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RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Running with a 20% increase in body weight.
31-Mar-2012 06:23:13 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

My fully weighted pack is about 20% of my body weight.  I wasn't sure how it was going to feel, but surprisingly it didn't feel too bad and I could actually run....well, maybe shuffle, but still, I was moving forward!!

Darren Nichols and I headed out today and got about 18 km of trail under our feet with fully loaded packs.  The single track trails were still pretty ice covered in sections, slowing us to a walk or creating detours through scrubby brush to get back onto paved trails.  The plan was to see how a weighted pack felt for me (Darren is a pro at this!), to make adjustments and see if there was any opportunity to make changes.  All in all I was pretty happy with how it went.  There are a few things I planned on taking that I probably won't, and a few things that I still need to pack.

I ordered the RaidLight front pack and am so happy with it!  Once I got the waist belt on my back pack cinched up tight enough it eliminated the bouncing of the front pack.  I look like a peddlar as I have about 6 caribiners hanging off my pack and have an assorted # of "things" hanging off them to create more space in my pack.  Things like my sleeping mat, lip sunscreen, compass, whistle and my backup flashlight.  Nothing seemed to annoy me or get in the way, so was a good test.

I will be sure to take the pack out for a few more runs just to ensure that the set up is optimal and will adjust the items that I plan on taking.  Only 6 more weeks!!!

My fully loaded pack!!

How many toenails will arrive in Jordan with me?
25-Mar-2012 04:18:37 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Training is going well, with the exception of the beating my toenails are taking.  

I am pretty fortunate that with the exception of missing toenails, my feet are in pretty darn good shape given the mileage I've put on them.  I am lucky that I have never gotten a blister running (I know, don't tempt fate), but of course I will have the blister kit in my pack because it is required, plus you never know!!

My shoes are the Salomon XT Wings, size 9 (I'm only 5'3", so yes, proportionally HUGE feet), but I have lots of wiggle room in the toe box. I've been using the Salomon's for the past 4 years or so, basically since I've taken up Ultra's.  They serve me very well.  Last year I used one pair to get through the Canadian Death Race, 125 km event, and many sections were water and mud a foot deep.  I did no change of socks or shoes and had no blisters   Come to think of it I did my 100 miler in the same pair, but it was a dry course.

I got my Rough Country silk gaiters stitched onto my shoes, courtesy of Shoe Re-Nu at St. Albert Centre mall.  A wonderful family from Lebanon who have been to Jordan several times run the shop, and shared lots of stories about Petra and the Dead Sea.  They did a great job on the shoes but think we are all a little crazy.

I am thinking along the terms of Survivor for this event, and was wondering if I should bring one luxury item and what it would be.  The past 2 years I have solo'd Death Race it has become tradition for me to drag along a little kiddie pool and epsom salts to the motel, along with a selection of toe nail polish, and after the race my friends and I have a pedi party in the parking lot.  I don't think running with a 2kg bag of epsom salts and a kiddie pool strapped to my back is reasonable, plus the time penalties I would incur for using all the hot water for a foot soak wouldn't go over well  However, a little bottle of purple nail polish just might find it's way into my pack...great for covering black toe nails and if you paint the nail beds on one will ever know it's not a real toenail!! 
Training, training, training...and only 5 weeks un
23-Mar-2012 06:14:38 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Wow, only 7 more weeks!!  When I signed up months ago I had my "list" of things to prepare and over the past few months I think I have my checklist complete!!  My training plan was top  of the list and so far, so good.  It's always my goal to go into an event uninjured (and come out the other side also uninjured) and so far my goal is met!! 

I came off of 4 ultra's last year, all 100km or more (longest was 100 miles in October) so I had a good endurance base.  I recovered, rested and ate my way through November, December and January and then picked up the training again.  

Since mid-January my training has consisted of running anywhere from 40 - 80 km on the weekends, a weighted vest speed workout once per week, a couple of spin classes per week, some core/strength training once or twice / week and usually a couple of easy 2 hour runs thrown in somewhere during the week.  

A few weeks ago, I did a 3 hour run on Friday, 4 hours Saturday and 3.5 hours Sunday (I figure I did around 80km/50 miles over the weekend).  Over the course of those 3 days I ate only food I will have available during the event.  The dehydrated stuff is surprisingly good (or maybe I just got THAT hungry).  All went well, so hopefully the food choices sit well and the calorie intake is high enough (I seemed to get by okay on about 2300 cal each day for the 3 days and wasn't starving!). Next up is a fully loaded pack run next weekend  with a couple of other RTP Jordan 2012 runners.  We are going to load up and head out for a couple of hours, so I can get the feel of running with a 25 lb pack (although I've been told I'll be shuffling, not running!!).  I ordered the RaidLight front pack and have tried it on, fully loaded.  It feels good just standing around in it, however, I figure I better put it to the test in an actual run!!

Tomorrow  I have a 40 km run planned and it looks like it will be in about 20 cm of fresh, fluffy snow (what can I say...it's spring in Alberta!).  I'll just remind myself that running in snow is a great simulation for running in sand.   Only 5 more long runs before the big event, so I definitely have some motivation to get some serious distance on my feet in the next month!!

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012

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I am a Health & Fitness Specialist in an employee fitness facility at the U of A hospital in Edmonton. I help health professionals make healthy lifestyle changes, provide personal training and teach fitness classes. And it is the most fun I've ever

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I worked for 15 years in a corporate setting as an HR specialist. About 6 years ago I decided to take the leap and make a major career change and do what I love and became a personal trainer and health & fitness specialist at the U of A Hospital's employee fitness centre. I am fortunate to work at something that I truly love, which is sharing my passion for health & fitness with others. My success is defined by seeing individuals make lifestyle changes that ultimately make them stronger, healthier people.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I am a Health & Fitness Specialist in an employee
fitness facility at the U of A hospital in
Edmonton. I help health professionals make
healthy lifestyle changes, provide personal
training and teach fitness classes. And it is the
most fun I've ever

Why are you competing?
My reason for running in Jordan is to challenge
myself. I also look at it as an opportunity to
see an amazing part of the world, meet amazing
people from all over the world and take part in an
amazing experience.

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