Race Recap – Vancouver Pride 5k

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I’m back with another quick race recap! On Sunday I joined my resident buddies Brian and Moira to run the Vancouver Pride 5k, hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners. Brian organized the team last year, which was really fun, so I was quick to agree to race again this summer.

Since the race was on Sunday, I knew I’d have to get my long run done after the race (too hot, likely too full of brunch), or some time on Saturday (yes, please). We decided to run “Two Bridges“, which is out from our place over the Lion’s Gate Bridge, across the North Shore on the Spirit trail, then back over Second Narrows, and across downtown to the Canada Place seawall and home. Needless to say, I was a little worried about how my legs would feel after a HOT 27 km, but I was really happy with the long run.

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**Side note – on my long run my Garmin switched off AGAIN. Even though it had >25% battery left, I had to finish the run with the Strava iPhone app. Me getting frustrated at my watch 18km into a run = not pretty.

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Sunday am around 9 Brian and Moira and Jan and I met up at Sunset beach – the race start was set for 9.30. Jan and I walked over since it was a beautiful morning. I was cold (nerves? fatigue?) and didn’t really warm up, even though he really tried hard to get me to. Jan: I promise I will next time :)

Around 9.40 the race started and I ran the first ~1km with Brian and Moira. We chatted for a bit and settled in. I was a bit surprised to find that my legs felt pretty good – definitely not fresh but comfortable enough. I started to pull ahead and tried to keep speeding up throughout the rest of the race.

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The course was long (again!) and I crossed the finish line in 21:57. I’m not sure what the exact 5k time was, but I’m betting it was <21:00. The time was good for 3rd female overall. It wasn’t an overly competitive race but I’m still happy with the day. Afterwards, we enjoyed some croissants, coffee and bananas.

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The rest of the day was spent running errands, getting ready for the week, and getting some quality Vitamin D on the beach :)

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Race Report: 5peaks Cypress

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After running my first trail race at Golden Ears Provincial Park back in May, I decided that trail running was definitely something I wanted to keep exploring. Fast forward to July, and my good friend Danielle mentioned that she wanted to run the 5peaks race on Cypress.

I’m not one to say no to running dates, so Saturday morning, Danielle, me, Jan, and my friend Moira (a resident buddy who can also always be convinced to come along for outdoor fun) piled into a Zipcar and drove up to the race. We raced and Jan took photos.

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Photo by Jan from my Instagram – follow along for more!

Danielle and I raced the “Enduro” course, which ended up being around 12km. Unfortunately, my Garmin switched off mid race! This has happened to me on a couple of runs now and drives me bananas. I’ve only had the watch for ~27 months. I use it every day, often multiple times, so I’m not sure if that’s really the end of it’s life cycle or if I just have a dud. Any advice?!?

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The 5peaks race website said the course has 470m of elevation gain. I logged 239 on my watch. I’d post the data here, but it’s pretty messy because there’s a big gap mid-race until I realized and clicked the watch back on. Here’s a link, if you’re curious.

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This photo by Rob Shaer

At Golden Ears, I went about 13km in 1:24:xx. At Cypress, I went about 12km in 1:21:xx (15th female overall, 13th in my age group). This race was definitely more technical! It went by so quickly because I was distracted trying to figure out where I’d put my next step. To be totally honest, I was a little bit disappointed with my time. I thought I could definitely sneak in under 1:20, but I think the trails had other ideas. It’s amazing what a little elevation does to my heart rate :)

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We still had a great time and I’m always happy after being in the mountains. On the way back to Vancouver, we stopped at Whole Foods to get coffee and star fruit candy – basically a perfect morning in my books.

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Later in the day the sun came out and it was too beautiful not to be outside, so Jan and I went for a quick tempo run (or at least what felt like a tempo to my legs!). I’m hoping to do a few more trail races this summer – maybe the MEC “Summer Sprint” or 5peaks Whistler next!