Hints and tips related to running, trailrunning, ultrarunning and other outdoor adventures.

Paton and Coliseum on Sun Aug 4th

Looks like there will be a few of us assembling at the Gazebo on Sun at 8am to tackle the bike and scramble/hike/run to Paton and Coliseum (potentially Burwell?).

There are a few posts on the Peak Bagger site about this, so just reply to this one or one of the other posts if you'd like to come.

Remember to be self sufficient and have enough liquid and food for at least a 4 hour outing (more to be safe).


My 90 Days of Natural Running

No, I am not planning to run naked for the next 90 days...

Something has to budge.  I refuse to acknowledge that the wear and tear of 105 ultramarathons is why my knees hurt.  It has to be my shoes.  It looks like the one extreme of running barefoot has moved far enough toward the other extreme of running in climbing boots for me to try something a bit different.

"Natural running" is the term that is gaining ground on "barefoot running".  This mostly because "natural running" accepts that shoes are not our enemies.  

My First Year as a Fat Ass

Registration for 2013 Club membership is open and I thought it might help some people to decide whether joining might be for them if I share some of my experiences after approximately one year of membership.

Up until a year ago I was checking out the website on and of for a little while and I was going through a bit of a funk in my running and exercising routine. In November I finally made the decision to join Club Fat Ass. I wasn't sure how it would go since I knew none of the members and I joined alone.

Top reasons why you want to be trail running in the rain ... seriously

I know it's tough to embrace the rainy days after 3 gorgeous month of almost nothing but sunshine. For all I know we had the driest August and Semptember on record.

So here are a few thoughts that hopefully will help you drag your tired self out of bed and head out when you can hear the pitter patter of raindrops outside the house.

Great Peak Ascent

Late July is a perfect time for a run in the mountains on Vancouver's north shore.  The weather is generally excellent, the snow is generally gone and the trails are generally mud-free.  The only challenge is picking a trail and running it!

Club Fat Ass on Strava

Setup a Club Fat Ass club on Strava for those who might be interested.  This is a free service; whereby, you can upload your runs, rides, hikes and other human powered endeavours.  I use a Garmin GPS but you can also download an app for iPhone or Android phone.  After uploading your trip to the webservice your route gets imposed on a Google terrain map and stats are included.  You can pay for a premium service if you want extra analysis and reporting.

Register now for The Club Fatass Boot Camp

I talked to a few people who consider coming out for one or both of the Boot Camps.

Please make sure to register, so I have an idea how many people to expect.

Have a great workout and help me raise some funds for North Shore Rescue in the process.

Check out all the details here:

Monday June 4

Spaghetti Flash!

Dear trail runners,

Firstly,I hope your season of training and racing is going well, and that no nagging
injuries are preventing you from joy of the trails.

Secondly,I am announcing that a second harvest of spaghetti will take place on  the 9th.June,
This Flash event is mainly for locals, but if there is interest from the Mainland,I am proposing:

Saturday, 9th. June 2012  at noon
(mid-day start allows ferry-takers time to get here and back again)
East Sooke Regional Park near Victoria, BC

Fat Ass Knee Knacker Fundraiser / Adopt a New Knacker

I registered for this years Knee Knacker which will also be my first Ultra marathon (so much for picking an easy one to start out).

Liza's 2012 Resolutions

My goals and resolutions for 2012:

-run at least 2 50K ultras

-volunteer at at least one ultra race

-run the inagural Squamish 50 (either solo or as part of a relay team)

-beat my previous bagging record (23 peaks in 2011) in the 2012 Bagger Challenge

-stretch at least 2X per week, every week (barring illness or injury)

-attend at least 6 CFA events, and host a Flash event


and that's it!


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