Last post before the BIG DAY!

So I haven’t been as stellar as I thought I was going to be about posting about my Squamish 50 training; but now that it is only 3 days away, I felt that I should try to write one last training post.

Last Saturday we successfully summitted Welch Peak, in the Cheam Range of B.C., and it turned out to have the most sustained exposure I have had on a scramble to date. After a success like that I was feeling great. I really thought I would be up for one last long-ish run on Sunday, but my quads ended up being surprisingly sore and I was feeling more fatigued that I expected. It might have something to do with the fact that Saturday ended up being a 20 hour day. We were up at 5am at our camp on the logging road and didn’t get back home that day until 2am!

Descending from the summit of Welch

I woke up the next day with full intention of running but it ended up being an R&R day instead. In all honesty I am glad that I took the day to give my legs a break.

However Monday came and I knew this would be my last chance to a long run in before the race. So I got home from work, geared up and headed out. I knew I wanted to get at least 18km in, but my legs felt like lead from the start…”this is not going to be a fun run”, I thought to myself. My quads were still, surprisingly, feeling the effects from Saturday. But if there is one thing I have come to tell myself during the last 6 months is that any pain or discomfort I feel during training is nothing compared to what I will have to push through on race day…just keep moving!  Then to top it all off, I started to feel some GI irritability, which is really strange for me.  At that point I just wanted to get the run done. So 19.4km later I was at my front door, stretching and feeling the effects of making a few rookie mistakes during that run. First of all, all I had for lunch was a large salad, which means a lot of fiber sitting in my system. Next mistake, only drinking water on my run when it was hot and I was sweating like a sinner in church. I am a pretty salty sweater and I think this run really put my electrolyte balance out of wack. I was sick to my stomach, extremely fatigued and stiill experiencing GI discomfort. Geez…I should know better!! So it was an evening of being horizontal and trying to rebalance my body by getting the right foods and fluids into me.

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And now it’s time to taper…ahhhh! No more worrying about long runs. (Although as a side note, I feel like my training has been a mish mash of a lot of different activities. Running has not always received the foremost attention as mountains have usually gotten in the way…literally. But that’s a topic for another post.) Got out for an 11km with Leigh on Wednesday and I was feeling back to my regular running self.  Also included in the 2 week taper was an amazing 3 day trip to Athelney Pass, one of the most spectacular areas of B.C. I have been to. We were able to explore a new area, get to the top of some new mountains and even though it was a 40k+ hiking weekend, I am feeling rejuvenated and rested.

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When it comes to running the 50km, I am not too sure how I feel or even if I feel ready, but the time has past for anymore training, so there is no point worrying about it now. I am going to try to just experience it, the good & the bad, and be happy that I have the ability and the will to take on a task like this. It’s also exciting to be able to share the experience with Leigh. Even though we will be running different distances and won’t be running together, it’s exciting to share the experience of his first race. There is nothing quite like the adrenaline buzz at the starting line of a race.

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So I guess I will speak to everyone the other side of the 50km. I’ll let you know how it went and if I have plans of bigger distances in the future…it’s all about how I feel past that finish line!

 

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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