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Confessions Of A Lazy Person : Kicked Out Of The Gym


I wasn’t kicked out, that’s a little dramatic, but I was told my services weren’t needed anymore (the services that got me free gym access) so, therefore, I now have to pay, therefore, I will figure something else out. So I’ve resorted to videos in my basement and running on pavement because the trails have too much snow still. I’m running! That’s huge. I am running much better, albeit slower, than I was when running outdoors previously.

Just thought I’d let you know how I’m doing. I know you’re concerned and care for me. There you go!


Confessions of a Lazy Person : Just Shy Of One Year Later

When I broke my leg a year ago (minus one day) the surgeon informed that it will take 6-12 months to get back to where I was before I broke my leg. I thought he was crazy! A year? I’ve since heard a few stories of healing taking multiple years and I’m starting to think getting back to where I was before I broke my leg is going to be an impossibility. Do we ever go back to where we were before a break?

The good news is, I’m running again! I tried running on the treadmill a couple months ago and it resulted in some pretty uncomfortable limping and pain. If I’m not paying attention I can still limp but I ran for 10 minutes staying strong without a limp yesterday so I think I’m getting back on track. The other thing I noticed is when I run my ankle hurts a lot, and I’m thinking this might be a good thing. It’s pushing my ankle beyond what is comfortable, more than the other exercises I do. I’m also wondering if trail running would be better – the uneven ground would make my ankle work harder than a treadmill. I think it needs a little jostling around.

Some things to think about and experiment with. I honestly thought I’d be back to normal within 3 months of breaking my leg and ankle. This has been an eye opener.

New Running Challenge – The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf - Running Challenge by The Stag Leap

The Lone Wolf is a new trail running challenge in Fernie, BC. A simple, fun, looped race. But there’s a catch. Racers start together on the hour as a pack, needing to finish the loop within the hour. As when the next hour strikes, the race starts again, in the opposite direction. The goal? To complete as many loops as you can.

The course will be a beautiful, manageable, single track loop, with moderate elevation gain. Around the 7km mark, it will be easy enough to complete within the cutoff time for most, however pacing and tactics will come into play as the day goes on.

The loop will be washing-machine style – heading clockwise, then counterclockwise, then clockwise and so on. Racers need to make it back to base before the hour cutoff, and be ready to start the loop again, on the hour. If you miss the cutoff, you’re out and you remain in the den.

Race details, here: http://www.stagleaprunning.com/stag-leap-services/races/lone-wolf/.

Registration opening December 1st, 10AM: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=52780″

Fernie Kids Tri 2017

Fernie Kids Tri - This Sunday - Swim, Bike, Run

From the Fernie Kids Triathlon website:

Here we go again!!!  Preparations are underway for the 7th Annual Fernie Kids Triathlon.  This year’s date is Sunday Sept 17, 2017.  Registration opens April 15th, 2017 on the Zone 4 website.

UPDATE, July 21, 2017 – Registration is full.  If you would like to add your name to the waitlist, please email ferniekidstri@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to another great event.  If you can help out in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at ferniekidstri@gmail.com.

See you on the course.


Side note, there is a BBQ happening during the event which will raise money for Bright Beginnings Community Preschool. 10 am -2 pm.

Confessions Of A Lazy Person : Running With Bears

One of my greatest fears, since moving to Fernie, is running into a bear – especially, a hungry, scared bear. Last night I went for a run with my running partner and we saw a bear saunter down an adjacent pathway. My friend and I looked at one another and our jaws dropped because it was casually walking away from where we just were. What if?! is what our lowered jaws were saying.

We try and stick to well used pathways and my huffing and puffing most likely tips the bears off to our whereabouts but STILL I really wish bears had a bedtime or wore bells so we could hear them. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

I do understand being scared of bears is not the right attitude but you hear too many stories and you just hope that you aren’t going to encounter that one bear that acts unpredictably.

Don’t you worry about us though. We’ve already decided that, if we do run into a bear, I will jump on my friend’s shoulders and be big, loud and dominant with it and direct the confused bear in the direction of some berries. We’ll be fine!

Confessions Of A Lazy Person : I’m Still Running

Annex Park Trails Ponds and Dog Park in Fernie BC

I haven’t mentioned my running in a while and I was even asked recently if I am still running. I am! I haven’t stopped, other than that one time we went away for 11 days. Other than that, I’m still running every other day and I love it and hate it at the same time. Here’s why:

1. I’m not a beautiful runner. I see runners out there yogging away and looking so majestic at the same time. I’m huffing and puffing and my saliva is just bursting out of my mouth involuntarily and I’d rather not see anyone when I feel like my lungs are about to collapse or my calves are about to burst. Do I need a be a beautiful runner? No. I don’t. Does it stop me from going out and running anyways? No. It’s just something I observed.

2. I am ill prepared for the heat. I still don’t have proper shorts for running during a heatwave and last night I discovered why people, generally, don’t run in jean shorts. My inner thighs were chaffing like mad! By the time I was done my 20 minute run I had to tear those shorts off and let my legs breathe. I’ll still do it again because I also felt a little like a rock star runner and I didn’t mind it. Fashion over function, right? Maybe I’ll wear high heels, too.

3. It’s hard work. It’s a good thing I don’t run longer than 30 minutes (and that includes my warm up and cool down) or else I would probably not do it anymore. It’s a quick exercise but it also requires stretching and showering and all the other stuff that comes with increasing your heart rate. Ugh.

4. The after glow. One of two things that keep me going is the glow in my face after a run…I mean, once the redness in my face has faded a bit…then there’s this really nice healthy glow. I like that.

5. I feel good. It feels great to make your body work a bit harder and to see how you’ve progressed. I can ALMOST run all the way around the annex park loop. That’s amazing considering I could barely run for 60 seconds when I started. I’m patting my back right now.

Confessions of a Lazy Person : Starting To Run

“Sure. I’ll run with you.” I said to this person who barely knew me and my lazy tendencies. Every time I saw her I’d give her this nervous look and whisper in her ear “I’m scared.” and walk away and she would laugh and laugh but I was being very serious.

I’m not a runner. I was a sprinter back when I was a kid on Track and Field day. I would literally run that one time, on Track and Field day, win a bunch of ribbons and head home feeling real proud of myself. Then I got older and the ribbons started to turn into participation ribbons because I wasn’t training at all. I didn’t really want to run, I just wanted the day out of school.

A few times in the last 15 years I have tried to run for exercise. I would put on my runners, get the appropriate amount of clothes on, do a little warm up and then run until I couldn’t breath and then I’d head home and never run again. Little did I know there was a proper way to get started and my new friend showed me how to do just that. We started off by walking for 5 minutes (my favorite part – check out the birds tweeting and pet all the cute dogs walking by) and then we would run for 1 minute and walk for one minute – for 20 minutes. There was no listening to birds and petting cute dogs during that one minute of running. I tried talking through it but my mouth starts salivating and my lungs don’t work and my legs are burning – so I have no idea what I was saying to her. We finish off the run with a 5 minute cool down (my second favorite part). Now we’re up to ONE AND A HALF MINUTES. One minute was long but one and a half minutes feelings like 5 minutes. It’s so hard.

My running partner keeps telling me we’ll be able to run forever once we’ve worked up to it but I have my doubts.