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Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Moustache Miler through my involvement with West Van Run! Don’t forget to sign up for the West Van Run 5K or 10K (or both!) on March 5 & 6 – get 15% off with discount code ‘bradley’.

I hadn’t actually heard of the Moustache Miler before this year, but 2015 was actually its third year (based on the info I could find!). You’ve most likely heard of Movember, and the Moustache Miler is most easily described as a ‘fun run’ in support of this worthwhile cause. Although I didn’t personally fundraise (I concentrate on fundraising for the BC Cancer Foundation as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge), a lot of folks put in a lot of effort to raise awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer. If you’re interested in donating, my friend Ed has a Movember fundraising page here, and all donations will be matched by our employer.

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On Friday, I had committed to doing ‘wear testing’ for Mizuno. This involves trying on 3 different pairs of Mizuno shoes, running 3 kilometres in each, and then providing feedback on the experience. Debra, Pat and I participated back in August, and signed up together to do it again. Debra kindly offered to pick up the race packages for most West Van Run team members at the Running Room, and brought mine to Forerunners that evening. This gave me time to go to Pilates, because improving my core strength is key on my goal list right now.

Jeannine happened to arrive early for her wear testing as well, and we had a great time running together and getting to know each other a bit better! I didn’t get home until 9pm, but fortunately the race the next morning didn’t start until 10:30am!

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Debra picked me up on Saturday morning, and we cruised down to Brockton Oval in Stanley Park. It was frosty and chilly, but with sunny blue skies.

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We gathered with the members of the West Van Run Crew. We’ve all been involved in a lot of races together over the past several months, but this was the first race where everyone was in attendance!

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We had lots of fun mingling and chatting before heading to the start line on the Seawall.

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Karin led us in warmups – still looking in tip-top shape at 4 1/2 months pregnant!

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A quick countdown, and we headed out along the seawall to Brockton Point. As we rounded the lighthouse and hit some shade, the frost on the ground (particularly on the slight downhill) was a bit of a hazard. I won’t blame the slipperiness for affecting my time, but I definitely stepped a bit more gingerly at this point.

Shorter races are funny things. The one miler lasts forever. This was my first 5k in years. I actually thought (and told a bunch of people) that I had only done one 5k before – the 2009 Scotiabank 5k, which wasn’t chip timed, so I have no idea how long it took me. However, I discovered that I had, in fact, done the Longest Day 5k back in 2010. My memories of that race are a bit vague, but I recall it took longer than forever.

Somewhere around Lost Lagoon, we did an out and back, and I cheered for a few members of West Van Run who were keeping pace ahead of me. As we headed back onto the Seawall, I started to wonder how far we had gone – there were no kilometre markings on this route. When my Garmin beeped, I wasn’t even sure if I was at 3k or 4k (it was 4k).

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After nearly getting bowled over by a guy running with a double stroller – I swear there were at least 3 kids and a puppy in that thing – I was on the final dash to the finish. I could see Karin just ahead of me, but she still finished before me. Give her another couple months of pregnancy, and I’m sure I can beat her!

We got our fun Moustache Miler medals, cheered for all the West Van Run team as they crossed the finish line, and then headed back to the Oval to celebrate. There were snack, coffee, and freebies outside – and upstairs in the clubhouse we got cupcakes and (if you wanted to purchase it) beer.

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Kirill, our fearless West Van Run leader, not only won the race – he also had a course record (16:45, to be exact). Yep, he bested me by 7 minutes!!

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The music cranked up and the 80s-themed party started to swing, but it was time to take my moustache and head home.

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The best part of this race – in addition to the costumes and moustaches of all varieties – was the chance to run with my peeps from West Van Run Crew. You guys rock!

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Final Results

Chip Time: 23:47
Average Pace: 4:44/km
Place Overall: 47/279
Age Category Place: 8/29

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RACE REPORT

Packet Pickup
I didn’t go to package pickup, which was on Friday night at the Running Room. One of the members of my running team kindly offered to pick up packages for most of the other folks. We got a fair amount of brochures, a bottle opening/magnet and a fake moustache.

T-Shirt/Swag
No swag to speak of, although we got a cute Moustache Miler medal, which isn’t bad for a 5k! Also got a coupon for free shipping on a RoadID – so now I’ve got one on the way!

Course
Scenic loop around the Brockton Point end of the seawall, including the Stanley Park lighthouse. Then we cut through the park, did a short out-and-back along Lost Lagoon, and then back to where we started. The only real challenge was a bit of frost on the route, but at least it wasn’t raining!

Post-Race
Outside the Brockton Oval clubhouse, several vendors were set up with fruit, water, Starbucks coffee, Vega products, and LIFT Bars – lots of free goodies! It was a fun, festive atmosphere. We then gathered upstairs for awards, draw prizes, costume and moustache judging, and cupcakes.

Would I Run It Again?
I would consider it, for sure! Because most of the #WestVanRun Crew was in attendance, I had a particularly good time! And runs in Stanley Park are never a bad thing!

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By February, many are broken.

March, however, has been a milestone month for me. Maybe because I didn’t make any resolutions this year, and decided instead to focus on goals and overall improvements. And while there have been a couple of downs, the overall trajectory has been up!

Here are 5 reasons why March exceeded my expectations:

1) Blogiversary

Bradley on the Run celebrated one year online on March 1. With gratitude to my faithful and supportive readers, the number of visitors for the first 3 months of 2015 has nearly overtaken the number for all of 2014. This humbles me immensely.

March also saw Twitter followers (@bjcjapan) surpass 500! This was quite a psychological barrier to break. I remember hovering around 100 followers for what seemed like an eternity.

2) Cancer Sucks – so do something about it

Commemorating my mom’s birthday for the second time since she passed away in 2013, the BC Cancer Foundation is once again my charity of choice as fundraising for the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, which will be held in June, commenced in earnest.

Pancreatic cancer is insidious – it grows deep inside, often undiscovered until advanced stages. It remains largely incurable. I’m doing what little I can to support research by raising funds and raising awareness. But it’s the support of a lot of people who truly make the difference.

My personal fundraising page is here:
http://donate.bccancerfoundation.com/goto/bradleyontherun

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A good friend was telling me recently about her friend, Scott, who is fighting cancer himself – and running to raise both awareness and funds. I’d like to draw attention to his blog as well:

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Because March is tax season, a lot of people start thinking about charitable donations for the coming year. Focus on the charities that are closest to your heart, and support them as best you can. Everyone can make a difference.

3) 3 Races – 3 PBs

I shall brag a wee bit. I ran three races in March:

All three were personal bests, although the 7 Miler was a bit of a cheat since it was my first race of that distance (automatic PB!)

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#Modo8K dramatic pose

4) Miles Not Included Podcast!

Somehow, Brian and Joe – the awesome team at Miles Not Included – found me social media, and invited me to be a guest on their podcast. Such an honour! If you’re interested, you can listen to the episode here:

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5) Got me some new kicks!

I’m back to my tried and true Nike Lunarglides in their 6th iteration. I strayed from Nike for a while, running with some stylish Mizunos (my Honolulu Marathon shoes). But they were not right for my feet and started causing some pain. So yesterday I pick up these beauties:

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I had planned to break them in today, but it’s been pouring all day and I just couldn’t bring myself to sully the fantastic colour (plus I wanted to stay cozy in my pjs all day, and decided to focus on writing this post instead!)

 

Finally, here’s some food for thought for comments below:

What were your March highlights? Did your training suffer any setbacks?

Have you got any new running gear that you’re really excited about?

What charities are you passionate about and why?

 

I find posts like this one difficult to write. Not simply from an emotional perspective, but also because it’s hard to tell personal stories in a way that make sense for other people, and so they don’t come off as too self-centred. Some writers are very adept at this, and I don’t know if I’m one of them.

Today – March 8 – was my Mom’s birthday. She would have been 81. Unfortunately, she didn’t get to celebrate the milestone 80th birthday either. But now that her birthday has come around again, I can’t help but think back on who she was and why I miss her so much.

Memories

So I’m just going to tell you a few things about my mom.

  1. I love that her birthday coincides with International Women’s Day. Mom believed that everyone should have a voice, and stood up for people who didn’t – or couldn’t – speak up for themselves. She would never have considered herself a crusader, but she really looked out for others.
  2. She made the best grilled cheese sandwiches. Nothing fancy – just the simplest of comfort foods to fill you up. And she would always serve them with bread & butter pickles – no dill for Mom! She also made poached eggs on toast, but she’d cut the toast into little squares before putting the egg on top so it was bite-sized already.
  3. She always insisted on doing my laundry when I was home – and never put anything in the dryer. In the summer, she’d lug everything out to the clothesline in the backyard because it made the laundry smell better.
  4. When I was feeling sick, she’d sit on my bed and rub my back – or my belly if I had a tummy ache.
  5. Because she talked so much, she was always the last person to finish a meal. She didn’t care much for dessert, but would go back for first course if she could! She wouldn’t let servers take away her plate until she had finished every bite. Nothing went to waste!
  6. She was an extremely talented pianist. She could play any hymn or Christmas Carol by ear, changing keys if necessary – no sheet music required.
  7. She worried constantly – about me, my dad, friends and relatives. She was fiercely protective of the people she cared about.
  8. She didn’t take bulls**t from anyone. But she would never curse.
  9. She missed her own parents immensely and cried when she thought of them. She was an only child, like me. I sincerely wish I had known my grandparents, but I never had the opportunity.
  10. She (along with my dad) came to every band concert, play, musical, choir concert…never missed a single one from kindergarten through to university graduation. I’m sad she never got to see me run.

On her birthday in 2013, my mom ended up in hospital. She was sent home after a few days, but ended up getting readmitted. Some of her organs started to fail, and we were told that she had cancer. I flew home to spend time with her. We ended up having just 2 weeks together before moving her to hospice, where she spent just one – but one very peaceful – day.

We didn’t talk about anything specific during those 2 weeks. She worried about who was going to take care of getting sandwiches for church events, she made me promise to look after my dad, and she asked me if I was happy. That reassurance seemed to be enough for her.

Time has passed and I still miss her. My dad and I have grown closer – despite the distance – and we talk a lot. I’m very thankful for this.

And although my mom never saw me run a single race, I have dedicated the Scotiabank Half Marathon to her memory for the past two years, and will do so again this year. I fundraise for the BC Cancer Foundation because the pancreatic cancer that took a bright, caring and passionate woman from this world needs to be stopped.

So I run.

If you want to help me fight cancer, you can donate to my run on behalf of the BC Cancer Foundation here: http://donate.bccancerfoundation.com/goto/bradleyontherun

What are your favourite memories of loved ones you’ve lost?