Yay! We are back racing! Well that’s is debatable, racing that is, but the Sisters ran the Iroquois Trail Test today! Beautiful day, challenging course, lots of heart pumping fun. we even had an awesome guest with us, Cecilia! The three of us rock the course, and yes there were tons of rocks, and hills and more rocks, a true Test! Yay for us!
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It is so wonderful to get back in the trails. They are drying up nicely.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Sometimes you have to be picky. As we gear up for another great year we are being thoughtful deciding which events we want to enter.
There are so many events available to enter now that we have to be a little picky. There are a number of things we consider.
Location – can we drive there in a few hours and return home the same day or do we need to stay overnight? Not that we don’t like staying overnight but for some events, spending hours in a car makes them a little less appealing.
Expense – there is another consideration. Event prices are going up every year. You would be hard press to find an adventure race or ultra; or even a marathon or half at the $50.00 range any more. The expense of running any type of events requires the organizers to charge a higher entry fee.
Then there is the sure number of events. We could do an event just about every weekend. We have to consider the type of event we enter and the time it will take us to recover from the event. We just aren’t as young as we used to be. After all bruises, scrapes and stitches take time to heal! Back to back events are tough to pull off.
That been said, we are having fun reviewing our favorite race websites, investigation new ones and marking on our calendar when every event takes place.
We are excited that we are planning to navigate through Raid the Rib Adventure Run in April. We have in listed our friend Jean to be the “bandage” to the Blister Sisters and the Bandage. In May we’ll be storming along running, riding and paddling in Storm the Trent – Ontario’s best adventure race.
Now we just have to plan the rest of May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December to complete a great year!
Happy New Year! Today was the last run of 2014. We reminisced over the past year and talked about the plans for next. Boy do we have great plans for 2015!
We wish you all health and happiness in the New Year! Stay tuned for our 2015 adventures!
A big thanks to Helen Malmberg and her crew for putting on another terrific race and to the Haliburton Forest Center for hosting it in their beautiful forest.
There are a few lessons to learn running this type of race.
- It is an emotional experience, you might cry.
- You will have a lot of time to think about things. Be grateful.
- Your feet will take a beating.
- Recovery is a bitch.
We took our time on this race and did a little videography. Have a look at our movie of the race to see the beauty of this run.
Highlights of the run were:
- The huge rain and electrical storm Friday night.
- The forest.
- Sleeping in the van in the rain.
- The dark morning rain.
- The beautiful single track trail.
- The aid stations.
- The 50k turn around.
- Did I mention the forest?
- The amazing runners that passed us. They were just awesome.
- The gnomes.
- The cheering at the finish line.
#100happydays Day 84 Run for the Trails!
We are always happy when we have a local event to promote. Run for the Trails is a local event that will be held on September 14th, 2014 at Scanlon Creek just outside of Bradford, Ontario. Put on by the Friends of Scanlon Creek, this race will showcase all the work the group has been doing the last few years to make Scanlon an excellent place to run. Proceeds of the Run For The Trails will support of the revitalization of the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area.
The run, as you might have guess, is all on trails. Scanlon offers wide swooping double tracks, some challenging single track trails as well as lots of great hills with a little bit of woodwork thrown in for fun. The day includes challenging 7 Km trail run/walk and a fun 1 Km trail run/walk for a maximum of 150 enthusiasts.
#100happydays Day 52 Planning our next race – The North Face Endurance Challenge
We are making plans for our next ½ marathon. The North Face Endurance Challenge is next Saturday and Sunday at Blue Mountain. This two day event features an 80k, full marathon and marathon relay on Saturday and a ½ marathon, 10k, 5k and kids race on Sunday.
We are planning on running the ½ marathon. It should be fun. After reviewing the course it looks like we run up the mountain on single track trails, do a little road running and then back on the trails along the top of the ski hills winding back down the hill to the finish. There is a 1700 foot difference in elevation so it should be a lung burner and a lot of fun. A lot of the course will be familiar to us because is includes areas we ran through on the Snowshoe raid last year.
After the race, The North Face is hosting the Ontario finish line festival in Blue Mountain village with includes a meet and greet with Dean Karnazes. The North Face Global Athlete Team Member, Dean Karnazes, the ultramarathon man, will be answering questions, taking photos and signing autographs. Although Glenis and I will never be in his league, it’s always nice to rub shoulders with the elite!
#100happydays Day 23 A little yoga in the morning. We ran the trails this morning and stopped in the beautiful morning sun for a little yoga stretching. Then it was off to a fun Satuday at the Mclaren Open! Thanks for the photo, Phil. See more of his photos here.
#100happydays Day 19 The Morning Plan. I love Glenis’s plan when we are running in the morning!
Usually they look like pajamas!