Challenges are meant to be challenging.

This past Saturday, I received a Facebook message from a fellow runner, Donny, asking if I would be interested in joining his team to take part in the Canadian Death Race, which happens in Grande Cache, Alberta, in the first week of August.  I agreed almost instantly.

Although nobody has ever died in the Canadian Death Race, I suppose the potential is always there. The course is 125 km, covers 3 mountain summits, and has 17,000 feet of elevation change.  Racers can race solo or in teams of 5.  The leg that I would be running is leg 4 – and nearly half of the elevation change comes from this leg alone.  It might be the hardest leg of the whole race.  Leg 4 is 32 km long, and the cut-off time is 4:15 am, which means that there is the possibility that I’ll be running a portion of it in the dark. I’ll need running poles, a headlight, camel back, food, extra warm clothing, sunscreen, etc.

The biggest challenge that I’ll be facing with this race is getting in sufficient training in the next month and a half. If you’re from Cambridge, you’ll understand that there are not very many hills in the area, and the hills that do exist don’t compare to Canadian mountains! So, I will be blogging daily about my preparation for the race – partially to keep myself on track, and partially so that I have a record of my training so I can see what works and doesn’t work, and make changes as I go along.

I’m quite happy that I did a marathon only a month ago, and enjoyed the first 32 km of it (I wasn’t keen on the last 10!!!), so it’s a nice long distance that I’ve done a few times before.

I plan on using sprinting, short, fast runs, some trail runs, & kettlebells to get ready for this race. I plan on eating Paleo in a LeanGains style for 5 days/week, and fully enjoying myself on the weekends (while still following LeanGains). I will be consuming SaltStick on my long runs, and will use it during the actual race.  I’m going to make a huge effort to get to bed by 10:30 5 nights per week, and incorporate a good amount of recovery into my training plan.

I have two 10K races coming up in the next 2 weeks, which I’m really looking forward to. I’ll use these more as recovery runs than anything, as I’ll be running with some friends who aren’t as crazy as I am.

This is Day -46.  My workout for today (as I’m pressed for time due to a Wednesday morning transatlantic flight tomorrow) will be the Domo Arigato, Mr. Tabata LAG challenge, the LAG W.O.D., & a 20 minute Kettlebell blaster with Amber later this evening, and this baby:

Squat Ladder:

10, then 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1  x   12kg goblet squats, pistol box squats (l&r), 12kg sumo squats with leg raise. This equals a total of 55 repetitions per exercise.

Today’s Tabata Challenge:

Today’s W.O.D.:


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