Although I definitely have the “travel bug”, Vancouver has always been my home base. I grew up running on vacation in order to stay “soccer fit” but once my soccer days have subsided I started running for enjoyment, and some of my all time favourite runs have been on vacation. I’ve realized that I’ve gotten to see some of the best places on all of my travel adventures by taking early morning runs. From running I’ve found hidden alleys, and secret beach pathways that I would have never otherwise known existed. I sheepishly admit that in retrospect not all of these little adventures have been my smartest or safest decisions (sorry mom!) but I definitely don’t regret them.
Highlights include morning runs along the Maui coastline finishing up at Kona coffee company (I hope to someday run the half or even full Maui marathon), through the twisted streets of San Paolo Brazil and olive orchards in Tuscany, Kensington Park and all about London, along the dusty highway in Cuba, through the morning market in El Salvador, as well as beaches in Mexico, Costa Rica, Tofino, all along the California coastline including Laguna Beach, Seattle and the city streets of Toronto and New York, just to name a few.
I’m pumped to have just registered for the Xterra Harvest 10K Trail Race held at St. Edward State Park in Seattle Washington on Oct. 12th. This will be my very first trail race and I’ll be looking forward to having the more experienced trail racer, and part human part golden retriever, Elliott there to show me to ropes. I figure that my eyes have already started training for this race by swallowing a multitude of fly’s and bugs on my past several runs. Having your eyes spit out bugs several hours after a run is always exciting and very disgusting. We’ve opted for the 10K version of this race after looking at the route and realizing that the 10K was a single loop of the park trails while the Half Marathon was 2 laps of the same route. Personally I the running in circles and running the same course twice has zero appeal to me. So the 10K, single lap it is.
We’re both excited for this run and we are joining it onto a pre-existing vacation to go down to Seattle to watch the Huskies vs. Oregon Ducks football game on Saturday and the Seahawks vs. Titans game on Sunday. What a better way to kick off the Thanksgiving weekend then go for a trail run before tailgating and football watching.
Next Race: XTERRA Harvest Trail Race 10K
October 12th, 2013
St. Edward State Park, Seattle Washington