Cap Crusher 13K 2014 – Race Recap

Coast Mountain Trail Series – Cap Crusher – March 23, 2014

It seems like it’s kind of the theme for 2014 to run races, but not actually race them.  In a way, it’s a bit sad considering I do love that pushing yourself, racing, competitive feeling.  I just have been struggling with injuries and issues, and haven’t been up to racing condition.  Why run a race then?  Because races are about so much more than actually racing.  They are about the community, they are about seeing friends, supporting friends, being outside, and most of all just being active, getting a solid run in.

I’ll be honest, I was 100% going to drop from the 13K to the 8K on Sunday morning, but Dave wouldn’t let me, and to be honest, Dave and I have run so many trying training runs that I knew it was going to be fine, just another training run, disguised as a race.

I don’t have too much to say about the race, as it was short for a race for me, but Jay was out taking pictures, and it was the perfect spring day to go for a run!


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Month of March – Training Recap

I honestly feel like I JUST wrote my February recap.  Even with March being a longer month, it absolutely flew by, and it’s crazy to me that it’s now April.  INSANE.

Total Road KMs : 242 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~104 kms

Total KMs this month : 346 kms

Total KM’s this year : 747 kms

Hours running :  37 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 7 hours including 1 BCMC grind & 1 yoga sesh

# of Grinds : 0 – CLOSED but once up the BCMC!

How’s my month been?

Great!  Another solid month, my highest monthly mileage, EVER, and my strongest training month to date.

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Cap Crusher – 13km Trail Race – Race Recap

My 4th race of 2013, was also my first trail race of the year.

Amongst the lush greenery on the North Shore, just below Cleveland Dam is an intricate trail system that is not normally raced on.  Personally, I’ve only run through the area during the Seek the Peak race, from what I knew, it’s a well maintained, well groomed area, with tons of little trails all connecting.  When a new race was announced, an early race in the season, I knew I wanted to be involved.

It was small but a super challenging and fun race, and many of Vancouver’s well known runners were out for the inaugural race!  I don’t doubt that this will grow into a much larger race!


Spoiler alert :  I had a blast, and ran the 13 km race in about 1:26.  My personal photographer, Jay was out on the course, and got some amazing shot of the beautiful scenery that we’re please to run in, on a regular basis! 

Check out my full recap & Jay’s pictures…

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Cap Crusher – short & sweet

This morning I had the pleasure of running the inaugural event, the “Cap Crusher” put on by the Coast Mountain Trail Series, the newest trail race company in our area.  This was the first in a 4 races series for 2013.  I’ll have a full race recap up soon, but in the meantime, here’s the cliff notes! 

  • $35 trail race in North Vancouver, start/finish at Cleveland Dam
  • 8 km & 13 km course options
  • Both very challenging courses with lots of elevation gain, and tons of stairs!
  • Super fun race with tons of the local Vancouver trail runner peeps, including superstars Adam Campbell, and MYM50 winner from last year, Mike Murphy.
  • An excellent first time event, I can’t wait to see how this race, and the series as a whole grows!
  • Rob was out photog’ing and he had an awesome spot – I can’t wait to see his pics!
  • My wonderful crew, my husband Jay, came with me and popped up twice during the race – it was great to see him, and of course I love pictures!
  • For the first 30 mins my feet were numb and asleep – I’ve never had this happen during a race, and it was super weird trying to run and feeling like I had wooden boards on my feet.  SO odd.
  • I overall felt strong the entire race, I just ran a good (for me) pace, and just enjoyed myself.
  • The next race of the series is April 13th, Survival of the Fittest in Squamish.  I won’t be there – April 14th is Whidbey Island Marathon – sad to miss, but looks like fun for everyone who can make it!
  • I had one more point, and I have NO IDEA what it was, so I’m just gonna hit post.  Hopefully it comes back to me for the full recap post…

No Official Stats YET : I was somewhere around 1:25-1:26.

Full recap to come!




Whatcha Doing Saturday Morning?

I added another race to my calendar!  Brought to us by the operators of the Squamish50, which I ran the 23km route last summer, this is the first race of the brand new Coast Mountain Trail Series, the CAP CRUSHER!


So…why am I racing a trail race just a few weeks before my road marathon??

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