Take THAT Grouse Grind!

Well, as you know, yesterday I posted my craptastic race recap from Saturday’s Seek the Peak, where I had a major meltdown and absolutely crashed and burned on the Grind portion of the race.  Yes, I know, it’s bad taste to whine & complain when you still PR, but when a race is annual, and you just know you can do so much better, it’s frustrating.

Last night, I headed up to the Grind with Karl & Gemma.  I was giddy to have these 2 speedsters willing to pace me.  And I’m not kidding when I call them speedsters.  Just to put it in perspective, Karl’s Grind portion of STP on Saturday was 39:05 whereas mine was 56:44!!  Ughhhh that time is just brutal.  It should’ve been sub 50 mins.  Could’ve…Should’ve…SIGH.

Anyways, I digress.

So, last night, the two of them were all gung-ho to get me a PR, and I felt like 43:00 was a fair bet.  43:29 last week with a bit of talking, so I figured 30 seconds was a solid goal.

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Seek The Peak – Ambleside to Grouse – 16km Race – Race Recap

Sigh.  12th race of the year, and my last race before KneeKnacker did not go as planned.  I made some dumbass rookie mistakes, and instead of being mad about that, I just have to learn from the mistakes I made, and re-focus on my “goal” races for the rest of the year.

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Regardless, it was a gorgeous day for a race, and the friends that I saw before, during, and after the race, really made sure that it was still a good day.

Spoiler alert :  While it was a brutal race for me, and I almost DNF’d myself, I still managed a PR, albeit a 5 second PR, not the 2-4 minutes I was looking for.

Check out my full recap & along with pictures from my wonderful hubby and crew, Jay!

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Seek the Peak – short & sweet

Saturday’s race was the 10th anniversary of Seek the Peak, and my 12th race of the year.

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Don’t let this picture fool you.  This was not a good race (for me), Gemma, pictured above, KILLED it!!

Short story : I tried a different nutrition plan, I under estimated the race since I’ve ran in 5 times in the last 6 years, I ran 8-9 km before the race, I ran super low on fuel, and was inches from DNF’ing myself at the top of the Grind, and I lost a full minute or more because of a disorganized aid station, I accidentily stopped my watch and have NO CLUE on time, and somehow, no idea how, I still managed to come out of it with a 5 second PR.  Nowhere near the race I wanted, but thankfully, with friends and sunshine at the start and finish, it made up for my terrible race and saved the day!

My Official Stats : 2:14:12 – 24/71 females 20-29, 220th overall out of 477 finishers!

Results can be found here.

Full recap to come!  And it’ll be an interesting one.  I have lots to say, most especially about how I made a few dumb rookie moves and have been kicking myself since!

xoxo

-S

 

Seek the Peak on Saturday!

It’s time for one of my absolute favorite races this weekend, Seek the Peak!

Most people think that it sounds like a crazy race, since it’s from Ambleside Beach up to the base of Grouse Mountain, up the Grind, and then as if that wasn’t enough up, you run (power-hike) up to the very top peak of Grouse, turn around and come back down to the Chalet.  It’s 16 kms total, with almost all of it being uphill.  Given that I’m not a terribly strong uphill runner, nor do I particularly seek out uphill climbs, it’s weird that I have such a love for this race…

And honestly, while there’s so much I love about this race – the organization, the unique layout, the ReThink Breast Cancer charity partnership, the reduced price for Grouse members, the North Shore community, I think that the thing I like most about it, is that people think it’s insane.

When I talk about trail races with people not familiar with the Vancouver area running scene, they usually don’t have a clue what I’m talking about.  But, everyone knows what the Grind is.  And everyone knows that Ambleside beach is wayyyy down in West Vancouver, and that Grouse Mountain is wayyyyy up.  So, they actually get where I’m running, and what I’m doing (kinda).

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Fair-Weather Runner, or not??

Last night, Hilary and I decided to do some extra training for our upcoming Seek the Peak race on June 15th.  Fun fact – Hilary & I actually met at STP in 2011, and have been friends ever since – often doing the Grind together, as well as I’ve rubber armed Hilary into some road races (what was I thinking…) and a wee bit of trail running. 

We parked at the Cleveland Dam, and just as we got there, the skies opened up, and it began to rain cats, dogs, elephants!  It was gross.  We headed down the stairs for approx 1 km, turned around came back up the route we’ll be taking on June 15, going past the dam, and running up the side of Nancy Greene Way.  Within minutes of starting, we were drenched.  We put our heads down, ran the hill, and laughed at the fact that the road was literally a river of flowing water.  We contemplated calling Momma, who’d driven the car up the was starting the hike ahead of us, to bail to sit in Starbucks and have lattes.  Sigh…what a nice idea… But, Momma doesn’t hike with her phone, and we were already wet, so might as well keep going!

As we started the Grind, Hilary turns to me and says “I will forever associate torrential downpour and exercise with you!”

I had to laugh because in my head, I’ve always been a bit of a fair weather runner, or a wimp when it comes to getting outside in complete nastiness.  But then I started thinking, and realized that that’s not the case anymore.  I used to always turn down running invitations when it was raining, let alone RAINING, and now, I almost never bail on training plans, and just get out there and get it done, no matter what the weather gods have in store.

Well, shit.  When did I become so hardcore??

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Month of June Training Recap

Ooops…since I didn’t have a “goal race” I was training for, I didn’t do my weekly training logs, and now here we are at the start of July, and I’ll have to recap the whole month of June!

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Seek the Peak – Race Review

Yesterday morning was a tough morning to get out of bed, the sky was grey & gloomy, rain was coming showering down, and I was tired from a busy day on Saturday, including a fantastic wedding – congrats Sofia & Rob!

Jay & I with the happy couple!

But, I dragged myself out of bed, had my smoothie, pushed Jay out of bed, and was out the door on the way to Seek the Peak, starting at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver. I did a blog on the race a few days ago, which you can read here.

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Seeking the Peak Sunday morning!

It’s going to be a busy weekend with all 3 days jam packed with fun!

Friday night we have a family dinner for a sweet 16th Birthday, Father’s Day, and a cousin’s grad.  Saturday we have a wedding in downtown Vancouver, which is guaranteed to be a great time!  And Sunday, I’m running one of my all-time favorite races, Seek the Peak! 

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Month of May Training Recap

I can’t believe May is *almost* over!!  I didn’t do my weekly training logs, this month was relatively low in the training aspect, I focused on recovering from the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 6th before getting back into HC workouts.

So, I decided to give a month long recap instead…

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The most important Grinding tip…and I missed it!!

I realized that I actually forgot to include the most important grinding tip of all, and felt like it needed it’s own post – it’s that important!!

I got lots of feedback on my last post, to add in info on safety; carrying a whistle & phone for this reason, as well as lots of people commenting on the value of the Grind Timer, which for $20 keeps track of your times, and provides you with a bag check service, so that you can send a bag of clean dry clothes to the top.

But surprisingly, nobody mentioned what I missed…Any guesses??

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