Thanks for the PR!! …I think?

My next big race is 5Peaks Golden Ears. Im really excited to run this race. I grew up in the area and spent a lot of time at this park growing up. Since moving back to the area a couple months, I’ve been exploring the trails at Golden Ears park a lot by default since they’re so close to home! With the race only a month or so away I figured I would get my hands on a course map and go and give it a shot on Saturday afternoon.

I had no intention of pulling a great time, and the distance wasn’t intimidating at all. I saw one elevation on the course that made me gulp a bit, but figured I could take it. Plus, for every nasty uphill there is a wicked fun downhill! I had to modify my start a bit because of where I parked, and the fact that I had no desire to dodge everyone enjoying the first hot sunny day of the year on the beach. I had my map tucked into my pack for easy access, and most forks along the way have a map stapled to them to assure me I’m on the right track.

The first couple of KMS went by easy. I felt great, the weather was the best I’ve seen all year, my legs were happy and I was happy. I passed some beautiful scenery, but this man made waterfall was the one to have me stop my timer for a minute. Just gorgeous! Then I climbed over it.

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So, how is it that a leisurely, perfectly mapped out and planned run turns into a distance record and one long ass day…..

According to the map, I was suppose to take the Alloutte Valley trail a few easy kms down to a dirt road leading to Mike Lake which I would eventually veer off of up an incline. Sounded easy enough. Looked simple enough on the map. I tore through the trail with my music going waiting for my turn off to Mike Lake…. admittedly, there was one point where I came to a fork, but with no real sign or map like on even the smallest turn off so far, I thought little of it and kept on my way. I kept running along the straight stretch until I started to hear 6 and 7kms… uh….. there’s no way? I then came to a sign “DANGER” it read… “LIVE LOGGING AREA”…. ok! Time to go back!

Then, I saw it…. laying there mocking me in the shrubs….

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Stupid sign… you cost me nearly 5kms and way more minutes than I’d like to admit. May as well use this opportunity to take the obligatory long run selfie…

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I was frustrated. I hadn’t even gotten to the first up hill section and I was already 7kms in by the time I hit the dirt road to Mike Lake. At first glance it looked like I would be running all the way UP the road… and in a way, I was, but the slight incline, my determination and maybe even all that hard work hill training I’ve been doing carried me up the hill with little problem. I just enjoyed the scenery. By the time I got to the incline, I was excited and high on life again.

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I tried my hardest to run up that hill, but there was only so much running I could do before I gave in to climbing. It was a nasty one, but I made it through with little groaning. I wish it were possible to properly capture an uphill…. as much as I love this photo, I feel like it should be tilted upwards.

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When I got to the top of the incline I was over 10kms and I knew I still had a long ways to go. I took a look at my map and saw that if I continued to follow the course map, I would have another whole incline and down hill stretch, that looked like an extra 4 or 5kms. I know I’m a strong runner, and my body has been surprising me every day lately, but I was out there by myself and didn’t want to chance it. After reaching 11 or 12kms in the downhill switch back, I decided to just head back.

I’m glad I made the decision to find my car. There were still a few kms to cover on the main trail before I got back to the parking lot. I was surprised at how strong and energized I still felt. I experienced a new feeling that day… after I heard km 12 in my ear buds, they just kept flying by… 13….14…15… What… already? As I neared the parking lot I heard 16kms… and I thought to myself… “Ive never done that before”.

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Until Saturday, my road record distance was a little over 15kms, and the furthest I’d gotten in a trail was 13km. I set out that day aiming for a modest 1km over my trail record and look at me go!! I don’t even care about my times anymore, I learned early on this year that trail time and road time are incomparable. While my thighs and glutes are a little sore from the adventure, I actually feel quite amazing.

 

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One Response to Thanks for the PR!! …I think?

  1. Crystal says:

    Oops … an extra 5K. :( Sometimes you just have to give into the climbing. Good work on the 16K. You should feel amazing. (P.S. I like your “dream board.”)

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