Monday, August 12, 2013

Lululemon Seawheeze 2013 Race Recap

A half-marathon run by Lululemon? Fueled by Vega? Running alongside best friends and amazing coworkers? How could I not want to sign up ASAP?! So since January, I've been waiting for this time in August, to come back to Vancouver and run Seawheeze.
every race should have it's own app. Just sayin.
Many sweaty long runs later, it was go time. So on Friday,  I crammed clothes for 11 days (1 race, workouts, work clothes, wedding clothes) into 1 carry-on suitcase and flew to Vancouver. Ahem, i mean VanSweaty
Flights went smoothly, hotel was a little rough, but I was happy to have a place to crash on. I grabbed my race packet, met up with Vega peeps for a delicious dish of noodles at noodlebox, popped a few more chlorella (10g a day) and crawled into bed by 9pm. (Cut me some slack--I was still on East Coast time!)
In case you didn't see what I pack for races, let me show you step by step what the morning before looks like:
1. Hotel oatmeal. Classy lady that I am, I pack old-fashioned oats, nut butter and stevia. Then i use the coffee maker to make water and voila! The problem is I always forget to pack a spoon. I have eaten far too much oatmeal with a stirring stick. I'm quite good at it. This needs to happen ~ 2 hours before I start, so hello 5am alarm clock.
2. Fuel Ready Even though this race had Vega gel and hydrator stations, I like to run with Endurance Gel diluted in water. So that has to be prepared.
3.Energize I've ditched the coffee, but I swear by Pre-Workout Energizer. Since I drink this 20 minutes before I start, it has to come in a bottle i can recycle/toss near the start.
6:15am headed down to the convention center to find the 25 people amoungts 10,014 I knew. I'll call myself moderately successful. Since this was the most colorful/neon run I've ever run, It was hard to spot the Vega green amoungst everyone. Crowd those 10,014 people onto a street and let's get this party started. Didn't cross the starting line until 7:30 (not 7) but it's all good.
This race was flat. This race was stunning. This race had the best cheer stations. There were even urban raccoons (as the person running next to me said "Do you think they have rabies???" I sure hope not). Through the city, around the seawall. Did I mention Vancouver is beautiful? Sea + Mountains what more could you want? 

Photo Credit: Lululemon
Thanks mostly to the flat party, the race felt so manageable. I didn't run with a timer, I just ran. I felt like I was going at a good pace, but definitely didn't feel like I was dying. Not feeling like you're dying during a race is a pretty amazing thing. Didn't have to stop to walk, just had to try to figure out what mile we were at (everything was in kilometers. too much for my American brain). I didn't have a goal time, but would have loved to get in under 2 hours. (i'm not as fast as I used to be, so i'll take what I can get). 1:57 I'll take it
At the end they had cool towels, a picture frame medal, coconut water, skullcandy earphones, and aromatherapy for everyone. yessssss. Vega had tons of samples + a stretching station that you had to take advantage of. 
Photo Credit: Chris Andrews
Let me take a moment to say I have the most inspirational, positive and attractive bunch of coworkers. It's unreal.
2 of my best friends from Wyoming came up from LA to run with us. And they both crushed it--it was even Max's first half marathon. Instead of waiting in the tremendously long breakfast line for a piece of fruit, we decided to prioritize showering, stretching, and getting brunch (that included bloody marys)
After a day of catching up, it was time for some yoga. Seawheeze takes the yoga, run, party thing very seriously. Didn't pack a mat but it's totally fine to practice on the grass. 

Yoga followed by listening to live music, in the outdoor beer garden. On a gorgeous night. With the best people.  Amazing.

I can not wait for the next Seawheeze. You have to come too!
What's your favorite race to run?