Last year after running the Golden Ears 5 Peaks race, I was waiting for friends to finish and struck up a conversation with Mike Murphy, who had just slaughtered his competition in the Enduro course, winning by a 2.5 minute margin! We had known each other from afar, but a year ago our friendship was officially born.
I look up to Murph for many reasons, and my favourite thing about him, has to be how humble, down to earth, and relatable he is to chat with about running and racing. He may be winning the race, but he still wants to hear about your race even if you’re almost double his time (KneeKnacker 2013 Mike was 4:42:32 (masters course record), while I was 7:31:50). Over the past year, I’ve found Murph to be a great support for my running, and someone who I can always discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of a race with. He’s not afraid to tell me when I’m being dumb in my training, or encourage me to step it up a bit. I’m super thankful to have taken a leap to start chatting with him last year. Another example of just how awesome he is, is that he’s offered to put on a free orientation run this Saturday at Golden Ears focusing on the gruelling parts of this course, most specifically the killer uphill climb of the Incline Trail (aptly named) and the technical downhill of the Eric Dunning Trail. Not exactly a beginner friendly orientation, but a crazy awesome opportunity to not only run with, but learn some of the tricks and tactics of one of Vancouver’s premier trail runners. More deets? Continue reading