My life was very eventful during the summer and fall of 2016! Having entered into a new age category earlier this year, I managed to win quite a few races in my age division. I also pushed through a selection of fitness challenges, which were fun! But my favorite event during this period was my Nanaimo Bar Trail Run: it kept me on a consistent running schedule and very much in the Nanaimo tourism loop.
This premier fitness, fun and eating event in Nanaimo ran (literally) every Tuesday from the beginning of July until the end of October! Each Tuesday morning at 9:30am we ran, toured, laughed and then eat a delicious Nanaimo Bar – from a restaurant on the official Nanaimo Bar Trail – at the end of the run! Next year look for this run to be part of the official brochure and will start in May. Plan your time in Nanaimo accordingly. We are looking forward to seeing you and showing you around. Contact us if you would like to register early!
55+ BC Games
I hadn’t done any track and field competitions since high school… many decades ago, but since running with the Bastion Running Club for a year almost on a weekly basis at the track, I thought it was time to change that! I registered for the 55+ BC Games in Coquitlam in September and set about practicing a wee bit more for the events that I thought I should run – all sprints and long jump. Much to my surprise I won gold in the long jump, bronze in the 100m and placed 4th in the 50m, 200m and 400m. Just think what I would have done if I’d practiced.
21 Day Stair Challenge
(Apologies to mobile phone users if I’m sideways!)I’m beginning to like these 21 day challenges! If you can do anything for 21 days you will be committed to continue doing it for good (maybe not everyday, but more often than before!).
This new one is intended to strengthen my legs and up the cardio quotient of my day.
Follow me on Instagram and Facebook at the hashtag: #21daystairchallenge
21 Day Balance Pose Challenge
(Again, blush, Apologies to mobile phone users if I’m sideways!)This challenge is done and dusted. I’ll write it up shortly for the blog, noting all that I learned (specifically the crow pose).
The challenge started when I heard the news that my aunt had fallen and broken her hip. She was 87 and within days she passed away. My mother, her older sister, is 88 and several years ago, fell and broke her hip as well, but with much perseverance she got through the surgery and pain and learned to walk again. She has since fell several times and is now confined to a wheelchair. I’m pretty convinced that the falls and broken hips could have been prevented if they had both worked on maintaining a strong core and regularly practiced balance poses. In order to honour these two women and to help persuade all you able bodied folks how important balance is in your life, I’m doing a 21 day balance pose challenge. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook at the hashtag: #21daybalanceposechallenge
Latest blog post: 22 Day 22 Push-up Challenge
I completed the 22 Day 22 Push-up Challenge and learned more than just how to do push-ups. Read all about it on the blog.
Track Running (It’s how to get faster)
Want to be a faster runner (no matter the distance)? Then run at the track. Join the Bastion Running Club each Wednesday morning at the Rotary Bowl Track (near NDSS) for some sprinting sessions with coaching. You will get lots of feedback from some long-time runners. Then we break for coffee, laughs and bragging at Bocca Coffee. Drop-ins welcome.
Races (besides food, it is why I run)