Welcome to the New Year 2015! If you are not following us on Facebook and/or Twitter, then you may have missed the announcement that we have started taking applications for our 2015 Team! Applications will be open until midnight on January 15th. Don’t miss out and apply with the link below!
I have been training regularly for the past 10 years including training for IronMan races marathons and recently ran 100 Km raising money to fight kids cancer. At first I tried just the sleeves but later discovered the full socks are great as well. Besides all the technical reasons to wear them before and after runs, they just make me feel fresher even on the long runs.
I believe the CEP compressions socks not only help during my runs and long bike rides but they also help improve recovery so I can get out there again the next day. I also use my socks on long flights (great for veins and prevention of DVT) and when working the floor at a trade show standing up all day. Traveling through airports I get lots of attention and compliments as well as questions from strangers and airport staff.
I am off to bike for 3 weeks in Spain this weekend and also training to run the 100 km fundraiser again so I’ll be enjoying my CEPs.
Thanks for making such a comfortable and helpful product.
I was ready for a change. I had retired from football last year and my body needed a rest from all the sprinting I have done for the last 25 years. I had stayed in shape but hadn’t dug my teeth into another sport… yet.
In December, a friend of mine suggested we do a sprint triathlon to raise money for cancer research. (sprint tri = 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) That was intriguing to me as I have talked with so many triathletes over the past years at the CEP expos and it always sounded like a fun sport. Plus, like everyone, I knew some key people in my life that were taken by the big C. I knew I had some good support people to teach me the ropes. I wasn’t concerned about the bike or run. I have ridden on the road since I was a kid (Jasper to Calgary at 8 years old) and commuted to work regularly, so the bike didn’t scare me. I was a runner, so would need to learn how to run distance again (yes, 5km for me is distance!). Football, track is all about short, powerful bursts, not consistent, long efforts. 50 seconds was a LONG run for me. I was confident I could figure it out though. But, I was NOT a swimmer. Sure, I could play in the water and actually really liked it, but any time I tried to swim more than about 75m, well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty! Could I swim 750m??? That seemed really far to me!
Over Christmas, I got up early a few times with my dad and went swimming with him. It took me almost an hour to do the 750m with a break every 25m to suck some serious air into my over-taxed lungs. I kept at it for a few weeks, swimming 3-4 more times. A winter vacation was a great opportunity to swim almost every day. The learning curve was huge. After 6 swims, I made it 1.5km with only 3 breaks, this was very good progress! My 750m swim was down to 27mins. Not fast, but I could definitely do the swim portion.
So, let’s sign up and raise some money for cancer! I knew I would be racing in memory of a mentor and amazing family friend, Tom Inkster who, like many was taken before his time by cancer. Tom was an amazing individual that taught many young athletes and students to stretch their boundaries in order to accomplish amazing things. His passion for the outdoors and development of youth through experience was unmatched in Calgary.
To participate was an interesting idea, but I thought it even more intriguing to see how much and how fast I could change myself. I didn’t just want to cross the finish line, could I get to a respectable time in 10 weeks if I really went after this?
Since then, I have completely changed my body, nutrition, sleep and training habits. I have dropped almost 15 lbs, regularly get up at 5:30 am. I learned a completely new sport and learned a number of new things about myself. Changing from sprinting to endurance has been both fun and challenging. Adapting the body and mind is such an interesting journey. Those that we know that dealt with cancer had to learn how to adapt in a very rapid and urgent manner, so this was ultimately nothing in the grand scheme! My lofty goal was 1:30 for a sprint triathlon. This goal along with the cause has driven my training to the top level. I have made some huge gains that have made that time a possibility and I look forward to putting it all to the test this Saturday!
My page is www.albertacancer.ca/cjones if you want to join the journey and help the cause.
I would appreciate anything you can do to help me meet my goal of $1000 for this great cause.
Yours in performance,
CEP Canada Distributor
We would like to thank everyone who voted and helped in the decision making process for the Canada Sock 2014!! As you can probably see below by now, the winner is #2 and let me tell you, the results were back and forth and ended up being very close. Production has begun. Be sure to stay tuned for a listing of retailers across the country that will be carrying this fantastic “pride product.”
Option 1: 19%
Option 2: 35%
Option 3: 30%
Option 4: 16%
I guess the other reason you are reading this is to find out who won the Canada Sock giveaway. Well, without any further delay, the winner is… Cassie Hawrysh! Cassie, we will have a pair of your choice of socks or sleeves sent to you and will be the first in the country to own a pair. Exciting!
Yes, that’s right! We have been keeping notes of all the requests for our previous Canada sock and unfortunately we are completely out and have been for a long time. But… we are designing a new Canada sock and YOU get to help! Check out the 4 different designs below and vote on which is your favourite and can’t wait to see in stores. And as we like to do, all comments will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a FREE PAIR OF CANADA SOCKS!!!
Your chance to vote on your favourite sock and be entered to win, will expire Thursday, May 8th at 11:59pm MST. We will be following up with a post letting you know who will be carrying these fancy new socks within the next few weeks. Stay tuned and good luck!
* – Multiple comments will not count as multiple entries into the draw. Only comments made on the CEP Canada website will count. Contest open to residents of Canada only. *
We are here again with our line-up for Team CEP Canada 2014!
Follow our athlete ambassadors as they #rocktheirCEPs from the Olympics to personal bests!
Craig Thomas // Team Canada // Decathlon >> follow Craig on twitter! >> @Craig_AThomas
Jim Finlayson // Elite Runner // 10k/ Half Marathon >> follow Jim!
Phillipe Viau Dupuis // Coureur élite // 5k/10k/Demi-Marathon >> suive-Philippe!
Rose Marie Jarry // Coureur élite // 5k/10k/Spartan Race>> suive-Rose Marie!
Kip Kangogo // Elite Runner // 10k/Half Marathon/Marathon >> follow Kip!
Benard Onsare // Elite Runner // Marathon >> follow Benard!
Lisa Balerna // AG Champion // Triathlon >> follow Lisa!
Alexander Hinton // Elite Triathlete // Triathlon >> follow Alexander on twitter! >> @djashracing
Gareth Hadfield // Athletics // 3000m steeplechase >> follow Gareth!
Dany Guimond-Valcourt // Road Runner // Half Marathon/Marathon >> follow Dany!
Team CEP Canada 2013 athlete, Rose-Marie Jarry tells us the tale of her Spartan Beast in Glen Rose, Texas on the 14th of December, 2013. According to her this was definitely the most difficult race she’s ever participated in mostly due to the extreme cold:
When my plane landed in Texas I was very surprised to see snow on the runway. Not looking good so far! I never would have thought that escaping Quebec’s cold snowy winter to Texas would have offered a similar climate upon arrival. I was up at 5:30 AM the day of the race having breakfast, so basically eating a Kronobar. It’s still dark outside and the thermometer reads 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius). I decided to wear as many clothes as I could reasonably manage during the race to keep as warm as possible even if I knew the first obstacle involved getting soaked in water at which time the warm clothes on my back would basically be rendered useless. My friend April Luu came to pick me up at 6:30 AM and we headed to the race. The first thing I noticed upon getting out of the car once we arrived on site was the how windy it was outside another unfavorable factor.
The race started at 8:15 AM, 15 minutes after the elite men’s. Within the first 200 meters it was clear the battle was going to be between myself, April Luu, K.K Stewart and Debbie Moreau. After the first 20 minutes a gap formed between us and we were split into two pairs as myself and Debbie fell off the “log up” which cost us our first set of 30 burpees and set us back behind April and K. K.
Debbie and I were toe to toe for about an hour until my knee started acting up on me. It was clicking and I was beginning to feel discomfort. This is the first time I’ve had a pain like this just show up on me during a race. I was thinking of quitting but kept going anyway yet I had to slow up and take caution on my down hills, oddly angled and bumpy terrain. For those who do not know Debbie she was the winner of the first Spartan Race in France a few weeks previous to this one. At this point in the race Debbie had gained some distance on me and I was the last of the original group of 4 girls in the lead. I was keeping myself going by passing some of the guys from the previous heat, haha!
Halfway through the race I was getting a bit discouraged as I had spent most of this time in 4th place and I wasn’t very happy with my position. Not to mention the fact that my body was extremely cold and my knee was still acting up. I was trying to stay positive none the less because I know I am the type to be fairly hard on myself.
After a few more kilometers of having time to think running solo I noticed someone in the distance, it’s Debbie! She was only about 200 meters away and all of a sudden I got a little burst of energy. I managed to pass Debbie as we were about to reach the javelin throw. I felt confident and capable, I took the spear telling myself that I’ve made this throw for the last 4 races, why wouldn’t I be able to do it now? The throw was right on target! I passed this obstacle and kept running. Debbie on the other hand missed and all of a sudden she was less of a threat to me having to 30 burpees and falling considerably far behind me. I didn’t see her again for the rest of the race.
With my motivation back I felt ready to take on the next obstacle even if I dreaded it deep down inside. The icy lake was waiting for me but the race organizer felt it best to let us walk around the lake knee deep in water rather than swim because the water was way too cold. With a little over 200 meters left before I could get out of the water I noticed that I could no longer feel my feet or my toes. As I was moving through the water, I tripped over a rock and my entire body fell in the water. For a second it felt like my heart was going to stop. I got up and kept going but as soon as I got out of the water, I couldn’t run and I actually couldn’t even move. Felt like I started running again I would tear my Achilles Tendon.
The two next obstacles were the Hercules Hoist and the Rope Cross over the lake. This obstacle is mandatory and failure to do so got me disqualified last year. No way was that going to happen again. The worst part about this obstacle is when you reach the completion point, you have let go of the rope and fall into the lake before you can keep on moving. I’m not much of a complainer and I hate to be dramatic but I let out a loud scream when my body came into contact with the water so much so that a volunteer came to check on me and tried to warm me up quickly before sending me on my way.
A few minutes later I saw another glimmer of hope off in the distance. K.K. Stewart was finishing up an obstacle that I was arriving at, the Tractor Pull. She seemed be dealing with the same discomfort I was due to the freezing water we both had to endure. When she saw me coming, she must not have been pleased to see that her lead was not as comfortable as she may have thought. We were at the 9th mile out of 13.5. I was gaining on her more and more but the cold was really bring me down. My entire body was so cold that I was actually running with my hands in my shorts to keep them warm in order keep a bit of dexterity so I could finish up some of the coming obstacles. I really wish I would have brought gloves.
The last few miles of the race were the hardest, they were absolutely atrocious. On top of dealing with the cold, the fatigue, my knee I started worrying about what all this was doing to my body, if I was soon going to reach the breaking point. Maybe even develop a nice case of hypothermia. I felt like I wanted to cry it hurt so bad.
I couldn’t handle the horizontal wall because my hands were too cold to grip onto the studs in the wall. I had a hard time doing my burpees too for the same reason, everything was frozen. It’s like my body wasn’t responding well to what my brain was telling it to do. The next obstacle was the rope climb where we had to sit down in the cold deep mud and pull me up using my arms but due to the material of the rope and the fact that once again, my hands were frozen, I couldn’t get this one done either. Boom, another round of burpees! Wonderful!
I managed to finish the race on my own two feet but I never did catch up the K.K. Stewart, she finished about 100 meters ahead of me. Luckily for me, I got some help from some of the volunteers to peel off a few layers of my cold wet clothes and help me get dressed back up in some warmer dry ones. My teeth were clicking together for about a good 30 minutes! My knee is still bothering me but I’ve been seeing good progress and it’s healing up well. Getting stronger! After the results of my MRI came out, I learned that I had developed a tendinitis in my knee, my recovery is going well and I plan on making a strong comeback this summer!
A very soaked and freezing Rose-Marie crawling to the next obstacle
Navigating a wall climb obstacle with her CEP Compression socks on
Doing penalty burpees at the end of her race. Ouch!
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We checked in with Team CEP Canada 2013 athlete, Nikki Scott for a recap of her season!
2013 turned out to be an incredible year. Exciting races, lots of training and amazing opportunities such as getting to be a part of Team CEP Canada. As a recreational runner, being included in this team of such accomplished athletes was an honour.
Here’s how my year went:
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Disneyworld, FL) I got to start my year off with what I thought would be my biggest challenge: a multi day event consisting of a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. I trained with a fantastic group of runners all winter and I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable weekend. There was a time where I never thought I’d be able to run 5k let alone a half and full marathon on the same weekend! I learned a lot about digging deep and the importance of proper recovery during my training for this event and despite the hot Florida sun I wore my CEP Compression socks proudly all weekend!
Vancouver First Half Marathon (Vancouver, BC) I came home from Goofy looking for a new challenge and one of my long term goals has always been to hit a 2hr half marathon. The Vancouver First Half is the perfect course for a PR and after a few extra weeks of speed training I gave it a go. I missed my goal by a hair finishing in 2:01:30 but was so proud of earning a 9 minute PR.
BMO Vancouver Marathon (Vancouver, BC) My very first half marathon was the BMO Vancouver Half and being the it was the first race after my car accident, BMO holds a very special place in my heart. With one marathon under my belt I was very excited to run the full course and was dazzled by the scenic new course they introduced in the last couple years.
Run for Water Ultra Marathon (Abbotsford, BC) In May I had the incredible opportunity to be part of the ultra marathon team for this life-changing event. Lead by ultra marathoner Ray Zahab, our team raised over $35,000 for clean water projects and completed a beautiful 56km course, as a group. Aside from challenging myself physically, I learned so much about philanthropy, our power to affect change and how significant a change even just small efforts can make. Run for Water isn’t your average ultra marathon and it changed me in ways I never expected. I am proud to be part of the team for 2014 as well.
Rock n Roll Seattle Half Marathon (Seattle, WA) After so many big goal races it was time for a weekend getaway and a race based purely on fun. A few girlfriends and I made the drive down to Seattle in June and sparkled our way through 21.1km of scenic Seattle.
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon (Vancouver, BC) Why run one half marathon when you can run two? We decided to turn the weekend into a double-header by heading home and running the Scotiabank Half Marathon the next day after RnR Seattle. It made for a fun, run-filled weekend and of course, CEP Compression was a big part of that since I needed to recover properly between the two races.
Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon (Vancouver, BC) In it’s second year, I got to run the quirky and always unique, Seawheeze Half Marathon. Running in a crowd of 10,000 all wearing bright, crazy shorts is quite the experience! From the free manicures at the race expo to the paddle board yoga in False Creek, Seawheeze is one of the most unique half marathons you could ever run. The day was made even more memorable by heading up to Squamish after my race to support friends running the Squamish23 and Squamish50 events.
Dumbo Double Dare (Disneyland, CA) Excited to earn a few extra medals, I took on the Coast to Coast Challenge and traveled to Disneyland to complete the Dumbo Double Dare. The younger sibling to the Goofy Challenge, Dumbo consisted of a 10k on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. It was such a fun weekend and earned me 4 beautiful runDisney medals.
Surrey Marathon (Surrey, BC) I was excited to have the chance to be an official blogger for the Surrey Marathon in my hometown of Surrey, BC. Leading a marathon clinic at my local Running Room made my Surrey Marathon experience even more special because I got to work with a group of runners, many of whom had never run a marathon. It was a pleasure to lead and support them and of course, share what I’ve learned about fueling, recovery and rest to help them ensure great finishes on race day.
Baker Lake 50k Ultra Marathon (Concrete, WA) I was nervous to sign up but decided to run the Baker Lake 50k Ultra with an amazing group of friends. It was my second ultra marathon but my first long distance trail event and falling just one week after Surrey Marathon, it was a challenging event for me. Luckily the trails at Baker Lake are so breathtaking, it was easy to get lost in the scenery. It was a slow day but such a memorable one and I can’t wait to run this course again in 2014.
The remainder for my year was full of short races, my first trail races and of course, some fun costume races too. I might not be a competitor but running is a very important part of my life and has lead me to love a healthy, active lifestyle. In 2014 I am looking forward to new challenges and returning to some of these same events. I will hopefully earn that coveted 2hr half marathon and look forward to CEP Compression being there for every step of the way.
Nikki with all her medals from the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Nikki rocking her CEP Compression Canada Calf Sleeves with her medals at the Disneyland Half Marathon
Great photo from the BMO Vancouver Marathon – Way to go Nikki!
One of the most important parts of being an athlete – Recovery! Check out Nikki’s hot pink CEP Compression Socks!
We got a 2013 race season recap from Team CEP Canada Triathlete, Lisa Balerna:
It has been a really busy year for me but still managed to race in 11 events even when training was not up to my standard at times due to other obligations. However, it is amazing how a strong mind and race experience can help.
I had the pleasure of attending the Somersault Awards on Friday, November 29/13 with many other fellow competitors and friends. This is a great race series in Eastern Ontario that has Try-a-Tris, Sprint Tri, Olympic Tri, Half Irondistance Triathlon, Duathlon, running events and kids 1km events. At any given race weekend, there are 500 to 1500 competitors. The multi-sport world is definitely growing. I was blessed to win the Somersault Overall Female Duathlete award for the fourth year in a row. I love the challenge of trying to stay on the top as much younger athletes emerge to the scene. It is not easy to be so consistent year after year. I am most proud of this. At the same time, I enjoy offering tips to those new to the sport. My goal is always to inspire at least two people each year to give multi-sport a try! It seems to work so far. :)
2013 Race Season:
May 2013 – Day Before Mother’s Day Duathlon, Ottawa, ON 1st female overall
May 2013 – Early Bird Duathlon, Ottawa, ON, 1st female overall
June 2013 – Riverkeeper Duathlon, Ottawa, ON 1st female overall
June 2013 – Smith Falls Duathlon, Smith Falls, ON 1st female overall
July 2013 – Graham Beasley Duathlon, Carleton Place, ON, 1st female overall
Aug 2013 – National Capital Duathlon, Ottawa, ON, 1st female overall
Aug 2013 – Thousand Islands Duathlon, Brockville, ON, 1st female overall
Aug 2013 – Cornwall Duathlon, Cornwall, ON, 1st female overall
Sept 2013 – The Canadian Duathlon, Ottawa, ON, 1st female overall
Sept 2013 – Last Chance Duathlon, Ottawa, ON, 2nd female overall (Almost had a perfect season – I was in the lead but listened to a volunteer and went off course! It was a tricky course and came in 2nd by 38 seconds.
October 2013 – Fall Colours Duathlon, Ottawa, ON, 1st female overall
I am now enjoying an off-season period and deciding what will be my goals in 2014. I am proud to be associated with CEP Compression Canada. I love the CEP Compression socks and don’t go a day without wearing them! I wear them in training, racing, traveling and when sitting at my desk for a prolonged amount of time. The CEP Compression socks help with my recovery and I love the color options. I would like to thank CEP Compression Canada for their continued support and I hope we will continue to work together in 2014!
Lisa at the 2013 Somersault Awards