Posted on Jul 25, 2008 Leave a Comment
The Knee Knacker is one of North America’s knarliest ultra-marathons! Covering 16,000 feet of elevation, this race crosses 3 mountains and approximately 50km of crazy terrain. To date, only 1300 people have ever crossed the finish line, but some have done it more than 15times. It has become a race for the die-hard ultra runners through snow, mud, bugs, sweat and tears!
Getting to the start line of the Knee Knacker two weeks ago was something a year ago I saw as impossible. I have only run one official road marathon to date and frankly, was in heaps of pain following it. Running longer, farther and thru the woods seemed altogether a feat too large for this cat. It was the inspiration of watching our dear friend Jurgen Watts cross the finish line that made me dig deep and say – what if I could do that too?
Finishing the Knee Knacker 7hr52min later was hands down one of my top 3 life experiences to date! Training for this event was a massive character builder – each Sunday long run became my longest run ever. I got dropped; I rolled over on my ankles,; I wiped out in the rain; I got lost…but I always finished.
I knew getting to the start line, uninjured would be an accomplishment for me, but I had no idea how it would feel to enter Deep Cove…amazing.
I learned that you can have thunder thighs and small feet and still run an ultra, if you want it bad enough! I have accepted that I may not be fast, but I will never, ever give up! And I firmly believe that IMPOSSIBLE is NOTHING.
Meeting tons of amazing people along the way who have accomplished great things in life in many different shapes and forms gives me hope for what may be in store for me. I have a new found confidence feeling mentally tough as nails and physically able to do whatever my chubby heart desires. I’m living the dream and feelin‘ pretty darn grateful!
A (WO)man’s dreams are an index to his/her greatness!
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Hands down – one of my all time favorite activities is driving with the windows down, on a sunny day with the tunes so loud that I can’t hear myself sing or my phone ring!
My amazing bro introduced me to his hero and my morning inspiration, Jason Mraz. His new CD – We Sing We Dance We Steal Things is simply fabulous.
Posted on Jul 14, 2008 Leave a Comment
My special friend Gina recently gave me an absolutely beautiful gift.
It is a hand-made necklace from a North Vancouver jewellery designer named Andrea Waines. I have often looked at her works of wonder and even purchased a few gifts for others myself. To receive one from someone else, I think is truly the greatest gift.
My necklace reads: Dare To Be Remarkable. Kinda hard to sport that and not feel fabulous, eh!