West Van Run Summer

How time flies! A month ago I was running West Van Run Summer, and now it’s already July! I’ve even run a half marathon in the meantime! Life has been full and fun and fulfilling, and included a trip back to Ontario for my cousin’s wedding – so blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. However, I had such a great time at West Van Run Summer that I wanted to get my thoughts down on paper (so to speak) before an autumn chill was in the air!

West Van Run Summer started last year, but I missed it because I was running the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon. I was stoked to be able to run this year, and participate in not just one but two races on the same day – the West Van Run Summer 5k and the Ambleside Mile!

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shaughnessy 8k

In an incredible break from tradition, the Shaughnessy 8K was run in reverse in 2018! This did not mean, as some suggested (Seann, I’m looking at you, Mr Paparazzi!), that runners would run backwards. Though I hear there’s a new world record for doing just that! No, the double loop of the Shaughnessy course went clockwise instead of the usual counter-clockwise. And what did that mean for the success of this fun local race? Read on…

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BMO Vancouver 8k 2018

Posted: May 22, 2018 in Race Reports

BMO Vancouver 8K

When the 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon finished, I swore I would never run another marathon. Then I thought that I needed to hit the goal time I had set – but didn’t achieve – that year. When BMO opened early (and discounted) registration for 2018, I naturally signed up. However, as  the year progressed, I made the unexpected decision to run Eugene Marathon instead. Given that the BMO was just a week later, and since two marathons in two weekends was not going to happen, I eventually changed to the BMO Vancouver 8K.

And I’m glad I did!

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skopje marathonI’m very pleased to share this guest post from Slavko Desik, with his review of the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon and some amazing sights around Macedonia!

skopje marathon

With a starting line set between two controversial architectural landmarks, the 14th edition of the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon took place on Sunday, May the 6th. An annual event which empties the streets of the capital, it has become one of the most popular athletic events in the Balkan region. Attracting thousands of participants and more spectators by the year, the event creates a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere ricocheting throughout the city centre.

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eugene marathon

A week after my fourth marathon and I’m still soaking in the whole experience.

I want to dedicate this post to the amazing people in my running world who gave me the motivation, encouragement and accountability that helped me achieve my goal at the 2018 Eugene Marathon. First of all, my partner and biggest fan, whose support and on-course photography are top-notch. He survived the ‘marathon widower’ training period without complaint. Secondly, to the team at Forerunners Van (too many to name, but Allie, Ciara, Laurel and Andrea…you are my crew!). Finally, training under the watchful eye of Coach Tony – thanks to you and Mile2Marathon for pushing me further than I thought I could ever go.

Now, on to the race – the phenomenal Eugene Marathon!

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Knockaround shades

Disclaimer: I received two fabulous pairs of Knockaround Premium Shades 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!

Sunglasses are a must-have piece of gear for me – whether I’m running or simply outside in the summer months. That is, once the clouds and rain that envelop Vancouver give way to the spectacularly long summer days we are blessed with on the west coast. I can never have enough pairs of sunglasses! And that’s where Knockaround shades come in!

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Around the Bay

Older than Boston‘ is the tagline of Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race, which celebrated its 124th anniversary in 2018. I registered for Around the Bay 30K back in November, combining it with a visit home. As it turned out, Around the Bay was timed perfectly with my training cycle for the upcoming Eugene Marathon. Throw in perfect (if chilly) running weather, the enthusiasm of an entire city, and I couldn’t have asked for a better race – went off without a hitch!

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SKINS DNAmic Compression TightsDisclaimer: I received a pair of SKINS DNAmic Compression Tights 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!

Despite the fact that Vancouver has pretty mild weather year-round, it definitely gets chilly enough during the winter months to need a bit of extra coverage. Not only that, but with a spring marathon on the horizon, extra-long training runs are a necessity. Having compression to aid in recovery is essential. Combine these factors, and some reliable compression tights are the way to go!

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test SKINS DNAmic Compression Tights! Not only does the Skins brand make an awesome looking product, they have a cutting-edge compression technology that makes them an indispensable piece of running gear! Here’s my experience with SKINS…

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