Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lost in Pacific Spirit Park!

A myriad of trails!

One of the many trail options!

The "Start".

Kitty enjoying the fire at home!!

After a busy week and both Neil and Kitty coming home on Friday (Neil was in Alberta - Kitty has spent the last week at the Veterinary Hospital) it was a bit chaotic trying to get out the door at an early hour. We were heading out to Pacific Spirit Park at the University of BC to join up for a flash event with Club Fat Ass. A few crazies were planning to do a 100 miles on a 10km loop in this park. Neil and I attended this event last year and were so impressed with the plentiful and beautiful running trails in the park. We anticipated several paces and runners coming and going throughout the day to keep the 100 mile runners company. A very informal just "come out and run event". We arrived a few minutes after 9AM but missed the official start time. We set off with no directions or map - forgot to print off the details of the 10 km route they were all running. No worries - we will recall it from last year we said. ;-) The trails were covered in Maple leaves and puddles after all the rain we have had in the last few days. It was raining lightly -then heavily - then torrential (should have brought my hat!) To cut to the chase - we ended up being completely off the 10km loop and think that we ran most of the trails in the park by the time we were done! We were totally surprised that we could be out there running the trails for 3 hours and not run into another person in this event! We must have gone terribly wrong! We finally (I did) ask someone for directions and the dear lady sent us in the direction of our car. About 15 minutes from the car we ran into a group participating in the outing. Tim, Wendy, Sibylle, and Lori. It felt great to see others out there! Amazing how you can be on a network of trails and never run into each other. It was an awesome run and wow could I feel my hamstrings from the continuous stride in the cold - just a couple of degrees above zero. As I write this from the comfort of my couch with the fire glowing, the wine poured (in my WHW goblet), Heartbeat on TV - the sound of the heavy rain hits the roof...those going for the 100 miles today are still out there! My feet hurt thinking about them. Hope they are well bundled up. Record snowfall at Whistler for this time of year (507cm of snow) and on our local ski mountains - very exciting to have a good snow base for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics now less than 3 months away!

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