Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


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Summer Hours

Why is it when you’re having fun time goes by way too fast?  That seems to be how things have been rolling for me.   I’ve also been burning up any spare time preparing for some races.

bear poo

Random photo of very large bear poo on the trail

I did a near Olympic distance triathlon (the swim is only 1000m not 1500m) a few Sunday’s ago and managed a 2:29:59.  My secret goal was to complete it under 2:30. Talk about squeaking in hey?!  I had no clue at any point what my times were so that was a really nice surprise.

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Kobi sporting my triathlon swag

I have two more races this summer:  a trail half marathon in Whitehorse and then a 20km mountain run in Tumbler Ridge 6 days later.  Both are very challenging elevation wise.  I really wanted to do the Whitehorse run and I just couldn’t miss Tumbler (it’s my favorite).  I just hope I don’t get too wrecked from the Whitehorse race.

I have also been up to my new favorite thing next to running – paddleboarding.  I love it.  I suck at it and my technique is probably all wrong, but I don’t care I’m having so much fun.  The awesomest part is that I really really wanted Kobi to board with me and would you believe she had it down in 20 minutes!?  I was stoked.  She is a SUP superstar.  She should have her own reality TV show!

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Me and Kobi boarding

Those of you who run with your dog know how awesome it feels, but I have to say that paddleboarding with your canine is rad.  Just watching her take in the scenery while we’re on the water is so amazing.  I do get a little worried when she sees ducks or snaps at horse flies, but so far so good.  She even digs her PFD.

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Kobi demonstrating safe boarding techniques in her PFD

Do you SUP?  Would you want to SUP with your dog?  Ever done two races in one week or am I the only person out there who can’t race plan very well?  What’s the biggest (native) wildlife poop you’ve ever seen out running?

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Saving the World and Second Dates

sun reflecting on a lake

The late afternoon sun

Have you ever had one of those moments when things become so clear that everything makes sense?  When all of a sudden you realize you can solve all of the world’s problems?

I had one of those moments today on my morning run.  I’ve had similar epiphanies during other runs, answers to all the hard questions, only to forget all the answers 2 minutes after my run.  Not today.  The answer is so simple too.  If everyone ran, everyone would feel so good they wouldn’t want fight anymore and we would achieve world peace everyone would be happy and eat healthy.

Of course there are significant flaws with this simple solution to the world’s problems.  But let’s just pretend it could be that easy.  Wouldn’t that be cool?

The weather has been so amazing in this province this past while that I think most everyone in British Columbia is euphoric.  BC is the best place on earth (sorry G, Britain is nice too , but what you lack there is made up for with cool accents, Top Gear and James Bond).

To add to my euphoric state I had a second date with my new “girlfriend” Nalu (the kayak/SUP for those of you unfamiliar with her).  We went out twice today, but I’ll count it as one date as it was all on the same day.  I’m completely exhausted, but sad that I have to leave her tomorrow.  I’ll be back to get her next spring.

I have to admit, I miss Kobi and will be happy to have her back as my running companion and adventure seeker.


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On a Whim

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The maiden voyage of Nalu

I’m on a break from the north and I’m in close proximity to the most beautiful lake ever.  I decided to pack very light (I have no idea why) and left my wetsuit at home so I haven’t been able to swim as the lake is a bit chilly.

I have been intrigued by stand-up paddleboards (SUP) for a while and splurged and bought a kayak/SUP.

I have a new boyfriend now.  His name is Nalu, meaning wave in Hawaiian.  Correction, I was just told that any water vessel must be a female, so I mean I have a new girlfriend now, her name is Nalu.

I am officially in love with “her”.  I didn’t bother watching any “how to” videos first as often the best lessons (and stories) are those that we just jump into.  I didn’t fall off – yet.  That would’ve been cold but would’ve made for a good story.  I did the stand up version and then the sit-down kayak version.  I love both, I think I need to learn some paddling technique though as I’ve never really paddled before.

I haven’t run in a few days as I managed to injure myself on the plane ride down here.  Yup, only I could injure myself sitting on a plane.  I actually don’t know if it was the plane, the new yoga move (astavakrasana) I attempted a few days ago (that’s a story all by itself), or the fast tempo run (running in fear of Hugo the bear).  Maybe it was a combination of all three.  For whatever reason, as soon as I got off the plane I felt the worst pain in my hip.  I have to admit, injuries that prevent me from running are my worst fear.

I am keen to spend more time with Nalu (as we’re in the early stages of our new relationship), but I will also run tomorrow as my hip feels pretty good.  I hear there is a bear hanging around and there are even cougars (the feline kind) in these parts so I will likely and unfortunately avoid the trails.  I’m off to watch some YouTube videos on paddling now…