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north van run

Welcome back! 2018 marks the second year of the North Van Run – I’m glad it returned, and with it some awesome changes! As new residents of the North Shore, it was so handy to be a true local for this event. With great people, awesome sponsors and a new course – what a great way to spend a drizzly Sunday morning in September!

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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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vancouver pride run

Back in the summer of 2010, the year of the Olympics in Vancouver, I ran my first Pride Run. I was still very early on in my running career, having completed just 8 races since my very first Sun Run in 2009. There were two options: 5k and 10k. I decided to push my limits and run 10k. It was a relatively small race – probably less than 100 people. And I came dead last.

After an 8-year Pride Run hiatus, I decided to give it another try…

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Summerfast

It’s totally cliché, but Summerfast has typically been a bit of a Summerslow for me. I was determined to make this year’s race something a bit different, to focus and make it work. But then things went a bit awry in life, I was tired and lacking energy. By the time race day rolled around, I wasn’t sure I had much to give.

I was committed to running the race as part of the West Van Run Crew, however, so I showed up regardless. And all I can say is this…running with friends just makes things so much more fun!

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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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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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