De-ni-al: noun. Refusal to admit the truth or reality. 

I am not always strong, I am not always fast, I am not always the most committed to my training but if there’s one thing I am, it’s honest. 

And I gotta be honest, I might just be in a little bit of denial because I am nervous about this weekend!

I haven’t talked a lot about it, probably because of said nerves, but this weekend I’m heading out to Golden, BC for what is likely to be my most incredible, challenging but breathtaking trail running adventure yet. The Golden Ultra. Eep.

Months ago when I committed to this event, I had visions of a perfect summer of training, full of hardcore trail adventures and wicked hard workouts but well, life doesn’t always turn out how we expect, right? My amazing summer of fun was so completely satisfying but not exactly the stuff that triumphant ultra running dreams are made of. I’ve made peace with that but am still admittedly nervous about what I’m about to tackle in just 4 days time.

So what exactly am I taking on?

Friday is The Blood course, a gruelling 5km trek nearly straight uphill, covering around 1000 m of elevation gain. It’s short but it’s going to be hard and definitely probably what I am most nervous about because uphill strength is not my forte.

I’m not sure how I will make it to the top of this ‘vertical km’ but I know the view will be worth it!

I’m not sure how I will make it to the top of this ‘vertical km’ but I know the view will be worth it!

Saturday is what I think will be the pinnacle of the weekend, The Sweat course, a 55 km ultra through the amazing mountains and ridges around Golden, whose views have me practically drooling at how beautiful they are. If there’s one thing I love about trail running, it’s the opportunity to see and experience such beautiful places. It’s going to be amazing if not the hardest thing I have ever run.

From The Sweat course, can’t wait to be up in the Rockies...

From The Sweat course, can’t wait to be up in the Rockies…

Sunday is The Tears course, a rolling 20-ish km course through the trails that will be challenging for the very sake that it comes after two already incredible days. A true test of whether I’m an ultra runner or not, I know it will be tough but every step will be an accomplishment in and of itself. They promise tears and oh man, my tears will be plentiful by this point I’m sure!

I’m trying to think of Sunday as the ‘recovery rein’, just slow and steady… PC: www.goldenultra.com

I’m trying to think of Sunday as the ‘recovery rein’, just slow and steady… PC: www.goldenultra.com

When I first started running I never imagined I’d have the ability, let alone the courage to take on such a challenge. I’m nervous and my doubt changes by the minute but I am already incredibly proud that I have become part of a running community that has given me the support and inspiration to believe I can achieve such goals. My muscles may not always live up but my heart has definitely swelled to the point of believing I can reach the goals it has become so in love with.

It’s only Monday night but my head is swimming with thoughts of bear spray, drop bags and hiking poles. There is an incredible amount of preparation that goes into getting ready for an ultra and with the busy-ness of school starting I am one very busy girl this week. I have so much to do but can’t wait to just get into the Rocky Mountains and get this adventure started.

So wish me luck as I finish up my packing and hit the road on Thursday morning to head into the Rockies and face the Golden Ultra. Be sure to follow us on social media as we share this truly unique and inaugural event. 

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