Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No

There is only one week left before we leave for our Tor Des Geants 338 km run in Northwestern Italy. The race itself begins in two weeks. As my training days wind down and the race looms ever closer on the horizon, I endlessly wonder if my preparations have been enough. How do you prepare or train for an event that is bigger than your imagination?

When received my acceptance into the event, I made myself one promise:

If anyone asks me to go for a run, I must say yes.

It seem like a pretty simple guideline and I have followed it. I think I have accepted every offer, except one when I was out of town (at a race!). With a dedicated group of trail running friends who have all had their own racing goals this summer, I have managed to run with a buddy for almost half of my runs. Most of those shared runs were the long, mountainous loops that took up a good chunk of the day. Many more of those runs followed a day of solo training, where I had worked alone on speed or hills. I have become used to running on tired legs and luckily my trail buddies are patient and haven’t minded waiting for me to catch up along the way.

So even when the TDG doles out ascents and descents that are way beyond my level of preparation, I will be able to think back on my training with a smile, thinking of those beautiful trails at home and those dear friends who have made me strong.

Here are some trail pics taken on those fabulous days with those friends (most of these have already been posted on FB in my One Per Run album):

Is that a trail? With Kelsey and Todd on Red Rotor
Is that a trail? With Kelsey and Todd on Red Rotor
Wild flowers on the rockey outcrop of Upper Queso - with Todd and Kelsey
Wild flowers on the rocky outcrop of Upper Queso with Todd and Kelsey
"There's a black bear in that clearing" - Twister trails with CVRR
“There’s a black bear in that clearing” – Twister trails with CVRR
Summiting Albert Edward with Bruce and Todd
Summiting Mount Albert Edward with Bruce and Todd
Caught in the mist of Mt. Becher - with Kelsey and Todd
Caught in the mist of Mt. Becher with Kelsey and Todd
Mtn Bike Trail Art on Crafty Butcher with Kelsey
Discovering new mountain bike trail art on Crafty Butcher with Kelsey
Hot and steep descent on Forbidden Plateau with Kelsey and Todd.
Hot and steep descent on Forbidden Plateau with Kelsey and Todd (photo credit: Todd Gallagher)
Climbing out of the log jam on the Boston Ridge Trail with Jerry, John, Todd and Kelsey (photo credit: Jerry Van)
Climbing out of the log jam on the Boston Ridge Trail with Jerry, John, Todd and Kelsey
(photo credit: Jerry Van)

 

Fabulous sign placement on Upper Puntledge Plunge trail - with Bruce
Fabulous ‘no diving’ sign placement on Upper Puntledge Plunge trail with Bruce
Using the Furtherburger stream to refill water bottles with Todd
Using the Furtherburger stream to refill water bottles with Todd
A casual MOMAR reconnaissance run with Peter on Upper Thirsty Beaver
Finding more art on a casual MOMAR reconnaissance run with Peter on Upper Thirsty Beaver
An brand new trail which gives an odd perspective on Cumberland's downtown
Jerry showed me a brand new trail which gives an odd perspective on Cumberland’s downtown
Our Cumberland Long Loop finishes off on a nasty clear cut with 2-storey-high slash piles that we call "Gateway to Corporate Greed" - with Todd, Kelsey, Steve, Jerry and J.P.
Our Cumberland Long Loop finishes off on a nasty clear cut with 2-storey-high slash piles that we call “Gateway to Corporate Greed” – with Todd, Kelsey, Steve, Jerry and J.P.
Running through a Raven Rookery high above Perseverance Creek on Bear Buns with J.P.
Running through a Raven Rookery high above Perseverance Creek on Bear Buns with J.P.
Mountain Bikers build the best trails! This cantilevered bridge is on Race Rocks trail - with Todd
Mountain Bikers build the best trails! This cantilevered bridge is on Race Rocks trail – with Todd
Running up a beautiful switchback trail called Blue Collar with Jerry, Todd and Steve (photo credit: Todd Gallagher)
Running up a beautiful switchback trail called Blue Collar with Jerry, Todd and Steve (photo credit: Todd Gallagher)

Thanks team! Every step with you has helped!

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