I love running in Canmore!
The Rocky Mountain Soap Women's Run is one of my favourites for a number of reasons. I love the air, the feel, the vibe. Running out in Canmore at the Nordic Centre just feels good. It is my #runhappy spot. I forget about what it SHOULD be and can JUST BE.
In the several years I've run this race, the mountain views just never get old. And, if you are lucky, you may see some wildlife watching from the roadside or through the trees. Whether you run 5k, 10k or a half marathon, the views take your breath away.
There are a lot of wonderful, strong, amazing women getting down with their bad-ass selves on this weekend. I find the atmosphere electric. There are cheers coming from everyone - from the race crew, vendors, volunteers and spectators! I have always felt so encouraged and happy to be out there. It makes me feel inspired and I am there to soak up the fabulousness as well as challenge myself.
Post Run Fun
I am lucky to come out with a friend and we make it a weekend away. I have many friends who also do the same. It is fun to catch up with people on race day, and hang out afterwards - either in the massage area, lunch area, or at the finish line cheering on the fellow runners. It is tradition for me and a friend to stay out for both races - so we have a celebratory dinner on Saturday. And, you will, no doubt, see a lot of women milling around town also celebrating! So, say yes to post-run shopping, eating, champagne or however you like to celebrate!
Living Smart with Wildlife
The bears in Kananaskis are already starting to come out of their dens for spring, and this means it's time to be extra WildSmart!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while running in Bear Country this spring.
Let the training begin, and we'll see you in Canmore!
Hey it’s Ruchel from Rocky again! Hope your training is going awesome!
Whether you are preparing to run the 5km or the 21Km race this month, a popular training and racing strategy is to use a “mantra” to help you get through you last hard training sessions and to help power though uncomfortable moments out on the race course. The word Mantra is Sanskrit in origin, and is a word or group of words, often repeated, that are believed to bring the practitioner strength, spiritual power and focus. “To achieve your running goals, powerful legs and big lungs aren't enough—you also need a strong head. Doubts and distractions can derail your attempts, but a well-chosen mantra can keep you calm and on target,” Per http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/the-magic-of-running-mantras.
I asked my friends to share their favorite running mantras, feel free to borrow or create your own.
“One breath at a time”
“Breathe...In, out, strength, power, peace, light, triumph, grace”
“Just keep swimming”
“I think I can”
“One foot in front of the other”
“Far. Fast. Free”
“Eyes up! Spirit Up!”
“I feel good, I feel great, I can go all day!”
“Discomfort and pain are two different things”
“Your race, Your pace”
“Today is my day”
“I kill hills!”
Happy Training! We can’t wait to see you in a few weeks at the Nordic center, give us high five after the race and let us know if you used a mantra!
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