The first mountain camp in our series is now open for registration. We have new routes to explore and we have added some technique workshops complete with video analysis. Click here to see the daily schedules and complete camp outline.
If you are someone who is looking for a fun mountain running holiday, curious about stage racing or multi-day running or training for a challenging event this year, this camp will be perfect for you. It's a great mix of exploring, adventure, coaching and lots of wonderful social moments that help compliment the weekend.
3 meals + accommodations in the luxurious Red Mountain Resorts are included in the camp fees.
This camp sold out in the first year so register soon to reserve your spot.
Come explore with us and build some sweet mountain memories and strong mountain fitness.
And that is how you turn lemonade out of lemons folks! Thx for everyone upbeat and positive attitude towards the slightly less convenient meeting place this AM. As it turned out, it sounds like all groups had a stellar run!
PACE is place to feel good. Even on the days you're tired, stressed or feeling down. It's the camrodere of the group. The knowing someone's always got your back and the celebration of every mile we accomplish.
Sharing stories. Makinging friendships. And I am talking the longasting kind. Speed is often secondary and instead we aim to run steady and keep it conversational. Unless it's a performance day and the "coach" turns is loose to run our faces into the ground.
We honor our leaders and the often difficult task they have of keeping the group together. Trying to meet the different fitness levels while keeping it safe and fun. We appreciate the little things they do for us that often go unnoticed and don't need to be said. We feel it. We know they would piggyback us to the moon of we needed them.
As we complete week three of the January clinic and settle into our training environment, I can see people progressing. Gaining confidence. Speed and strength already in a short period of time. A very well earned rest week is ahead and information on this topic and more will be included in the weekly newsletter. Keep up the great work everyone and thanks to the ever so dedicated PACE Team for sharing their awesome trail spirit!
Registration/waitlist for the 25k & 50k distances is now closed. Thank you to everyone for their patience and support as we work our way through our start up year.
There is still room in the Vertical Climb (on Friday July 17th) and the 12km (Saturday July 18th) if you would still like to join us.
Thank you to our hosting sponsor RED Mountain Resort and supporting sponsor, Rossland Tourism for helping us get one of BC's newest ultras on the map. We are busy creating a weekend filled with more than just running and can't wait to share it with you this summer.
Last night was one of the most impressive hill training sessions I have coached in years. The winter clinic folk are focused and determined this year and they made a molehill out of the mountain they were running up/down to prove it. #proudcoach
Thanks to True Outdoors for hosting our run!
Three years ago I presented at the Vancouver International Film Festival, in Kelowna. I was invited to speak about my 2nd consecutive finish of the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run, an 8 day stage running race across the Alps. In my presentation, I added a very brief intro to where trail running actually started for me. Well, I found myself thinking about this race again, because I am heading back to "TAR" to attempt my 5th finish this year & I realized that I have never actually documented or shared the full story about this particular experience in my life. I truly believe it helped shape my future as a running coach, athlete & community leader. I also found it fitting as I just wrapped up a goal setting session with my athletes this week and this is a great example of not giving up. As I started writing and finding old photos, it made me laugh. I have come such a far way and I owe a lot of it to my husband and a few elephants.
We were bused from our hotel in Chiang Mai the following morning after the race briefing. Which was all presented in Thai and French. The majority of the racers were from France. There was one guy from Germany. One gal from Japan. And the two of us from Canada. So we could hardly understand a thing they were saying. The two race doctors spoke English so we managed to get a bit of information from them.
I remember starting out way to fast (such a rookie move) and as soon as I hit the first climb I was almost in tears. My back hurt. I was "so hot I thought I was going to die" and I even recall lying down on the ground rocking to try to help my backache. The doc's gave me Advil at the aid station and I carried on. Mostly walking. I finished in last place on day one.
My boyfriend came over to me right away and helped find me a bamboo mat in the shade. He forced me to drink the recovery drink that I could barely stomach. I was dry heaving and dizzy. He told me it was important to drink this for tomorrow. I couldn't even think about tomorrow, but I somehow got it all down.
The next three days I grew more confident having my bf run along side me. Despite the extreme heat, humidity, very sore toenails, shins and knees from the hard packed dirt roads, there were lots of really enjoyable moments.
The scenery was beautiful and every evening we had the most amazing meals. A team of cooks traveled along with us and made fresh curries, paid thai, soups etc... It was some of the best food I have every had to this day. In the evenings, each village would put on the most wonderful presentation to entertain us and we meet some wonderful new friends throughout the week.
The kids from each village would bring over paper and pens and asked everyone in the race for their autographs! It was very sweet. Our tents were assembled for us everyday and we just had to bring our own sleeping pads and bags. I won't go into detail about the bugs that were in my pillow, the gigantic spiders in the outdoor squat toilets, the snakes along the trail or that we couldn't shower for 5 days, even through this is what we still talk about the most. We basically stood in line, bare feet in the dirt, with a communal water bottle that someone cut in half and 3 of us would pass the bar of soap around, the water bottle which we used to rinse off and called it a day.
My Favorite day was stage 4. Not because I was vomiting from the heat/humidity and almost dropped out for the second time but because it was the day we ran past elephants. It was one of those moments in life that was truly significant for me. I realized that had I given up... I would have never had that "elephant moment". It was the day I realized that suffering is temporary and giving up lasts forever.
I went on to finish the race and placed 5th female. I ran the last day in my own and wanted my bf to be able to leave it out there and finish for him because he basically ran my race up to that point. I also wanted to prove I could do this and finish it on my own.
And to think... I almost missed out on it all. Sometimes you never know where the trail will take you or where your elephant moment is hiding...
We enjoyed the rest of vaca and did some rock climbing and lots of relaxing on beach. We have since returned to Thailand, only it was for our honeymoon and we brought our son with us. RAID THAI is no longer on the race scene, but it will forever be in my heart!
June 14th. Mark your calendars! Kelowna to Naramata while we raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Running feels good. Giving back feels good. Doing both feels great!
Full details under our events tab!
It was a great turn out for the first clinic of the 2015 season with PACE.
After a little bit of mingling and team introductions Coach Rene reviewed how the clinic will work, gave some important tips on trainng, shoes and some simple but useful things like how to take the air out of your hydration bladder. She then have an inspiring goal setting workshop before groups headed out for their runs!
After our run we worked on some balance exercises and stretching before wrapping the session up!
Thanks to everyone who choose PACE to spend their winter training time with and we hope you're fired up and as excited as we are!
The winter clinic starts this Wednesday and with a swack of snow! It can be difficult to stay motivated or use the snow or cold as an excuse to put your running goals on hold. Don't fret people! We will modify our workouts and locations to keep the workouts safe, motivating and tangible this time of year. The heavy snow won't last and the next 8 weeks is just about showing up. Doing your best. Feeling connected and putting effort into your goals, despite less than favorable conditions.
If you know me, you know I think and coach outside the box. We will get our butts in motion, build some strength and endurance and feel happy we persevere come March when the weather starts to perk up. One step at a time and a lot of layers - we can make Mexico out of this snow storm!
See you Wednesday.