Sunday, 29 December 2013

Garibaldi Lake Winter Wonderland

Good evening friends! 

Hope you are all doing well! Well tis the season for snow and we absolutely found winter in Whistler, BC this winter break! Now we spent almost every weekend this summer running mountains up in the Whistler area, but today we got our second dose of a winterized Whistler! We had a blast skiing and snowboarding with friends and then the next day we did what we do best: trail running! As we drove out to the trailhead we had our Muscle Milk premade protein shakes.. It's hard to say what flavour is better.. Chocolate or Vanilla?? And those are just the two that we get the most! 

We decided to take on Garibaldi Lake as we had done the trail in the summer a few times to access different landmarks such as Black Tusk, Garibaldi Lake, Helm's Pass, and Panorama Ridge, but this time we were putting on layers instead of taking them off as we huffed and puffed up the 9km of vertical switchbacks. 

It all started off with slipping and sliding in the car up a snowy slushy road after which we decided it would be best to park on the side of it and just run up the rest of the way in order to avoid getting stuck! No more of that! There were some tracks on the road from days earlier so we knew that there had been snowshoers up there to pack down the trail a bit. Unfortunately, the tire tracks weren't the only tracks in the snow.. we got out of the car to come face to face with these!!

AhhhhhHhhhhh!!!! Cougars? Nahhh, bears we think. The tracks continued up the road roaming around for about 1km when we reached the trail head to find a sign saying "Bear in Area". Talk about scary! We must have been around several and ran all the same routes in the summer, but it's different when you can't see the evidence they are there! Very weird to see those too as it was so late in the season. Bears should be hibernating! Anyways, we prevailed and took step after step to make it up the slushy slippery trail taking some energy gels that Nutrition House Robson Street supplied us. 

After we climbed for several hundred metres, we leveled out and took the branch to take us to Garibaldi Lake. As we continued running, the trail became more and more snowy as the snow started falling with flourish from the sky. It was absolutely magical! Snowy footprints, powder white trees and frozen lakes made it a true winter wonderland. Upon arriving at Garibaldi Lake, the snow was falling even heavier and cold gusts challenged us to keep warm. No time for diddle-daddling or we'd freeze! So we ate our NoGii protein bars happily as we ran and came across something we'd yet to see.. an igloo! Someone must have done some authentic winter camping up at the lake! 

It was stunning being at the frozen Garibaldi Lake even if we were caught in the snow storm to view it! A great run fueled by Nutrition House Robson Street and featuring mother nature. There is nothing that makes our feet happier than a great run out in the mountains!! (Well.. they sure like a roll with a lacrosse ball and sitting up on the couch post run too! I'll be honest! lol!) 

Happy Feet and Feats to you all! Hope you have had some wonderful feasts over the holiday season! I know Joel and I sure have been spoiled with delicious family dinners! Yum!!

Happy Holidays!

Shanny and Joel

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Nutrition House Robson Street

Good morning and merry Boxing Day! Hahah Kidding! Happy holidays!! Hope you had a very merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and festive other holidays! We're writing to formally announce some very exciting news!

This Christmas, Santa was beyond kind to us! He came early and gave us a gift we couldn't be more appreciative of! A new sponsorship! Nutrition House Robson Street has been kind enough to take Joel Payeur and I on as their two sponsored athletes! As you know, we are both endurance runners taking on new mountain peaks and distances as often as we can. These runs sometimes last up to 7 hours and and a true feat of feet! Since we met we have ran local trails such as Lynn Loop, Capilano Pacific Trail, Baden Powell, Grouse Grind, and trails up in the Seymour Conservation Forest. On top of this, we have done Golden Ears (a hike supposed to take 16hours, which we ran in 6), Whistler, Blackcomb, Joffre Lakes, Brandywine Meadows, The Lions, Wedgemount Lake, Panorama Ridge, Helm's Pass, Diaz Vistas, Mount Seymour, and Brothers Creek. Talk about some busy feet! We've clocked thousands of metres elevation over 50,000m. Yes, Meters, not Feet!! Wowsa! Obviously, we need to fuel ourselves well for these accomplishments and trials of the mind, body and spirit! Nutrition House Robson Street has been fueling us for many months before hand but now they have kindly decided to officially be our sponsors.

They are providing us with everything our body needs to run for miles, literally! Protein, pre-workouts, recovery, vitamins, energy gels, minerals, electrolytes, greens, protein bars, probiotics and more!! With Nutrition House Robson Street backing us we can be unstoppable and take on even greater challenges. We can't wait to use their products down on our biggest quest yet to come, The Coastal Challenge. As mentioned before, this run will be over 125km through the jungles, beaches, rivers and trails of Costa Rica. We are raising money for cancer research in honour of Joel's mom and are taking donations which are 100% non profit as we are paying for our whole trip. Please check out our campaign page on called Running 4 a Cause for more details and to donate! :) Running 4 a Cause

So look forward to many more blogs and regales of our running adventures that are being fueled Nutrition House Canada! These stores are truly for everyone and we'd love to raise some more awareness of them! Athletes, Parents, Children, Seniors, Teens, there's more than you could imagine. 

 Thanks so much!!!

Hugs and love to you all!

Shanny and Joel (follow us on Instagram for more pics and updates at @allarms and @runshannyrun . We also own and operate @coupleofrunners helping to promote healthy active lifestyles around the world.)

Friday, 20 December 2013

Joffre Lakes Winter Trail Running in the Snow

Hey Folks! Sorry for the long delay in posts! It's been a whirl wind these last few months! Joel and I have been training hard and battling all challenges that runners must face eventually.. injuries and sickness! I spend most of October coughing up a lung.. almost literally. It kept me up nights and consequently Joel too! Sorry!! After 3 weeks of coughing it was coming close to race day and it was happening no matter what so Joel and I threw on costumes that only super people wear.. Superhero costumes. He rocked the best costume of the day in a full body Flash costume including face mask and I wore a super girl costume with little socks that had capes too! Now you may be thinking this was for a 5km run or something silly.. But no. this was for our first official trail marathon. Now we have ran this distance and further before, with our longest being 50km, but this was a 42km trail marathon with just under 2000m elevation gain.. IN FULL COSTUME! BOOM! Hahahha! What a riot! It was amazing. Extrememly challenging, but so rewarding and so funny to look up when all you wanted to do was quit but see the Flash running ahead of you. Talk about a motivation! Plus seeing all the confused faces as we ran down the trails of random hikers and bikers was great! Hahahha It was the Hallows Eve Trail Race created by Peter Watson. Absolutely fabulous. Part of the Mountain Madness Series and I would reccomened it to anyone! We finished the race strong despite my struggles with the hills and coughing fits and eneding up placing mid pack with a time of 5hrs and 9 minutes and of course.. holding hands! What a thrill!

Unfortunately, 2 days after the race I started getting chest pains and was suprised to learn that I had pneumonia. Whoopsies! A tough week off of exercise and antibiotics cured me up but the lung pain stuck around for a few weeks. I have to say the hardest part was the mental and emotional challenge of not being able to do anything that hurt the most. Joel has his back flare up too after playing floorhockey post marathon and cranking out a rough leg workout day. This caused him to be out from running for several weeks as he got chiro treatment and rehabbed.

I'm pleased to annouce that we are both back up and at her! Loving our morning gym work outs and weekend runs with new friends such as Chloe and Jeff, who are featured in this movie with us. This clip was created by Jeff Pelletier on his GoPro during our first run back: Joffre Lakes!

Check it out! It really shows what our running is all about! Fun, adventure, challenge and beautiful sights!

I have an exciting post coming up next so stay tuned for more news on The Coastal Challenge! :)

Love and Hugs and Happy Feet!