Hi wonderful CityStrides community!
Wanted to share a big milestone I had this past weekend. I participated in the Quarantine Backyard Ultra, which was hosted by my running coaches at Personal Peak, an amazing coaching company based out of Calgary, Canada.
About the race:
- It was announced two weeks ago in light of all the cancellations from COVID-19, giving just enough time to taper
- It is a Backyard Ultra format, which means you need to complete one 6.71km (4.167mi) loop every hour on the hour. If you finish before the hour is up you can eat, drink, stretch, use the washroom, sleep etc.
- Some of the world’s best ultra runners signed up, and two are still vying for the win at the time of posting this thread (58 hours in = 389km = 242mi). Here’s the live feed (which will expire at some point)
My major personal milestones included:
- Running a total of 108.4km, passing 50 miles & 100k for the first time in my life
- Planning and executing 16 unique loops each trying to cover as many streets as possible in the given distance (see photo below)
- Running 107 streets in a day (not the 214 the activity says… Calgary still has the double-up issue)
- Inching that City Percentage up by… 1.17% , and moving… 0 places up the city leaderboard
- Running up and down the alley by the garage/aid station I used 34 times total (to top up the distance to get that 6.71km/lap total)
Just wanted to share this with you because I CityStrides, the community here, and the whole philosophy behind running long, running everywhere, and slowly #paintingthetownpurple. Hope y’all are finding ways to stay not-crazy in this crazy time!
A tiny portion of the city complete… but every bit counts!
My route maps for each lap: