Sometimes life can get pretty hectic, especially when you throw a large Bed and Breakfast renovation on a tight timeline into the mix. During these crazy times I believe it becomes even more important to take care of yourself. One self-care technique I rely on is running. I find it very satisfying when you get up early, before most of the world is awake, and head out for a run in the cool, crisp morning air. Running first thing works better for me because by the end of the day I’ve come up with a thousand reasons to not run (hard day at work, kids need help, projects to complete, etc.) but first thing nothing stands in my way. Well almost nothing, sometimes it is very difficult to pry myself out of bed. To combat this I use the “100 metre approach”. I force myself to get up and dressed and jog the first 100 metres. If at the end of that I still don’t feel like running I’m allowed to turn around and crawl back into bed. I’ve never turned around.
Lea and I have registered for the Klondike Road Relay, a 175 km relay race from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon held each September. The race is broken into 10 legs that range in distance from about 9 km up to around 25 km, depending on how much climbing is involved. Despite growing up in the Yukon this will be my first Klondike Road Relay appearance and I’m pretty excited about it. From what I’ve heard it is a fantastic event with great volunteer support and enthusiastic participants. At the very least it gives us a goal to work towards.
As part of our training we registered for the Air North Runway Family Fun Run. The run starts from Air North’s hangar and follows the 8 km perimeter trail around the Whitehorse airport. I liked the race because it was super flat and allowed me to work on proper pacing without having to factor in hill climbs. Our boys liked the race because there were plenty of airplanes, helicopters, fuel trucks, and other airport related vehicles to observe.
If you are a runner and are looking to keep up your routine while visiting us, I have mapped out a 5 km and a 10 km route departing from Urban Caribou Bed and Breakfast as part of my training. Both routes take advantage of the fact that we back onto greenspace and use the trail network behind our house to connect with the wilderness.
The 5 km route takes you through some of the wilderness behind our house, using the extensive trail network to provide a peaceful connection between the runner and the forest. I like this route first thing in the morning because the sun flickers through the trees and the birds are usually singing their songs of encouragement (or at least that’s what I interpret their calls to mean). The loop returns the runner to the house along Pine Street and finishes with a modest hill climb which can either be used as one final challenge at a running pace or a gentle cooldown at a walking pace, depending on how you are feeling when you arrive at the base of it.
The 10 km route has a bit more of an urban feel – it follows trails that parallel the Alaska Highway through Rabbit’s Foot Canyon and over McIntyre Creek. Eagles frequent the McIntyre Creek area and can often be seen perched atop standing dead trees close to the route so keep your eyes open. The route loops back through the Takhini subdivision and follows the newly constructed Porter Creek – Takhini connector paved walking trail. The connector trail passes the runner over McIntyre Creek again but this time near the aptly named “Beaver Pond”. After the pond the 10 km route climbs through the trails behind our house to bring the runner home.
The leg that I’ve been assigned for the Klondike Road Relay in the fall is just over 20 km so I will have to do some exploring to map out a longer training route that features a nice mix of topography, scenery, and wilderness.
Ready. Set. Run.