Happy Canada Day! To celebrate Canada Day, we decided to head up to Squamish to go for a trail run. My mom and I had given Cuski the gift of fitness for his 40th birthday, a Squamish 50 Race Course preview with Coach Eric Carter of Ridgeline Athletics. So alongside our friend Adam, we drove up to Squamish to have an adventure.
The boys went off on their 25k run and I did my own thing. I didn’t really have a plan. During the run, I had some time to reflect on how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place. My mom, sister and I immigrated to Canada in April, 1995. I remember my mom telling me that it’s springtime and I’d be fine wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Little did I know, it was 10 degrees and coming from a hot, humid tropical country, I was freezing. My first impression of Canada was that it was cold. The second, it was clean. Clean air, no litter… it smelled fresh. The third impression, no traffic. People complain about rush hour traffic here but it really isn’t that bad. Living in Canada brought me so many opportunities, great friends (new and old) and allowed me to become more physically active. If I were in the Philippines, I wouldn’t be out running. It’s so hot and humid there, I wouldn’t last more than 10K. Basically, I’m very thankful that Canada has improved the quality of life for me and my family.
Climb, Full/Half Nelson, Fool’s Gold
I turned on my tunes and Aftershokz Trekz Titaniums for entertainment and off I went. I ascended the long Climb Trail and planned to run back down the same trail in hopes of running into the guys. Adam was who I saw first and following shortly behind was Cuski and Eric. Cuski got his phone back, which he forgot. As it turned out, I managed to catch them twice. For not planning my route, I seem to have planned it very well haha. To gain some confidence on the trails, I wanted some practice running down flowy, easier trails. I also wanted to have fun flying down the hill, which I can’t do on a steep technical trail (yet).
First, I took Full Nelson to catch the guys partway down their descent. Next, I headed down Half Nelson to get to Garibaldi Park Road. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have taken Full/Half Nelson because it could be dangerous. It’s made for fast, flowy mountain bike descents. While the switchbacks look gorgeous, it’s more of a biking trail, in my opinion.
I then had the choice of going to Fool’s Gold (shorter) or Another Man’s Gold (longer). Since I had to pick the guys up at the end, I chose the shorter trail. Fool’s Gold was fun. After 10 km, it felt like I still had so much energy on this trail. It’s too bad it was short and didn’t run the whole way back to the Climb Trail trailhead. I ended up back on the road and ended my run at 14 km. It was a good morning.
Two apps I relied on today were Trailforks and the Find My Friends app on the iPhone. Trailforks was a godsend and helped me stay on the correct trails. I loved being able to see my GPS location on the map and see the difficulties of the trails nearby. The Find My Friends app was useful towards the end of the run when I needed to pick up the guys at the trailhead. Once they had signal, I was able to see Cuski’s location and drive to where they are. They seemed to be pretty impressed with my prompt arrival 😛 Hope these two apps help you out too.
So that was my Canada Day… hope you had a great one too! Being one with the land that embraced me and helped me grow as a person seemed to be the perfect way for me to honour Canada on its 151st birthday. Happy Canada Day everyone!