This past weekend I returned to Nancy Greene Way - though this time, I returned on my road bike. My training session for this weekend included a cycle from Downtown Vancouver to the base of Grouse Mountain, embarking on a one-hour round-trip hike through the Baden Powell, then cycling back into the city. I tried to replicate the climb and duration of Seek the Peak, much like the weekend run suggestions do here. With the change in footwear and accessories on this route, it made me think ahead and begin to prepare for our June 14th race.
As Seek the Peak travels along both trails and pavement, you will need to select footwear that works best for you. Although I climb the Grouse Grind with hiking boots in the Summer months, this certainly wouldn’t work for a 16KM run. I would recommend finding a trail shoe that is light in weight, yet comfortable for your feet.
Backpack or Water Belt?
Wearing a backpack or using a water belt is a personal preference. Although most runners wear water belts, I am personally more comfortable with a trail pack. This allows me to carry my phone, water, keys and nutrition. Just make sure to pack light.
What to consume is dependent on each and every runner, and I would highly recommend you determine what is best for your body well prior to race day. Personally, I will pack three gels on race day and consume them with water along the way. There are some fantastic options on the market, so make sure you select a product that suits your body best.
Most important of all? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Speaking of which, have you signed-up for the Whistler Water One Climb?
Until next week!