Aside from the Foam Fest, the Dirty Feet Mountain Run up at Sun Peaks was my first “competitive” trail run. The weather on Sunday was calling for rain, but thankfully the sun mostly dominated the sky (aside from a cool breeze) and made for a great morning!
Two groups of us kind of met up and ran (somewhat) together, so it was nice to have some company and motivation on the course. It was actually was tamer than I had anticipated, but we still had an elevation gain of 428 feet! There was a pretty decent climb right at the start but after that it was fairly smooth sailing – Not super aggressive, but just enough to feel that burn! The back half was mostly downhill which was hard on my ankles and lower back, but made me feel good going into the finish!
My “Hills are Dumb” face, somewhere during the first mile of the race, haha! (Note the obvious heavy mouth breathing!)
My time according to my Fitbit tracker was 31:03 and my official time was 31:05. I definitely wasn’t expecting to do this in a sub-35 time, especially since I hadn’t done a lot of hill training leading up to the race.
All that technical jazz. Because if I didn’t track it, did it even happen?
I apparently lost my GPS signal during the last few minutes of the race so the course “ended” where it lost signal, even though my stopwatch was still going. I promise the course was 3.1 miles/5 kilometers ;)
There was some time to kill before awards and door prizes were drawn, so we headed to Bottoms Bar & Grill for some grub and celebratory Caesars! (If you’re there and like falafel, the ones on the menu are delicious!)
I managed to have my number drawn and snagged a nice North Face shirt, and then it was time to roll on home to be a lump for the rest of the day! A big shout out to the Dirty Feet folks for making this race happen – it was an awesome run and I hope to do it again next year!
Oh my Mother, what a fun event this is!
A friend and I signed up for this even back in February and we’ve been looking forward to it ever since! And while she claims she’s “not a runner” I think this race got her hooked ;)
It was raining SO MUCH all week leading up to the event that I thought for sure it was going to be a miserable time, but low-and-behold, the sun came out Saturday and it was the perfect day to race! The run was being held up at Sun Peaks, so Ty met me at my place and we hopped in my rig and made our way up to the hill. We got there with plenty of time before our heat, so we wandered around the village for a bit before jumping into an earlier heat! (The perks of getting there early in the day means the lineups were shorter – definitely good to know for next time.)
The hills were INTENSE but the obstacles broke up the running perfectly. There were a few times where we had to wait to start an obstacle, which gave us time to catch our breath. My favourite obstacle? Probably the mud pit! It was fun to just get dirty and not give a crap.
Here’s some photo evidence of the fun!
And to get an idea of the course layout and elevation:
Whew, but I seriously did not stop smiling/laughing all day! (And a special shout-out to my FitBit Ionic for surviving the much & mud!)
After we got cleaned up and into clean clothes, we hit the beer garden for a celebratory drink and grub before heading back to town. It was the perfect way to end the day!
I really hope to be able to go again next year! Thanks Ty for joining me – I knew you could do it!!
Nothing like a cold, wet day for a fun, family event! After a week full of warmth and sunshine, of course the weather had to take a turn for wind and rain yesterday for the 21st Annual Boogie the Bridge. *le sigh* Regardless, we got up, ate some pancakes, and braved the elements for a wonderful cause!
We met up with Kyle’s mom and stepdad at the park and eventually made our way to the start line! Kyle was doing his first-ever half marathon and I’m so stinkin’ proud of him for finishing. There is seriously nothing he’s afraid to tackle.
Shortly after the halfers left, Isla lined up so she could do her 1km Mini Boogie! She ran with grandma and they both did awesome! Next year Isla claims she wants to do the full 5K run, and Kyle and I are both so proud of her for wanting to tackle that.
Then, of course, it was my turn to get going! It’s always such a slog to get through the first few hundred meters of the race because there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE, but once found my stride and got to keep with it, it was pretty smooth sailing. I thought for sure that tackling a spin class the day before was going to be a very bad idea, but I felt pretty good! My ankle was giving my a bit of grief at the beginning but it calmed down and I managed to get myself a PR both for this race and overall – 28:20! My FitBit app clocked me at 28:00 flat, but I’m more than certain that the bib time is more accurate.
Once I found Kyle’s mom and the girls, we hung around the park and waited for Kyle and his step dad to finish, and then we headed home to refuel and rest before celebrating our day.
I’m glad we toughed out the cruddy weather and Boogied the Bridge. It’s always such an amazing event and I’m proud my city hosts it every year. We’re already looking forward to next year’s race!