We Yoga’d. We Ran. We Partied.
As expected, a great SeaWheeze 2015 in the books!
This is one of my favourite weekends of summer, and Lululemon did not disappoint! The festivities started at 6:30am on Friday when I headed to wait in line for the Showcase store, which sells SeaWheeze-exclusive Lululemon gear. In past years non-runners were allowed to wait in line as well, which resulted in crazy line-ups and everything selling out shortly after opening.
This year they only allowed runners in between the 7am opening and 9am, so surely the line wouldn’t be as long, right?
When I got to the store entrance it was about a 15-minute walk to the end of the line. #Crazy. Fortunately, by the time I did end up getting in (3.5 hours later) there were still lots of goodies left. You did a great job at keeping things stocked, Lululemon!
Assuming they keep just as many items on hand as they did this year, I will NOT be waiting in line for 3.5 hours again next year 😉
I signed myself up for a VolunCheer shift this year, so after quickly dashing to meet some of the #WeRunSocial crew after my shopping spree I spent a few hours herding runners and pointing them to package pick-up. Having participated in so many races, I felt like it was time for me to give back. And I definitely picked a fun one to do so!
In addition to a really nice t-shirt, we were also given access to the Luon lounge which had coffee, snacks, and sandwiches. It was a lot of fun and I plan on helping out again next year!
I went home and napped for a couple of hours, and then headed back for the second yoga session of the day. Two free yoga classes are provided on Friday and I always try to take advantage of at least one of them. My hips feel ohhhh-soo good after doing yoga 🙂
The next morning I was up at 4:30 to do a quick weather check (no rain!!), eat my food, drink my coffee, and chill out a bit. It’s been awhile since the pre-race jitters have joined me before a half marathon, but for some reason they made an appearance on Saturday morning.
When this kicks in I just stick to my regular routine and try not to let it get to me. I’m a lot better at managing them now than I was a few years ago, and can generally put a stop to all the “what if” questions that pop in my head 😉
The race started at 7, so being in one of the last corrals it was about 7:30 by the time we actually started running. Which of course leaves lots of time for pre-run photos!
The race itself was great, too. They kept the usual beautiful course that takes you through some of the best areas of downtown with a quick trip into Kits, and there was lots of entertainment along the way. I didn’t get quite as many pictures with drag queens and mermaids as I did last year, however my running buddy and I did stop for one quick shot 😉
I was a little nervous to be running with somebody because my IT band can be so unpredictable and I tend to run faster with others, but we did a great job at maintaining our pace and the time went by SO fast! I was seriously shocked each time we hit a new kilometre marker. I might have to start running with friends more often 😉
2 hours and 31 minutes later we crossed the finish line. Hooray! While I’d love for my time for be about 42 minutes less, I’m grateful for being able to finish without having to walk the second half of the course like I did the past two years.
There is an awesome-looking runners brunch after the race, but I just can’t fathom waiting in another line after racing so I’ve never stuck around to enjoy it. I’ve heard great things about it though, so if you end up participating in SeaWheeze I’d recommend sticking around for it!
A big plate of raisin bread french toast and a couple-hour nap later, it was time to go back out AGAIN for the final party of the weekend, the Sunset Festival.
Between food stations, a beer garden, more shopping, more yoga, and concerts, there is no short of fun at the Sunset Festival. We totally lucked out in that the rain held off for us again, and it turned out to be a lovely evening. I had a ton of fun meeting with old friends, making new friends, and working out a few of the kinks from the run earlier in the day.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait to do it all again next year. At the time of writing this the race date hasn’t been announced yet, but if they operate like they did last year it won’t be too long before the ever-stressful registration process begins! And you bet I will have 3 computers ready to go 😀