Spring training has been going extremely well. I have been increasing the amount of climbing I do substantially from last year. I recently went on a run with some local North Vancouver runners up the BCMC trail which gains about 4000ft (1200m) in only 1.8 miles (2.9km). Then we ran down an adjacent trail and continued on through the North Shore trails for another 1.5 hours or so. My training plan for Wasatch involves doing BCMC two times a week.
A couple weeks ago I went on a training run with Jen to practice for pacing her at Bighorn 100 in the middle of June. We essentially ran a lot of the of Captiol Peak 50 mile course but began with a climb to Larch mountain before running down to catch the grunt up to Capitol Peak. Then we went back down and came up Capitol Peak again on another route. Overall it was about 39 miles and 7500ft (2290m) of climbing. I did well until my body started alerting me that I was tanking due to the sun, which was new to me for running this year, and my lack of fluid and calorie intake. Jen ran ahead of me at the end to grab the car but I was able to regain some strength and almost caught back up. Definitely ready to help Jen tackle Bighorn!
Then the next morning we woke up early to pace the Captiol City marathon. I joined the 4:45 pace crew at about mile 12. It was one of the most rewarding experiences so far in running, being able to help a lady finish her first marathon, another guy PR by 15+ minutes, and a lady finish her 100th marathon. Amazing.
I am really looking forward to getting out to Wyoming, meeting new friends, seeing some more (Jason and Jenn, I’m looking at you!) and helping Jen on this incredible feat.
Here are a few pictures from the run. Mount Rainier was stunning, though shrouded in some haze.