Big Bam Vertical Slam Race Report

Well I officially finished my first race since moving back up north, and it was a DOOZY! On Saturday morning I tackled the first annual Big Bam Vertical Slam with my friend Janine and her sister Nicole. Big Bam is a small ski hill outside of the city and they hosted this race as a fundraiser since the ski hill is a non-profit. So you literally climbed the ski hill. We were ambitious and signed up for the 10km option which was two loops as the race route is only 5km long.

Before I get into the recap I’ll just say, this was the hardest 10km race I’ve ever done. The hill was SO STEEP. It really was more of a hike than a run since we had to hike up all the hills. It had also rained for three days straight going into race day so the hill was so so muddy and slippery. You really had to watch your footing! I fell during the first loop and my pants were covered in mud for the rest of the race.

Anyways, onto the recap…


Here we go at the start! Some of these photos will be cloudy because my phone was in a plastic bag…

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We climbed this hill (which was about 0.5km long) not once, not twice but four times!


This picture maybe kind of gives you an idea of the kind of mud we were running through! It was intense.


The view from the top, we also passed this view four times. This was the first time. Very cloudy and misty still!


You could see a little more of the view the second or third time past.


Yup, it was a muddy one…


2hours 20minutes later and we were done! That is a long long time for a 10km. The winner of the race ran it in 1:05, which is how long it would normally take me to do 10km on the road. So that alone tells you how intense of a route this was! According to the Health App on my phone we climbed 240 flights.

Post race we got a much-deserved beer. Nothing like running/hiking through insane mud like that and then drinking a beer all before 10:30am.



Not going to lie, if it hadn’t been for Janine then Nicole and I would have quit!! Since the conditions were so crappy they gave the option to drop out after 1 loop. And since you come almost all the way back down to the finish line after 1 loop it is very tempting to do so! But my friend Janine was enthusiastic and gung-ho to go out for our second loop so out we did. The only small issue was I don’t think they were expecting so many people so they ran out of water cups. Also, I was not expecting this race to take me so long and didn’t bring any food or gels and the aid stations only had water so I was STARVING by the end. Luckily there were cookies and oranges at the finish line or that one beer may have done me in 😉

Overall though it was an awesome, awesome race especially since it was the first one. I will consider doing it again next year but will probably only do the 5km this time. That second loop was so brutal!

What’s the muddiest, muckiest race you’ve ever done?? 


Weekend Recap


I really do not have an exciting weekend recap for you at all. I worked the majority of the weekend as next week we are leaving for Toronto for 5 days so I worked the long weekend so I wouldn’t have to take quite so much time off for our Toronto trip.. new job and all 🙂 So the above was my Saturday scene. I grabbed a large coffee from a new little local coffee shop just around the corner from our house! I miss the coffee shops I would frequent in Kamloops so I’m trying to scout out some new ones.


Sunday morning I met up with a new running group for a trail run! We did 9.5km in just over an hour on a really beautiful single track trail through a provincial campground about 15 minutes outside of town. I’m excited to start running with this new group twice a week and find some new trails. I really, really, really miss the incredible group of running friends I left behind in Kamloops. I know that kind of tribe can’t be recreated over night (it took 7 years before!) but hopefully this is the start of some new trail friends 🙂


I worked for half the day after my run on Sunday and then spent the afternoon on the couch snuggling Chloe and watching Gilmore Girls! The sun had come out again but I really wasn’t feeling well and needed some down time. My throat is still really sore but I’m feeling a little better finally.


This photo of Chloe is quite hilarious though – she stood up tight to the fence in the only line of sun in the whole yard! 😀 She was out there for almost half an hour.


Remember the snow on Friday? Well this was the weather yesterday. So amazing! We went for a really beautiful hike with my sister-in-law and two of our nieces.

And that was the weekend – pretty uneventful. Next weekend I’m heading down to Kamloops for three days. Can’t wait to see some friends and my mom and do my very favourite race – the Blackwell Dairy 15km. Then on June 1 we fly out to Toronto for a week, which should also be very fun.

How was your weekend? 


Oktoberfest Trail 8km Race Report

I had a really awesome time running a fun trail race on new-to-me trails last weekend so I thought I would share my experience on the blog. It feels like in 2015 I mostly ran races I’ve done before so didn’t do many race reports this year.

Last weekend a group of five of us drove up to Harper Mountain, which is a small ski hill about 30 minutes from town for an Oktoberfest 8km Trail Race. My running partner Tara had ran the race the year before and said the trails up there were amazing so I was really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint.

The five of us convoyed up in two cars, got checked in and had a coffee in the lodge and before we knew it the 9am start had arrived.

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There were not a whole lot of people doing this race, maybe 40 or so, but because the trails were single track it took quite a while for everyone to spread out.

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Most of the trails around Kamloops are very open and bare. We do live in a very desert like climate after all. The trails up at Harper Mountain were amazing! They were technical with lots of roots and rocks and you were almost always under the cover of the trees. They also had some amazing single track trails and most of the race was on rolling hills so it was a very runnable 8km.

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One of my favourite parts of the whole race was near the end when we broke out of the trees and ran along the side of the ski hill. I looked behind me and the autumn colours were beyond stunning!

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Such a fun Sunday morning! The group of us that went up together are the same people who tend to run together every Friday morning for an hour. Those early morning runs on Friday are more about social time than they are about getting a workout in. I even get up for them on days when I don’t have to work, like this coming Friday.

I feel so lucky to have made so many amazing running friends since I first started running in 2009.

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As of right now I don’t have anymore races planned for 2015 so the Harper Mountain Oktoberfest 8km trail race was the absolutely perfect way to cap off my race year. I will definitely be back again to do this race next year!

I also had an awesome run in the trails last night with Carmine, Donut and Chloe! Gosh do I ever love fall trail running. I really don’t want this season to end.

Do you have any fall races planned? If you trail run what kind of trails do you prefer?