Last weekend Mark N. and I finally had the opportunity to do a trail run together. We chose to run the trails around the Upper Kananaskis Lake - starting with a climb up to Rawson Lake and down before looping the lake. I was sucking major wind throughout the run trying to keep up with Mark - largely in part of having a rough week of sleep. That being said, Mark is still a fast and strong runner and will succeed at the CDR.
So I am 10 days out from yet another exciting challenge and one that I am cautiously optimistic about. I always find tapering a little stressful because you start spending less time training & thinking about training to spending more time thinking about the event itself and whether you did enough to get prepared.
I've put down a lot of long and sometimes painful workouts. I've ran in some of the crappiest weather imaginable. I've dragged my tired ass out the door after a long day of work more times than I would like to remember. I've bonked so badly and/or ran out of liquids on long training runs that I had to call Mel to come pick me up on the side of the road more times than I would like to admit. I've been (and continue) to be scared shit-less on solo runs in the mountains or back-woods.
If it were easy, then everyone would be doing it right?
I have quite a bit of determination when it comes to realizing some of these goals. However, that only gets you so far without some sort of support network. This year has been another exceptional one in terms of support from my wife Melinda. She gets my passion - motivates me when I need the kick in the arse, pulls me back from the edge when I've gone too far, and picks me up when I fall down.
My coach Katie F has also been another pillar of strength for me in getting me to where I am now. Her guidance, knowledge, and infectious positive attitude has really jazzed me up about training this year. I seriously would have over-done-it this year without her philosophy of "quality" over "quantity".
Loop around Upper Kananaskis Lake