“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.”
First, let me start this off by giving a HUGE shout out and MAJOR congratulations to all of the participants, volunteers and cheerleaders of the 2013 Cabot Trail Relay! I won’t lie, each year that I miss the relay pains me but I am so proud of everyone who digs deep to train and run at this event. YOU.ARE.AWESOME!
Here is my update (I’m a little behind in reporting!)
Day 193: Last Friday I completed a great 30 minutes of hill training and then a few rounds of weights. I am beginning to dislike hill training on the treadmill as I don’t feel very motivated. At any rate I got it done.
Day 194: Saturday I ran 15.3km from Invermere to Radium. I was super pumped for this run as it’s beautiful through the mountains; the scenery is beyond gorgeous. The run kicked off with what I like to call a “Rolling hill;” oh sorry, it wasn’t rolling at all. It was a real jerk.
But anyway, as I was saying… I was really pumped for this run, so naturally I was pissed when I got an uncomfortable blister after about 4km into the run. It was so painful that at 5km I almost called for a pickup, but I decided to keep on going. I set milestones, e.g.: 6km, then 7km, then 8 etc. I was determined to tell people that I ran from one town to the other, so my stubborn self kept going.
Something I noticed pretty quickly was little bits of stuff that must have come off trucks. At first glance it looked like blood, but I realized it was only wood. However, coming down one of the hills I saw a big chunk of one. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was the hooves of a deer or some such thing. I damn near gagged right there. That’s the other thing, I carried bear spray (and got made fun of.) I don’t even care that I don’t know how to use it! It provided a ton of comfort. Especially as we were also warned about cougars all over the place! But despite seeing signs for bears and mountain sheep – I saw neither whilst running (and I’m not complaining.) However, my son and I saw countless of both on our drive home through the mountains. I was super pleased with the run. Very proud to run what I consider a tough run of mostly uphill terrain but a fantastic downhill right into the town of Radium! As I finished, a woman blew the horn enthusiastically as if she knew I just had a HUGE accomplishment. She was giving me the thumbs up and everything (I was also wearing my “Run for Boston” t-shirt…. so that may have been it as well!) I was happy. And I was even happier to learn I had a personal best of largest elevation climb of 252 m. Woowhoo!
Day 195:On Sunday I completed 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did several circuits including weights and body resistance (planks etc.) I was somewhat sore after but felt great.
Yesterday I took a break. We drove home from BC. Saw several bears and some mountain sheep. Felix wanted to bring a bear home. One of my friends said “He thinks he’s Christopher Robin” – she is right! (I must be Eeyore)
Day 196:Tonight I completed 5 miles. The run itself wasn’t too bad but my feet felt so heavy! I guess some days will just be like that. My time wasn’t too bad – almost fast enough to qualify for the Cabot Trail Relay! (Which, if you’re from Alberta, there is a team putting their name in for the draw of one of the 45 spots!) I was pleased to learn that I have a new personal best for this month: most distance in a month – 126 km – woooowhoooo!
Here are my results:
Hope you’re all happy & healthy out there!
If you’re from ALBERTA and want to participate in the 2014 Cabot Trail Relay, check out this website. All I can say is that it’s one of the most incredible relays I have ever participated in. The course, the people, the camaraderie, the celebration, the laughs… loads of fun!!!!!!