Bradley on the Run has definitely been running more than writing so far this month! While I’ve got some blogs / race reports in the works, I thought I’d provide an update on what’s been happening in November!
While actually on October 30, this race launched was has proved to be a busy month so far. There was a polar bear, and a whole bunch of the West Van Run Crew.
I’m not much for dressing up, but I gave Hallowe’en a nod. My coworkers, however, put in much better efforts!
That evening, I donned my new Noxgear Tracer360 running vest and joined Forerunners for our Monday night clinic! Interested in your own Noxgear vest? Use the code BRADLEYRUN to save 35% – plus free shipping to Canada and the US!
Late on November 3, we boarded a plane for Toronto, arriving early the next morning. That weekend, we drove from my hometown of Barrie, Ontario to Hamilton – where I ran the Road2Hope Half Marathon. This was my 30th lifetime half marathon – something I’m pretty darn proud off! Click on the link above to read more about this race.
Back in Barrie – Visit Home
We enjoyed the weekend in Hamilton, reconnecting with college friends, and visiting my extended family – aunt, uncle & cousins. Lots of cousins! The rest of the week was spent in Barrie with my Dad, who kept us entertained with concerts, meals, and pre-birthday celebrations. That’s his birthday – not mine – and he turned 85 last week! Happy Birthday, Dad!
While in Barrie, I managed to get out a do a couple of runs. The first took me on an exploratory route – because when I actually lived in Barrie, I wasn’t a runner! I discovered the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail (click for map), which was quiet and autumnal. I ended up getting myself lost – after my phone died – and backtracking several kilometres, which resulted in a satisfying (if unplanned) 10k run.
A few days later, having a better understanding of the trail route, I managed 7km through the neighbourhoods around my Dad’s place, as well as my childhood playground of Sunnidale Park.
If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen lots of folks doing 22 pushups for 22 days. I accepted this challenge, which will wrap up this weekend. If you’re not already aware of the challenge, the 22 Push-Ups | 22 Days Challenge is partnering with Wounded Warriors Canada as part of their national campaign to bring awareness and attention to the rate of suicide amongst our Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and First Responders. I encourage you to visit the site, and support if you are able. Even better – take the challenge! (The link to the original US-based challenge is here.)
Vancouver – Home Again
The first week back at work is always a struggle, particularly when you arrive home at midnight on Sunday night! I soldiered through, squeezed in a lunch run, a yoga class, one gym visit, and a Pilates class. Finally, getting back into the swing of things.
And now it’s just over a month until Christmas! Where did 2016 go??