Mt Elbrus, Russia – Part 3

I interrupt this blog for another adventure. Whoops, sorry, I got a bit distracted by some volcanoes in Guatemala. Experiences over Stuff! Finally finishing my last post on Russia, you may want to refresh on Part 1 and Part 2 first. Team Spudnik, quite the group of adventurers. You’ve already heard about Jason climbing his […]

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Mt Elbrus, Russia – Part 2

The true excitement of a trip kicks in for me when the bags are finally in the car, the engine starts and I’m heading to the airport. Whatever I’ve forgotten to pack at this point, it just doesn’t matter, except this time I will get told off by a world record holding mountaineer. Typically arriving at […]

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Mt Elbrus – Part 1

When I look back on 2016, my surprise trip to Russia will always put a huge badass smile on my face. As my 54th birthday is just hours away and 2016 is coming to a close, I couldn’t think of any better way to celebrate than reliving and documenting my amazing Russian adventure. What a […]

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The Most Negative Word in the World

I have taken a break for the last month, partly because my body was rebelling, partly because I needed one and mostly because I’ve been telling myself for quite a while that I wanted one. For 4+ years straight I’ve gone from one increasingly challenging goal to the next. The break wasn’t everything I thought […]

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Running for Cystic Fibrosis

I recently pinged off a bunch of challenges over 10 weeks; Ottawa Marathon, my very 1st Ultra Marathon in Niagara then, I surprisingly went to Russia to climb Mt Elbrus. Honestly, for 2016, I had one challenge goal and that was to finish my unfinished business at the Ottawa Marathon; the other 2 challenges were […]

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Ottawa Marathon – PB’s Get Air!

Driving back from the Kawartha’s a week before the Ottawa Marathon I made a mistake, I talked to my phone, “weather in Ottawa this Sunday” phone thinking “Sunday’s forecast in Ottawa is 29 with scattered thunderstorms”. What! I knew it could get hot in Ottawa the end of May and I truly love running in rain […]

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Taper Time

What is it about marathoners? We fantasize most of our training season about getting to taper phase then, once it gets here, we hate it. Today, I completed my last real long run before my goal race, the Ottawa Marathon, May 29th. That gives me 2 weeks to recover, prepare mentally and get my body […]

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Running on Empty

Have you ever considered taking your car out for a long drive without a tank of gas? Neither have I. In fact I think it could result in a lot of pushing and shoving. Let’s talk about the pushing part first. I have this coach, let’s call him Stan, who uses himself as a guinea […]

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The ‘C’ Word

I guess I’m good at distractions! As you know there are a whole bunch of reasons I’m training for the Ottawa Marathon May 29th as explained in Unfinished Business. Well, I haven’t really explained quite ALL of my reasons just yet. Let me explain. The day I returned to Canada after climbing Mt Baker in […]

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Don’t BE Injured

We’ve all seen the cartoons about runners who keep running when injured. A couple of years ago I had no understanding of why anyone in their right mind would keep running when they had a perfectly good excuse to stop. Any excuse would’ve been a good one for me! In my short running career I’ve […]

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Unfinished Business

Call it the eternal optimist in me but I never look at an incomplete personal goal as a fail. Never! If I’m not able to follow through, I take stock of what sidelined me and move the goal to the ranks of ‘Unfinished Business’. I stay positive because I know accomplishing anything requires belief in myself, I recognize my progress and […]

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Why do I love running? Do I?!

This morning I found myself running at 5:30am. Running and Smiling 🙂 I am not a morning person! I have to be super motivated to get out of bed before 7am so it is usually for reasons such as paid workout sessions or knowing people are depending on me before I’ll dare leave my bed […]

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Marathon Quest

As I begin training for what I am confident will be my 1st Spring marathon success, let me continue my running journey where I left off in Run Karen Run. January 2014, I joined my 1st Marathon Clinic with the Running Room. It was a big group of marathon veterans and newbies coached by the legendary Beaches […]

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Run Karen Run

I wish I was like Forrest Gump and had the burning desire to just run and run and run. I’ve come from a really negative mind set toward running (okay, I’ll admit, I hated it) to moments of joy and tears of accomplishment. I now enjoy it more than I hate it and I want the journey […]

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Mt Kilimanjaro – Mountaineers in the Making

“There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”  ~ Henry Ford Three years ago a trio of wannabe mountaineers headed off to Tanzania in Africa. Just 3 months before my 50th birthday, this wannabe, learned how tough and adventurous she could be if she just set a stretch […]

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The Climb is the Reward – Mt Baker, Washington

I’ll confess, there was some trickery involved in getting my ‘Adventure Partner’ to climb Mt Baker with me last week. You see, he’s not a big fan of winter, climbing a glacier in the nicest month of the year did not even register on his bucket list. Receiving an invitation to a dear friend’s 50th birthday […]

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Not Easy is always worth doing!

6 more sleeps until we climb Mount Baker in Washington! Today is a Civic holiday in Ontario and, since we spent the last 2 days driving our son back to Indiana, we were happy to have the extra day off for some serious training. This morning we tackled 2 hours of hills in the heat, each carrying […]

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Altitude or Attitude?

Altitude was not even a consideration when I first declared I was going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro as my chosen 50th year challenge. Aside from checking out some quick google searches and a whole bunch of awesome pictures, I had rather ignorantly and excitedly made a decision and announced to the World my plan based on pure […]

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