I signed up for Seek the Peak 2015 race in Vancouver, BC. It’s a 16km race with 4100 feet (1250m) elevation gain starting from Ambleside Park in West Vancouver and finishing at the top of Grouse Mountain. It also includes the infamous Grouse Grind which is 3km long with about 2800 feet (853 m) elevation gain.
Five or six year ago that distance would have been a regular difficult run for me as I used to run 15-20 km 4 times a week every week including some trail running. Fast forward to today, some medical issues, and 2 kids later, I’m nowhere near the same level of fitness. But here’s a few reasons why I am doing it:
1. I always said I will.
2. While I was pregnant with my first, I always thought that I’d use the prep for the race to get into shape after baby. Then I had another baby pretty much immediately. 😀 So I couldn’t do it then. But now that my kids are toddlers, it’s easier to start preparing.
3. It’s for a great cause. Proceeds go towards Breast Cancer research and I’ve always wanted to help in my little way.
4. Personal goal and satisfaction. I have only done the Vancouver Sun Run before which is 10k and frankly I run that distance pretty easily. I’m not fast, but it’s doable. So I wanted to try something new. I am not ready to do a 1/2 or full marathon. Maybe 1/2. But I love hills and I thought that Seek the Peak would be the perfect race. Not too long, it has hills, and it’s not boring. Also, you get to meet some pretty awesome people.
So here we go…. I’m starting to seek my peak… literally and metaphorically 🙂