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Run for Women Vancouver 2019

Posted: June 2, 2019 in My Story
run for women

A year ago, we met up with Michelle and Susan for brunch in Kits. They had just finished the Run for Women and they couldn’t say enough good things about it. Especially the amazing grab bag from sponsor Shoppers Drug Mart, crammed full of all the essentials. On top of that, it takes place in the scenic trails of Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

How could I resist, then, when they signed up again for the 2019 Run for Women? Well – I couldn’t!

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10th Runniversary

How has it been 10 years? Those jittery feelings at my first ever road race – the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run – seem so familiar. Sometimes I still wonder how someone as unathletic as me ever became a runner. But I guess all that was required to make a fundamental shift in my life was that first step. And now, with well over 100 races under my belt and a runner blog, of all things…celebrating my 10th Runniversary at Sun Run 2019!

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Disclaimer: I received a free entry to MEC Trail Race One as a nuun Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

My second trail race of the year was a few weeks over a month ago (now that I’m finally writing this report!) I credit fellow nuun Ambassador Jeannine with fuelling my growing interest in trail running, and was glad to have her there at the MEC Trail Race as well!

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Big Easter Run

I’m happy share this review of the Big Easter Run by my friend, Susan! Susan has just returned from an epic journey around the world – you can read all about it on her blog, Susan Reboot.

After the craziness of the past few months of selling my home, travelling for 4 months, mom passing and trying to re-establish a life again in Vancouver, I have not run in about a year. Realized how much I missed it. Missed connecting with myself, the nature around me and pushing through mental and physical boundaries that I once thought were unreachable.

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Cap Crusher

The last time I ran a trail race was 2016 and it was the MEC North Van Race Five. In fact, I’ve only run three trail races before – the others were 5 Peaks Seymour and MEC North Van Race One. The longest distance was 6K. But since moving to the North Shore, I was bound and determined to tackle the trails once again, so I signed up for the aptly-named Cap Crusher – part of the Coast Mountain Trail Series. Tough? Yes! Worth it? Absolutely!

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grouse snowshoe grind mountain run 2019

Now that I finally own my own snowshoes, it was time to run the Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run once again! As a Grouse Mountain Local Pass holder, I got a discount on race entry – and had the chance to run with my friends Sam and Harrison. This sort of thing is always better with people you know! And despite a grumpy start, we ended up having a fantastic time!

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We had the most perfect weather for the weekend. There was a record number of participants, including two kids’ races. There was a train. It was everything we could ask from West Van Run 2019!

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modo to the mountains

About a decade has passed since I last went to Cypress Mountain. But with a Monday vacation day and some spectacular weather, what could be better than booking a car and grabbing our snowshoes to Modo to the mountains!

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