The following weekend, I managed to squeeze in a loop through Hanes Valley, including an out-and-back up Crown Mountain to take in the views (see my Hanes Valley trip from last year). Probably a little more time-on-feet than I needed before my race the next weekend, but I wasn’t sure I’d have to the chance again this season.
Next was the Squamish 50k where I finished in 6:15 for 17th place overall. It was my first big race back after injury so it served as a real confidence booster for me as I go into the second part of my season and start to ramp up my mileage. Had a great time organizing the Trails in Motion Film Festival there on both Friday and Sunday nights – big thanks to everyone who came out to support it and to watch some amazing films!
And finally, I had the opportunity to join UPRISE Performance Camps and Scott Jurek for an inspiring 3 days in Whistler. I was there to film the experience which included VO2Max and Lactate Threshold testing by Peak Centre (who I do my own testing and training with), a series of classroom sessions on nutrition and training, some amazing vegan food at the Four Seasons, the 5 Peaks Whistler trail race, and an alpine run down the High Note Trail, Musical Bumps, and out Singing Pass. We were even surprised with a helicopter ride back to Whistler after the 5 Peaks race! Check out photos from that on Facebook.
From the Chilcotin, to Whistler, through Squamish, and the North Shore backcountry, I managed to cover some amazing terrain this month!
Final Stats for August:
- Distance Run: 341 km (up from 296 km)
- Time-on-Feet: 56.5 hrs (down from 65.5 hrs)
- Ascent: 12,621 m (down from 16,155 m)
September is going to be all about volume as I start my build for Chimera 100 miler in November, with a focus on adventure runs instead of racing.
What I’m most excited about is a trip that my friend Adam and I will be doing the weekend of Sept. 20th to run the Wonderland Trail, a 93 mile trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier. We’ll be aiming to run it in under 35 hours, including a sleep break of about 6 hours to avoid missing too much of trail by running at night. You can follow along thanks inReach Canada.