Epic Canadian – Run for Canada

Posted: July 8, 2017 in My Story

Epic Canadian

I’m very pleased to welcome another guest writer to my blog – my friend, Andrea! I’ve worked with Andrea for a few years, and we run together from time to time. When I heard about her upcoming travels, I asked if she’d share her experiences. Here is Andrea’s Epic Canadian report, all the way from the Maritimes…

About 5.5 weeks ago, I sought an opportunity to check something off my bucket list – I signed up for my first out of province run, the Epic Canadian in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia! I’ve been running more consistently over the last few months and I thought, why not sign up for a race while I’m still in shape? I searched for races in July in Nova Scotia as I knew I was going to be there to visit my brother. I found the Epic Canadian right away and I got super excited.

Epic Canadian a 3-day event with different distance runs (5km, 6.1km, 10km, and 21.1km). I decided to sign up for two back-to-back runs on July 1st – the Maple Leaf 10km run with my brother, and the Canadian 5km run with my mom. The timing worked out because my flight arrived on July 1st at 2am, and the 10km run started at 8am. I knew I would be tired but I couldn’t miss the opportunity. I also really liked the beautiful Canada 150 medals! You get a medal for each run and if you sign up for more than one run, you get a bonus medal! There was no better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than running the Epic Canadian.


My brother picked up the Epic Canadian race package three days before race day at the Atlantic Superstore near the start line. There was no line up and the packages were neatly organized in a zipped bag. The goodies included a race bib, Canada 150 t-shirt, and a limited edition Canada 150 buff.

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The night before my flight I slept only three hours because I’m a last minute packer so yes, I have no excuse. I was hoping to catch up on my sleep on my flight to Toronto, but I sat near a baby who was crying nonstop so I couldn’t sleep. I felt very exhausted and was looking forward to getting to my hotel in Halifax so I could rest a few hours before the race. When I landed Toronto to connect to Halifax, I found out my flight was delayed for two hours. I had some midnight Pad Thai from Thai Express – this was going to be my last meal before the race. When I landed Halifax, it was 4:15am on race day – less than 4 hours before the race start time!

Race Day

The Maple Leaf 10km – July 1st, 2017, 8AM

With only 30 precious minutes of sleep, I was exhausted but still excited and determined to run. The weather did not look promising – it was cloudy and chilly. Getting to the race was a smooth process. The event was sponsored by Subaru so we were able to park in the “VIP” parking lot for Subaru’s which was just steps away from the start line. We arrived at 7:50AM, took a selfie, and sang O Canada. The horn sounded and everyone was off to run!

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I ran with my brother for probably less than 5 minutes before he dashed off. I kept my pace and after the 2km mark, it started drizzling. The route was quite scenic, especially by Lake Banook, but a lot hillier than I expected. Running uphill was hard and running downhill was slippery! Each kilometre marker featured an epic Canadian*, which was pretty neat. People and children were cheering us on and giving high fives.

*Editor: Some our most famous Canadians – people like Justin Trudeau & Laura Secord!

It rained harder and harder and by the time I was in my last 2kms, it was POURING and I was drenched. My runners carried puddles of their own and with each step I felt the water splash inside my runners. Water was dripping off the tip of my cap. At this point I was just relieved that I wore my jacket and cap. The rain motivated me to run faster so I could get out of the rain sooner.

As I dodged the puddles and approached the finish line, I heard them announce my name and that I was from Vancouver, BC, which reminded me that I was actually running a race outside of BC! I never thought I’d be a runner and I used to not be able to run even a minute without stopping. It meant so much to me to come this far in my running career. I was so happy when I crossed the finish line – mostly because it meant getting out of the rain, but of course, also completing the race. I was soaked and it was still pouring like crazy. There was not a lot of undercover area in the post-race space so I didn’t explore and went straight to the car to rest before the next race.

The Canadian 5km – July 1st, 2017, 9:30AM

It was drizzling but luckily it wasn’t pouring. The Canadian 5km route was covered by the 10km run, but this run (walk) was for the mama bear. My mom is not a runner and she did not train for this at all, but I’m proud of her for trying. Since we walked part of it, I was able to take more photos of the route!

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Post Race

Still drizzling, but we were finally able to take photos with our medals! My phone was all wet but I still had to bring it out to take some photos by the finish line. We met Dartmouth’s MP, Darren Fisher, who came to us to hand out some cool Canada 150 pins and we took a selfie! (Selfie credit: Darren Fisher @DarrenFisherNS)

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Overall, the event was very well organized. Although I was totally not expecting to enter the race with lack of sleep, hilly routes, and pouring rain, now I can return home to Vancouver with an ‘epic’ experience to share and some medals to show-and-tell!

Final Results – The Maple Leaf 10km

Chip Time: 1:02:12 (not a PB, but 5:20 faster than my last 10km Sun Run in April 2017!)
Average Pace: 6:18/km
Overall Place: 279/536
Age Category Place: 20/43

Final Results – The Canadian 5km

Chip Time: 44:41
Average Pace: 9:13/km
Overall Place: 556/701
Age Category Place: 51/58

Epic Canadian

Learn more about the Epic Canadian:

Website: https://epiccanadian.ca/
Facebook: Epic Canadian
Twitter: @EPIC_Canadian

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!

What do you get when you combine a great road trip companion, spectacular Pacific Northwest scenery, a bunch of BibRave Pros, and one of the most beautiful half marathons in the country? Well, you get the North Olympic Discovery Marathon – that’s, what! Join me on this fabulous journey to the lush green and ocean vistas of the Olympic Peninsula!

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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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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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