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{Race Recap} SeaWheeze Half Marathon

SeaWheeze - race recap

Pre-Race: Parking, Bag Check, Race Corals  

Our day started out nice and early. Since we live about an hour outside of Vancouver we had to hit the road by 5:30. Actually this ended up being a little late and by the time we were in Vancouver, the streets to my favorite parking spot we blocked off. Oh well, we found another place and parked by 6:40ish (Note: If you park in a new place, make sure you take a photo to remember where you parked….yes, we wondered for a awhile after the race…ha).

SeaWheeze - Start

After parking we followed the other runners to the Vancouver Convention Center for bag check and a pre-race bathroom stop. As part of our race swag we each got a messenger bag to use for gear check. We both checked a bag with our post race essentials: comfy flip-flops, leggings, jacket, clean shirt, etc. After a quick pit stop we were out to the corals.

SeaWheeze starting line

Ready, Set, Go! 

The race officially began at 7am. Since we got there so late, we started pretty far back. We probably crossed the timing mat about 45 minutes after the gun. Our race plan was pretty simple, finish:) Lori flew in from London after an extended tour of Europe, so our only goal was to have fun and finish. We decided we would run a 1.5 miles and then walk for 5 minutes + walk through aid stations.

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The Course

This is probably one of my favorite race courses! How can you beat five miles of the Seawall, one of my favorite running routes in the world? . The course is quite flat with only a few hills at the bridge and the last kicker. Since we started towards the back with the 2:30 pace beavers, there was a comfortable amount of crowd the majority of the race and by the time we go to Stanley Park we were quite spaced out.

SeaWheeze Bridge

Finish Strong!

The last km is uphill, an unfortunate ending to a race. But to have the staring and finishing line at the same place there’s no way around it. Anyways, it goes by pretty fast because you are so focused on crossing the finish line! Our splits weren’t great but we stayed consistent and felt good the entire race. By the time we were exiting Stanley Park for the final stretch, I was really hoping that we could get under 2:30. We were just on target but that final hill had other plans for us, 2:30:39. So close, oh well it’s okay. We were still pretty happy with our race experience!

SeaWheeze - time stats

SeaWheeze - Medal

Finish Line

As soon as we crossed the finish line we were handed our medal and ushered in to the finishing chute. It was very, very, very crowded and we were at a complete stand still for a little bit. Once we were in the tent they gave us a bottle of water, little bag of Sage products, a wet towel, coconut water, and a lululemon hat. My hands were overflowing:)

::Note to lululemon (because I am sure you are reading this..haha):: 

I have an idea for making the finishing chute and brunch line flow more efficiently. I suggest having the finishing chute continue down Cordova Street rather than turning towards the Convention Center. Runners could still receive their medals right after crossing the finish line. But instead of handing out the water, Sage products, wet towels, hats (or whatever swag you have next year), coconut water, and brunch (all you would have to do is add a lid to the current food container) individually, have all of this ready to go in a bag (doesn’t have to be a fancy bag, just one of your famous shopping bags would be awesome!) for each runner. Then set up four or more rows of tables going down Cordova. This way runners only have one item to keep track of since we will be wearing our medals:) This would eliminate the major bottle neck at the finish line and the loooong lines for brunch while also greatly reducing the number of volunteers. I think runners would looove these changes!!!

SeaWheeze - Finsihing Chute

A very crowded finishers’ tent and a Sage employee applying recovery oils on Lori’s legs

Once we made it through the finishing chute, we were directed to either get in line for brunch or to go to bag check. We opted to go get our bags and then wait in line for the post-race massages. Last year, it was 15 minutes of bliss. This year, the wait was the same (about an hour) but our massage was only about 5 minute longs:( Definitely not worth the wait this time around. We still had a good time in line, we actually met some people who went to Southern and Loma Linda with Lori. Crazy!

Post-Race Brunch 

The brunch menu was a mini Quiche, two delicious waffles with blueberry topping, greek yogurt, and fresh fruit. Not great for a vegan but still yummy. I was actually kind of surprised there was nothing vegan because that is right up every yogis’ alley.

Lori - SeaWheeze Brunch

It was a great race and the run was only a portion of the lululemon fun! Stay tuned for a post about the SeaWheeze Showcase store on Friday and our post race wanderings:)

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{Weekend Update} SeaWheeze Half Marathon + Abbotsford Triathlon

Janelle Runs - SeaWheeze Half  + Abbotsford Tri

Hello! This past weekend was a busy one, SeaWheeze Half Marathon on Saturday and my first Triathlon on Sunday. I had a fantastic time at both events and am already counting down the days until my next race. I do not have for a full on race recap tonight but I wanted to share some highlights and photos! I’ll start with the SeaWheeze, once again one of my besties, Lori, traveled to the Great White North to run this epic race with me. She’s such a trooper, she flew straight in from Europe at the end of the a family vacation. Due to jet lag we opted for a run/walk race plan (more details on that in the full race recap). It worked well for us and we finished in 2 hours 30 minutes. We had a great time and cannot wait for next year!!!

Lori and I have our 15 2 seconds of fame at 1:15!!

The other big event of the weekend was the Abbotsford Triathlon! This was my first Tri. I’ll admit, after signing up a few months ago I rode my bike and swam twice…At least I was prepared for the running. I had such a great time and ended up doing better than I had hoped! Here’s my stat line (times for each segment include transition):

Total time: 1:37:46 | 750 m Swim 15:36 | 20 k Bike 54:00 | 5 k Run 28:10

Abbotsford Triathlon

Just about to cross the finish line…

Well, that’s all for now! Full race recaps soon to come.

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Tips for Working Out During Vacation

Tips for Working Out During Vacation

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Kyle and have been traveling for the past weeks. We have gone from Alberta to Florida to Texas and soon onto Seattle (while Kyle is already there). It has been crazy busy but absolutely wonderful! While on vacation we’ve attended Kyle’s sister’s wedding, met my cousin’s newborn baby, visited lots and lots of family, went to Disney and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and returned home to Texas. Then tomorrow we are going to the wedding of two close friends! Yes, it has been cra cra! Oh, and I have also been working on my graduate program the whole time (actually I should be doing that now instead of blogging…).

When we left home a few weeks ago I was determined to stick to my regular workout routines. After almost three weeks of being on the road and successfully keeping up with my fitness schedule, I thought I would share some of the tactics I used:

1) Early bird gets the worm…

Set the alarm an extra 30 minutes early and get your workout done first thing. You’ll get the worm plus a stress-free day, full of energy from your morning workout. It is a win-win-win:)

2) Get creative

Turn a local attraction or activity into  a workout opportunity. For example, on our last day in Cabo, before heading to the airport, Kyle and I did Stand Up Paddle boarding.

3) Use visitor passes 

If your accommodations don’t have a fitness center hop on over the local Y or gym, most places will give you a free trial pass. We did this at one of the Orlando YMCA and the Y closet to my parents’ house.

4) Make it a family/group event 

Turn your daily workout into a family/group event! Surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, and walking around a famous park are just a few ways you could get your whole family/group to be active.

5) Don’t stress if you have to scale it back 

Remember you are on vacation! It is okay if you have to dial down the training for a few days. In fact, a few days off for recovery will probably serve you well:)

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Do You Believe in Magic???

Family Epcot, Disney, Magic

Is there anything more magical than Disney and Harry Potter?!?!

Howdy! Greetings from the great state of Texas! The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind. Kyle’s sister got married in Alberta, we flew to Orlando to meet my cousin’s newborn baby, and now we are in Texas spending time with my parents and grandparents. Plus, I have been working on two classes this summer. It has been cray cray but so much fun.

I don’t have a ton of spare time to write a thorough post about all the magic of Harry Potter and Disney, so I am going to just share a few photos from Harry Potter and Kyle’s GoPro video of our day at Disney! More detailed travel posts to come:)

Gringotts, Diagon Alley

In case you haven’t heard, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWOHP) is pretty much the event of the year in the theme park community. About a month ago, Universal opened up their second Harry Potter themed land, Diagon Alley (+ a WWOHP opened in Japan). As soon as we decided to go to Orlando this summer, I knew we had to go to WWOHP! And let me tell you, it was amazingly MAGICAL! Seriously, magical is the only word to describe it.

Here are some of the magical things we experienced…

Hogwarts

We wandered through Hogwarts Castle! 

Jump - Hogwarts Express

We ran through platforms 9 3/4 (yes, we RAN through) and rode the Hogwarts Express!

The Leaky Cauldron

We ate lunch at the Leaky Cauldron!

WWOHP - Wand Shopping

We wandered through the same shops Harry explored in Diagon Alley! Here I am in Ollivanders!

WWOHP - Robes

And in Madam Malkin’s…I must say I think I look good in a Gryffindor robe. We also wandered through Quality Quidditch Supplies, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, the Magical Menagerie, and more! 

Frozen Butterbeer - WWOHP

Of course we enjoyed Butterbeer, both frozen and as an ice cream flavor + we rode Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (it was definitely worth the 2.5 hour wait!!!)

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Plus, we posed in Sirius’ motorbike, saw 12 Grimmauld Place + Kreacher, met the Knight Bus conductor, tested out our wizarding skills with my cousin’s interactive wand, saw Celestina Warbeck perform, spoke with a goblin, toured down Knockturn Alley, and saw a couple get engaged in front of Gringotts. Yep, we pretty much saw everything Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade had to offer with the exception of a few performances. It was absolutely amazing. I am pretty sure my drop was hanging open the entire day. If you love Harry Potter, this is an absolute must see! Even if you don’t love Harry Potter (not sure how that is possible) you will find yourself moved by the beautiful magic J.K. Rowling has created!

And just to make sure Disney feels the love, here is a video from our day at Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios!

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Summer Vacation!

Hello All,

Sorry I have been MIA the past two weeks! Kyle and I were in Alberta for his sister’s wedding. As soon as we got home we flew down to Florida to meet my cousin’s two-week old baby! Now, we are in the Sunshine State. But soon we are off to Texas. It has been a non-stop ride!

Even with all the travel I am still sticking to the 365 day challenge and training for Victoria, well at least I am trying (have you ever ran in the Floridan humidity???). I will try to get back on a normal posting schedule once we are in Texas and my summer class is over! Until then here’s a photo from Epcot..

Can you guess where we are going today????

That’s right, get your broomsticks and cauldrons, we are boarding the Hogwarts Express and entering the magical land of Harry Potter!!!

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