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Grouse Mountain Snow Shoe Instead of a Long Run

With my husband out of town for the weekend on a snow adventure of his own, I decided to have my own snow adventure. My son had his weekly ski lesson up at Grouse Mountain on Sunday and I need to do a long run. After trying to figure out how to fit it all in, I decided to substitute my long run for a snowshoe trek. I borrowed a pair of snow shoes from my neighbour and strapped them to my older pair of runners. It was a great strength workout given the hilly terrain. My HR only averaged 127 BPM and maxed out at 168 BPM. I am sure that if I knew the trails that I could have made it a more intense workout. I also could have skipped the stopping and taking photos. I think you will agree though, that the scenery was pretty spectacular and I didn't want to rush through it.

The trail ahead at the beginning of the trek.

Vancouver BC as seen from the top of Grouse Mountain on Sunday February 22, 2009.

Self portrait. Had to take at least one of my red face and funny looking toque. Of course, I am listening to one of my many podcasts. It was cold but I was sweating and my lower back and butt muscles sure felt the workout the next day.

Warming hut in front of a small lake.


L. said…
Those are some beautiful views. Just consider it cross-training. Have a great day!

- Lora
Michelle Evans said…
Hi Erin :) Thanks for sharing your adventure. You should check out the Snowshoe Drop-In Training on Wednesday nights at 7pm if you can. It's been a long time since I participated in one, but it's quite an intense 90-minute workout (think Scotch Miles) on snowshoes. It's free with an Annual Membership, Winter Pass or General Admission Ticket and snowshoe rentals are just $5 for the evening. GOOD TIMES! It's also the same night as Winter Social Nights in Altitudes Bistro in case you want to replenish the calories burned ;) Here's more info:

Find me @grousemountain on Twitter :)

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