Race Recap: Dirty Feet Trail Run – Vista Run

If this race happened before the Mountain Run two weeks ago, I probably would have never run another trail race again. It’s a tough course! Or at least to me, the relatively green trail runner. Either way, it was still a great event with some awesome views, and I don’t think my legs have ever been this sore after a run, haha.

My new-found race-buddy picked me up so we could check-in with the race directors, and then we walked back to the car to stay warm until our start time. It was dang chilly!

It had basically rained almost every day the week prior to the race, so I was expecting a very wet and muddy course, but thankfully, aside from a few puddles it wasn’t too terrible. There were definitely some slick sections where you really had to watch your footing, but I was lucky enough to not bail and roll down a hill. Go me! (Kyle’s stepdad, who ran the 21K distance, unfortunately wasn’t as lucky. He’s okay though!) The views were awesome and I wish I was able to take a quick photo or two, but I had no time to stop, lol

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Fake smile. Dead legs.

The hills were brutal though! I definitely need to do more running outdoors if I want to keep doing trail runs, because my legs were just useless by the last mile and I had to will myself to keep my pace up the best I could.

While I was hoping for a sub-35 minute time, I under estimated how tough the hills would be and had to slow myself down a few times to catch my breath and rest my legs. I’m still pretty happy with my time though, which was officially clocked at being 36:41 – fast enough to place 3rd in my age category! (Hashtag: Humblebrag)

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Of course, I ate all the goodies at the end of the run, (nothing tastes better than jellybeans and cookies, haha) and hung around to see if I could win a door prize. I ended up having my number called and managed to snag a nice North Face shirt for Kyle.

So, overall it was a tough but fun course and I’ll definitely do it again next year! It was a great way to end the “competitive” race season for me! (There’s one more in October that I’m doing, but I’ll be acting as Isla’s pace bunny, lol.)

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Race Recap: Kamloops Marathon

Upping your distance is no joke. After running a good handful of 5km races for the past 3 years, I thought it would be fun a good challenge to test my legs in an 8km race. I still don’t know if it was a good idea or not, but alas, I went for it anyway.

The Kamloops Marathon is actually a Boston Marathon qualifying race, so it’s a pretty big deal here in town. Kyle signed up for the half marathon, while Isla signed up for the 3km run. Kyle’s stepdad was doing the full marathon with a goal to qualify, so we were super excited to all be running a portion of the race with him!

Kyle was out the door suuuuuuuper early Sunday morning as the half and full marathoners left the start line at 6am.  While Isla and I didn’t have to head out the door until just after 7, I had a pretty good case of pre-race jitters and didn’t fall back to sleep when I heard Kyle wake up just after 4am. I didn’t plan on drinking coffee, but I figured a half-cup would probably do me good all things considered. I eventually showered and got dressed before waking Isla up to get ready at 6:15. (Norah stayed the night at my mom’s so we didn’t have to anger the honey badger!)

Kyle’s mom picked Isla and up right on time and we got to the race venue with about a half-hour for me to spare before my 8am start time. (Isla’s race started at 8:30.) I met up with a coworker of Kyle’s who asked if it would be alright to run with me and we wandered to the start line.

Now, I’ve never actually ran a competitive race with anyone before, but it was nice to have to company! She is a way more seasoned runner than I am, and I’m more than certain that I held her back. I had to take a lot of walking breaks because I was cramping in my diaphragm a lot, but she never left me in the dust. (The crazy woman worked a 12-hour night shift before the race and was going back to work another night shift that evening! Mad props to her, for sure!)

 

That last stretch was a doozy – lots of walking and thinking to myself, “Is it over yet?” I had to take one last walking break during the final stretch before giving that last push to the finish. Kyle was actually there at the finish line cheering me on, and it was what I needed to sprint across the finish line. (He finished his half-marathon with a time of 2:06:55!)

I didn’t quite make my goal time because of all the walking I ended up doing, but I’m still pretty happy with my time, especially for my first 8km race. It ended up being 48:23, so I think it’s a pretty good benchmark for next year!

After I had caught my breath, resisted the urge to barf my guts out (seriously), and hugged Kyle’s coworker for pushing me through, I met up with Kyle and we waited for Isla to come across the finish line! Kyle’s mom ran the race with her, and the word is that Isla did awesome on the course, only taking a few walking breaks and chatting almost the entire time! She finished with an official time of 23:47 and Kyle and I are so stinking proud of her!

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It wasn’t too long after Isla had finished that Kyle’s stepdad made his way across the finish line for the full marathon. He slayed it and finished with a Boston-qualifying time of 3:32:35! While he hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll apply to tackle Boston next year, we’re all super proud and inspired by him!

Isla and I hit up the pancake breakfast before we headed home to clean up, change, and get Norah from my mom’s. After Norah’s nap we headed down to Kyle’s mom’s for a well-earned pool party! It was the perfect way to end the day, for sure!

I look forward to doing this race again next year; the organizers did an amazing job setting up the course and I can’t thank them enough!

 

Race Recap: Blackwell Dairy 15K/3K Fun Run

We came, we ran, we ate ice cream!

Kyle, Isla, and I all  ran this year, with Kyle doing the full 15K and Isla and I doing the 3K. The heat was definitely going to play a factor, but I think we all managed to do pretty well! Norah hung out at Grandma’s house, but next year will definitely be her year to join in. Honestly, she absolutely could’ve done it this year, but oh well …

Anyway, Isla has been looking forward to this race since we finished the Boogie the Bridge back in April. She was a tad impatient waiting for the 3K race to start (the longest 15 minute wait EVER as we started after the 15K runners), but once we started she was right into it! She didn’t stop running until sometime after the 1K mark, and even then she only took a couple of walking breaks and pauses to catch her breath.

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Once we got to the first hill she started to slow down and wanted to walk, but I coaxed her to keep running by offering her my Fitbit to wear. (She’s been obsessed with earning steps, haha.) While it worked, she soon took a bit of a spill and scraped her knees up pretty good. Thankfully, it was right at an road crossing, so there was a traffic control volunteer who saw her tumble. Isla hobbled along and the wonderful woman stationed at the crossing sat her down, gave her some water, and found a bandaid in her car to patch Isla up with. I am SO thankful for that volunteer because I don’t know if I could’ve gotten Isla to keep going after that. While we ended up walking the remainder of the course, we only had about 1K to go. Isla even agreed to run across the finish line, and boy, did she ever! She really gave it her all at the end and I’m so proud of her. Even with her wipeout she finished with a time of 34:49! (Last year she ran it in 40:02!)

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Of course, we celebrated afterwards with delicious ice cream and waited for Kyle to come in from his 15K. He ended up besting his time from last year by a couple of minutes, so I’m super proud of him as well!

Isla was also super excited to see our “trail” thanks to the Fitbit as well:

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I hit pause when she wiped out, thus why the tracker time is different than our bib time.

Next year Kyle is contemplating stepping down to do the 3K race with the girls and I’m thinking really hard about upping my race distance and going for the 15K! At least I have a whole year to decide, and a good chunk of the spring to train.

Anyway, overall it was a great day, and again, I have to give a huge shout-out to the Kamloops Ridge Runners and all the volunteers on the course for helping make this yet another great run!