After running for 12 hours the thought of anymore running wasn’t immediately on my mind when I finished the Squamish50, but then there is a joke amongst runners that you can be cursing a race through the last few parts or even after crossing the line, and then suddenly you have entered that same race for the following year or maybe a different race.
What can I say, us runners are gluttons for punishment! In fact some people may think we like pain or have a sadistic streak. I don’t like pain but I will say this, that being able to push myself past what I thought was possible gives me a great sense of achievement, so I want to continue to push my boundaries.
So by Sunday morning I had already decided, I was going to come back to Squamish in 2017 and run the 50/50. For anyone who is unaware of what the 50/50 is, I will explain. Basically the race organizers have a 50 mile race on Saturday and a 50k and 23k race on Sunday. So the 50/50 is running the 50 mile race Saturday and then on tired and sore legs running the 50k race on Sunday. If you complete both you’re in a small group of people who have managed the feat and you get a trucker hat.
So that was Sunday and by Monday I was on ultrasignup (it’s one of the sign up organizations that a lot of North American races use) checking out 100 mile races. I have not signed up for a 100 mile race as of yet, but I have a couple in mind and I am considering the travel and other elements before hitting the entry button.
Some races are lottery events as well due to popularity and so getting a place is not guaranteed at some races and so it’s a good idea to have a plan b. Next year I am considering taking part in the Knee Knacker which is a 30 mile North Vancouver race, if I get into the lottery. I think I may well do Diez Vista again as that was a fun race.
Also if I can get myself sorted with an InReach device which is a satellite enabled two way communicator which would be good for my back country runs. The reason I would also like this device is that a great team of trail builders have managed to create a trail from North Squamish to Port Mellon on the Sunshine Coast and I would like to have a go at running the trail as quickly as I can. A FKT (fastest known time) on the trail would be nice but I have a feeling some faster trail runners that I know may bag the FKT before I get onto the trail.