Always in my Heart

Always in my Heart

This is not a race recap or even really a running story – although it does describe why and how I started running. It’s mostly an important piece of the story that made me who I am today, and is in large part a dedication to Sparkle and how she saved me from who I … Continue reading

Jack & Jill Marathon 2019 Race Recap

Jack & Jill Marathon 2019 Race Recap

It’s threatening rain. I just checked the weather forecast an hour ago – on two different apps – and both said NO RAIN. So I am not wearing my hat, nor am I mentally prepared for rain. A few raindrops hit the car windshield. But I’m holding out hope. After all, as hubby points out, … Continue reading

Javelina Jundred Race Recap

Javelina Jundred Race Recap

It’s nearly 5pm. Having started this run consisting of 5 laps (of approximately 20 miles each in McDowell Mountain Regional Park near Phoenix, Arizona) almost 11 hours ago, I’ve spent much of it under the hot, hot, hot, OH SO VERY HOT desert sun. And it’s really zapped all my energy – I’m in my … Continue reading

Rio Del Lago 100-Miler Race Recap

Rio Del Lago 100-Miler Race Recap

“I know you won’t believe me… But I’m never doing another 100-miler again!!!” I make this declaration at exactly 1:00am on Sunday, November 5th as I sit in our car, which is parked only a few spots down from the Rattlesnake Aid Station’s main tent, trying desperately to both get warm and not fall asleep. … Continue reading

Baker Lake 50K Race Recap

Baker Lake 50K Race Recap

We pull up to the campground that is Baker Lake 50K start line with a good half hour to spare before the race is to begin… And so far all has gone to plan. Perhaps most importantly we’ve not gotten lost or taken any wrong turns en-route to the start line, so that itself feels … Continue reading

Finlayson Arm 100K Recap

Finlayson Arm 100K Recap

“You know what’d be a really good idea for me to do?” I ask this of hubby as I’m madly going through information I’ve pulled up on the web. It’s a rhetorical question of course so I don’t wait for him to answer. Instead I almost shout out the answer. “Run Finlayson Arm 100K race as … Continue reading

Squamish 50/50 Race Report

Squamish 50/50 Race Report

I pop out of the bushes and onto a bit of a gravel road – I can hear people cheering. Is this the Quest University aid station already? Indeed, as I turn a corner I can see that it is. People are clapping as I run up and turn to my left where there are … Continue reading

Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

A few months ago I decided enough is enough. Have you ever allowed yourself extra ‘treats’ you’d normally pass over but all of a sudden you find yourself indulging in because you just completed a big run or better yet, a goal race? But then all of a sudden weeks have gone by and you’re still … Continue reading

Seattle Marathon Race Recap

Seattle Marathon Race Recap

Last year my furbaby Sparkle gave us a terrible scare, one week before we were set to run the Seattle marathon. We almost lost her and needless to say, with Sparkle in the vet equivalent of ICU, we did not run Seattle. So instead, we ran it this year… And I’m ever so grateful to … Continue reading

Mountain Lakes 100 – Race Recap

Mountain Lakes 100 – Race Recap

About 6 months ago I began toying with the idea of running longer than a marathon. Why 100 miles immediately became my obsession I don’t know. Last year I was obsessed with running 100 miles in one week… And it was so exhilarating to accomplish this goal. I suppose 100 miles in one go was only … Continue reading

Hamster Endurance Run – Race Recap

Hamster Endurance Run – Race Recap

When you’re doing something for the first time, there’s going to be a certain amount of unknowns, no matter how much research you do. I was as prepared for this ‘race’ as I possibly could be – but there were many lessons I would soon take away. Because when you run for 24 hours in a … Continue reading

The Return of Faster?

The Return of Faster?

About 5 months ago I stopped trying to run fast. I know, I know, my handle is ‘runfastersarah’… Ironic, right? But I think I might be able to live up to my ‘name’ again these days! Let me tell you why… Late last year I hired a very expensive new coach. I’d just come out of … Continue reading

Tenderfoot Boogie 50 Mile Race Recap

Tenderfoot Boogie 50 Mile Race Recap

Upon popping out of the trails onto the Sea to Sky highway I saw two volunteers standing there, waiting to help runners cross the busy road. As they helped get us safely across, they told us that aid station #5 was just ahead. But I couldn’t see it. I thought THEY might have been the aid station but they … Continue reading

MEC North Van 55k Trail Race Report

MEC North Van 55k Trail Race Report

As you may have noticed from hints in my previous post, I’ve taken a little deviation from my training for a faster marathon and decided to dedicate this summer to running farther. Naturally that means ultra marathons… And as an individual who pretty much is an ‘all or nothing’ type of gal, once I looked … Continue reading

2016 BMO Vancouver Marathon Race Report

2016 BMO Vancouver Marathon Race Report

It’s been 5 months since I last popped on here to blog about my running. Frankly it’s because I’ve felt there isn’t much to talk about. Basically, I stopped getting faster and started posting times in races that looked more like PW’s (personal worsts) than PB’s (personal bests). And why in the world would anyone … Continue reading

Why I Didn’t Run the Seattle Marathon

Why I Didn’t Run the Seattle Marathon

It’s been a roller coaster of a year for me. A lot of highs early in the year, with new PBs in the 5k, 8k and 10k distances. Those were pretty sweet – especially my WestVanRun 10km PB. I was particularly thrilled with that one (yes, you’re seeing that right in the picture below – my … Continue reading

Fall Classic Half Marathon Recap

Fall Classic Half Marathon Recap

First, let’s start with the good news: my Fall Classic half marathon this past Sunday went down pretty much exactly as expected. I sandwiched it in between a 5½ km warm-up and a 5½ km cool-down for a total of nearly 32km. Overall, a great training day. I didn’t have a chance to grab an espresso before … Continue reading

Great Climate 10k Race Report

Great Climate 10k Race Report

My gosh, what an amazing time I had today at the Great Climate 10k Race! It was an awesome race for so many reasons, not least because I totally smashed my A, B, C and D goals (which I’ll get to in just a minute!!). But mostly it was such a great race because it showed me I’m all … Continue reading

Long Beach Marathon Race Recap

Long Beach Marathon Race Recap

I don’t really know where to start with this one, so I’ll just dive right in. This past Sunday I ran the Long Beach Marathon. I went into it with high hopes of a personal best of sub 3:30 and come out with an official result of DNF. DNF. Did Not Finish. In reality I actually did … Continue reading

VanRace 30km Race Report

VanRace 30km Race Report

So here I am, enroute to run THE race (and totally road tripping it to get there!!). My upcoming Long Beach Marathon, 2 days away now, is the race that has deemed all other races I’ve run over the past few months ‘training runs’. THIS is the one that actually counts. As if to say the others … Continue reading