This weekend used up a lot of my extrovert abilities with a race on Saturday followed by lunch with friends, and a race on Sunday (recap coming tomorrow) followed by my first ever Surf Set class with the Blog Squad (recap coming Thursday). Basically – it’s fitness week on the blog 🙂
I didn’t do a whole lot of prep going into the races, since I was just out to enjoy myself and have fun. I was also super pumped when on Tuesday, Brie decided to also sign up for the 5 Peaks race – her first ever trail run! Sometimes peer pressure can be an excellent thing!
5 Peaks – Sikome Lake
Brie was kind enough to pick up my bib from Strides in Canyon Meadows, but 5 Peaks races also offer race day pickup, which I’ve done in the past, and is super organized and efficient.
I ran this race last year, so I knew what to expect when it came to parking and getting to the race, so I offered to pick Brie up on my way to the race, since she lives pretty close to the race location. I was up earlier than I wanted to be for a Saturday, but was out the door just after 7 and at Brie’s by 7:30 (I don’t think she was pleased when I said I’d be picking her up at 7:15 when the Sport Course wasn’t set to start until 9:15 😉 ) and we made it to the race site in time to get a good parking spot. We probably could have left a bit later, but I’m slightly neurotic about parking and not rushing on race day.
Although we had some time to kill, the kids 3k and 1k races were starting just after 8, and it’s always fun to watch kids run full blast at the start, only to slow to a walk after a few hundred meters 🙂 Kevin (or, Houda), the Race Director, does a great job keeping everything organized and people entertained until it’s time to start.
5 Peaks aims to have next to zero waste, so people are advised to bring their own cups and dishes for after the run, though they do have 2 water stations on course with recyclable cups.
The weather was predicted to be cool, but I still opted for my favourite shorts (Lululemon Speed Track) with a tank + long sleeve. I also decided to try out a pair of Solomon race shoes I won 11 months ago and haven’t yet worn because the last time I ran a trail was a year ago. Whoops!
A few minutes before the race start Brie and I opted to ditch our long sleeves, and while we were chilly for a few minutes, it was definitely a good decision.
The sport course was a 6ish-km out-and-back course and as neither Brie nor I had any goals other than to have fun, we decided to run the course together.
We started almost immediately with a climb up a big hill, and the great thing about trail running is that most everyone walks hills.
Then we had a short flat section and ran down a steep hill, which we would then need to
run walk up at about the 5km mark.
Just after the 2km mark we stopped for water and some amazing fruit chews from the new 5 Peaks fuel partner, x:act Nutrition (and it looks like they’re a Canadian company! WOO!).
We stopped for about a minute or two to drink some water and then headed out on the narrowest section of the course. The fast sport, and super fast enduro runners were already on their way back, so we needed to spend a lot of time on the grass and making ourselves small so we wouldn’t bump shoulders, but that’s just part of trail running.
Brie and I really enjoyed ourselves and spent time chatting and decided next year we’re going to try and run all five races. I also hope Territory Run Co is back as the swag sponsor for 2017 because everything is so nice (I miiiiight have ordered a few items from their website over the weekend!).
I dropped Brie off at home around 11, stopped by the Calgary Farmer’s Market and picked up some Tru Buch and 3 jars of Going Nuts nut butters, got home, showered and headed out to Craft to meet Brie, Becky, Jen, Jen, and Leslie for lunch after their brewery tour of Tool Shed. I had to miss out because I wasn’t sure of the timing of the race, but given their rave reviews of the tour, I’ll absolutely be booking a tour for myself!
- Great communication leading up to the event. The RD even emailed his cell phone number!
- Fresh fruit at the finish
- Well marked course
- Trail runners are so friendly!
- Unique and awesome swag that’s different at every race
- Free race photos on Flickr.
- You may not always find a race pic of you in the Flickr album
- I have to miss the June and July races because I have friends/family visiting on those weekends #firstworldproblems
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