Spring time runs

Spoiled!

Sometimes it is easy to not be thankful for what we have. Over this last weekend, that was not the case. The weather at the moment in southern British Columbia is simply amazing. Especially considering how the Eastern part of North America is under a deep freeze with blizzards in many areas. But, here… Spring has arrived.

So, in celebration I spent the weekend running.

My plans involved two runs, on Saturday I wanted to get some hills into my diet and preferably on the Trails. I have been missing my the trail running, it is by far my favorite place to run. Check our my reasons here. Sunday was going to be my long run for the week, nothing too crazy though somewhere in the 20 km range.

About 4 minutes from my house there are a series of amazing groomed trails with plenty of elevation. Some might say I am spoiled… I see a trend starting. My 13yr old son has decided to take up the sport a bit this year, and since I was keeping the kms down today it was a good day to see how he was going to do with some hills.

Trail head is marked

Trail head is marked

With the sun shining,dog and son in tow we headed up the hills. The trails were in great shape for February. Pretty much no snow on the Southern slopes, but we ran into some on the Northern end.

Still lots of Snow in parts

Still lots of Snow in parts

After a 3km warm up, the real work starts. A 500 meter section of serious uphill, in places the slope becomes 45% grade. To say it is intimidating is a serious understatement. My son was already telling me he didn’t want to try it. Being a man of reason I told him “One step at a time”. Somewhere about half way up my son decided to turn into Captain America and sprint by me with a quick “On your left”. Little bastard. If I could have caught him, I tell you he wouldn’t be so confident. Must be nice to be 13.

Despite my grumblings the views are totally worth the climb. Plus now we get a nice long down hill section.

Looking South towards Kelowna

Looking South towards Kelowna

At 7km a bit shorter then I would have liked, but considering the weather and getting a run in with my son, I am not complaining.

Sunday’s was slotted for my long run. I woke up a bit tired, between cross training and dieting my energy has been a bit low. So, I waited until a bit later in the day to head out.

Once again a beautiful day.

How can you not want to be outside?

How can you not want to be outside?

I was able to get into a nice rhythm until about 13km where things started getting difficult. I felt like I hit the wall, barely any energy. Since I have been dieting hard, I am blaming that for my less then stellar performance. But a bad day running is still better then a day lying on the couch 🙂

A few things I learned this weekend. There is no replacement for youth and enthusiasm. As my son was able to easily manage a hilly 7km despite never having run that far before. Another thing I want to look into is my diet, I have been reducing calories and carbohydrates a lot lately and I think I am starting to pay for it. With some careful trial and error I should be able to figure it out though and when I do I will be sure to share with everyone here.

What activities did you get up to this weekend?

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