Another successful SeaWheeze weekend behind me!! I was thinking about breaking up my race-cation into a series of posts so that I wouldn’t have to cram four days with of fun into one single post buuuuut WHAT THE HECK. Let’s do it.
I arrived in Vancouver at around 11am and the plan was to go straight downtown to meet my PR friend (Cristina) and a photographer from shoeme.ca. I took the train down and had a little time to kill so naturally, I went and had some gelato at Bella Gelateria. This place usually has a crazy lineup but I somehow got lucky because not one single person was there. Salted chocolate gelato and berry sorbet FTW.
We headed back to the office and I dropped off all of my bags so that I could roam around the city looking for food. I ended up finding a shopping mall and grabbing a salad to eat quickly before it was time to head back. I got LOST and ended up beside a Costco?!?! I tried to Google Map my way back to the office but it was apparently a 28-minute walk so I jumped in a cab instead because I had already been walking for what seemed like forever.
Cristina and I met Angela for dinner at Heirloom for 6:30pm which I was SO EXCITED about. Unfortunately, something hit me and I had to actually leave the restaurant a couple of times. I’m pretty sure I had food poisoning but who knows. I was super hot, the smell of food was making me nauseous, and I threw up twice. Nice, right? I cancelled my food order, waited for Cristina and Angela to finish their meals, and then headed to Angela’s place to take a shower and go to sleep.
While I was sleeping, Angela went and picked up Danielle from the airport and they headed straight to bed because we had a very early morning ahead of us!
SHOPPING DAY. Last year we lined up at the SeaWheeze Showcase store around 4:30am. I had a feeling it would be earlier this year because people (including myself) just keep getting crazier and crazier. My friend Michael texted me around 1am saying there were already 50+ people in line (some of our friends were there from 10:30pm the night BEFORE!). I woke the girls up at 2am and we made it to the line with about 150 people ahead of us. Bananas. Why do we do these things? I really don’t know.
The time went by a lot faster than I expected and we rolled into the store with the first wave of people at 7am. Like usual, it was complete madness in there. I wasn’t as impressed as last year in terms of colours and patterns but I did manage to pick up four cute pieces.
No pants, no problem.
We were done pretty early so we spent some time walking around, visited Lululemon on Robson, and picked up a quick breakfast. We had a VEGA luncheon at Forage at 12:30 so we went and got changed before heading over. The food at Forage was phenomenal but unfortunately my photos all came out WAY too dark so you’ll just have to believe me! VEGA did a really great job at welcoming us bloggers and making us feel special. They always do! There was even some fun trivia where I managed to win a cute pair of shoes by People Footwear.
We were pretty exhausted by the time lunch was over since we had been up so early. We took it easy for the rest of the day, went back to Angela’s to lay out our race gear, picked up a few things for race morning, and grabbed a quick dinner before heading to bed.
We woke up to RAIN. Obviously. It’s Vancouver, right?? I was a bit nervous for several reasons. After being sick on the Thursday night, I had no idea whether or not my body would still be affected on Saturday morning. We were also pretty messed up in terms of sleep because of the shopping extravaganza…and I had spent all of Friday eating things I normally wouldn’t eat before a race. I texted Phaedra and told her I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to stick to her plan (7:35-7:45 average pace) so she told me just to do my best.
I ate some oatmeal for breakfast and then brought a Honey Stinger waffle to eat a half hour before the race. We stayed inside the Convention Centre for as long as we could because it was pretty chilly out. I think we headed to the race start around 6:50am (the race started at 7am).
Unfortunately, I didn’t seed myself properly and got stuck pretty far back which made the start of my race a bit frustrating. The first two miles were spent walking, jogging, and weaving through so many people. I feel like it took a bit of extra energy out of me but hey, that’s what I get. Next time I won’t make the same mistake. Once I got through those first couple of miles, I settled into my pace and to my surprise, was running a lot better than I expected. I was holding about a 7:40/mile pace up until about mile 10 and then things kinda started to fall apart. I slowed down quite a bit for the last three miles (7:47, 8:12, 7:52) and ended up finishing in 1:41:53 (7:45 average pace). I was 48 seconds shy of a half marathon PR but I did manage a course PR (my previous SeaWheeze times were 1:54 and 1:45). I’m pretty happy overall and managed to stay on the slower end of what Phaedra wanted even with getting sick and my body being all out of whack from not sleeping. I’m itching to run another half marathon now though because SeaWheeze has got some hills so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to break 1:41 on a flatter course.
Here’s a closeup of the gold carrot medal:
We didn’t hang around very long because as soon as we stopped running it felt SO cold. We ran to bag check, put on dry clothes and headed back to Angela’s to get cleaned up for lunch. We went to a cute little place in Kitsilano called Sejuiced and I ordered the Power House Bowl which had brown rice, grilled tempeh, steamed veggies, and a creamy peanut-carrot sauce. It was soooo tasty.
Fast forward to dinner at Heirloom where Danielle and I shared a kale Caesar, Heirloom burger and sweet potato fries.
We headed to the Sunset Festival after dinner to meet up with all of our insta-friends turned real life friends. It was kind of a bittersweet night – loads of fun but a little sad to say goodbye because a lot of us won’t see each other until next year (assuming we all get in).
Holy smokes this post is getting long. We intended on going hiking, doing the Grouse Grind, or visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge…but decided to do none of the above instead. Hah. Danielle’s husband, Josh, flew in Sunday morning so we went to Heirloom for brunch once he arrived (can you tell we really like Heirloom?) and inhaled ALL THE FOOD. Danielle and I each ordered a kale Caesar (again) and then split the avocado toast. So good.
We spent the rest of the day walking around downtown, eating gelato (the lineup at Bella Gelateria was HELLA LONG on Sunday…but we still waited), taking photos, and then stuffing our face with nachos for dinner. A successful last day if I say so myself.
I left Vancouver at 6am on Monday so I am back in Toronto and the SeaWheeze blues have officially kicked in. How many more days until SeaWheeze 2016?!?!