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Race Recap – Troubled Monk 10km

This is our second year doing this race and the second annual Troubled Monk run. I might be bias but this is hands down one great event and race.

100% of your registration is a tax receipt – so right there, how can you not sign up? Then you get beer at the finish – FREE beer (or craft soda) from the best local brewery. This year runners also got salads and a hot dog at the end. Oh and part of the race package was a beer glass and coaster!

There are three distances, 5km, 10km and the half marathon which was new this year with 36 runners, overall I think there was 350. And they had a free 1.5km kids race!

This race starts right at the Troubled Monk brewery and takes you through some of the beautiful trails in our city. Our trails are not an easy run though – the hills – OY! There are four hills, two smaller, two bigger ones. But then ends after a downhill 🙂

Going into the race we only wanted to come in under 55 minutes since we had the double Chariot. I joked I might run alone and ditch Chad and he said I could but that would not have been near as fun or felt as accomplished!

At the start line:

Kegs at the start line – of course!


We made a mistake of being nice and going to the back at the start since we had the stroller but then spent the first 1.5km trying to pass people on the narrow trails which is frustrating at times, especially when people have music on and cannot hear you.

Like most runs our game plan is pretty simple, Chad takes the stroller and when he needs a break I take it except hills – that is all him (yeah, he is amazing!) then I take it after the hills so he gets a break. It is a team effort 🙂

The race flew by, even on the long hill we managed to truck up it without stopping except for one water break – I forgot my handheld bottle!

And even more amazing?! The first 5km the girls chatted away and loved seeing all the runners then around 6km they both passed out:

The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot with a little wind. We kept a good pace of 5.15 mins/km except for that first 1.5km and the hills and finished in 53:06! Not too bad at all and a time we were really happy with.

Afterwards, we stuck around, got our food and drinks while the girls napped a tad longer. Thanks to Becky for taking this family photo!

We decided to put Avery into the free 1.5km kids race since she can run that far. But like a lot of things with 3 year olds that did not go as planned. She lined up all excited, told me I could not run with her and was happy. Then she got pushed back a bit so she was not at the front and was mad about that when they said go! I am sure we can all guess what happened next! The kids took off and she started to cry that she was now left behind. But she was crying TO run so off we went and ran maybe 400m before coming back (still whining and crying) and at the end she got her ribbon and sucker. Sigh! But if you ask her today she will tell you she ran and won 😉


Canmore Half Marathon Recap

On Sunday I ran my 8th half marathon (I think!). I started running halfs in 2009 and have not looked back since! They are my favourite distance hands down. I realized that I have yet to repeat a race which is my goal since there are so many awesome races out there to take part in. I registered for this race when I was very pregnant and needed motivation to run once I was cleared. We love Canmore in the fall and I knew the scenery would be beautiful so it was a no brainer.

Going into this half I was 5 months postpartum/csection but felt pretty darn confident with all our stroller runs and my speed work has been pretty awesome lately as well. I had heard this course is very hilly and looked briefly at the course but really did not know what to expect. I had done hill training once a week so felt pretty good about that as well. I had a goal of 1:55 knowing that the course was more challenging than some plus the higher altitude can affect performance too.

The forecast a few days before did not look great, a high of 5 and SNOW. Yes, snow. But I would rather cooler temps, and dress for them than heat any day. Of course the days before in Canmore were beautiful! The day before we picked up my race package which was super quick, we got a Buff head wrap and a Cliff bar which was great, I did not go into this race for the swag.

The morning of I woke up to rain and thought “it could be worse”, there was no snow on the ground, no wind and it was not too cold out. Since it was raining I added one more layer (a light jacket) to my race day outfit:


Flay lay photo from the night before – more to keep me organized with my Mom brain!

We headed down to the start line about 8am, found a close parking spot and walked over to check out a few things then ended up waiting inside the gym to keep dry. About 8:30am we went back outside, took a quick before photo before Chad and the girls went to go find somewhere dry to wait.


I have a small tradition of starting every race to Poker Face but could not find it on my iPod and before I knew it was go time. I started with my good friend (hi Heather!)  as we do in many races and we kept a good pace the first 4-5kms which took us along the streets and by some huge, beautiful houses.

I have this issue of blanking out portions of races so recaps are hard for me! I think the next 5km went through some trails and gravel along the river, across a gorgeous bridge before the hills started. Quick note – the course description said “high quality gravel for portions” turns out with a lot of rain that turned into high quality mud and puddles! There was actually way more of the course on trails and gravel than I expected. But jumping puddles and rocks only added to the fun 😉

I kept a decent pace (5:15-5:45) for the next 9kms or so which honestly just felt like running up and down hills a hundred times. Pair that with the thicker air and at times I felt like there was no way I could get in a good deep breath but luckily did not cramp up. I really had no idea there would be so many hills, every time we went down I thought “good it is over” only to go back up and down again… SO happy I ran hills every week! I decided at the half way point I would start to do walk breaks for a minute every 20 minutes with Heather just so I could have some rest – this helped me a ton!

The last 2kms it flattened back out and we picked up the pace and before we knew it we saw the finish line, with a quick high fiver we sprinted (or felt like it!) to the finish line. I was slightly confused at the timer was after the finish line so I stopped before it.

Chad got some finish line photos:

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I actually found the last 6km to fly by which was really nice! My official time was 1:54:44 which was 15th in my category (100 total) which made me day! Between the conditions and the hills I could not have asked for a better time.

I was pretty chilly once I stopped running despite being warm during the race so I grabbed a space blanket and we headed back to the condo so I could warm up and shower.

My medal, it is glass which is pretty cool and unlike any other medal I have.


Funny side story, after Chad took a photo of Heather and I and told me to smile and I couldn’t, my face was frozen!! haha.

Oh and a huge shout out to my friend Chris who won the half marathon with a time of 1:24, he is amazing!

1:54 is not a PR for me but this race was not about a PR at all. My next race IS though, Chad and I are running Phoenix in February and lets just say these next few months will be spent doing a lot more speed work so that I can PR there.

Despite the rain, the cold, the mud and the hills I really enjoyed this race. The scenery is one of a kind for sure!



Troubled Monk 10km Race Recap

On Saturday we ran our first race of the year. It was both our first race since September and my first one post Chloe. Initially I had planned to get my Mom to watch the girls for the race and just Chad and I would run it but she got called for a long awaited surgery for the day before so we just brought the girls on the run with us! I think we were the only ones in the 10km run with a stroller.

On our way to the race:


I liked that the race started at 10am so we did not have to rush in the morning. The race started close to the brewery and there was a ton of parking which was nice. We had a ton of friends running as well so we chatted with everyone until it was go time. The 5km race started 5 minutes before the 10km race so once they were off we lined up.

I am sure we looked nuts going close to the start with the double stroller.

The race route was great, it went along the river and through parts of our trail system. Chad started pushing the stroller and pushed until around 4.5km. Chloe usually does really good in the stroller but around 4km she got really grumpy so we made a pit stop at the water station and tried to settle her but she was not happy. I grabbed the stroller and just started running and within minutes she was out. We joked she just wanted to go faster 😉

I pushed the stroller for the next 1.5-2km which went around a small island that was gravel paths, with a few small hills which made me really tired so I passed if off to Chad. Little did I know I did so right before a huge hill – oops! He got us up the hill – there was no way I would have been able to! I took the stroller back at that point to give him a break the last 2km.  Not realizing it I picked up our pace a lot to around a 5:20min/km and Chad asked why – my response? I am thirsty and hot!

It was downhill at the very end of the race which I did not like with the stroller as it really pulls you, but usually ending a race downhill is awesome!

I semi felt bad pushing the stroller across the finish line since Chad probably did push it for 6km and I did 4km, next race he can have that victory 😉 We finished just under our goal of an hour at 59 minutes!

Most of our friends were done since they ran the 5km and the few others that did the 10km finished within a few minutes of us. We eventually headed back to the area where they had live music and drinks. With your race entry you got a t-shirt (seen on Chad below – will run for beer!) and a coupon for a free beer or soda after. I had a soda and Chad went with the beer of course.


It was awesome to have a live band after for everyone to stick around and enjoy their drinks in the sun. We stayed for about an hour before Chloe was hungry then walked back to the truck – which was only a 5 minute walk.

In the truck I got an email – it was my race results already! I have to say this was a first for me and I loved it! It had our times, and placing! My results:

race results

I loved this race and if it is an annual one you can bet we will be there every year!


Spartan Super Recap

I usually like to wait until I get the race photos to do these recaps but wanted to post while it was all fresh in my mind since I have a TON of thoughts around this race.

This was my first time running this race, the Spartan Super, which is 13+ km obstacle race. This was I think was close to 14km and 27 obstacles. I had registered for this two years ago as well but ended up being almost 8 months pregnant and sold my bib. Apparently I am jinxed since once again I was pregnant for this race! Going into it this changed a lot for me, no longer was it about giving it my all or my time, but being safe and finishing.

Me and Chad before:


I also met up with Becky and Brie since we all planned to run the race together – spoiler alert I could not have done it without these two!

I do not remember all the obstacles in order but will highlight thoughts on some of them.

Hardest obstacle? Physically two stand out in my mind, one where we had to carry a large bucket filled with sand for around 300m, two was a 70lb sandbag pulley, where we had to pull it up and back down, I had to give up since my fingers wanted to rip off! Mentally? The swim. It was only 10 feet but I had swimming in any water and panic. It did not help a guy in front of me almost drowned and had to be saved by a volunteer. I actually emailed about this since they are supposed to have life jackets available and did not.

My favourite part? The team aspect, people that run these races are hard core! But so willing to help others and complete strangers. I also LOVED the running part which was almost all trail running.

Favourite obstacle? Maybe the cargo net climb? I am so scared of heights so really like the challenge and getting outside my element.

What did I learn? I need to work on my upper body strength – even more so how sore I was after! I will do this next year but work hard to improve this and also my grip since that would have come in handy a few times.

My final time? 2:42, not great, but I finished, felt good about it and now know what to expect for next year! And I was safe for me and baby 🙂

The race itself is well planned, fees are not too bad, but I am not a fan of the spectator fees. Saying that it won’t hold me back from doing it again. I am excited for next year to run this race again!

After photo of Chad and I, he crushed it, 1:46 I think:


After photo of Becky, Brie and me:


Speaking of which I could not have done it without these girls! You are both awesome, and helped me so much! I loved running it with these two girls, they made it a lot more fun and less serious!



Woody’s Marathon – 10km Race Recap

On Sunday I ran my first official 10km race. I have ran 10k fun runs before but never a true, chipped race. I have to say I am kind of in love you guys. It is such a quick and dirty distance. I was able to go into the race with minimal nerves (mostly excitement), and then not be dead tired the rest of the day! Because I run a longer run of 10km or close to it weekly it did not require extra training really. I see a couple more 10km races coming my way this summer…

race bib

Race morning was a little chilly so I opted for some layers. Usually with running less is more for me but seeing as it was only 10km I went with more. I wore Fabletics capris (best running capris ever!), a Lululemon tank and pullover – the temperature was about a degree out. I also had a playlist ready which got me motivated since I never run to music anymore.

I placed myself in the first quarter so avoid getting held up too much and before I knew it it was go time! Side note – I start every race to Poker Face by Lady Gaga. I had my Garmin on and planned to use it to watch pace but quickly realized it would be better to just run and give it my all so I pulled my sleeve over my Garmin and never looked at it again.

This is the ONLY photo from all the race photo of myself so while it is horrible I am still sharing…

EDIT: I found another photo this morning!!

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The first 2km were chilly and my hands were cold but then I warmed up and the rest of the race was a perfect temperature. I have this thing where I really zone out in races, I cannot tell you much about where I ran etc. There were at least two larger hills, one near the end which is always killer. The course is beautiful and goes along much of our river and through the trail system. I was running alone most of the time which was nice but had someone in sight all the time. There was a .5km or so when we merged with the half marathon peeps and I spent that time dodging a lot of people!

Now back to that killer hill that is the last km of the race. It is hard mentally and physically so pretty much everyone struggles up it. I told myself that I could not stop running but could slow down…and then my friend spotted me and ran right up to me and told me to keep going and ran up the hill with me. At the top I thought I might be sick but was so thankful for his extra push (he finished 3rd in the entire 10km!). The next thing I knew I saw the clock at the finish line which was 51 minutes – I had no clue of my time until then!

I was proud but a tad disappointed since I wanted a sub 50 time but pushed across the line before seeing another friend that was there watching, and then finding Chad and Avery. We stuck around for a bit, watched a few more people finish and grabbed food.

I say I was disappointed and the key word there is WAS. After I realized a couple things, one the course was over 10km putting my pace at 5 mins/km so 50 minutes for 10km versus the chip time of 51.27 minutes. The other thing? The hills. I think I ignored the fact that this course is very hilly and for flat so that I would not get hung up on that beforehand. Though they also do not make it easy to set a wicked PR. Saying that I am pretty proud of my time and am now ready to crush another 10km race or two this summer.