The Next Adventure: Bryce Canyon 50k

After last year’s foray into ultra running with the Antelope Canyon 55k, I came to two conclusions:

  1. That was a fun distance!
  2. When can I run the next 50k?

Naturally, as things go, I was also burned out on running. I’m not one of those runners who can jog five days per week, every week, without getting bored. In fact, that is one of my favorite things about CrossFit: it’s always different and varied so I never get bored. But as the case was last spring, I was D-O-N-E with any form of running.

It took awhile for the itch to return so I rode it out. I kept CrossFitting and hiking with a lot of time spent backcountry skiing. I’d get out for walks with Tals, but I just couldn’t handle the thought of running. Fortunately, my apathetic view towards the sport passed–as I knew it would!–and the itch to tackle some new challenges returned with a vengeance.

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And so I registered for a new race: the Bryce Canyon 50k!

Last year’s race at Antelope Canyon was so fantastic that I knew I wanted to sign up for another Ultra Adventures race. I scoured their list of events, and it was tough to choose: Zion, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef. Is there any ugly location in the bunch?!

In the end, I chose Bryce Canyon solely based on its date. April-May is incredibly busy for our business, and the thought of getting away for a race made my head hurt. So instead, I opted for Bryce Canyon in mid-June. Sure, I’ll have to train through busy season–which hasn’t gone well historically–but hopefully it will work out okay. Plus, would you look at this course??!


Bryce Canyon will be different than Antelope Canyon and I’m looking forward to the challenge. Antelope Canyon was a bit longer but didn’t have much elevation gain. Bryce Canyon has roughly 6,000 feet of gain, so there is a fair bit of climbing. I have no idea if there is deep sand but if that elevation gain is combined with ankle-deep sand like last year’s course, it could be tricky.

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Regardless, I’m psyched. I have a goal again–albeit a long time from now–and it’s sparked an excitement for the trails that I haven’t seen since last spring. Conveniently, it has returned at a great time: I have the Moab Trail Half Marathon in 11 days and haven’t done a whole lot of single track. Guess it’s time to see how well cross training works!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Logan at

    If the race goes places anywhere like the NP, then it won’t be too terribly sandy! It’s a beautiful area, can’t wait to hear how it goes! I’ll be following your footsteps and doing Antelope Canyon this year and I can’t wait!!

    • Reply heather at

      I saw that you registered for Antelope! So excited to hear what you think– it’s such a beautiful course!

  • Reply Alyssa Lindsey at

    That course looks gorgeous! You will definitely be fine to train through busy season. Maybe it will even be better to have a specific goal. Can’t wait to see you pictures!

  • Reply Natalie Ford at

    The course looks great! I love the idea of some of these ultra runs. I, however, need to wrap my head around the marathon distance first!

    • Reply heather at

      Meh. I skipped the marathon entirely before running last year’s 55k. I’ve still never run a true marathon!

  • Reply Heidi @bananabuzzbomb at

    So excited!

  • Reply Alexandra at

    You are bad ass! I am training for my first half in June and I’m super nervous! This looks amazing though. The desert is such a magical place!

    • Reply heather at

      You’ve got it! What’s your half?

  • Reply The Padre at

    Huge Congrats On Your Inspiring Goals!! Also, after Moab, feel free to contact me for some bodywork here in GJ,CO.

    My office is on 5th and Main and I am running a Marathon discount as we have a huge number from GJ Folks participating this year.

    Save Travels & Stay Strong,
    Cheers

  • Reply Heather @ FITaspire at

    This looks like a blast!! If I didn’t decide to compete again next year, I would be signing up to run with you – this looks gorgeous. But I know I’m already pushing my luck with a half marathon in the spring. I’ll live vicariously through you! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda S at

    I LOVED the Moab trail half. Have you done it before? I feel like it was maybe half single track and half jeep roads. I think the year I did it there was a detour up another jeep road because the beavers were too busy. The creeks were really cold and typically knee deep.

    • Reply heather at

      I have! I actually ran it last year and it was a lot of single track with maybe 30% jeep roads. Creeks sound the same though– thigh-deep and COLD! Such a fun course!

  • Reply Life Lately - Just a Colorado GalJust a Colorado Gal at

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