Inspired to Run

All the time people ask me why I’m on social media networks. They want to know what value I see in the tools. They want to know why it intrigues me. They want to know why I keep on coming back.

One thing I love about social is how easy it is to be part of a community and align with people who have similar interests. Since learning to run {and later founding Runcouver}… I have immersed myself in health/fitness/running/racing/etc communities online. I follow races, teams, pro athletes, local runners, nutritionists and a ton of inspirational dynamos kicking ass and crushing goals. I join in on conversation via twitter chats, hashtags blogs and message boards. It oozes through my every day {Note: I don’t follow the people who just post ‘skinny’ quotes everyday with disturbing photos of way too thin women. Ugh.}.

A local runner, friend of a friend and someone I need to get to know better is a young man named Dave {he’s a total babe btw :)}. For the last few months, I’ve been following Dave tweeting and Instagram’ing his day to day. He’s a beast. Truly beastly. He’s the king of goal setting and always thinking of a new way to challenge himself.

This morning I randomly woke up {rested} at 6:30am. I was going back and forth in my head – one more hour of sleep… yes… no… one more hour of sleep… yes… no… Then all of a sudden I realized that Dave was probably running.

Dave loves a hashtag called: #10ktostarttheday.

Dave kills it on the pavement morning after morning. My brain turned into competitive “you must continually improve yourself” mode and I immediately knew I needed to run to.

I hate running in the morning – and something I know for sure is that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone.

Running at night – in the dark – is my comfort zone. It’s peaceful, calming and one of my favourite times of the day. Since I’ve been banned from running by myself in the dark {read about that time I fell on my face}… I probably need to start liking early mornings.

So just after 6:45am, I left my house. Runners on, rain jacket on and prepared for a brisk run in the dark {I knew it wouldn’t be dark for long…}. :)

Epic RunI headed to Burrard Bridge… 3K turned into 5K… 5K turned into 10K… 10K turned into 15K… and before you knew it…

I was at 18.9k!

Whoa. So long broken face!!!

My iPhone died just outside of Chinatown, but I continued running to Yaletown. I hit 20k and felt more alive than I have in weeks.

#20ktostartthedamnday

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Dave.

Thank you for getting me out of bed. Thank you for getting my head in the game. Thank you for being a source of inspiration, both online and offline.

Your presence is noticed.

See you on the seawall. Run baby run.

Let’s get sweaty Vancouver!

Seawheeze 2013Today’s the day!

Registration for the Lululemon Seawheeze Half-Marathon went live THIS MORNING! I’ve been waiting for this day… well, since… last August. :)

Last year I participated in the inaugural Seawheeze – my first half marathon! I can’t say enough positive things about Lululemon’s first race series. The event was fantastic from beginning to end. Lululemon is a company that is committed to customer experience {and I’m pretty positive, employee experience, too!}. The weekend started with a race expo – shopping, yoga and pedicures – and ended up with an outdoor concert. They had everything from custom race gear {not tacky like most races btw, all of it was beyond cute} to unique medals to waffles at the post-race brunch!

Seawheeze is a total experience!

Yes there is a half marathon {13.1 miles baby!}. But there’s also a whole lot of fun, laughter, neon and good times in the sunshine. In order to soak it all up, you gotta participate in the whole weekend! Promise it’ll be worth it!

Last year was a blast, but I’m extra excited to be running this year. Almost all of Runcouver’s #RunCrew will be running the half {for half of them, it’ll be their first one!!} – and a whole lot of friends have jumped on board: Reagan, Adriana, Jen, Nikki, KateMiranda, Chelsea – and the list could go on and on!

If you’re interested in getting on board the Seawheeze train, check out the event: http://seawheeze.com

Get sweaty friends. See you at the finish line.

Running Gear

Since starting Runcouver and launching the #RunCrew, I’ve been asked lots — “So, what do you wear?” … well, well, well I could go on and on about my massive wish list, but instead let’s stick to the basics:

  • Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 3’s for the pavement and the Peregrine for the trails. I love that the Kinvara 3’s are speedy demons.
  • Socks: I’m not that picky as long as they breathe and also have heel coverage {no one likes blisters!}. I generally wear Lululemon’s Padded Run Sock or CEP’s compression socks.
  • Crops: When the weather is chilly I run in Lululemon’s Run Inspire Crop and I race in Lululemon’s Marathon Crop.
  • Shorts: I’m a big fan of wearing as little as possible when I’m running. TNA’s Shorty Shorts do the trick.
  • Jackets: I only wear a jacket when it’s pouring with rain! I have an older Lululemon rain jacket with a hood that works like a charm– or I’ll wear my light Lululemon Nothing But Run jacket.
  • Long Sleeve: The perfect pre-race {and first 4K warm up} is Lululemon’s Swiftly Long Sleeve.
  • Tank: My go-to tank is always Lululemon’s Cool Racerback!
  • Sports Bra: I love Lululemon’s Flow Y Bra — but often switch it out with their Free to Be Bra. Not big busted, so not really an issue. ;)
  • Headbands: In the spring/summer, I wear Lululemon’s super cute Satin Pirouette Headband and in the fall/winter, the Brisk Run Headband {covers your ears!}.
  • Gloves: I was gifted Lululemon’s Brisk Run Gloves from my sister a few years ago {yes, when I wasn’t running}… anyways they are fantastic because you can still use your iPhone with them on and they have a pocket for your keys!
  • Music: iPod Nano {classic}, Snuggbugs {found them at Rock n’ Roll Seattle Race Expo — LOVE} and if I run with my iPhone, I listen to my running playlists on Rdio.com!

I have a lot of Lululemon gear  — because 1) it fits me oh so well, and 2) I love luon. I would love to be able to run in Nike but I don’t fit into their smallest size. If someone wants to make me a custom Nike “Running Sucks” t-shirt, I’d totally love you forever.

Note: No one told me to write this post… no one pays for my running gear… {no, not even a sugar daddy}.

Twelfth Race Complete!

Whoaaa!!! Twelve races!!!

Crazy to think that I ran for the first time in my life a mere 9 months ago.

On Saturday morning I headed over to Victoria in preparation for the Goodlife Victoria 8K Road Race {held in conjunction with their annual Marathon!}. I had been debating running the half marathon {apparently it’s an amazing course}, but stuck to my guns on the 8K. In retrospect, I’m soooo glad I did. Really not a fan of out and back courses — especially on race day!

Clare and I planned to meet up bright and early on Sunday morning. The 8K started before the half-marathon and marathon — so we were due to be at the Legislature buildings by about 6:45am. We started the race before the sun came up {it was a mighty chilly morning}… and took in gorgeous views of the sunrise till 4K. The  race had 2501 participants with 896 men & 1605 women! The ladies represented!

I had been nervous about this race because I haven’t really been running… I ran the Coho Run in early September but since then {and during that race!}… I’ve been battling flu – cold – flu – cold. Then I just got off track with training and boom, I’ve only run once in the last month. I ran a 10K last weekend, but it took absolutely everything out of me to get through it. I kept on telling myself — you’re lapping everyone on the couch… just… pull… through. Not really a motivating way to  head into race week.

This race went surprisingly a-ok. I didn’t run it fast, just went with the flow. I had a SERIOUS playlist malfunction right out of the gate. My plan was to listen to my ol’ faithful 10K playlist {it always gets me through a race}, but right after I started my Nike+ GPS, the music changed and BOOM…. iPhone switched playlists and Coldplay was on. 3 songs played on repeat the ENTIRE RACE. :| I don’t even know how that is possible. Not good at all.

I ended up finishing with a time of 45:24, 5:41 pace, 42/208 for age, 273/1846 for women. Happy with the results and blessed that the weather behaved! Victoria harbour front is absolutely gorgeous and I’d take any opportunity to run along the water again!

The year in review:

… still hard to believe!

Thanks to Clare for being an awesome running partner — and seriously kicking my ass. Congrats to Nikki, Nicole and Richard for dominating the half-marathon and marathon this weekend!

Looking forward to the Energizer Night Race 10K next weekend in Vancouver!