish.

Needless to say we didn’t win, but we didn’t set out to win, just to have a great time together. We would defiantly recommend this event and any of the Don’t Get lost events to anyone interested in trail running with a twist of navigation thrown in.

After a nice barbeque (we even stayed for the awards) we gave Jean a hug and set November 8th, Raid the Hammer, for our next team adventure.

The sisters now have a month to figure out how to mountain bike again before our next race at Storm the Trent! I guess we better get our bikes out now! Oh yea and that canoe!

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