golden girls

Saturday was the Rum Runners Relay – which is my favourite sporting event of the year.

Robyn put together a great team of 10 strong and speedy girls and in the end… after 10 legs… from Halifax to Lunenburg… the Fundy Dippers won top ALL FEMALE TEAM!img_6464

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But lets rewinds…

> The Fundy Dippers (not Diapers) came about almost a year ago after the 2015 Rum Runners Relay – we had a great mixed team but it was decided to try for an all-female team and see where we’d place.IMG_3577> Team-wear: After a strong showing on the roadways of the Cabot Trail, we decided to go with a long sleeve tee.RumRunners Tee_5 reference.eps> If you can’t run with music, make a team playlist. We blast each runner’s song from the support cars during their leg.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-11-26-am> And what’s a race without signage! Any excuse for cutting, pasting and glitter glue.photo-2016-09-12-9-24-29-pm* * *

We had great day with great performances, tenfold. Here are a few random pics from the day!

> Robyn tackled leg 1, which started at 6:30 am. img_6447 img_6446 img_6449> Cheering / dancing for Erica on leg 2 – who’s a super mama – nursing a 3 month old 5 minutes before her start! 14485025_10101852197204477_8590867637579038469_n 14449761_10101852197174537_4164652168537448840_n img_6452 img_645014469492_10101852164365287_5933439043454846240_n> I missed most of Steph’s leg 3 because I was prepping for leg 4 (i.e. standing in line at a porta potty) but she did awesome! (sorry)

> Not going to lie, I was a little intimidated by the runners at my start14424924_10154513079138582_7918706439114028639_o> My leg ended at Queensland Beach… yes, I went in knee deepimg_6455> Andrea (“I’m not a runner” but finished with a 4:45 average pace) killed leg 514449064_10101852162793437_3170715317584808517_n> Oh holy hill at the start of leg 6. Elissa had no problemimg_6456 img_6457> Kristin finished the very hilly leg 7img_6461> Amy breezed though leg 814481914_10154513104838582_4205791758828086084_o> Amélie crushed leg 9 (injured) 14380071_10154513110358582_1666279205527321213_o> And Sabrina brought us home, smiling!14445021_10154513115803582_3704117670599872582_o

After leg 10, we drove back to Halifax for a celebratory dinner – proud of our accompaniments regardless of our standing because we didn’t know who the other all-female teams were and how they did.

Then the next day, there was this:img_6482And now we’re all like this:giphy

Cheers! img_6483

So that’s that. My goal was five race this summer and they are all done (Bluenose Half Marathon, Cabot Trail Relay, Natal Day 6 Miler, Not Since Moses 10km and the Rum Runners Relay) – now it’s fall – and the only good thing about fall is fall running when the temperatures are perfect. Lets hope for 6 more weeks of wonderful marathon training weather!

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our tenacious team

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And when your team doesn’t get in to the Cabot Trail Relay Race lottery, fake it.

Introducing #team71CTRR16_Team71 TeeLast weekend was the 29th annual Cabot Trail Relay Race. A relay run around the Cabot Trail in beautiful Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. “70” teams. 17 legs. 185 miles. ~24 hrs.

It was supposed to be our team’s third year – and with the CTRR being a live and learn kind of event we were excited to put our veteran experience to use.  However, when we found out we didn’t make it in, we were bummed. Luckily we all found other teams to join and here’s a peak at the weekend.

But first, how to prepare for the CTRR

  1. Training: Run a few races (like the Hypothermic half and Bluenose) and run hills because there are no shortage of hills on the Cabot Trail.
    CTRR16_train1 CTRR16_train2 CTRR16_train3
  2. Uniforms: If you are not really a team, it’s best to look like a team so other will know you are not a team but still are. If that makes sense. I designed team shirts which we had printed by Fresh Prints.
    CTRR16_T-Shirts
    And Robyn & Steph made team buffs (see peacock green below)
    CTRR16_ameliedrum
  3. Signage: Who doesn’t love an opportunity for a good craft & wine night? Plus, roadside signage support is crucial for running events.
    CTRR16_poster
  4. Music: Because you are not allowed to run with music during the CTRR, for the second year, we made a mix of all our Power Songs – which can be heard from the support car as you run by.
    CTRR16_MusicOur team also rented drums and entertained runners with their pop-up drum sessions on the road.
    CTRR16_drum

Back to the weekend…

Amelié and I caught a ride up with Kristin and her family Friday night and because Kristin and I were not running until the early hours of Sunday morning. We spent Saturday in Baddeck – hiking then relaxing on the patio of the B&B.CTRR16_driveCTRR16_hikeCTRR16_k&mThe others set off and conquered the Saturday legs and on Sunday morning, the alarm went off at 2:00 am, and we drove an hour up to Margaree. My leg (14) was 19.81 km at 3:45 am and I must say it was lovely. Although it was dark, I could hear the Atlantic Ocean and spring peepers and then the sun came up as we ran inland. Despite feeling a little pukey, I managed to finish with a 5:03 min/km average pace (1:39:53) but only placed 35 out 0f 70 (sad face emoji) Note: The pace at the CTRR feels a lot faster than an average race and if you don’t keep under a 6:00 minute/km pace, the finish line moves on to the next leg and your time is +5 minutes of the last runner across the mat. Our fellow Miramichi Lucky Charms teammate Hughie ran leg 15, followed by Kristin who ran leg 16 and then we rushed back to Baddeck to cheer in the finishers in at the end of leg 17.CTRR16_kristinCTRR16_finish4

Team 71 – not all present and accounted for. L-R: Duncan, Joe, Erica, Robyn, Mike, Steph, Grahme, Marcel and Jenna (and Liam). Missing: Jon, Josh, Amelié, Kristin, Greg and Me.CTRR16_team CTRR16_LegDescriptionsHappy trails!

More on this year’s CTRR : CTV Atlantic News – ‘It’s just completely different’: Cabot Trail Relay Race wraps up in Baddeck

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psst. I checked three things off my 100 Days Of Summer list including # 20, 62 and 74

how do you like them apples?

Go BIG or go home in the BIG APPLE!

If all goes well for the next 242 days, I will be one of 50,000 running all 5 boroughs of the Big Apple on November 6, 2016 at the New York City Marathon.Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 10.24.43 AM

I’m relieved to say, it was actually Mike who convinced me to register… After the excitement of Chicago, I thought I’d chill-out this year but the NYC marathon has been on my running bucket list so Mike said what’s the harm in trying? (Like Chicago and other big races, it’s a lottery which I tried and failed at three times before so I think he assumed it was not going to happen). Hah! I’m in.

Convo with Mike:
Me: I got in! This will make 2 out of 6 for the World Marathon Majors
M: Awesome, what are the 6?
Me: Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Boston … (Boston you qualify based on time, it’s not a lottery)
M: Well, you can at least try for the first 5…

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No plans have been set in place but I am pretty excited! Marathon five + five boroughs = dreamy.

What about you – have you singed up for anything lately?

psst. Sadly, the NYC marathon lottery closed so I can not invite you to run with me however it is not too late for Chicago. Best.Race.Ever. I found this video yesterday of last year’s race and it gave me goosebumps… I was there!

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100 days of running

I survived the 100 day running streak … barely. Today I fell HARD. At 6km into an 8km run, I slid across the sidewalk like a baseball player diving for home base. Luckily it was 6:15 am and no one in sight. I hobbled over to a stoop, assessed the damage (cut knee and some minor road burn on my palms, shoulder and hip) but I was okay and lightly jogged the 2km home. Not a great way to end a streak but as they say: No pain. No gain.

Way back in November, Runner’s World kicked off a social media campaign encouraging people to try a running streak from Thanksgiving (American) to New Years day – Run at least one mile everyday. #RWRUNSTREAK:

The run streak is designed to keep you running through the holiday season, and to bridge the gap between fall races and training for the spring. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal and a plan. The goal is simple: Run at least one mile per day, every day, starting on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) and ending on New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1). That’s 37 consecutive days of running.giphyMyself and a few friends accepted the challenge and off we went. Actually, we started a few days early to round-up the streak to 40 days instead of 37 because 37 is such an odd number to aim for and we’re not American so it made sense. We did it and then Tim and I just kept going. giphy (1)Here’s what I’ve learnt from my 100 day running streak:

  • It’s a lot easier than you think. 1 mile (or 2 km … which I did because again, 1.67 km seems like an odd goal for us metric-o-holics) can be done even when your day is busy, the weather is terrible, you are feeling like crap or all of the above – it takes less than 15 minutes to complete.
  • There were days I only ran 2 km… I got sick, I was travelling, I needed a rest day… and there were days I dragged Henry along (old dog doesn’t run fast) so my pace was crazy slow but I still did it.
  • It’s a good opportunity to work on hill training or speed-work because it’s only 2 km.
  • It’s addictive.
  • It bumps up your monthly milage in an unexpected way (I have run 549.99 km in 100 days = ~5.5km/day)
  • Sometimes the stress of getting out for a run in harder than the run. Ex: Text from Tim day 96: “My flight was scheduled to get in last night at 9:15, so I thought I would have time to run when I got home. Ended up getting in at 11:00 pm so I had to run a mile, in my jeans, in the rain, in the wind, under surveillance by the airport security, on the top level of the airport parking lot. And strangely, it was one of my most fulfilling runs”
  • It’s a good excuse to catch up on some podcasts.
  • I am a morning person and get up early to take Henry out regardless so it’s not too hard to add at least 2km to the morning routine if it was not a scheduled run day.
  • For fitbit fans, it will help give you your steps.
  • It helped keep me active during my ‘off season’. (ha, that makes me sound like I’m legit). I had a half marathon in January but other than that, I’ve been pretty chill (lazy) with training.
  • It’s not far. Really.

Why doesn’t everyone run a mile a day?

… Although I strongly recommend streaking, I am thinking about ending this streak. Here’s why:

  • I’m an addict. Like I said, it becomes addictive (especially when you have a co-conspirator). If I don’t stop now, I may never.
  • I can be obsessive and competitive about stuff like this (this may not be a shock to some) I wore a hand-me-down fitbit for a week and it did not go well… It was during the peak of marathon training and I constantly tried to out step my ‘friends’ and even got 50,000 steps in one day. I was way too aggressive for a friendly challenge.
  • I’m tired. Maybe it’s winter, maybe it’s the daily 5:30 am wake-ups but it’s starting to get to me.
  • I want to train for another marathon and/or work harder on speed-work and have read and learnt that rest days are as important as training days.
  • I’m thinking I could try a new 100 day streak… like #plankstreak?

What do you think? Would you try a run streak? Have you? How many days count as a streak?

Should I keep going?

I will let you know what I decide. Below, Florida – when Tim and I took the Monkey Taxi with the families instead of running to the restaurant.IMG_2455psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

“opps, sorry”

I swear, that will be the last thing I hear before I die because the odds of getting hit by a car rolling a red stop sign in Halifax get higher each days.

It’s crazy out there kids!

No joke, in the last week (I’ve run every day because I am doing that #RWRunStreak) I’ve been almost hit every.single.day.

Yes, I run in the dark (usually before 6:30 am).
Yes, I wear a reflective vest.

Actually, on Saturday morning around 8:30 am (not dark), I had to skirt around a police car that stopped at a red light halfway inside a crosswalk.

Yes, I wagged my finger and shook my head at her.
Yes, her partner chuckled because he thought I was being funny.

Um, no sir.

I know I am ranting. Sorry.

Sorry is the gesture I see all of the time from these Haligonian drivers. Is it just a #halifaxproblem? I’m curious.

In light of this, here is my All I Want For Christmas (If I Make It To Christmas) Is Reflective Gear wish list:

Reflective

This gear is great for all the folks on your list who venture outside… Halifax has a serious problem.

A. Lululemon Run With Me Gloves *Reflective ($28.00 CAD)
B. Garmin Forerunner 235 ($439.99 CAD)
C. Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew ($68.00 CAD)
D. Nathan Sports* Wrist Runner 2
E. Oakley Commit Iridium Rimless Sunglasses ($150.00)
F. SPIbelt ($21.00 CAD) I have one, great for holding your ID … for when you get hit, they can identify your body
G. Brooks Drift 1/2 Zip ($95.00 CAD)
H. Nathan Sports Bandolier (reflective vest) there are lots of options, this is the one I wear.
I. Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback ($48.00 CAD) I have 3, they’re my FAVOURITE
J. MEC Pelican Mini‑Flasher 2130 LED Flashlight ($13.50 CAD)
K. Like The Wind trucker hat(15.00 Euro)
L. Fuel Belt Helium® Headlamp ($13.50 CAD) I have a headlamp, but if you don’t, it’s worth the investment
M. Brooks Drift Shell Running Jacket ($135.00 CAD)
N. Nike Element Hoody (reflective detailing) ($95.00 CAD)
O. Oiselle Reflective Running Vest ($77.00 US)
P.  MEC Cactus Creek Reflexite Ankle Band ($3.75 CAD)
Q. Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight *Reflective ($148.00 CAD)
R. Oiselle Power Stretch Mittens (reflective) ($32.00 US)
S. Saucony Women’s Kinvara 6 Running Shoes ($130.00 CAD)
T. Lululemon Run Fast Neck Warmer *Lights Out ($68.00 CAD)
U. MEC Rhythm Long Sleeve (reflective tape) ($22.00 CAD – on sale)

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