The legs still work: A steep mountain training hike

Well, I survived my three weeks at sea (including travel time – driving to Nanaimo airport, flying to Haida Gwaii, then working on the ship, then flying and driving back home). Not the most ideal ultramarathon training for my upcoming 47 km expedition trail run.

But, amazingly, I seem to be doing OK!

I managed to squeeze in around 20 minutes of yoga most days (well, actually not days but nights since I was on nightwatch). Doesn’t seem much, but by focussing on challenging routines that worked my muscles (so not just stretching and flexibility) I seem to be doing OK.

And my work days were long – 15 to 16 hours, day after day. So even though it wasn’t high intensity cardio, those long physical days still seem to have counted for a lot (like I said in a previous post, you don’t necesarily need to run lots to train for an ultramarathon – any long physical days count for a lot for ultramarathon running).

So I got back home the night of August 18th – and Dave already had a couple of mountain hikes lined up for us.

The first one – which we did on my second full day home – was more of a climb than a hike! To my surprise, those brief yoga sessions seem to have paid off as pseudo-ultramarathon training. My legs worked great!

Here’s a quick video of our route, definitely more of a hike than a run, up to Triple Peak Lake (a trail on mid-Vancouver Island, between Port Alberni and Tofino):

My Keep it Moving solo expedition run is set to take place on September 7th ā€“ 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 ā€“ 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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