Race Report: Seaton Soaker 25km

Going into a race for the first time, I like to be prepared. The best option is to run the route ahead of time, second best option is to track down a course map with an elevation chart, if that fails, I start scouring the web for someone’s race report or Strava activity from one of the previous years. There’s one Get Our There Magazine video recap, and a few other bits and pieces of intel, but The Seaton Soaker kept all of its best secrets hidden until race day. The start/finish location at Pine Ridge Secondary School was great. …

Race Report: 5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point

The 5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point race is EXCELLENT if you enjoy running hills, striding over boulders, cliff drop offs, boardwalks, a random raccoon sighting, and some useful race swag (this year it was a 5 Peaks pint glass). I try to do one 5 Peaks race per season. Their “enduro” distances are always somewhere between 11km and 14km, which makes it one of the shorter distances in my race calendar. But the thing with 5 Peaks races is that just because they are a bit shorter, doesn’t make them any easier and their Rattlesnake Point race is a tough one. With …

Race Report: Nike Toronto Women’s 15km

Here’s a quick breakdown of my experience with the Nike Women’s Toronto 15km race on June 14th: 5:00am first alarm 5:05am second alarm 5:15 coffee and oatmeal and fruit and whatever else I can cram in despite a bit of pre-race nerves 5:45am holy shit where is my Uber cab! 5:46am oh there it is, life is good, I’ll be on time for my assigned ferry to the island 6:16am everybody on board! Ferry loaded up to the max and left 4 minutes ahead of schedule 6:30 rain, clouds, chills (thank you Nike for the pre-race heat blankets!) 6:35am – …

Race Report: STWM 2014 Half Marathon

The first time I ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon was back in 2012, I remember it being a BIG step up from the 10km races I’d being doing up to that point. Badass nurse and fellow long run buddy, Caroline Crawford wanted to give it a go and had convinced me to run it with her. We trained together and ran the raced together. Slugging it out for 21.1km in 2:07:22. Fast forward two years, 1 marathon and countless trail races – I was back in the starting corral of the STWM for another go at the half marathon on October 19th, …

Race Report: Chase The Coyote

September 27th, 2014, was a BEAUTIFUL day for the 3rd annual Chase The Coyote trail race. This was my second time running the Challenge course, a stunning 14.4km route through the lovely and sometimes technical terrain of Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. After running this race last year, I knew I would be back in 2014. Everything about this race is great. The people, location, scenery, difficulty, I love it all. The 14.4km Challenge course has three significant climbs playfully named “Cardiac Hill”, “64 Steps to Ruin” and “The Roots of all Evil”, but most of this course is fast and fun with …

Race Report: 5 Peaks Kortright Centre

On September 6th, 2014, I ran the new 5 Peaks trail race at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughn, Ontario. The Enduro race was two laps around a 6.5km course for a total distance of 13km. I registered on a whim at the last possible minute before the registration cutoff. This was my second 5 Peaks, my first was Albion Hills Enduro in 2013 (my first ever trail race). The race started at 10am, the latest start time of any race that I’ve run. Which was great for me since I woke up with a sore throat and head cold. I’m …