I have an expedition date!

Well this will be a very quick post, because I am about to head out for a work contract on a ship, for two and a half weeks. No, not the best way to train for an ultramarathon or expedition run… but these are COVID times and nothing is really going as planned, and I am happy to get the work.

The good news is that I have set a date for my Juan de Fuca solo expedition run! It will be during the first week of September, in the span between September 6 and 8. Hopefully those first and last days will be travel days (from my home in Port Alberni to the northern trailhead at Port Renfrew) and the actual run will be on the 7th. But if weather is a concern, I can move it forward or backward by a day, and run and travel one-way the same day.

My husband, Dave, will be supporting me – not on the actual run, I want to do that solo and unsupported. But he will come to Port Renfrew with me, and drop me off at the trailhead, and some 12 or whatever hours later will pick me up at the other end. (He may try to intercept me along the way to film me, if time and conditions allow – there are a couple road access points to the trail along the 47 km route).

So my challenge will be to continue training while aboard a 42 m ship (and working on that ship – so I can’t just get out on the deck and jog laps). I expect to be working night shift – not sure, but maybe I can do some sort of cardio work on the stairways, or maybe I can find time to do a bit of yoga and at least keep the muscles in shape. I’ve been able to get out on some runs (well mixed hike-runs) here the last few weeks at least, so I’m feeling strong at the moment anyway.

I will be back August 18th – giving me about two and a half weeks to get the running legs going again before heading out to do my expedition run. I am really excited about finally confirming a date – makes the whole thing seem real!

My Keep it Moving solo expedition run is set to take place on September 7th – and I will then be working on producing a short film about it, which will be released either towards the end of 2021 or in 2022. Find out more by exploring this site, or by signing up for updates here – I will never spam you or share your info!

Published by Jacqueline Windh

I'm a writer, photographer, and radio broadcaster who is concerned about our planet and how we live our lives - hoping my work helps people to find new ways of thinking about issues such as personal health, wilderness, the environment, food security, thinking about the future. These things are all connected, you know...

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