Rubble Creek Classic
|Fog over the Cheakamus River at the Start Line|
|Rubble Creek Classic elevation profile (trailhungr.com)|
As the photos show, it was an absolutely perfect day and the scenery was breathtaking. It was incredible to emerge from 1.5 hours of uphill running through a dense forest into this completely different landscape ... I couldn't help but to stop and take the pictures (this is an unsupported race - i.e. no aid stations or course markers - so a phone was recommended as part of the gear to carry. Handy for photo opps!). Shortly after this section was the first creek crossing I've had to do in a race. It was pretty hilarious to see runners trying to pick their lines across the water and hopscotch over small and slippery rocks. I witnessed one full-body wipeout into the creek, but I luckily made it across with only a foot soaker.
|The Cinder Flats|
This race was an amazing experience for a number of reasons. I think that this kind of alpine trail running might be my favourite: you have to work - hard - to get to see these kinds of landscapes, but then the running up there is cruisy, beautiful and serene. I could have run along that trail forever. I also loved that the course took us through such varied environments; here are some pics (taken on a previous hike) of Taylor Meadows and the switchbacks back down to the finish:
|Taylor Meadows (Black Tusk is just visible in the distance)|
|This doesn't do justice to how steep the switchbacks are -|
My quads are still sore 2 days later!
I admit that in the weeks leading up to this, part of me was regretting signing up: I knew that I wouldn't be fast, and I wasn't totally convinced that I wanted to spend my Sunday morning getting up at 5:30 to run for 3 hours. You'd think that at this point, I'd know myself better than that. Of course I loved it, because this is exactly what I love to do. Of course I'm glad I did it, because this week I'm heading into surgery and, in the accompanying forced down time from running, I'll be wishing I could be out there. And I will be, as soon as I possibly can.