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.
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?!?
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.
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 :)
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.
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!