parkrun

I’ve been hearing about it for over a year. I’ve seen the photos on Facebook. I’ve thought about skipping my usual Saturday morning long run to attend it. But it took a special event on New Year’s Day 2018 to get me out for parkrun Canada in Richmond, BC!

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cancelled

Vancouver is a city built for running. We’ve got hills, we’ve got nature, we’ve got the Seawall. Tired of running on the road? We’ve got trails galore! Need someone to motivate in your training? There is a running group / crew / team to meet every need! And if you’re looking for a race? It’s not an exaggeration to say that you could probably run a race (or two) every weekend of the year, and still have some left over!

Having said that, not every race survives the test of time. Even longstanding races are not immune to the winds of change. While we see new races pop up from time to time, it’s inevitable that some races are no longer with us. 2017 has been a challenging year, and this blog post is an ode to the Races We’ve Lost.

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athlinks

If you’re like me, you like to stay on top of your race results. I used to record my results in an Excel spreadsheet. Then, at one point, I decided to start a blog! Then, it seemed to make sense to keep track of my race results there. This has served me well, as I track the results every race I run on my Race Results page. However, not everyone has a blog, nor does everyone want to go to the trouble of manually updating your records!

And that’s where Athlinks becomes an indispensable tool for any runner!

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running mexico

When some travel plans to attend another half marathon fell through, we made the decision to take a 100% relaxing vacation – in Mexico! Having never visited this part of the world before, I was excited to experience something totally different. In anticipation of the trip, we even invested in Spanish language classes for a couple of months leading up to the trip. And while sightseeing and beach were definitely high on the itinerary – along with food and margaritas – there was also a bit of running involved. Here’s a wee bit about Running Mexico – Puerto Vallarta!

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vancouver historic halfI hadn’t planned on running a race the weekend after returning from Mexico. But when Susan announced that she and Michelle had signed up for the Vancouver Historic Half 10K, I couldn’t resist. Although I’ve participated in a couple of TRY Events races before (Chilly Chase Half and Shamrock’n 7 Miler), this was my first ever Historic Half 10k!

This race event is called the Vancouver Historic Half, but I’ve not been able to determine if there’s a reason for this name, other than the fact that Stanley Park is an historic, and scenic, part of Vancouver. The race includes not only a half marathon, but also a 10k and a 5k. The half marathon is a double loop of Stanley Park. Having just done a race that involved 10 loops of a track (I’m talking about you, Mission Half Marathon!), I wasn’t prepared to do it again, so I stuck with the 10k.

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BOCO Gear Run Hat

Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Gear Run Hat 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!

You may have been introduced to BOCO Gear in my previous blog post, A Bit about BOCO Gear. If you want to learn more about the company and their range of products – or just need a recap – swing by and read that post. Today, however, I want to talk about the actual BOCO Gear cap I got to try out!

BOCO Gear Run Hat

The Cap

The product I got to try is the BOCO Gear Run Hat. Because orange is my signature colour (and the colour of BibRave), I was stoked to get this hat in the mail!

My first impression was skeptical – I’ve never been a big fan of flat-brimmed hats, as I tend to like them more tightly rounded. I have generally shied away from ‘trucker caps’ for this reason. It’s not really my style.

Having said that, once I started wearing my BOCO Gear Run Hat, I was sold. Here’s what I like about it:

It’s Comfortable

The BOCO Gear Run Hat using technical fabrics that I’m not geeky enough to describe in detail, but it just simply feels good on my head! It’s light and it’s breathable…and, best of all, I don’t think about it when I’m wearing it. This is a sign of quality in any item of gear – whether shoes, tights, running belts, or hats – if you don’t notice it while you’re running, it’s good.

It’s Adjustable

Running caps have varying degrees of adjustability. Some have snaps, others have drawstrings. Trucker caps are notoriously bad (in my mind) because they adjust like belts; one snap can be too loose, but the next level up too tight. The BOCO Gear Run Hat has a back snap buckle, and you can tuck the excess into a pocket.

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It’s Fun

I know this is rather subjective criteria, but I just really like the playfulness of the BOCO Gear Run Hat. The colours, the design…it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Any areas for improvement?

I’ll admit that all things considered, I just don’t know if this design looks good on my head! Because of the softer, more comfortable nature of the material, it tends to bulge a bit on the sides near my temples. But maybe that is one too many selfies talking, and I’m just worrying too much. It would be interesting for me to try a few other BOCO Gear products to compare.

BOCO Gear Run Hat

Conclusion

The BOCO Gear Run Hat is a great running cap, and I’ve enjoyed wearing it both at races and during my training runs.

BOCO Gear Run Hat

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fall classic

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Fall Classic 5k as a result of volunteering as a pacer.

Although I had intended to act as a pacer in the 2016 Big Elf Run, the weather had other plans. Due to the snow and ice, there were no official pacers. And due to the road conditions, I was barely able to manage the pace I would have been responsible for! So when the opportunity to pace for the 2017 Fall Classic presented itself, I jumped at the chance!

Read on to learn more about the Fall Classic, and how things went from a pacing perspective…

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