Beautiful British Columbia

25 Aug

The license plate motto does not lie. British Columbia truly is beautiful. We are staying in the centre of Penticton which is surrounded by  mountains. They are a mix of lush and full of florae and dry and semi-arid mountains. It is quite spectacular and made for a very scenic run this morning. I ran just over half of Sunday’s marathon course and part of the bike course. It is a 21.1km out and back course. I ran 14km out and back. Kilometres 8-12 are very up hill with little flat or downhill for rest. It was tough and the sun was scorching at 9am!

This is the false flat portion where after that bend became an all-out hill.

On my way back, however, I was struck with such beauty that the pain was barely felt. But while I was awe-struck, I didn’t take any pictures. It was a view, while running downhill, of Skaha Lake with vineyards along the water and running up the mountain. The city of Penticton was in the background and I had a descent for 4 kms. Although it was welcomed, it was hard on the feet.

I must admit that although this run was one of the most difficult I’ve ever done (rolling hills and distance: 28km), my body/joints did not feel as taxed as they do during a run in Milton where the route is flat.

As for news on the Ironman and how Mark is feeling: the event and everything so far as been well organized and there such a great feeling in the air. The local community is friendly and the race is pretty much what everyone talks about. Mark is feeling good but he did not sleep very well or long enough last night. Mainly this afternoon will consist of a good and nutritious lunch, lots of rest, and homemade pizza (topped with veggies and a bit of salted ham) for dinner. This hotel room will be calling a lights out around 8pm as we hit the road for the start at 4:45am.


One Response to “Beautiful British Columbia”

  1. Urban Running Girl August 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Just gorgeous. For me too, an awesome view can make all the difference in my runs.

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