Before I dive into my SeaWheeze 2014 recap, SeaWheeze 2015 will be happening on August 15, 2015 and registration open on September 10. That’s just 16 days away, so if you’re considering it, you better get planning because it’ll be here before you know it!
With that out-of-the-way, let’s chat about SeaWheeze 2014……Overall it was a really great weekend.
I’ll be completely honest and say there were some parts of the weekend that I wasn’t thrilled with, and I needed to step back and think about why I wasn’t thrilled with them before I wrote my recap, because I didn’t want to be negative if it wasn’t warranted.
My weekend started off with my flight being delayed an hour, so instead of landing at 11pm, I landed at midnight which meant I didn’t get to bed until 1am, which was 2am for me. That’s old for this gal who goes to bed at 10pm 🙂
Friday we were up around 7am (ouch, yes) and left to go downtown to the store around 9am. After throwing our bags at the hotel we took off to the convention centre. Rumour has it the line for the SeaWheeze store had formed around 1am which meant that by the time we made it into the store (around 11am) a lot of the items were sold out (but you can now find them on eBay. Grrrrr).
I have to say my biggest complaint is that the store is not limited to runners only on the Friday. I know last year I saw a lot of people in the store who weren’t runners (it was easy to tell from the wristband) with piles and piles of clothes. I understand lululemon wants the store to be open to everyone in Vancouver, but I’d like to see it limited to runners only on the Friday and open up to the general public on Saturday. We’ll see if that happens in the future; however, if I plan on shopping next year, I think it’s best to get down to the store as close to 7am as possible (I’m not crazy enough to line up at 1am to spend money!).
Even though there were slim pickings I still managed to find some super cute clothes (hopefully I’ll show them off to y’all tomorrow – if I remember to take pictures!!), so it truly wasn’t the end of the world.
After shopping I was absolutely starved so we walked across the plaza to the Cactus Club where I managed to shovel a massive plate of spaghetti and meatballs into my face-hole and I don’t regret that decision one bit.
We debated standing in line for tattoos and hair braiding, but they didn’t seem to be moving much, so off we went to the new lululemon store on Robson to spend more money. Heh.
By then it was about 3pm and we’d all been on our feet since 8am, so it was off to the hotel to rest for a bit before heading back to the Convention Centre for volunteering and yoga. We did a bit of a fashion show with what we had purchased and sat. Oh man, sitting felt fabulous!
Since we missed out last year, we really wanted to take part in the tattoos and hair braiding, so we headed won around 4:15 in the hopes we’d be able to take part before our volunteer shift started at 6pm.
And? We were disappointed. The manicure people had already closed shop, the hair braiding line was shut down and they were also closing down the tattoo line 🙁 Major bummer. It was at this point that I honestly debated if it was all worth it.
I was also functioning on very little sleep and had been standing in lines all.freaking.day (or, that’s what it felt like). I may have also Tweeted something a bit snarky, which totally doesn’t reflect how I felt about the race overall.
In the end, we got our tattoos (but no hair or nails!) and some gelato before I turned into a Yoga Ninja.
It turns out a Yoga Ninja spends a lot of time packing up furniture and moving things and not a lot of time helping out with the yoga, so after two hours of moving things, I decided I needed a date with my yoga mat and hopped in to join the class.
Oh man, my body was so, so thankful I did that, it really needed to stretch after standing and walking all day on Friday. Per my FitBit I logged nearly 7.5 miles on Friday….maybe not recommended the day before a half marathon?
After yoga it was time to lay out my clothes and set my alarm for bright and early Saturday morning.
It’s a darn good thing the fabulous ladies I was rooming with set their alarms because I set my alarm for 5:35am on weekdays – not especially helpful on a Saturday!
I donned my running gear and headed downstairs to meet Lexie. I was meeting up with some Flock gals for a picture at the Olympic cauldron before hitting up our corrals for the start. It was so awesome to see some Oiselle ladies in Vancouver!
After a quick stop for a nervous pee, Lexie and I waited in our corral.
And waited some more.
There were five minutes between each wave of runners, which was both good….and bad. Good in that it allowed for lots of spacing, bad in that we spend 25 minutes just hanging out until it was time to cross the start line.
With over 10,000 runners the field never completely thinned out, but we were able to dodge and weave pretty well through the crowd throughout the run. (Except when there were 3 gals walking and taking up the entire pathway and I may have hollered at them and told them if they’re walking they need to move right because there are runners behind them. This was met with a “Wow” #sorrynotsorry).
We started off in the 2:15-2:30 corral as Lexie was hoping to beat her PR of 2:40 from Disney earlier this year. It was a gorgeous, but warm morning (not that I’m complaining about the heat!!) so I was super thankful the course is so well supported with 8 water stations over the 21.1km course. Every station had water, Vega Sport Hydrator, Vega Gels, bananas and oranges. Unbelievable and very awesome.
Of all the races I’ve done, I have to say the SeaWheeze course is by far my favourite. Few things beat running in Vancouver and that we have the opportunity to run along the entire Seawall is pretty freaking fabulous.
While we were on the Seawall we were lucky enough to have Lindsay spot us, so we ran with her and her friend Krystal (who was running her first half marathon!!!!) for part of the course. I looooove running with friends, it’s the best 🙂
^^borrowed from Lindsay’s instagram 😉
Lexie had a bit of a rough race with a side cramp and breathing issues, but I’m so happy that she was able to PR the race! Yeehaw!!!!!!!
Once we hit the finish, it was pretty crowded in the finish line tent, so it took a bit for us to get our water, coconut water (soooo perfect after a long race!), Runner’s Reward from Saje and our fabulous hats from Lululemon!
Our original plan was to wait in line for the brunch, but the line was crazy long (and we’d waited in a lot of lines on Friday) and Lexie wasn’t feeling too hot, so we went inside to lay down and drink first. We then made the executive decision to head back to the hotel and shower and then head down for waffles before they closed at 1pm.
That decision bit us in the ass, as when we got back down at 12:45 they were already packing up the food 🙁
Not all was lost, as the Vancouver Convention centre has quite a few restaurants around and we were able to find a restaurant with brunch and beer (my requirements after a race) and I happily chowed down on my eggs Benedict and a beer. It was wonderfully satisfying.
After food (and gelato. Again) I decided I needed a time out before getting ready for my dinner with Vega. I went up to the hotel to chill out and lay in my bed.
Come 5:30, Lindsay and I hopped in a cab to head to Heirloom to meet up with Vega and some other amazing and fabulous bloggers.
Although I ended up missing the yoga and the concert, I’m soooo glad I went to the dinner. It was so nice to finally meet Christina and Angela after reading their blogs for years and to put faces to names at Vega. (Although I do wish I’d had more time to chat with them – it’s always hard to get to know people when seated at a big long table).
Plus the food was unbelievably amazing. I desperately wanted to lick the sauce off my plate, but I’m told that’s not appropriate in public settings. Hrmph.
I was so bagged by the time dinner was done, I went back to the hotel and put myself to bed for 10pm. I was also falling asleep in the middle of sentences. Oh yes, I was exhausted.
Sunday dawned early, but I had planned ahead and made a brunch reservation for Lexie and I at Heirloom because it was just so good.
Not pictured? The mimosas we enjoyed because Sunday and running.
The breakfast also didn’t disappoint and I’ll be back for breakfast after RnR in October.
All-in-all it was an absolutely fabulous weekend. Despite a few hiccups that left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth at the time, the value of the race is fantastic and I’ll 100% be back next year!
If you ran SeaWheeze, link up in the comments so I can feature you in my link love post on Saturday!
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