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eastside 10k

The Eastside 10K is in its sixth year, and with maturity comes change. Last year, Under Armour took over as title sponsor, changing the course, and elevating the race to an arguably more prestigious status. This year, there were a few unexpected surprises and I’ve got a few opinions about that…

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Coho Run 2018

Posted: September 20, 2018 in My Story
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Coho RunAfter nearly 14 years living in the same place, we moved in August. Not a big move in the strictest sense – but a significant move for us. We packed up everything from our downtown one-bedroom and relocated across the bridge to a two-bedroom condo in North Vancouver. A lot of factors went into this decision, but we are excited by life on the North Shore: the new neighbourhood to discover, the nature, and the runs! Expect to see more from me about running trails over the next year!

So when registration for the annual Coho Run opened, I had to be part of it! The event finishes in West Vancouver, a short jaunt from our new home, and it’s the only 14-kilometre race that I know of!

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Scotiabank Half MarathonLife gets away from you sometimes. We’ve had a lot of things going on both at home and at work, some good and some bad. I’ve still been running but I was reminded today that I have been slacking when it comes to my blog. Which is 100% true. Plus, I means, it’s summer. After spending most of my days in an office in front of computer, it can be challenging to get myself to sit down and just get typing. But today I’m getting it done!

It’s been nearly a month since the Scotiabank Half Marathon. The memories and impressions are still vivid, but a few of the details may have slipped my mind…so bear with me as I tell you about my 39th half marathon…

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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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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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hot chocolate 15k seattleDisclaimer: I received a free entry to the Hot Chocolate 15 Seattle 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!

Exactly 6 months ago, I detailed my excitement for the Hot Chocolate 15k Seattle – and boy, did the race ever live up to expectations! Not only was it a fantastic event, I also got to meet a couple of my fellow BibRave Pros in person! And you know, that always makes a race worthwhile.

I’ve just arrived home after the 3+ hour drive from the Emerald City, but I figured now was the best time to capture my thoughts on the Hot Chocolate 15k Seattle!

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first half

It’s been a year since the Vancouver First Half Half Marathon was cancelled due to snow. February 2017 – what a month that was! Anyone who had registered for last year’s race was given both a discount and priority registration for the 2018 race. So really, how could I turn down an opportunity like that?

The First Half was literally my first half in 2018…and despite a case of nerves, it turned out to be a day of fun, sun, and personal success!

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