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

My 100 Mile Week

My 100 Mile Week

Better late than never?! I did want to write about my 100 mile week… First off, let me just start by saying I DID IT!!!! I freaking did it. I ran 100 miles in one week. Between Monday, August 31st and Sunday, September 6th I ran one hundred miles (160km). As you can tell, although it’s … Continue reading

Skagit Flats Half Marathon Race Recap

Skagit Flats Half Marathon Race Recap

It’s Sunday, September 13th and I am awakened by the cute tune I set my alarm to play. It’s one of the little music jingles on my iPhone that hilariously enough makes me want to do a little dance at any normal hour of the day. But at 4:30am I just want to smack it … Continue reading

Marathon Training: Getting Serious

Marathon Training: Getting Serious

So last I mentioned (waaaayyyy back in May), the next big goal on my schedule was to PB in Long Beach Marathon California – October 11th, 2015. I think at that point, I might also have mentioned I was already in training. LOL! In reality, shortly after my last blogpost here, I lost my drive for … Continue reading

BMO 2015 Vancouver Marathon Race Recap

BMO 2015 Vancouver Marathon Race Recap

It’s been two and a half weeks since I ran my BMO Vancouver Marathon. I set out originally hoping to break 3:21 (apparently a bit of a long-standing goal now). This goal was adjusted based on training to a sub 3:30, which I honestly felt was doable. But I crossed the finish line in 3:35:07, … Continue reading

Revel Canyon City Marathon: Race Recap

Revel Canyon City Marathon: Race Recap

With a terrifyingly loud BEEP BEEP BEEP, I am rudely yanked out of the doze I’d just fallen into. It’s 3:00am but I’ve been awake since midnight. At the stroke of 12, my eyes had just popped wide open and sleep eluded me for the next 3 hours – other than that blessed doze I’d … Continue reading

Eugene Marathon: Race Recap

Eugene Marathon: Race Recap

The hour arrived (6am, Sunday morning, on July 27th, 2014), it flew by (42.2km / 26.2mi), and then it was over. Okay, so it didn’t really ‘fly by’. But for so many weeks upon weeks of focusing and prepping for this one single event – The Eugene Marathon – it did kinda feel like it was … Continue reading

Fat-Loading Experiment (Week 29 of 30)

Fat-Loading Experiment (Week 29 of 30)

I’ll admit as I entered the second last week of training, it was with more excitement than usual. Why? Because I decided to conduct an experiment! First of all, just let me say… You should never try anything brand new as you approach race day. Don’t wear brand new shoes on race day, don’t try food … Continue reading

Not Always Easy (Week 28 of 30)

Not Always Easy (Week 28 of 30)

Entering the third last week of my training schedule should have felt like a relief… Almost there! However, with a few tough tempo workouts ahead of me, a 30km Saturday run and a goal weekly total of 120-125km / 75-78mi, I decided not to think of it as entering taper. Whatever mind games we might … Continue reading