Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

running europe

Back in September, we took an incredible, memorable vacation to Europe. Although we had a fantastic trip to the UK back in 2016 (where I had the chance to run in London, Yorkshire and Edinburgh), this was our first visit to ‘continental’ Europe. We did a loop, taking us from the Netherlands to Belgium to Germany and back again to Amsterdam.

Most of the trip was dedicated to sightseeing, and we clocked 15-20km just sightseeing pretty much every day. Despite this, I made an effort to run a little bit in each country, and I loved the experience of Running Europe!

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Dawg Dash

A few years ago, we took a trip to Seattle over a long weekend in October to visit some good friends. When they asked why we had Monday off, they learned all about Canadian Thanksgiving! In fact, they pulled together an inpromptu Thanksgiving dinner for us to celebrate. It was really special.

So when we got invited down to Seattle to ‘formally’ celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this year, how could we resist? Once the plans were made, our host Wendy registered the whole family for that weekend’s race…the University of Washington Dawg Dash!

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skopje marathonI’m very pleased to share this guest post from Slavko Desik, with his review of the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon and some amazing sights around Macedonia!

skopje marathon

With a starting line set between two controversial architectural landmarks, the 14th edition of the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon took place on Sunday, May the 6th. An annual event which empties the streets of the capital, it has become one of the most popular athletic events in the Balkan region. Attracting thousands of participants and more spectators by the year, the event creates a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere ricocheting throughout the city centre.

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eugene marathon

A week after my fourth marathon and I’m still soaking in the whole experience.

I want to dedicate this post to the amazing people in my running world who gave me the motivation, encouragement and accountability that helped me achieve my goal at the 2018 Eugene Marathon. First of all, my partner and biggest fan, whose support and on-course photography are top-notch. He survived the ‘marathon widower’ training period without complaint. Secondly, to the team at Forerunners Van (too many to name, but Allie, Ciara, Laurel and Andrea…you are my crew!). Finally, training under the watchful eye of Coach Tony – thanks to you and Mile2Marathon for pushing me further than I thought I could ever go.

Now, on to the race – the phenomenal Eugene Marathon!

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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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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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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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Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock ‘N’ Roll Montreal 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!

Combined with my first visit to Quebec in four years, Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal provided the chance to reconnect with friends and explore even more of the city. As travel day approached, however, the extreme heat warnings began. Then, just four days before race day, on the eve of our departure, the unthinkable: the full marathon distance of Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal was cancelled! And so began a sweaty, humid and exhilarating weekend in Canada’s major French metropolis!

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