Race Recap: Dirty Feet Mountain Run

This past Sunday I managed to make my way up to the rainy mountains for the Dirty Feet Sun Peaks Trail Run!

It was my second time running this race and I almost, ALMOST, signed up for the 10K distance but chickened out changed my mind at the last minute. I’m glad I did because judging by the way my legs still feel three days later … another 5K on top of what I did probably would have made me wheelchair-bound.

Anyway, I drove myself up to the mountain in time to pick up my race package and had about an hour and a half to kill before I had to line up at the start line, so I treated myself to a light breakfast at Cahilty Creek Kitchen restaurant. It was lovely eating in relative peace and not having to tell a tiny human to sit nice and eat their dang food! I had poached eggs with a slice of bacon, a sausage link, toast, and fruit, and it was just enough to fuel me up without weighing me down! I highly recommend stopping there for breakfast if you’re ever up at Sun Peaks. (Their regular menu looks pretty awesome too, IMO.)

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After breakfast I wandered back to my car to stay warm and dry before the race. It was pretty wet in general all weekend, but thankfully the rain subsided just enough to make it not completely horrible by the time the 5K runners had to start. (I can’t say the same for the 1/2 or Full Marathon runners though!) I eventually crawled out of my warm car and met up with some fellow running folks I knew from town before getting ready at the start line!

Overall, I felt pretty good during the race. The mud wasn’t too terrible, although there were a few spots where it was pretty slick and I had to slow down a bit so I wouldn’t slip and fall. As it turns out, adjusting my gait/stride for the mud wrecked havoc on my knees and they’re pretty dang sore. The more you run the more you learn …

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I don’t know if it’s the course itself or if the mountains just play with the GPS function, but it always clocks this race at just under 5 km. Whichever it is, you can totally tell by my splits where the uphill battles were, and where I had the privilege of coasting downhill.

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Photo via Dirty Feet’s Facebook page

All things considered, I’m pretty happy with my final time of 31:36. I was aiming to beat my time from last year’s race, and I think it definitely could have been possible had the trails not been so muddy! I’m looking forward to next year’s event already!

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What I’m Reading: The Color of Our Sky

From the book jacket:

A sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends—one struggling to survive the human slave trade and the other on a mission to save her—two girls whose lives converge only to change one fateful night in 1993.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old girl from the lower caste Yellamma cult of temple prostitutes has come of age to fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute. In an attempt to escape this legacy that binds her, Mukta is transported to a foster family in Bombay. There she discovers a friend in the high spirited eight-year-old Tara, the tomboyish daughter of the family, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to a different world—ice cream and sweets, poems and stories, and a friendship the likes of which she has never experienced before. As time goes by, their bond grows to be as strong as that between sisters. In 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s room.

Eleven years later, Tara who blames herself for what happened, embarks on an emotional journey to search for the kidnapped Mukta only to uncover long buried secrets in her own family.

Moving from a remote village in India to the bustling metropolis of Bombay, to Los Angeles and back again, amidst the brutal world of human trafficking, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and redemption—which ultimately withstands the true test of time.

My review:

I understand the importance behind the subject matter of this novel, as it deals with real-life issues that are still important today, but the writing itself fell short of my expectations.

It was pretty easy to figure out early on how the story would end, and I think that was the first clue that The Color of Our Sky wouldn’t live up to my expectations. The remaining chapters dragged on for too long and I felt that the only reason why I kept reading was because I thought something “big” was going to happen. Everything was a bit anticlimactic, IMO.

This isn’t to say that it didn’t tug at my heartstrings at all. Reading the parts of Mukta’s childhood was difficult – even more so knowing this is something that happens in real life. It just needed a bit more to really pull me in.

Overall, I didn’t love The Color of Our Sky, but I didn’t dislike it either. I just feel it needed a bit more polishing and the storyline could’ve been a bit better.

My rating: ★★★/5

August Recap

And just like that, summer is done and school is back in session! We had a pretty decent August – the warm weather finally decided to show up and we were able to enjoy the heat!

At the beginning of the month Kyle, the girls, and I went with some friends to Atlantis Waterslides in Vernon and the kids had a blast! We spent practically the whole day there and were completely exhausted by the end of it, but it was definitely worth it.

We also were able to take full advantage of the pool at Kyle’s mom’s – the girls have both come a long way with their swimming skills over the summer! Lessons over the fall/winter should be a breeze for both of them with the amount of practice they had!

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Over the BC Day long weekend we went to the local marina/beach for a day and the girls had the best time ever! It was our first time going and I was pleasantly surprised! The beach was so wonderful and sandy, and while the water was busy with boats, the swimming area was great and well-marked so the boats didn’t cross over. There’s even a little restaurant/ice cream shop, so the girls were treated by grandpa to cones.

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Isla had the amazing opportunity to audition to perform onstage with the Moscow Ballet in November when they come to town with The Great Russian Nutcracker, but in order for her to audition she had to learn how to ride her bike without training wheels. (Call it a lesson in discipline, if you will.) It took a couple afternoons and evenings of trying, but eventually she figured it out and can now ride fairly confidently on two wheels!

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That being said, she earned Kyle and I’s approval to audition for the ballet and was successful in earning a spot on stage! We’re pretty proud of her and she’s super excited to be a part of a real ballet!

Mid-August the girls went for a sleepover at my mom’s and Kyle and I went out to the Little Shuswap Lake to visit with friends who were visiting from Calgary! It was a beautiful day and it was lovely to have a little kid-free getaway. ( I only felt slightly guilty that they missed out, but good times were coming their way anyway!)

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The girls and I headed over to Vernon to visit with my dad for a couple of nights and help celebrate his birthday with him! While it rained almost all day our first day there, there was a short break in the afternoon so we were able to head over to Davison Orchards to check out the animals and all the fun stuff they have there! The ducky races were probably the highlight of that excursion!

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During our second day there we headed over to Winfield to visit Kangaroo Creek Farm! It’s such an amazing little hidden gem and the girls always have the most amazing time while they’re there! This year they were able to hold parrots on their shoulders, which went way better than I had anticipated. (They are super laid back birds and very well socialized!)

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After the kangaroo farm we headed back into Vernon for lunch and then did a quick wardrobe change for the beach! The weather was perfect and the girls spent all afternoon playing in the water and sand. I’m certain they’d spend an entire day there if I let them.

Oh, and what started out as mermaid tales turned into me just completely burying both Isla and Norah in the sand! They thought it was hilarious and thank goodness my dad had brought this umbrella or their faces would’ve fried in the sun!

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That was about the end of our family adventures for August! The girls did go on a camping trip this past weekend and Kyle and I went out and bought 125lbs of tomatoes for canning, so you can guess what our future holds for us!

Isla had her first (partial) day at school today and her first full day will be today! Norah doesn’t start preschool until next week, but she’s extremely excited and can’t wait to go!

How was August for you?!