Back on my feet

I was itching to get out and about after Baby R was born. I had been on bed rest for most of the last trimester of my pregnancy and although I could start moving more once she was term, it’s not exactly easy at that point!

Despite recovering from a c-section, we went for our first walk at one week old. I’ve heard some activity is actually good for the healing process. It was short, just around the neighbourhood to test out our stroller (a used Uppababy Vista we bought from Craigslist) and get some fresh air.

Over the first few months we walked to the park, the store, and a couple doctors appointments. We even managed a couple short hikes.

In addition to the stroller, we tried out our Moby wrap and the Ergobaby 360. The wrap was nice when she was a tiny newborn but I much prefer the Ergobaby now. It’s easier to get on and off and adjust. It also has better head and neck support for the little one.

I absolutely love baby wearing. It’s so nice to have them snuggled close plus you don’t have to manoeuvre a big stroller around. The downside is you can’t carry as much. I wear the Skip Hop diaper backpack if I’ll be gone away and/or need to carry anything.

My friend Courtney and her baby as well as a few friends that have Fridays off started a Friday walking group. It was great to get out and socialize with running friends after being out of the running loop for so long.

Recovering from birth whether you had a c-section or not is very different for everyone. Moving felt good for my body and mind, however it was slow and exhausting. I can’t remember exactly when I felt fully recovered but it’s been a while now. I’m currently 4.5 months out and feeling great!

Cyber Monday Outdoor Gear Deals in Canada

The Black Friday shopping weekend has almost come to an end but first there is my favourite sale – Cyber Monday! I hardly shop at brick and mortar stores anymore so I’m not about to fight through crowds and lineups to save a few bucks. Instead I spent Black Friday on the trails with friends.

I do, however, have a list of a few things I need to buy. This morning I am sitting down at my computer in my pyjamas with a cup of hot coffee to see what the internet has to offer. As a Vancouver trail runner with rugged mountains practically in my backyard and a rainy climate, I have forked out some serious dough on equipment. These sales present a great opportunity to splurge on outdoor gear.

I’ve put together a short list of my essentials for getting outside – no matter what the weather!

Arc’teryx Norvan Jacket

20% off at Altitude-Sports.com

The Arc’teryx Norvan Jacket is a lightweight, Gortex jacket perfect for rainy winter running the trails. I wear the regular model but there is also an SL version that is incredibly light and small, but unfortunately not as durable.

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Altra Running Lone Peak Neoshells

Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody

20% off at Altitude-Sports.com and select colours 45% off (final sale) at TheLastHunt.com

The Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody is my absolute favourite jacket. I wear it to and from my runs to stay warm and will sometimes carry it with me. It is super light and packs up small enough to fit in my 12 L hydration pack. Although definitely not waterproof, it is water resistant and will withstand a drizzle.

Altra Running Shoes

30% off at Altitude-Sports.com and up to 60% off at AltraRunning.ca

I run exclusively in Altra Running shoes. They are a zero drop runner and have a foot-shape toe box, which means there’s extra width in the toe box for your toes to naturally splay. The Lone Peaks are an excellent trail runner with medium cushioning and great traction. They even come in a water resistant Neoshell version.

I'm in the front wearing my TransAlpine Buff. Kyle is behind me rocking his orange and yellow Buff hat.

Buff Original

30% off at Altitude-Sports.com

Buffs are multifunction headwear that can be worn many different ways. I have about a dozen of these in a variety of patterns and colours and never leave home without one. I typically wear them as a headband or a wristband to soak up sweat on my runs. Use them in the winter to keep your face and neck warm or in the summer to dunk in a stream and cool off.

What gear can you not live without?

Sea-to-Summit Trail & Sea-to-Sky Gondola

On Saturday, Jesse and I tagged along on a friend’s birthday hike up the Sea-to-Summit trail in Squamish. After never having been to Squamish before, this made for two weekends in a row! It’s really a beautiful area and I love the scenic drive up.

The trail was about 6km of mostly up and took about two and a half hours not including a relaxing break we took at a viewpoint. Jesse kept asking, “How many Grouse Grinds is it?” I still have no idea how to answer that question, but here is a comparison below.

Grouse Grind:

  • Distance: 2.9 km (one way)
  • Elevation Gain: 853 m
  • Time Needed: 1 – 2 hours

Sea-to-Summit (via Wrinkle Rock):

  • Distance: 7 km (one way)
  • Elevation Gain: 835 m
  • Time Needed: 2 – 4 hours

The Sea-to-Summit (via Wrinkle Rock) trail is about the same elevation but over twice the distance so despite there being some steep, technical sections, overall it is a more gradual ascent. The most noticeable difference though, was that there were way less people on the trail, especially after the junction that splits off to the Chief.

I always cool off quickly after exercise so I had brought a warm-ish jacket for the top but turns out it was roasting up there! The sun was beating down on the patio and I had to put sunscreen on because I could feel my face getting red. 

Most of us picked up some grub from the cafeteria, which was suprisingly good! I recommend the yam salad, I didn’t have it but it looked delicious (and sold out)! We also partook in some birthday cake which had been transported up by gondola for the birthday boy.

Everyone took the Sea-to-Sky Gondola back down. It fits up to 8 people and costs $10 per person for the down only trip. It was a beautiful ride and you can even take your dog on it (for a small fee).