Yesterday I ran the Blackfoot Ultra 50K. I’ll post a race report once I have images. But for now I’m going to leave you in some suspense about how it went. Clearly I’m still alive, so at least you know it didn’t kill me.
This post will focus instead on the last couple of weeks of training. Overall, the training went fairly well, but I wasn’t able to log the kind of distance I would have liked to on my longer runs. I was at serious risk of “too much too fast” but I sure have had fun, anyway! Here’s a quick recap with images on what I’ve been up to.
I’d never run the Powderface Loop (~24km) before so I had to have a look. I now understand why so many local runners have a strong emotional attachment to this place.
This beautiful hike (run, in my case) offers ~18km of spectacular views along a picturesque ridge line. Just like the Powderface loop, I had never been to Exshaw ridge before, either. Honestly, I don’t know many people who have been here. Even though there was great weather that day, I was the only person on this particular ridge line. Admittedly it wasn’t the easiest scramble up/down. But once I was up, the work was well worth it.
Powderface round 2:
“Rest Weekend” – this has nothing to do with running, hiking or racing but I spent a couple of days at the Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park and wanted to share just how AMAZING this place is!
Sheep River Provincial Park:
Continuing with my appetite for new and exciting places, I decided to check out yet another location I had never previously visited. The Sheep River Provincial Park is known for having a large equestrian presence. I wanted to avoid startling any horses, so I figured a cool rainy day would have less users and would therefore be a great time to check it out. I was right – practically nobody was there. I did a big loop that also included an out-and-back up Mount Ware, which required some route-finding skills, for sure.
What is a Mound Bagger without Wednesday hump day? For what is a mountain but a mound of rocks, a hump of dirt, a mere rounded protuberance of earth? Wednesday evenings are obviously for bagging peaks:
This is one of my favourite runs in Kananaskis. The trail is engaging and the views, rewarding. I will keep coming back here multiple times per year because I just can’t get enough. Running along Wasootch always reminds my why I LOVE trail running.
Unrelated (“tapering”?) my pals and I went rock climbing at Heart Creek, which – I like! It scares me, and being scared is a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine of life go down.
And stay tuned for my account of the Blackfoot Ultra!