Friday, February 1, 2013

Running to Squamish

My wife has become quite the ambitious runner.  She has her first 5K race coming up in March and has already been plotting her next challenge.  Not satisfied with low-mileage runs, she has just signed up for a Half-Marathon scheduled for August of this year.  As of today, February 1st, she has 189 days to prepare for this race which happens to be a few days after her 32nd birthday.  I am very proud of my wife for committing herself to this challenge.  She has literally taken to running full-speed.  As a former US Army soldier, I am no stranger to beating my feet.  These days, I'm a very modest runner putting down 2+ miles, two to three times a week.  My wife will eventually do an entire week's worth of my current running, and then some, in a day.  She literally started at zero about two months ago and is already up to 2.5 miles per run and rapidly improving her pace and distance.  I am so impressed and so inspired by this beautiful, amazing woman that I married. 

So, what does this have to do with Squamish?  Well first, for the unintroducted, Squamish is a world-class climbing destination.  Probably the premiere climbing location in all of Canada.  I know very little about this place but from what I've read, seen, and heard, I can say for certain that I will not be disappointed. 

When I found out my wife wanted to go to Vancouver to do this half-marathon I immediately gave her my support.  For one, I want to stand by her.  Two, visiting Vancouver ain't a bad thing.  Three, I assumed that there would be some worthwhile climbing nearby.  And when I found out Squamish is just a short drive from the city, I nearly fell out of my chair.  This is going to be a fantastic trip.  My wife gets her day to run (I will be waiting for her at the finish line with our Son).  I get the chance to climb one of the most amazing rocks in the world (while my wife and son explore the Provincial Park).  And we get to enjoy the city of Vancouver.

Stawamus Chief

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