Warrior Dash

More Pictures: Dirte Dashes Some More

It’s amazing what a little investigating will get you.  I was bored looking at Warrior Dash results so I found the youngest female finisher in the results (14) and looked up her pictures.  What did I find, but my husband falling out of the mud pit!  



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Wordless Wednesday: Tipsy and Dirte Do The Dash

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Fill In The Blanks – Warrior Dash Whistler

This is originally from whistlerisawesome.com and I am blatantly stealing it!

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The night before Whistler’s first Warrior Dash I felt energized.  I prepared for the task at hand by aimlessly driving around looking for cheap overnight parking and getting drunk with friends until 3am.

It was important to grab old runners and remember to pack my sunscreen before the big day, August 6. After I completed my preparations, I fell into bed and slept like the dead.  I was ready for action.

Saturday morning dawned bright and early – too early.   First I ate my oatmeal and moved the car to the free lot. Then it was off to the race.

When I got there I saw my friends Dirte, Rockstar, Shagger, Hanky, Panky, Sparkling, Awesome, Achy, Muddy Terror, Crampy, Sassy, Allstar, Special-T, Gina, Ruby, Dan, Bill, Dave and Christine.  I was glad I was wearing my Tipsy t-shirt. After I saw what they were wearing I knew I was going to need all the new costumes I could get.

We all gathered at the starting line and I noticed the host of the local morning news. Oh yes, this was going to be interesting. And then we were off!

Everyone around me was cheering for the winner of the first wave and gawking at the hill. I decided the only thing I could do was try not to pee myself.

When I came to the first obstacle I thought I was going to do okay.  It was so the right height.  Finishing that section was a relief but then I saw the bruise I gave myself.

I decided to try not to roll down the hill before I tackled this next obstacle.  The dark tunnel loomed large and in charge but I knew I just had to avoid crawling over another warrior.  That was tough but the hardest part of the race, by far, was the Hill of Character

The best part of the race was when I was running downhill!

Finally, it was all over and I could see the finish line.  I whooped I’m bleeding!” with mild bewilderment. I survived the Warrior Dash! And now, it was time to get my medal and warm fruit, let the mud dry, cheer on my friends and give Colin my free beer.  Off to results tent I skipped!

To anyone who asks, I will tell them the Warrior Dash is a great way to get to know your friends and a reason to party And next year I will bring my warrior hill-training for sure!


I Won The Prize…

… for best Warrior Dash inflicted injury*!    


I can’t wait to do it again next year!  Recap coming soon…

*in our group, that is.  Really glad I made it up the 21% grade 1km hill at the start and didn’t roll an ankle on the way down…


Whistler Warrior Weekend

Just a quick post before Colin and I (and 16 of our running friends) are off to Whistler, BC, for Warrior Dash!  2 nights of being adults as my parents are watching Spud.  There will definitely be a trip made to the liquor store before we head out of town… I’m sure it will be a gong show a fun time will be had by all.  There should be some awesome, and hopefully not too incriminating, pictures to post next week.  

Hope you have a great weekend too!


Monday Musings

» First off, go over to Sweat Once A Day and congratulate my HTC van-mate Emily on becoming an Ironman yesterday!  She finished in 13:53:44.  Yup, that’s hours.  And while all athletics are totally relative to the athlete, here’s a comparison: she swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and still managed to finish the full marathon (26.2 miles) a good 20 minutes faster than I’ve ever run one.  Of course, she trained her ass off for this!  

» Only one more weekend of work before I finally have a weekend off!  Of course it’s a holiday weekend (BC Day) so I’ll be there 3 days, but, as always, the money’s good so I don’t say no…  And the reason I’m so excited to have the time off – besides the fact that I’ve worked every weekend in July – is that it’s Warrior Dash in Whistler!  Time to spend with Colin and 14 friends that is kid free, I can drink as much as I like because I can be slightly irresponsible (but, let’s face it, I only drink about 2 glasses of anything before I’m ready to sleep or I totally shut up because I’m cognizant of the fact that I’m drinking too much), and I can run a “race”.  

» Colin has finally heeded my advice and agreed to stop running at a local park.  He’s been doing his long runs out on dyke trails that go around blueberry fields.  Having grown up in the area he knows that’s where the bears like to hang out.  I always ask him to avoid it since I’d like him to make it home in one piece.  Sunday was the day he decided to stop.  Now, it’s not because he was bothered by seeing 6 bears.  It’s because it’s too much of a time waster to have to stop, back up, avoid, wait, etc.  Glad his safety is his main concern…

» I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to have to choose between running and sleep.  I’ve found that I just have no motivation to get out the door with Spud in the stroller and it’s killing my training.  I’m going to be making the move to early morning runs.  I’m still working out details, but at least one friend answered my Facebook plea to join me at an ungodly hour of the morning.  Well, it is for me.  It’ll probably still only be 6am, but that’s ridiculous for a girl who loves her sleep.  


Monday Musings

Yes it’s late in the day, but I need to get this out of my head before bedtime…  Ah, the bullet point.  It makes posts so much easier!

  • Went for my long run yesterday.  7km was on the schedule, but I ended up with almost 11km… I forgot how fun half marathon training is because the runs are so short!  I was trying to kill time between my shift ending at 5pm and the start of the cashier meeting at 8pm.  I tried to keep it not too hilly and sort of succeeded.  No huge uphills, but a couple of gradual hills that went on forever… like 2km.  Ugh.  Would have been fine if it was on a normal road, but it was all driveways.  My butt was killing me at the end.  It didn’t help that it was super muggy out as well.  Most of my co-workers thought I was crazy.  
  • Ran my first run in a running skirt yesterday.  Colin stopped by the Sugoi sample sale the other day and picked me up the Stamina Skirt for $15.  Seriously not too many complaints.  It fits really well and doesn’t move around a lot.  The shorts rode up a little on the inseam, but nothing Body Glide and quick readjustments couldn’t fix.  Not too sure about having a white under short, but unless I get caught in a strong wind no one is going to see my backside…  Besides that the only thing that irked me a tiny bit was that the edging at the front flips over on itself.  Purely an aesthetic thing though.
Looks like this only it’s light blue with white piping.
  • I think I’m now a confirmed skirt girl.  But it has to have the shorts, not a liner.  Maybe one day (Christmas, hint, hint) I’ll receive the holy grail of skirts: a runningskirts.com skirt!  
  • A while back (before the Canada Post lockout) I received the Eazy-Bandz headband that I won on Amanda’s blog.  I  it!  I picked out the Iridescent Sequin band.  I wasn’t quite sure what it would look like because the pictures online look gold or white, but the ribbon part is actually silver.  It’s awesome.  I also love the fact that they have sizing.  Because I wear mine close to my ears and forehead I was a “tween” size.  It barely moves when I run and I’ve worn it a whole day with it moving only about 1/2cm back.  The only time I notice any movement is if I crane my head back to look up really far.  Matt at Eazy-Bandz was great to deal with and was willing to ship it to me in Canada even though that’s usually an extra cost.  Like running skirts, I didn’t know that I’d love headbands until I tried one!  
  • Colin went on a run before dropping me off at work on Sunday.  I specifically asked him not to run through one of the trails since it’s (black) bear and cougar season right now.  As in the sign at the trail head says, “Cougars Are In The Area.”  When he came home I asked where he ran.  Of course, he said, “First I ran through X.”  Seriously?  It’s 7:30 in the morning!  That’s when the animals are out!  
  • During the aforementioned run Colin said there were signs that the bears had been about.  Besides the easily identifiable poop he said he saw where they had walked through the tall grass, etc.  He also came across an odd phenomena that we dubbed “Slugpocalypse.”  He kept seeing slug trails that abruptly stopped and the gravel looked disturbed.  The best we can guess is that the bears bunted the slugs as they ate them…  Funny and disgusting all at the same time.
  • I love summer!  Sure the weather here is leaving a lot to be desired, but the season means fresh fruit.  Colin took Spud out to a local strawberry farm on Saturday for their opening weekend.  Spud got to pick strawberries, play on a tractor playground and, because he’s lucky, loved and they were in the area, Bramma and Baba bought him a strawberry milkshake.  I’m looking forward to the raspberries coming out!  And blueberries… Once we go up to Colin’s parents’ place in the summer we’ll be able to gorge ourselves on peaches, apricots, etc. since they live in the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada.
  • Still riding the Nuun HTC high.  Every so often I’ll break out in a happy dance, much to Colin’s amusement.  I’ll hear later this week (I think) which leg I’ll be running.  Choices were 1, 3 and 2 in that order.  We’ll see what happens.  It doesn’t really matter which one I get because I get to run HTC!!!  
  • Not sure if I ever mentioned it, but Colin and I are doing Warrior Dash this August!  Some friends from our marathon clinic mentioned they were going to be signing up at a post-run breakfast ages ago and I basically invited us along.  We’re renting a house in Whistler, BC and plan to have quite a party weekend.  Should be super fun!