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*Big congratulations to Eric B. who won this year’s VanRace Giveaway!*
Eric will be running the 15K. Find him on Twitter here.

VanRace Giveaway

Summer isn’t over yet! That means you still have a chance to fit in one more big race before the autumn weather starts to creep in! Enter my VanRace Giveaway 2016 below to win a free entry to either the 15K or the 30K VanRace!


Giveaway West Van Run

Looking for a fun local race to prime the running pumps for spring? Want to run your first 5k? Or maybe get in one 10k before the Sun Run? Have a bit of time during the first weekend in March? Then enter my first giveaway of 2016, and join the West Van Run!

The West Van Run is a weekend-long event in 2016:

Saturday, March 5 – 5K race, followed by a (free) 1K Kids Run
Sunday, March 6 – 10K race, which is also followed by a 1K Kids Run!
Theme: RIO 2016! Dress in your most colourful duds!
Location: Dundarave Park, West Vancouver

Wanna learn more about the West Van Run? Read one of my race reports:

There’s a special place in my heart for this run because, in 2014, it was my first ever race report!

West Van Run Team

This year, I have the privilege of representing West Van Run as an ambassador – along with a group of very inspiring, talented, and fun-loving runners! Join me and the West Van Run Team for this awesome race!

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You can also join the West Van Run Crew – fore free, no registration required:



Enter for YOUR chance to win an entry to the West Van Run. The winner can use the entry to register for either the 5k OR the 10k! Already registered? Enter to win a free entry for a friend or family member!

Giveaway ends at midnight Pacific time on January 27, 2016. The next price increase is on February  1 – so if you don’t win, you still have time to enter at a reduced price. Open to Canadian & US residents – as long as you’re able to get yourself to West Vancouver, BC for the race! A random winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.

West Van Run entry giveaway

If you don’t win, don’t fret! You can still save 15% at registration by using the discount code: ‘bradley’

I’m also participating in a Giveaway Roundup hosted (weekly!) by Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds. Click on either link to see what’s on offer. Note to my Canadian readers: many of these Giveaways are, unfortunately, US only. However, they are also sponsored by some great blogs, so be sure to visit!



A New Fandana!

I’m pleased to announce that Kristen K. is the lucky winner of my Handana giveaway! Congratulations, Kristen!

Kristen is a runner in Alaska, and you can read about her adventures on her blog – Run Away With Me! She’s a great writer, and has some amazing photographs to boot. Be sure to drop by!


If you didn’t win my Handana giveaway, you can visit the Handana website and order one of your very own! Want to know a bit more? If you missed it, you can read my review of the Handana here.


Thanks again to everyone who entered my giveaway!

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Vancouver Spirit Run

Before I get into the story, I have a race to tell you about! As a member of the #WestVanRun Team, I’ve been invited to participate in something completely different – a cross-country race! Held on September 13, the Vancouver Spirit Run is:

A cross-country race created by World-level athletes who wanted to honour the legacy of their late Norwesters Track & Field coach: Frank Reynolds. He was an amazing cross-country and middle-distance running coach who helped Olympian Jessica Smith as a teenager as well as World-class steeplechase runner Chris Winter.

The race aims to bring together young and amateur runners with world-level athletes to enjoy the often-forgotten sport of cross-country. The funds raised through the events will all go to a bursary to support young local athletes.

I’ll be running the 8km Men’s in the Masters division. The race is held at Jericho Beach Park, and loops through the scenic mixed-surface trails, including gravel and bark mulch. I highly recommend coming out and giving it a try! There are events for kids, too – bring the whole family!


And now…the story of my busy week that was!

Training Recap

Last weekend, I ended up running twice in one day – a 15km tempo run, and a Mizuno shoe try-on. The latter involved 3 different models, and 3km in each. A good experience, and a long day!

Monday – 7km at lunch with my awesome coworkers!

Tuesday – busy work day, but got myself to Pilates for the first time in over a month.

Wednesday – another 7km at lunch – and encouraged a couple of the girls to run around Second Beach pool…their longest run ever!


Here I’m wiping sweat with my Handana. Don’t forget – you can still enter to win one (yes, a brand new one, NOT the one used in the photo above!)

Thursday – still aching from Pilates, Jill and I cranked out some solid weights at the gym. Gonna feel this one.

Friday – second Pilates class of the week! One of the girls fell asleep – but that didn’t last long!

Thankfully, I had a massage scheduled for Saturday – and boy did I need it!

Forerunners Mile

One more thing – Thursday night! I went to the final Forerunners speed clinic of the season knowing we were running on the track. What I didn’t expect is that an actual one mile race was in the cards!

Coach Carey had brought along bibs for everyone, and 39 runners assembled (in two heats) for four laps of the track at UBC.

I was in the second heat, after cheering on the runners in the first heat. The first two laps were…manageable. I tried to keep a consistent pace, to save something up form the second half. On lap three, I pushed myself a bit harder and put a bit more distance between myself and the next runner.

At each lap, Coach Carey was calling out our time. My goal was to achieve a sub-7 minute mile. I knew I was on track (so to speak) to achieve this. I finally crossed the finish line with a respectable time of 6:48. This made me happy!


Our final event was a relay – teams put together with faster and slower runners, based on our one-mile times. Out of 10 teams, I think we placed 6th. But it didn’t really matter – we had a great run.


And we all got medals – RUN HAPPY medals! What could be better?


The Ambleside Mile is still my one-mile record – but all things considered, I’m pretty darn pleased with the results of the Forerunners Mile!

The Forerunners Crew! Thanks, Bev and Kefi, for the awesome photo!

Have you ever done a cross-country race? If you’re in Vancouver – will you join the Spirit Run?
What do you think of track workouts?

Way back in the way back, Nikki over at Slow is the New Fast mentioned something about this nifty little item called a Handana. It peaked my interest at the time, but then kind of fell off my radar.

As my blog has grown in the past several months and I’ve started doing the occasional product review and the odd giveaway, I thought I’d seek out some products worth sharing. By this time, I had forgotten the actual name of the product, and did a bunch of Google searching using terms like: sweat, wipe, bandana, hand, running – and while I got some interesting results, I also rediscovered the Handana!


I reached out to Katie via, and she generously provided me with a free sample in exchange for an unbiased review. Even better, she offered an extra one for me to give away to one lucky winner!

So what exactly is a Handana?

I’m glad you asked! The Handana is a single piece of fabric that has been pre-stitched to fit over your hand – no wrapping, velcro, or fussiness required. It’s the perfect accompaniment to sports that make you sweat, but where you don’t want to big bogged down by a bunch of gear – cycling, yoga and, yes, running.

While I’m not a super-sweaty runner, I definitely get a sweaty forehead, and get that stinging sensation when the sweat drips in my eyes. Inevitably, I end up struggling with the bottom of my shirt, which is awkward…especially if there’s a bib on it! I’ve tried wiping my face with my arm, but it’s often a bit sweaty, too, or has sunscreen on it. This makes the problem worse.

Enter the Handana! Fitted discreetly over my right hand, I can use it to wipe off the sweat (and, should circumstances require, snot) – quick and easy! The fabric – SupplexTM LycraTM according to the website – is super absorbent and, thankfully, machine washable.

My Thoughts on the Handana

I measured my hand according to website instructions, and ordered a small (yep, little hands). The first time I wore the Handana, it felt a little bit snug and I had the sensation of my fingers tingling. I’m pretty sure it was my imagination, since I was hyper-aware of having a new piece of gear. But when the first dribble of sweat hit my eyes during a hill training session, I was delighted to have it on!


In retrospect, I think I should have ordered the next size up. I’ve also seen photos of people wearing a Handana over a glove – great idea! But you’d definitely need more space than my current Handana allows. I take full responsibility for this, however.

I wore my Handana again on Saturday during a long-ish tempo run that produced not only sweat but a runny nose. After ensuring there was no one in my immediate vicinity, I…took care of it…and the Handana was there to clean up the mess. Yikes! Again, thank goodness for machine washability!

One funny thing about wearing a Handana is that people assume you’ve injured yourself. I’ve been asked what happened, and if I have carpal tunnel. Of course, this just gives me the opportunity to promote the brand!

Without a doubt, a Handana is a perfect addition to any runner’s wardrobe! It comes in up to almost a dozen colours (depending on the size), so you can choose the best match to your gear.

A Story Worth Reading

Katie, who created the Handana, is a Stevens Johnson Syndrom (SJS) survivor. SJS is caused by a severe adverse reaction to medicine, and results in damage to the skin and mucous membranes. Because of this, Katie’s eyes were hyper-sensitive to sweat…and the Handana was her brainchild! You can read more of Katie’s story here.


Now is your chance to have a Handana of your own! The one I have is grey with black trim (exactly like the one pictured below), and is a size medium (which fits a hand width of about 3.5 inches – see FAQs for details on how to measure). Medium is the most popular size – but might be a bit tight if you have big hands!


Although I’m here in Canada, I’m willing to ship the Handana to the US as well. I just can’t guarantee how long it might take!

Enter via the Rafflecopter below. You have until 11:59pm on September 2, 2015 to enter!

Handana – Rafflecopter giveaway

How would a Handana help your workout?


VanRace 15K & 30K

I’m very excited to announce that Ethan YJ has won a free entry to the inaugural VanRace on September 6! Congratulations!

I met Ethan after the Summerfast 10k back in July – he’s a keen, dedicated runner and I look forward to seeing him kick butt at this awesome race! Ethan has chosen to run the 30k. You can read Ethan’s blog (RainCityRunner) and follow him on Twitter @AvgRunner and cheer him on!

There’s still time to sign up for VanRace 15k & 30k – click to get in on the festivities!

West Van Run

The reason I had this entry to giveaway is because I’m one of the 2016 ambassadors for the phenomenal West Van Run! This race will be held on March 5 and 6, 2016. Why two days? Because this year the 5k will be held on Saturday, with the 10k on Sunday. I’m going to run both – why don’t you join me?

Earlybird pricing is in effect until October 31, 2015 – you can run both races for just $47.95!

Want to get in in the action before March? Join the West Van Run Crew every Saturday at 9:30am for a free, fun run around West Vancouver. The group meets at Cafe Crema (Bellevue Ave & 15th Street).


Finally, here are some important links for you to follow:


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See you at the start line!

NOTE: I’ve linked up with Erica at Erica Finds for her weekly Giveaway Roundup!


As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, the West Van Run is one of my favourite local races. In fact, I’m now an official member of the West Van Run Team – promoting the 2016 race! Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway!

However, that’s not the focus of today’s post. In fact, I’m here to promote a different race. West Van Run has team up with a brand new race in Vancouver – VanRace! And you have the chance to enter and win a free entry!

VanRace 30k/15k Seawall Race: Conquer the Wall!

2015 is the inaugural event – and Vancouver’s newest race! Come out and run with me and other members of West Van Run Team!

Here’s what you need to know:

Date: Sunday, September 6
Time: 7:30am
Start Line: Charleson Park Seawall Walk (south side of False Creek, east of Granville Island)
Distance: 15km or 30km – you can choose!

What’s the route like? Well, it’s all about the Vancouver Seawall! Here’s a route description:

Both routes start and end at Charleson Park. The 15km route heads around Science World, and continues along the Seawall until turning back at English Bay. The 30km route follows the same route as the 15km, but continues on around Stanley Park, turning around in Coal Harbour, and cutting back past Lost Lagoon before returning to Charleson Park.

I’ve run the Seawall a few times in my day. Here are a few photos of what you can expect during the race:

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Now that you have all of that information, the burning question is:

How do I enter?

Easy! Just click to tweet below and/or comment on this blog post!

[Tweet “I just entered to win a free entry to the VanRace Seawall 15k/30k! @VanRaceBC #VanRaceGiveaway”]


*Contest closes at 11:59pm Pacific time on Thursday, August 20.

What is your favourite part of the Vancouver Seawall?

I’m very pleased to announce that Ruth C. has won a free pair of Tiux Compression Socks! Congratulations, Ruth!


Tiux in action!

I encourage you to drop by Ruth’s blog about running, nutrition and life – Miles with Mom – and show her some runner love!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and who helped promote my giveaway. Special shout-out to Erica at Erica Finds for hosting the weekly Wednesday Giveaway Linkup, and giving my contest a boost! And thanks to Brie at Brie ‘Like the Cheese’ for introducing me to Tiux!

If you didn’t get a chance to enter, or didn’t take home the prize – don’t worry! Until July 31, 2015 – you can use the link below to get 10% off your next pair of Tiux Compression Socks! Shipping is FREE in both the USA and Canada!

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If you missed it, read my Tiux review! Remember, Tiux Compression Socks come in three awesome styles/colours:


Black/Neon Yellow/Dark Grey


Neon Yellow/Blue/Black


Pink/Neon Yellow/Lavendar

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This was fun! Let’s do it again soon!