We Yoga’d. We Ran. We Partied.

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As expected, a great SeaWheeze 2015 in the books!

This is one of my favourite weekends of summer, andย 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?

Uhhh no.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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SeaWheeze store swag!

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!

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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 onย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

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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.

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@blingwhore and I!

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Thanks for the awesome shot, Jacki!

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A beautiful end to a beautiful weekend

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Have you ever run SeaWheeze before? Do you have any super fun races you look forward to all year?

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  • Jacki Amato
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    Awesome review of your race weekend, I am so happy that I was apart of it, thank you so much for including me as it really made this weekend one to remember and to also confirm that I want to do it all over again next year!! And I will try and sign up for volunteering next year also as I love that part of the race weekend also to give back to the running community!!

    • Ariana
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      Thank YOU for being a part of it! I had a great time getting to know you better ๐Ÿ˜€ I would definitely like to volunteer again next year, but am thinking about trying to get in on one of the course prep days earlier in the week. My pre-race routine was a little disrupted and I’m blaming my tiredness on that!

  • Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
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    I think the only line I didn’t stand in was the one at the Sunset Festival, but the pink scuba hoodies were sooooo cute! Maybe next year? Haha.
    This year was BY FAR the best year for the race!

    • Ariana
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      Haha, I think if you get there early enough you’d be fine! They were super cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

      And yes, I feel like it just gets better and better each year!

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
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    This looks like such a fun weekend! I love that they offer yoga before and after the run. Great job!!

    • Ariana
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      Thank you! I feel like the yoga really helps with the post-run soreness.

  • Annmarie
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    Congrats!!! Looks like so much fun! Seawheeze is definitely on my bucket list ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Vancouver and I would love to have you come run SeaWheeze!!

  • Mar @ Mar on the Run
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    I’ve been hearing about this race but never considered it. I’m not enamored by LuLuLemon clothes but this looks picturesque and like a really good time!

    • Ariana
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      The course is really beautiful! I highly recommend it even to non-die hard Lulu fans just for the experience the weekend brings! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply

    I think I would have died and gone to heaven had I gone to this race. Totally obsessed with Lulu clothes. I would have to save up a big pot of $$ for the shopping! And the yoga and race look awesome!!

    • Ariana
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      Haha yes it’s definitely a weekend you have to budget for! It can get pricey for sure, but it’s well worth the experience.

  • Reply

    I”d love to do this one, but oh the lines! Still, sounds like a great experience! I do the SeaWheeze yoga videos on youtube. That’s about as much I’ve got…

    • Ariana
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      The yoga is a great starting point! ๐Ÿ˜€ The lines are a true test of patience for sure haha

  • Jessica
    Reply

    This looks like a great time! I definitely want to do this next year!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      It was a lot of fun! Registration is on September 16…better mark the day on your calendar!

  • Carmy
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    LOVE the pattern lulu went with this year! I would love to go once I graduate but will have to try to leave the BF behind so he can’t stop me frlm buying EVERYTHING

    • Ariana
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      Hahaha yessss it’s good to ensure any voice of reason stays behind!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • priya
    Reply

    You had a great weekend, congrats. Glad to see yoga being followed in other parts of the world.

  • jill conyers
    Reply

    I love outdoor yoga and I wouldn’t have stuck around for the brunch either. Raincheck please.

    • Ariana
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      It looks delicious, but standing in line after running 21.1km doesn’t seem so fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jenn
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    I am starting to get it in my head that I want to do this. My husband would definitely be up for a trip to Vancouver, so now to make it happen!

    It sounds like so much fun and I love that all the details are covered.

    • Ariana
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      You should totally do it! Vancouver is a beautiful city, if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Registration is on the 16th so mark it on your calendar!

  • iIndira
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    That was awesome recap . It was the most fun I have had running half… No stress …pure joy and it was a first time ever for me to run with a friend . I was quite nervous before we started but in the first kilometre all my concerns were dissolved and all that was left was fun….. THANK YOU

    • Ariana
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      Thank YOU for being such an awesome running buddy! I agree – I had SO much fun and it was so nice to not spend the entire time worrying about whether my leg would hold out on me or not haha.

  • Farrah
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    hehehe, looks like you had a whole ton of fun there, and that’s awesome that they had yoga before + after! :D! I’d definitely go broke though, haha. (Majormajor weakness for cute workout clothes!! ._.)

    • Ariana
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      Yes it’s definitely a dangerous weekend in terms of spending money! Something you need to budget for ahead of time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak
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    Kinda want to do this next year! So the items in the store that you waited for – they are exclusive to just that weekend? (like you can’t go to another lulu store and find the same stuff?
    This will have to be on my race bucket list ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ariana
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      You should do it! Registration is on September 16th and usually sells out within 30 minutes, so mark it on your calendar ๐Ÿ˜‰ The items are alllll Seawheeze-exclusive! You can’t find them anywhere else, except Ebay for like 3 times the price haha. It’s all regular-priced in the Showcase store though.

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