I had considerable plans for running in Vancouver, BC while we were out visiting and going to our niece’s wedding. I planned to run around the neighborhood in Port Moody where we were staying since it had beautiful trails down to the water and some great hills – I love reviewing my runs on Strava when I’ve gotten some good elevation.
The main thing I was looking forward to this trip, besides of course the fantastic wedding of my lovely niece, was climbing Grouse Grind. Grouse Grind is a difficult trail 2.9kms in length with about 853m (apprxox. 2800 feet) of elevation gain going up Grouse Mountain. On average it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to climb. Sounded like an impressive challenge.
Well, the day before we flew out, I came down with the wicked cold that my family had. I guess I couldn’t avoid it forever. So, I spent the week uncontrollably coughing on my in-laws (again – so sorry) and taking cold pills instead of running amidst the blooming trees and bushes of the neighborhood in which we stayed.
On the last day we were there I did take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain. It was fantastic. The view was incredible.
Needless to say, actually climbing “the Grind” is at the top of my list for the next time we visit BC. It was a nice change to see green trees and flowers blooming instead of the barren early spring we are still in here in Ontario.
We got back early this morning, and after unpacking and doing many loads of laundry, I managed a slow 5k with lots of wheezing and coughing. I ran 4 of the 5 kms at well over a 6 minute per km pace, but at my 3rd km, I ran through a construction zone. A dumptruck pulled out in front of me, and when he noticed me running behind him, he pulled over so that I wouldn’t have to run in the dust he was kicking up. Unfortunately having a huge dumptruck behind me makes me a little self conscious and I ran that km at 4:42/km.
Today’s run on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/286708422/embed/6747030f1e142f2f95320da114e344289621fdaa
I’ve found that I always run faster when I pass construction workers and other runners….
So, do any of you out there have a weird habit like that? And where do you want to run on vacation?