With Squamish50 fast approaching, James and I jumped on the chance to join some people heading out for another Sunday morning am in Squampton. The plan was 21km, car aid station, see how we felt, and then continue for maybe 10 more, maybe more if we felt good.
Spoiler : The first section was closer to 25kms, and was a very tough section, and by the time we got to the cars, we were exhausted and decided it was a better call for us to end the run there.
Even with the shortened distance, it was a solid training run, and I’ve now run ALL of the 50KM course over the course of orientation runs, races, and my own training runs. Not entirely decided whether this make me feel more confident, or scared…
At the end of June, while Amber was in town, I came up with the idea of a Ladies Day on the Trails, and it was a HUGE success. Kim planned to come up and stay with us and explore some of our trails before Squamish50 in August, so I decided to plan a second installment of our Ladies Trail Day for the last weekend of July.
The sad new is that Kim had a family emergency (everything’s ok), and had to cancel her trip the day before. The good news, is that we went ahead with Part 2, and we had 11 ladies show up, and they ran varying distances of 9km, 13km, 23km, and 28kms! We used the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve parking lot as a home base and aid station (car trunk), and were able to accommodate all different distances.
I will NEVER ever complain about the amazing weather us Vancouverites have been spoiled with this past month, but I will say that I just really feel like I need a day of pissing rain, where I can curl up on my couch, and just nap, watch TV, and recharge my batteries, and not feel like I need to be outside and enjoying the sunshine!
I feel like I’m still not 100% recovered from anything really – my ankle rolling, my terrible head cold, or the KneeKnacker. I’m a tired beast.
Tonight’s a rest and relax night, and for such a great reason – we’re having a backyard BBQ with my family to celebrate my Grammy’s 89th Birthday! She used to get mad about me for sharing her age, but at some point she realized she should be proud of how amazing she looks and feels for her age!
She’s not just family, she’s a friend, a dog sitter, a scone baker, a shopping friend, a coffee date, and a great partner in crime!
My Gram was an integral part of my running career; before I made running friends, she would come with me to all of my races, so that I didn’t have to go alone. Such an amazing supporter, and a non-running supporter at that!
Anyways, just a short post to wish her a Very Happy Birthday, and many more to come!
After Saturday’s lackluster performance at 5Peaks Cypress, I whined and complained about joining James for a Sunday long run. But then we started discussing routes, and decided to do the first part of the Squamish 50K course, which includes the “big climb” that neither of us had run. To be honest, James wasn’t totally on board with this route, but to convince me to come, he let me have input!!
Spoiler : Squamish was totally the right choice, and we had a fabulous 28km run along some amazing single track (seen above), on a beautiful sunny day!
Squamish 50 is coming up in just a few short weeks, on August 10th, so I’ve broken down the first 14km for those curious who missed the orientation runs.
My 14th race of the year, was the 3rd of the 5Peaks 2013 series, the Cypress Mountain edition on July 2oth, 2013.
5 out of 6 of the Salomon West Van Shop team!! We missed you Linda!
Spoiler alert : I sucked. Hah. I can’t find many positives in my race, other than the fact that it was a beautiful sunny day, so many friends were running, and I got to add another 12km to my mileage bank. Yes, it was that bad.
Check out my full recap & some fabulous pictures, like the one above, from the very talented Rob Shaer!
I’ll admit it – Saturday’s race was probably a bad idea. Sigh. It’s the age old Solana battle; I don’t have the mental skills to slow down and casually run a race as a training run, and I believe/hope/wish that my body recovers faster than it actually does. This usually ends in disaster, and I try to learn from it, and I do less not-so-smart things, but I’m not totally exempt from these bad decisions.
5Peaks Cypress was such an amazing race for me last year, that the idea of skipping this race, didn’t even cross my mind, even though it was only 7 short sleeps after my first KneeKnacker. I had a very tough race on Saturday, which I’ll go into detail about in my full race recap, but for now, know that I realize my mistake (again), and that while Saturday morning felt like a death march, I’m feeling much better today.
And plus, any excuse to have Rob take more bad ass photos of me, right??
My Official Stats : 1:38:04 – 12/15 females 20-29, 104th overall out of 166 finishers
At the beginning of the week, this comic was being shared like crazy, all over Twitter, & Facebook, and I was personally sent it from 5 different people, on top of all the mass sharing. It looked long, and I was busy, so I didn’t sit down to read it, until today. Totally worth the read, and probably the most accurate long distance running comic I’ve ever seen, and not to mention, hilarious! (The grape drink was exactly like the freezie during KK!!)
In trying to get my race recap up in a timely fashion (who am I kidding, I’m slower than slow when it comes to writing about my big races!) I might’ve missed a few things, like my splits, my gear, some of my running “strategies”, and some of the TMI topics as well!