It’s been over three weeks since the #Seawheeze2018 half marathon in Vancouver, and I feel like I’m still on recovery / catch-up mode.
I always say it was the hardest half I’ve done, and maybe that’s what makes it so memorable. And there were a lot of “firsts” that I can associate to it as well.
It was the first time I traveled outside of California to run. In fact I said I’d never spend money to do that! My husband already thinks paying to run in local races isn’t a good use of money when I can run for free. But I told myself, it’s a lottery system, what did I have to lose?
As it turned out, I got in on second round, which fell on my birthday! Do you believe in signs? 😉
When I got in, he surprised ME by saying — go ahead and do it. That was a big first in itself! I guess the old adage, never say never, still rings true all around.
My best friend lives in Vancouver and was gracious enough to host me for the weekend. So I prepped, packed and flew over.
I’ve heard all good things about Seawheeze. It’s a beautiful course in a beautiful city, and there is nothing like it.
And of course, Lululemon. They had a jam-packed weekend with yoga, shopping and a party, but I’d been so busy leading up to the weekend I really didn’t have time to think any of it through.
Actually, leading up to the race felt like a race in itself. I didn’t have time to properly prep for it, and so going in I felt ill-prepared. I was going to Orange Theory but outside of that my runs were sporadic and short. I started to feel aches and pains and I was constantly sore. My best friend took me to her boxing circuit the day before, which was a good way to warm up our bodies in the cold.
The weather forecasts showed signs of rain and this wasn’t something I could wrap my brain around. I’d never run in the rain. That’s something my mom told me NOT to do! I hoped the chances of rain would decrease but as my friend says, “honey, they don’t call us #raincouver for nothing.”
But at some point, I had to come to terms with it.
That’s also the reason for the cling wrap around my ankles and socks.
The race began without rain, hurray! But the trash bag flapping was pretty distracting. So I chucked it and just as I rounded the corner for mile 2, well whaddya know: DOWN. CAME. THE RAIN.
In a couple of minutes I was soaked and everything was squishing in my shoes. I tried to avoid puddles, but people were running past me and splashing thru without a care in the world. There wasn’t much else to do but keep going if I wanted to finish. And boy, was it hard to keep going!
This wasn’t my first half, but it was definitely the hardest one. It was truly “mind-over-matter”. My toes were gripping in my shoes so hard that parts of my body I never knew could cramp started cramping! It had to keep reminding myself: Beautiful course, beautiful city, and force myself to look up and enjoy the sights. I didn’t get a picture of it because my phone was encased in ziploc, and even that was wet.
All things considered, I finished with an acceptable time (to me). For all the glamour that a brand like Lululemon holds, I felt the farthest from it, a tired, cold wet rat to be honest!
The view WAS beautiful though, and on a good non-rainy day, it would’ve been an ideal race.
Props to the swag too: it’s the best I’ve seen in the little experience I’ve had with races.
And thankfully, I had friends to share this experience with!
Even off the course, and my entire weekend stay was absolutely delightful.
My own little after party was full of eating, laughing and shopping! And just such good conversation all around. Gotta love decades of friendship. It was a first to have my own cheering squad at the end of the race, bananas, and dry clothes to say the least!
The big question is, would I do it again?
And the honest answer is: I don’t know just yet. If it weren’t for the rain, I’d most definitely say yes. But I think I need a little bit more time to think about it. 😉