If you’re a runner, you’ll know what I mean when I say how easy it is to pass 4 or 5 hours (or more) out on the road or trails with your running friends.
I run everything from 10ks to ultra marathons of 55 km and upwards so I’ve spent many a day and sometimes ALL day out running. I often have to run solo due to scheduling but boy, having a friend or two along sure helps make that time pass quicker.
It’s crazy how easy it is to fall into rhythm not just physically but conversationally as well. I’ve had some of the deepest and most thought-provoking discussions during my runs and I am always amazed by how easy it is to talk about almost anything.
For some reason the conversation, stories and sometimes incriminating personal information just flows.
Runners are definitely known for their ‘over sharing’ and perhaps love of ‘too-much-information’ type stories but that’s part of the draw for me. I love that on a long run I can discuss everything from what I had for dinner to my latest medical problem, parenting failure, gross physical issue or deepest fear.
There’s just something about a long run that brings out the verbal diarrhoea. And as it turns out, road trips with runners are pretty much the same.
Anyhow, I am quite used to this phenomenon in the context of running but on my recent trip to Golden, BC for the Golden Ultra I noticed something interesting. Throw a bunch of runners into a car for a long drive and guess what? The same thing happens. Gross stories and non-stop chatting abounds! By the time we got to Golden my cheeks were sore from laughing so much.
It totally reminded me of the same kinds of eclectic, interesting and often hilarious conversations I’ve had on my long runs. Needless to say it made our fairly long drive to Golden pass by quite quickly. Which is always nice when on a road trip with friends, some of whom you haven’t travelled with before.
After discovering the best brownies EVER in Salmon Arm, surviving the epic green smoothie fail in Revelstoke and getting stuck in traffic for no apparent reason at all, we made it to Golden just in time to check in with the race director before heading out for dinner.
It was only the end of the first day of our trip and already we’d had some of the weirdest little adventures. It was nice to get checked into the beautiful Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, unwind a little and tuck ourselves in for a good sleep.
The first race of the weekend didn’t start until 4:00 pm the next day so we were able to sleep in a bit and relax before getting on with our day.
After an easy morning we got ready and headed out for breakfast at the delicious Double Black Cafe (you seriously have to go here and have some of their bacon. Wow.) before venturing out for a bit. We had some things to do in town to help out the Race Director so we also poked around in a few stores and pick out our custom Golden Ultra gear.
One of the cool things that they did at this event was allow racers to have their own custom race swag made. The local embroidery shop had the Golden Ultra logo on hand and racers could pop in, pick their gear and have it printed with the Golden artwork.
I love that we got to design our own sweatshirts and I haven’t taken mine off since!
We popped back into the Double Black Cafe for a quick lunch (yes, we liked it THAT much that we ate there twice in one day!) before heading back up to our room to get ready for the first race of the weekend. It was a great start to what would turn out to be a pretty unforgettable weekend.
Stay tuned for my race report for Day 1, lovingly named The Blood, coming up!