Kyle and I drove up to Rossland together for the Broken Goat 50k on July 16. We hadn’t booked accommodations but luckily there was a large dirt parking area where runners were allowed to camp. After a long drive there we pulled into the camping area just before dinner time. We were pleasantly surprised to find Dikesh (Brown Dude in a Forest) car camping next to us. The three of us headed over to a nearby pub to grab a quick bite before the evening’s race briefing.
Over a year ago, Jesse and I professed our love for each other in a local rose garden in front of our family and friends. We signed the paperwork, partied at our favourite restaurant, and ate wedding cake. In the following months, we occasionally got asked, “How’s married life?” Well, it’s basically the same as before, afterall we were already living together. However, here are some insights into our experience as newlyweds.
Our longest day. And if that wasn’t crazy enough we started with a hectic shuttle ride to the start line. We had been instructed to wait outside with our orange bags for the shuttle but it was late. One finally came but drove by as it was full. There was another shortly after that stopped for us. The unhappy driver got out started throwing bags on top of the already big pile just inside middle doors. Some of us runners were lucky enough to board through the front but many were left behind. Another shuttle picked them up.
I signed up for the Portland Marathon knowing that it was only a month out from my biggest adventure to-date, a seven-day stage race through the Alps called the TransAlpine Run. Unsure what the recovery time would be, I told myself I could always drop down to the half if needed although truthfully I’m not entirely sure if that was an option since the half had sold out early in the year.
As a 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan ultra runner I make a point of drinking a protein shake most days. That being said, I don’t think a protein supplement is necessary for all vegetarians and vegans but as one that is exercising daily and does not always have enough time to meal plan, I feel that it is the right choice for me. My favourite brand, and really the only one I use, is Vega – specifically, their Vega One product as it has a lot of greens and other nutrients as well.