Q: Can anyone do this race or are their special qualifications required?
In order to register for the CCC you have to have earned 2 points in the past 2 years. You earn points by successfully completing one of many races throughout the world. For example, I earned 3 points at Trans Alps, Sun Mountain 80 km was 2 points, and Copper Canyon Ultra was 2 points.
You then enter a lottery and cross your fingers that your name pops up! (Or, at this moment, I am cursing that I was one of the chosen … :=;)
Q: Why do you want to do this race? What motivates you to run so far and take on such a demanding goal?
Because it’s there? I’m really not sure right now – what actually possessed me to sign up for this???
I really do enjoy a challenge. For me, the best type of challenge is that which I’m really not sure I can actually accomplish – I’m thinking this race meets that condition!
I also love adventure. It is not about how fast I race, but the experiences I have along the way. Thinking this one will meet that condition!
Should I be fortunate enough to cross the finish line I will be pretty darn ecstatic!
My heart, my soul and my support all come from Chris – without him encouraging and believing in me there is no chance that I would have EVER contemplated such a huge challenge!
Q: How did you prepare for this race? Can you give us some examples of your training and preparation?
After finding out I was ‘fortunate’ enough to get into this race, Chris and I came up with a very loose training schedule that included 3 ultras and lots of longer back-to-back runs as the race date got closer. Most importantly, I was an active participant with anything and everything that PACE offered! This included the winter, spring and summer clinic, the Rossland Mtn Camp, and the Charity run. Aside from PACE events, Rene has played a large role in my training and preparation. As a coach, Rene is a wealth of information and experience - always ready to share. She is forever positive and encouraging and my role model for strength and perseverance.
Q: When things get really hard in a race like this, what do you do to keep yourself moving and not give up?
I hear Chris’ nagging voice in the back of my head saying ‘Just keep putting one foot in front of the other – don’t stop!”
When things get really hard and my head is filled with negative thoughts, the first thing I do is actively work on changing my attitude – silly as this may sound, the PACE moto is SO TRUE for me. I think about how lucky I am to get to be out there on that trail. It doesn’t take long to realize that there really isn’t anywhere else I would rather be! We trail runners really are a fortunate bunch!
Q: If you were a spectator on the sidelines and one of the racers came up and asked you for advice, a tip, inspiration or something that would help them before they toed up to the start… what would you say to them?
Enjoy every moment of the experience – those moments will only come by once in a lifetime! As cliché as this sounds, it really isn’t about the end, but about the journey ...