Team CEP athlete Rose Marie Jarry gave us an update on the completion of her 2013 Spartan season which came to an end on September 21st in Killington, Vermont. Read below about the grueling event and her season wrap up:
In my last blog, it was stated that I was ranked 2nd overall in the world this year and that I had been on the podium 8 times since February 2013. My season was shorter and less spectacular that I would have liked, I unfortunately suffered a tendinitis close to my knee which put a stop to my training for 4 and a half months. I had to learn to adjust to my injury day by day depending on how my knee felt that day. All things considered I am still fairly satisfied by my results even with my serious lack of training.
The Spartan World Championships which took place in Vermont put a close the 2013 Race Series. This race was the most important as well as being the highest caliber the Spartan series has ever seen. This 21 km course was based on the Killington ski hill and had lots of uphill to deal with from beginning to the top of the mountain, multiple lakes that needed to be crossed, climbing, heavy weight to carry considerable distances and hard obstacles some needed be done in mud and water!
Many countries participated in this event; Canada, United States (Even Alaska), Britain, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Australia, France and more. On top of everything, this event was televised by NBC Sports. You will get a chance to watch the race and all the details on the 19th of October from 1 PM to 3 PM Eastern Time.
Given my background as a middle distance runner & sprinter in track and field, long distance running is not quite my specialty even though I’m getting to be pretty decent because I’ve been putting in the mileage. Flat surfaces are where I excel the most, and it’s needless to say that Mount Killington wasn’t quite flat… As a matter of fact throughout the whole course I don’t remember one part being flat.
A month before the race, I tried to adapt my training to run this course and help with the obstacles. I started hitting the gym a bit more regularly to develop a bit more upper body strength I felt I was lacking for the obstacles. For example, one of the obstacles was to run up a double black diamond ski hill for 1200 meters (1.2 km / 0.75 miles) while carrying a 60 lb bag all the way up! Once again needless to say, the difficulty of this obstacle was a big surprise to many of the competitors especially for the women considering the fact that the men and women both carried the same 60 lb bags. That was the point in the race that crushed me, I lost so much time and so many placings (now I know I need to hit the strength exercises a bit harder). Before this obstacle I was the 5th woman and after having lugged that 60 lb bag, which weighed literally over half my weight all the way to the top, many passed me, I was now placed approximately 35th. I was a little discouraged at the top of the hill and even more discouraged when I realized that I had to go back down the hill with the same 60 lb bag! At the top of the hill I noticed that participants behind me were only coming back down once they get 1/3 of the hill done because the organization ran out of bags and they needed them back quicker. This wasn’t fair to me and I was being passed by people who only went a third of the way up the hill.
Through pride and determination I managed to push forward and gain back as many placings and as much time as possible. I had some catching up to do!! I wanted to catch as many competitors as I could and my efforts soon came to fruition as I got half way through the course, I caught up many of the favored runners from multiple countries such as an Olympic triathlete from Mexico who wasn’t used to this type of effort. She lost a lot of ground when it came to the water obstacles. The water was cold and stiffened our muscles; it was hard to recover when coming out of the water and for people who were unaccustomed to cold weather, dealing with this cold water killed performance as it was very traumatic. After having passed this great Mexican athlete I felt a spurt of motivation and I got the memory obstacle done which consisted of memorizing a word and a series of numbers at the beginning of the race that you have to remember near the end of the race you must stop and say them out loud correctly. The number wasn’t the same number for everyone, for example because my bib number ended with 38 I had a particular number which would have been the same for anyone who’s number ends with 38. It was easier for me to remember because mine started with the word Quebec (My home province), it was QUEBEC 326 8127.
We must bear in mind that any obstacle that was not completed bore a penalty of 30 full burpees before you could get back on the course. I’m happy I only had to do the burpees twice, so only a total of 60.
I could sit here all day and tell you plenty of anecdotes because the race lasted 5 hours and 14 minutes. That time put me in 13th place in the race. The average time of completion was 7 hours and 15 minutes. Even with this great time, I lost, which I attribute mostly to the fact that I’m so tiny and that 60 lb bag was a real tough one for me to handle! All in all at the end of the year, I’m ranked 2nd globally for women and 5th overall men and women combined!
The new season already started and my first race will be the Sacramento Beast October 26th where last year I lead the entire race and finished 21 minutes before any other female runner. I can’t wait to go back again!
Here are a few photos of the 2013 World Championships!
Rose Marie with a competitor at the start
The grueling 60 lb sand bag carry
Racing through a barbed wire obstacle
Rope traverse over water
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CEP continues to be the dominant compression sock in Canada. Some people don’t want to commit to the ‘full height’ socks on all workouts but they LOVE the compression through the foot and want to keep the same foot bed. If you are unfamiliar to CEP products, this short sock is a great entry point to get a taste of the great product CEP makes. Also, a great product for plantar fasciitis, swollen feet and less than half the price of the full sock.
We at CEP Compression Canada along with our sister companies, Altra Running Canada and Yurbuds Canada, think it’s time for a contest!
Here’s what you have to do:
You will be entered in a draw to win a prize package including CEP Compression socks, Altra Running shoes and Yurbuds sport headphones!
The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2013 at 12:00 PM MST
Check out these photos for some inspiration:
Pieter kicking off the contest at the Peace Bridge in Calgary, AB wearing his Altra Superior trail running shoes and his CEP Compression Run Socks
Sarah sporting her purple Yurbuds in front of the City of Brandon, MB welcome sign
Katie rocking her hot pink CEP Compression Run Socks 2.0 in front of the City of Surrey, BC welcome sign
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1 – CEP Progressive Run Socks 2.0 ($70)
1 – CEP All Sports Calf Sleeves ($50)
1 – CEP Dynamic Short Socks ($30)
1 – CEP Dynamic Running Shorts ($110)
1- yurbuds Signature Series Sport Earphones ($50)
1 – Altra Zero Drop Instinct or Intuition ($125)
$435 total value
It has been a tough summer this year and hit by some bad luck. While out on an easy run, I found myself covered and mud and some tears – okay a lot – less than two weeks out from the National Triathlon Championships in Edmonton. While on a downhill section, I lost my footing and rolled my ankle, tearing my anterior talofibular ligament. Beyond being extremely painful, my ankle quickly swelled to the size of a pomegranate and it was tough to realize at that moment my racing in Edmonton would be cut short at some of my best fitness in my life.
It is in no small part that my best fitness and rehabilitation to this point has benefited strongly from the support of CEP Canada and the CEP line of products. Whether it was keeping my legs fresh between crucial workouts in the spring, or helping to promote some additional blood flow to my ankle this summer – CEP has been a big part of my recovery and training. I have just started to swim, bike, and run again and I have been using my CEP Compression Progressive Running Socks during workouts, and my CEP Recovery Socks when the workouts are done. What’s better? CEP’s RxOrtho line for ankle support has given me some extra protection, confidence, and support during workouts to get the job done and not have to worry about rolling my ankle again. I will race this month at the Ontario Provincial Triathlon Championships in Ottawa, then make some flights in October to Mexico and Puerto Rico for their ITU World Cup and Pan American Cup Triathlons respectively and CEP will be there all along the way.
Lacing up for the run in CEP Progressive Running Compression Socks
(CEP RxOrtho Ankle Support beneath)
Thank you CEP Compression for helping me along the journey!
Check out John’s blog here: www.johnnyraz.blogspot.ca
We checked in with CEP Compression Canada athlete Philippe Viau Dupuis, an Elite long distance runner. After some problems with injuries and getting motivated, he found his fuel!
For the first part of my 2013 season I had some issues with different injuries…nothing that kept me away from training but I wasn’t 100% into it. So I decided to make a pass on the indoor track season where I wanted to do a couple of decent 1500m/3000m races. I ended up chasing my fitness for the most part of February, March and April. I still managed to get a personal best time in the 5k distance doing a 14:56 in very cold temperature.
Since early May, I’ve been training consistently and injury free. So I decided to do Ottawa 10k and managed a good 31:39, few seconds short from my best time on the distance. Since that, race, I continue my training for the fall racing season. I will do a very fast 5k on the road on August 14 and then prepare myself for Montreal Rock N’ Roll half marathon (September 22nd) and Toronto Scotiabank half marathon (October 20th). Last year I did two half marathons at a time of 1:08 so this year I’m hoping to break the 68 minutes barrier!
I will also be doing something I really enjoy, which is cross-country racing. To forget about times and just enjoy running and be competitive. My goal is to make the Quebec team for the Canadian championships in November.
That’s it for me, keep on running!
And for more updates, go take a look at my blog (in French) here:
Philippe wearing his CEP Compression Run Socks
We checked in with elite Spartan runner Rose Marie Jarry. She gave us an update on her incredible and exciting season following months of injuries:
So far my season of Spartan races is getting very exciting. After four and a half months of injuries from the end of December to beginning of April, I have still managed to appear on the podium 5 times in 5 races.
I raced in Morin Height Ski Resort, Massif of the Petite Rivière st-Francois Ski Resort, Ottawa Ski Resort Mount Edelweiss (twice) and Domain St-Bernard in Mont Tremblant. I was pleased to pull off podium finishes at all five races.
I have an upcoming race next Sunday in Toronto, a Spartan Beast which is 21-25 km with obstacles. My goal is to place first in that race, as the Beast races are the races that give you the most points for your season’s world ranking. I am currently placed 2nd for women and 4th overall out of men and women, worldwide. A friend of mine, April Luu from Colorado pulled ahead of me in the rankings while I was off running because of my injuries. I will do all I can to come back into first before the end of the season in September.
The week after Toronto I will be flying to Illinois for the championship of the Super Spartan (8 miles total distance) As an official sponsored Spartan races athlete, I have to be there and compete. All the Elite racers will be there, including some of Ex Olympic athletes that will give the Super Spartan race a try for the first time. There will be lots of media coverage including NBC.
At 8PM MST today (July 17th, 2013) we will post a question about the above update from Rose Marie.
Must be a Canadian resident to be eligible to win. Successful winner must pay for the cost of shipping the socks.
We checked in with Team CEP Canada ambassador and track & field star Rachael McIntosh (@aircanada1) for a quick update on her season so far. Give a quick read below to get caught up and help us cheer on Rachael to even greater heights for the rest of her very busy season!
My busiest summer yet began April 17 and hasn’t slowed down a bit. Three heptathlons completed already, and five more to go! Early on in my season I had a big PB of 124 points (5,601pts) which was very exciting for that early in the season. With only bigger and better competitions ahead of me, that number should continue to grow and grow.
Next up is Canadian Senior Nationals in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 20-23 followed by the FISU World University Games in Kazan, Russia July 6-17. Following Russia I will be competing in the 2013 Canada Summer games in Sherbrooke, Quebec, hoping to bring home a gold medal and possibly a new meet record. To finish off the summer I have an International Combined Events meet in Woerden, Netherlands and possibly the Francophone games in Nice, France! A busy summer full of tough competition all around the globe!
Rachael at the start line in her blue CEP Progressive Running Compression Sock
Lacing up in the new Dynamic Short Compression sock in black
In honour of Racheal’s great start to the season we have decided to giveaway a pair of our CEP Canada Maple Leaf Compression socks! And since our Facebook fans are such rock stars – we doubled the giveaway – two pairs!!
Visit Inaki’s website to read original post HERE.
[Taken from: http://inakigomez.com/2013/02/27/recovery-and-compression-gear/ ]
More and more, athletes, and in particular runners, have begun using compression socks to increase their performance during a run and after runs to reduce muscle fatigue. I am not 100% certain as to how the science behind it works, but I do know that the compression wear allows for an increase in circulation.
Now, people might be wondering why I have decided to write a blog about this, and while it may seem evident that as an ambassador, I am encouraged to promote the product, I thought I would share with people how I use compression gear around my training and sport.
My use of compression gear is very limited and is only worn during specific times. I am not an athlete that competes in compression gear, but I do rely on it for my recovery and travel times. I tend to put on compression socks or compression tights (CEP Clone) after long or intensive workouts. The idea behind this, as mentioned before, is to allow for the increase in circulation of the blood in the legs. In essence, this allows the legs to recover much faster. Most athletes use this type of recovery tactic in addition to other measures such as warming down after sessions, dipping in an ice bath, eating recovery meals, etc. The idea of wearing compression gear is simply to enhance and add to the recovery period to ensure that one is at an optimal level for the next session, whether it is later that day or the next day.
The compression gear is also commonly worn while traveling. I have made it a habit to put on either compression socks or compression tights while traveling to once again promote increased blood flow in the legs and feet, avoiding the typical swelling that occurs. In most instances, as athletes, our travels tend to be close to days when we compete, so ensuring that our legs are at an optimal stage as soon as possible is always the goal.
So, how does this translate to a person interested in this? Like most things related to sport, it is all about testing things out. By no means am I saying that every athlete or person who exercises should wear compression gear, but I do think that there are some benefits to wearing such gear, much like wearing the appropriate running shoes. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual figuring out what works best for them.
As for me, compression gear, particularly CEP compression socks and Clone tights, provide me with a very important and necessary step in my recovery phase.
We are proud to announce our roster for Team CEP Canada 2013!
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!
Lisa Balerna // AG Champion // Triathlon >> follow Lisa!
Kip Kangogo // Elite Runner // 10k/Half Marathon/Marathon >> follow Kip!
Benard Onsare // Elite Runner // Marathon >> follow Benard!
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