Archive for the ‘My Story’ Category

Rock n roll seattle half marathon

The only Rock ‘n’ Roll series race I’ve run before is Vancouver, which I did in 2014 and 2015. That event has since been cancelled (but will be replaced by Vancouver Running Festival this year!). When there was a ‘global sale’ for RnR race entries last year, I decided to sign up for Seattle. And since we have some awesome friends to stay with in the city – it’s the perfect race destination!

Here it is – the best and worst of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon!

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North Olympic Discovery Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the North Olympic Discovery Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

With just one week to go until the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, I’m trying to get my thoughts (and training) together before the big day. This will be my first race representing BibRave in 2017, so I’m pretty stoked! And although it’s not my first international race of the year (since I ran in Japan back in March), it’ll be my first US race since last year’s North County Wine Run.

I’ve already blogged about all the reasons why you should run the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, but I wanted to recap some of my training and final preparation for the race. Keep in mind that I’m running the half marathon at NODM, and not the full!

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Shaughnessy 8K

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary entry to the 2017 Oasis Shaughnessy 8k – many thanks to the folks at Lions Gate Road Runners!

The last time I ran the Shaughnessy 8k was way back in 2013, so I was stoked to have another chance to run it again this year! Although I remembered how much I enjoyed it – and even made the photo on the rack card one time! – I’ve realized anew that this is one of the top local ‘small’ races in Vancouver, and totally one you should be running!

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OOFOS OOmg

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg Recovery Shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’d heard about the OOFOS brand, having seen reviews and blog posts about their sandals. I’d always wanted to give them a try, so when we were given the opportunity to test their yet-to-be-released Recovery Shoes, I jumped at the chance! Because of the time it sometimes takes for products to cross the border into Canada, I was concerned I wouldn’t make the blogging deadline – but I’ve made the most of them!!

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BMO Vancouver MarathonWhen I signed up for the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, it never occurred to me that I might end up running the full. Having only done two full marathons before – Vancouver and Honolulu (both in 2014) – another marathon wasn’t on my radar. Until some of the wily women I run with convinced that we should tackle it together. So, after a few weeks of hemming and hawing, I upgraded to the BMO Vancouver Marathon. That’s how I got here.

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Running Japan

After completing the Honolulu Marathon in December 2014, I had my first experience running in Japan. It was a great experience, part of my post-marathon recovery. Last month, I completed my first truly ‘international’ race, the Kumagaya Sakura Half Marathon in Saitama. Although I’ve already written my race report, I wanted to share my stories of running Japan prior to that race! Running in Kobe, Kyoto and Kanazawa!

**NOTE: This is a photo-heavy blog post!!

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Easter Fun Run

In a stark contrast to the snowy conditions we experienced at the Big Elf Run in December, the Easter Fun Run was dry and – from time to time – sunny! And now that spring is finally on its way, the cherry blossoms were out in full bloom. So I was very grateful that Baxter Bayer, who organized both races, offered me a free entry to this year’s Easter Fun Run. And what fun it was!

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