I could live in hope

So, when there’s nothing left to do…What do you do?

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Found all these cairns on Maple Mountain?!

Well, my husband and I started doing mega-runs on Sundays! Sometimes they are up mountains, or along the excellent Trans Canada Trail- we try to mix it up. When we were able to safely expand our personal ‘bubbles’ we went to Courtenay to where his parents moved, and ran from Courtenay to Cumberland. It was great!

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A nice outlook from Maple Mountain.

We bring a cambelbak (which we left the water bladder in Courtenay….shoot!) some granola bars and gummy candies, and then for after our runs, sandwiches, drinks and some snacks. It’s great!

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All our run days are blustery and rainy! This one we got caught in the rain for a bit.

I’m really enjoying the opportunity to go out and run more of this great Island that we have. It provides us with a valuable opportunity to get out, get some exercise and fresh air, and bonus- away from the incredibly crammed in parks that we see here in Victoria. All the parks that we like going to, Thetis, Elk Lake, Matheson Lake, Sooke, Goldstream/Finlayson, are swarming with people. One endless stream after another. It’s incredible. And not good for maintaining physical distancing, as we often see a mega SUV stroller that takes up the entire trail…Never mind the people that don’t believe in sharing the pathway…

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Running into Lake Cowichan! 

It’s just safer and easier to pack up and haul out of town (self supported) for the day.

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Both of us! 

And I am getting to see more of the local mountains and trails than I ever believed I would! Lucky me. 🙂

Race recap: The first annual Mt. Doug Ascent!

Aka the beer mile race uphill! Hahahah.

Of course, I noticed my last post was- how do you follow up the trip of a lifetime? By moving houses, of course. Now, how do you follow up a moving week? By racing Saturday and Sunday, of course! (I fully realize this is insane, and kind of a bad idea, but hey…I had already signed up so no wussing out!).

Without further ado, race recap 1. Mt. Doug Ascent.

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Grueling grind.

This was a very small race, just a lot of us regulars from the track series that runs over the summer run by the Christie- Phoenix Victoria Run Series, and they offer some fun extras too in the fall- the new ascent, and two x-c runs at Elk/Beaver Lake. This race was sponsored by a new brewery, Caledonian Brewery, and had a bunch of awesome growlers to give away as draw prizes!

I had practiced running up Mt. Doug the weekend prior, doing it twice- again not something I really recommend, and it is extremely challenging and doing it twice made me legs hurt all week! ha! But, I’m also glad I tried it out so I had a very good idea of what to expect–and no joke, it was rough.

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Phew!!

We started at 11am right from the bottom and people zipped up so fast! I didn’t get tempted to start too quickly- I knew too much from my experience last week…So I held my pace (slow) and chugged up the mountain road. I passed a few people, and we huffed and puffed our way up. I was neck and neck with some other girls once we got to the top, and then I kind of faded in the steeper climb to the rocks. They passed me, and I finished around fifth I think?

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A great view

My official time was marked at 11:00, but I think that was incorrect as my Garmin read closer to 10:40? I ran into a fellow runner, Gary Duncan, at the MEC race the next day and he was saying he thought the times all got bumped down, so I had to look at the time above mine for a more accurate reading- which was 10:35, seems about right to me!

Rounded off the great challenge with draw prizes and after losing out all season, I WON one! YEAH!!!! A growler and a bag of special rice from Level Ground Trading. YES!!

I’d say do this run, and enjoy the toughness. Dig in, let the sweat run down your face, relish the pain, and the slowness of it. It’s worth it!