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The 2015 Vancouver Sun Run

Sun Run - Post Race

(Sarah and me in BC Place – she ran the race in under 48 minutes!)

I can’t believe it has already been two weeks since the 2015 Vancouver Sun Run. I’ll be honest, coming into this race I was quite unprepared and worried that I wouldn’t be able to run Canada’s largest 10k in under an hour. Prior to this run most of my runs were around a 10 – 10:30 minute/mile pace and I knew I would need a 9:40 or faster pace on race day.

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After parking, we headed to the starting line with a quick bathroom break at the Fairmont. After Kyle walked me to the start and he settled into a Timmy’s booth to relax a.k.a. watch Netflix. Once I was in the corral it seemed like forever until the race started. As I was waiting I realized that my phone would not connected to YouTube/iTunes radio so I decided it was time to run without any distractions.

The Sun Run 10k Route

The race started out great and with each mile I was able to lower my average pace. As I came to the 5k mark and crossed the first bridge, I knew it was time to turn it up a notch and get down to a 9:40 pace. Around mile 4 I was still on tack for a sub-hour finish but I was hurting! But with only 2.2 miles left I knew I could hold my pace a little bit longer. I kept pushing it and slowly watched a few seconds fall off my average pace. Finally, I made it to the Cambie Street Bridge. The last bridge was a struggle and I knew I could not let off on my pace if I wanted to reach my goal. I continued to push to the finish and thankfully the finish line soon emerged. I knew it would be close…when I crossed over the timing mats my watch read 59:07!  

Sun Run Results

Woo hoo!!! I did it! Definitely wasn’t a P.R. but I made my goal.

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Thank you, volunteers and all of the Sun Run team!!! Another great event and I can’t wait until next year (I will be training for a P.R.)!

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Sidenote: As I stood in the middle of BC Place, I couldn’t help but stand in awe as I dreamt of the amazing things to come this summer during the Women’s World Cup!!! To say I am excited is an understatement! Let’s go, USWNT!!!

 

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#RunVictoria

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Greetings from Kelowna, we are here for an elementary/high school flag football tournament! It’s going to be a fun and very busy weekend. So before the craziness begins I wanted to quickly update the blog. I know, it has been forever since I was on a regular blogging schedule. Unfortunately, with work, school, and training for the Victoria Marathon, blogging has fallen to the wayside. Well, last weekend I ran Victoria (more accurately I would say I finished Victoria as the last four weeks of training were nearly non exists due to sickness and busy with work and school schedules – more on this later) and I just submitted my final paper for my seventh grad class, so I am refocusing my energy into blogging. I don’t have time for a full race recap tonight, so I’ll just share the video my amazing husband made from our weekend. I hope you enjoy!

Victoria 26.2 from c0achkay on Vimeo.

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{Product Review} Fitness Games App

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Recently, I have been testing out the Fitness Games App. This is an app that turns everyday workout routines into a competition with the integration of social media. The design of this app lets you challenge your family, friends, or strangers across the globe. Whether you like to get your sweat on at the gym, in your home, or outside there is a routine for you!

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Since I don’t have a gym membership, the workout and challenges I have done fall under the “cross training” and “cardio” categories. When it comes time to workout you have a couple of options: 1) You can challenge a friend, someone near by you, yourself, or someone across the globe. You can use this feature when you go out for a bike ride, hit the gym, or go to the track. This app makes it super easy to tap into your competitive side.

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Overall, I thought think this app is a really awesome concept…

– It’s easy to navigate.

– Fun to challenge people and earn points.

– GPS works well and it offers a number of cardio activities.

However, there were a few things that I was not too fond of…

– Everything cost $$$, even after receiving an upgrade as a Sweat Pink Ambassador there were upgrades to buy

– A major portion of the activities require a gym, which made it very difficult for me to fully test out the app

– The idea of competing is fun but it would work best if it is against people you know. As the app grows it will be easier to connect with other fitness junkies:)

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I recommend this app to anyone who is looking to switch up their current routine! I will definitely keep using this app, especially if they offered more free workouts within the “cross training” category!

Tweet: Challenge your fitness with #TheFitnessGames! Check out @TFGapp and let the games begin! http://ctt.ec/gd5dj+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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{Race Recap} SeaWheeze Half Marathon

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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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.

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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

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Just about to cross the finish line…

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

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