Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


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Racing and Stuff

 

white dog

Always need a photo of Kobi

I thought I’d have more time to update y’all with my latest winter adventures, but time seems to be getting away from me.  So instead, I’ll update you on my latest and final race of 2014.  I’ll update you on my snow adventures later.

I ran the Fall Classic in Vancouver, BC on Sunday.  It’s held at the University of BC campus and is a loop you do twice for the half marathon and once for the 10km.  I ran the half.  And I didn’t have much fun.

seawall

My pre-race run on the seawall was quite pretty!

For the first time ever prior to a race I seriously considered just leaving right after I picked up my race package rather than heading to the start line.  My head and heart just weren’t into it.

The race itself is nice and  small (just under 450 people), is a beautiful course around the campus and very well-organized.  They had a ton of volunteers with silly signs along the route, but they clearly weren’t having fun.  Looked more like they were told they had to do it.

The weather was chilly (-1C) and my hands were pretty cold.  It didn’t help that I wore my bargain “touch screen” gloves.  When I packed these they were folded into each other so I didn’t see the finger was ripped.

gloves with a hole

My “expensive” touch screen gloves.

I ran about 3-4 minutes slower than I was anticipating (1:39:40), but it felt like I was going faster.  Probably didn’t help that I had forgotten my lucky hat and didn’t paint my fingernails purple the night before.  Recall I’m convinced that those two things make me run faster.  Totally proved to me that race rituals are important and do make you run faster.

One cool thing about the race, I saw Forrest Gump.  I passed a dude that totally looked like this.  His shirt said “Gump” though so I think he knew he looked like this.

Forrest Gump

There was a dude running that looked totally like this in the race.

Have you ever seen Forrest Gump at a race or out running?  Do you believe that race rituals are important?  Are you happy for me that my racing is done for 2014 – I am!!

 


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The Last Half of 2013

Half Marathon start in Vancouver

I’m in the white hat looking at my watch

I ran my final race of 2013 last Sunday – The Vancouver Historic Half.  It’s two loops around the sea wall in Stanley Park.  My most favorite place to run – although the run along the beaches from UBC to Kitsilano isn’t too bad either.

It was so wonderful to run in only capris and 1 shirt versus 2 layers of pants, 3 shirts, a jacket, ear band, toque, mittens, and headlight (yes, I pretty much have a load of laundry after each winter run up where I live).

Prior to any race, I typically don’t run at all the week before.  I was going to do the same with this race, but my friend (who was also running the race) said she had to do a run the day before and a warm-up run right before the race (she has a coach).  The week before any race is time for me to eat too much and scoff at other runners running before a race.  I need to save my energy.

I was easily swayed and besides, I was in Vancouver and I would not waste a running experience “sans” snow (that’s French in case you didn’t know).  I tagged along for the interval run the day before the race.  All the while I’m thinking, “OMG, who runs fast before a race?”.  Then right before the race we did a warm-up run – I know, CRAZY!!  I was certain I would have no energy left at all to complete the race at this point.

Regardless of breaking my “rules” of not running at all before a race, I managed to run the half in a decent time of 1:38:31.  I reckon the pre-race runs didn’t take away all my running reserves (maybe just some).  Oh, and a huge shout-out to my race buddy Tina who ran a new personal best and smashed her previous best time by something like 13 minutes!  Awesome!!

Quick side note, there’s a guy I always see in Vancouver races who runs in a Gingerbread man suit and full face mask under that.  I’m not sure why?  Perhaps it makes him run faster.   It looks hard, but I do catch him every time, takes a bit though as he lives up to his costume and is quite fast.

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man at the Vancouver Historic Half Marathon

The day after the race, I headed back north to the snow and cold.  I didn’t waste any time and hit the ski trails with my skate skis and Kobi.  Kobi loves the ski trails and always runs into her other dog friends, she has so many friends!

I actually remembered to bring all the appropriate gear with me while skiing.  Except my headlight batteries seem to have had enough of the cold and it was pretty dim by the end of the last ski.  No serious wipe-outs fortunately.

Wildlife count this week:  one great grey owl and very fresh lynx tracks.  Both the owl and the tracks got Kobi pretty excited.  She tried following the owl into the woods, but preferred sitting and listening to its hooting – it was cool.

Ski trails

Skate skiing in the forest with Kobi