I’m still in Van City but I ain’t complaining! It’s been a whirlwind of an awesome time so far and I’ve still got a couple of days ahead of me. Lots on the agenda today but thought I’d put together a quick recap of Saturday’s race for this week’s Marathon Monday.
I honestly don’t even know where to start because this race completely blew my mind this year. Lululemon does such an incredible job and pays attention to the smallest details to make this weekend so fabulous for runners. From the exclusive SeaWheeze store to the half marathon and the sunset festival – everything is just so well-organized and FUN.
I talked briefly about the SeaWheeze store craziness here so let’s just focus on all this running today.
The start time was 7am – a little earlier than I’m used to for races. We woke up at 4:30am to give us enough time to eat, digest, get dressed, walk over to the start, check our bags, and shimmy our way into our corrals. I had no idea what was going to happen at this race because of my weird leg pain/discomfort that I was experiencing in the weeks leading up to it. I set no expectations for myself except to have fun and listen to my body.
I went out to fast because apparently that’s just how I do things. I’d tell you my exact splits but in true Garmin fashion, everything got deleted when I tired to turn my watch on to see my splits yesterday. Awesome, right? I had to do a master reset and it is still acting up and freezing on me. Anyway, I remember looking down at my watch for the first few miles and telling myself that I needed to slow down. I was running in the 7:40s and I knew I would burn out because that’s crazy fast for me to hold for 13.1 miles. I’m not that speedy just yet. Some hills came just in time and forced me to slow down into the 7:50s. I guess those hills are good for something, right?! 😉 That is one thing about SeaWheeze – it is very hilly. It wasn’t horrible because you get a lot of easy downhill moments but the climbs were pretty brutal (for me, at least).
I was able to hold my pace for about 10 miles but once we got to the home stretch I started to slow down quite a bit and things started to feel rough all around – my legs were achy, I felt faint, got a bit of a cramp, and regretted not bringing water along because I was super dehydrated. I stopped at most of the water stations to try and avoid dehydration but didn’t do a very good job of it. I think I got most of the water on my face and shirt rather than in my mouth. I shuffled my way along the Seawall and struggled to hold onto my sub-8 minute miles. Though the Sea Wall is extremely beautiful, it is mentally challenging because it seems like it goes on forever! Up until this point I was pretty convinced I was going to PR (even though I had no intention to) but that little bit of excitement and hope faded as soon as the 1:45 pace bunny passed me. It was so frustrating because I could literally hear the people cheering at the finish line but I just could not get my legs to move faster.
I ended up crossing the finish in 1:45:20 – just 48 seconds slower than my PR! My average pace was 8:01/mile (crazy Canadians and their kilometres! 😉 ). I kept asking myself what I could have done different. Maybe stopping for water was a mistake?? Maybe if I didn’t start out too fast I’d have more energy for the end? Maybe listening to music would have helped? An accidental PR would have been really nice but I realized that this race wasn’t about that. I was there to have fun and take in the experience.
I recommend this race to anyone and everyone. It’s probably not the best course to PR on but it is definitely a fantastic time. Lululemon surprised us with hats (we are wearing them in the above photo), some sweet medals, cold towels with our water, Zico coconut water, and then had waffles and fresh fruit for the post-race brunch. We were pretty spoiled. To top it off, each runner that went to grab their bag from bag check after the race was APPLAUDED by all the volunteers. We felt famous. I’ve never had so many people congratulate me after a race. It was truly incredible.
We spent the rest of the day eating our way around Vancouver but I’ll save my eats for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday!
Hope you had a great weekend and don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already!