Fresh snow covered the roads and Maverick, my friends’ dog, was excited for a morning run. I was house-, dog- and cat-sitting for my friends who were topping up on Vitamin-D in California before their second baby is due to arrive. Lacing up my shoes while Maverick was doing his happy dance with vocals, I … Continue reading A second that changed everything!
After previous year’s cancellation of the North Face Endurance Challenge California due to wildfire smoke, I really wanted to finish my 2019 race season with this late November shred under the Cali sun. Judging by the deep field of elite ultra-runners, they also fancied a sunny run on dry hard packed trail, or maybe it … Continue reading Second time around – TNF EC California
Meet the Minotaur is a 15-20 km long, fantastic and unique mountain adventure experience that combines trail running and obstacle course racing in the high alpine of the ruggedly beautiful Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. The course changes every year and the specific location and route is kept secret until race day so that no one is … Continue reading What is Meet the Minotaur???
Yakima Skyline Rim 50K is one of Rainshadow Running’s races that people tend to talk about as being one of the harder races for that distance. This is mainly due to 3 factors - the elevation gain (3000 meters), the rocky terrain, and the exposure to sun (we come back to each of those in … Continue reading Yakima 50K – beautiful blister party
Taper week before the Squamish 50 miler and a smokepocalypse was in full swing. Days were dark and dreary in the normally scenic city of Calgary (and anywhere else)…a perfect reflection of my mood! Although, I had made it into taper week (yay), my body really put on a grand revenge show this time around … Continue reading Squa-what? Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
Is it time yet for my first race in Canada? I feel like I blinked after moving to Canada mid-February and now 4 months have passed. Four months packed with adventures - run-exploring the Rocky Mountains - often involving hands-on-ground/rock scrambling in order to not fall off a mountain, crossing rivers in search of trails, … Continue reading First timer in Canada – 5peaks race
So, there it was, the formidable London marathon - my first race for 2018, second road marathon since I started running, and first race back after my stress fracture. Needless to say that I was super excited and scared at the same time! After a short stop-over in Germany to visit my family and friends, … Continue reading Virgin London Marathon – from snowy trails to hot tarmac
One of the main reasons for moving to Canada was obviously the mountains! Having the vast Rocky Mountain range at your footstep is a trail/mountain runners dream (although your body might not always agree with that). There are gazillion of summits and trails through this breath-taking landscape and the itch to go out and climb/run … Continue reading Aim high – Happiness is the mountain top
There is nothing like a good run when the weather is just perfect, your body is comfortable and your breathing is easy. But how about when it is sub-zero and snowy? I guess when I decided to move to Calgary in Canada this February, I forgot about the small detail of cold, actually gruellingly cold … Continue reading Winter running in Canada – one stride forward, three steps back
“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show." Since I had just finished my longest ultra to date (my PhD), I felt the need to run away and wander where there are no PCs and the wifi is weak. I knew that my friend and Maverick teammate Adrien … Continue reading Running along Mallorca’s Dry Stone Route GR221 – Rock’n Roll