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!!