Race Report: CMTS Survival of the Fittest 2015


On Saturday, I ran the Coast Mountain Trail Series Survival of the Fittest 18k distance.

First of all, it felt weird to race on a Saturday. I had a busy week leading up to the weekend and didn’t have that extra day to ready myself. When I got home from work on the Friday night I quickly layed out my clothes and filled up my hydration pack for the next morning. Then I went off to slopitch.

I didn’t get home and in bed until 11pm and had to wake up at 5:30am to drive up to Squamish for the race. After a little confusion about what time we were leaving at, my friend picked me up and off we went.

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My running attire comprised of my BibRave tank (of course), Lululemon SeaWheeze shorts, my favourite Under Armour ankle socks [affiliate link], Nike sportsbra, my Salomon Sense Pro trail runners [affiliate link], and my Nathan VaporShape hydration pack. I wore my Nike “impossibly light” jacket for a little extra warmth before the race.

We got up there early and hung around the start/finish line while people filtered in. It was sunny and warm (but not too warm!) and the mountains surrounding us looked spectacular!

I picked up my race bib, hit the washrooms (the last ones I would see for 18k), and watched the kids race (so adorable!). The race director gave us the speech on what to do and what not to do while wearing a hilarious hat and then we were off! The 13k distance runners followed 15 minutes after us.

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The course started with a short descent followed by 8k uphill then a steep 3k downhill section. The remaining 7k had a couple little climbs, and downhill stint, and then a last short gruelling climb up to the finish line. You know you have to run the last hill hard … because people are watching!

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I finished with a time of about 2:40. I didn’t really have a goal but I figured I’d be somewhere in the 2:30-3:00 range. It was my first trail run without photo breaks (well maybe just one really quick one), snack breaks, and “wait for people (me) to catch up” breaks.

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The route was beautiful. I’ve run portions of it before but it seemed even greener and more lush this time. However, I was zooming by (ha!) and didn’t get to fully appreciate the scenery.

While the last runners were filtering in, the race gave away a table full of prizes in a hilarious and haphazard fashion. One contest required runners (all at once) to try to throw their shoes into a container … but in a surprise twist, the winner was the one who put both their shoes back on and made it to the prize table first! The things people do for free stuff!

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We left before the prizes were all gone. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stop for the usual post-run meal, a burger and beer, but we did hit up a local coffee joint on the way home. We used free tokens that we had received at a Squamish50 orientation run and I helped myself to a delicious, black coffee.


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Brie

I started running about three years ago. Until this time i had never considered myself a runner and actually hated running. I'm not sure what changed but i'm glad it did! I enjoy sharing my thoughts, training, and experiences through my blog and encouraging and supporting others in their running journeys. Since becoming a runner, I have completed a handful of half marathons, three full marathons, and four ultra marathons. However, my biggest accomplishments have been running the Rim2Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon and completing a seven-day, 250km stage race in the Alps. These were adventures of a lifetime and something I had never imagined that I would do even in my wildest dreams!

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