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Vancouver Marathon Kids Fun Run 2015

March 21, 2016 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Race, Running

The BMO Vancouver Marathon puts on a kids fun run to get the whole family involved in marathon weekend. The 2.5km run, complete with water stations and volunteers to direct you along the way, starts and finishes at Second Beach in Stanley Park and includes a loop around Lost Lagoon. It is a very popular event with kids from ages 5 to 12 and is complete with race bibs, finishers medals, and post run snacks. The Kids Run is scheduled the day before the Marathon/Half Marathon/8K. Parents can choose to run with their kids. However, as we discovered, it is becoming harder and harder to keep up with them!

 

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Vancouver Fall Classic Half Marathon

November 25, 2015 in Events, Outdoor Activity, Reviews, Running

Vancouver Fall Classic Half Marathon 2015 Finisher’s Medal

I recently ran the Vancouver Fall Classic Half Marathon put on by the Vancouver International Marathon Society earlier this month and this is my race review. It’s a Pros and Cons list format based entirely on my personal experience and preferences. Here it goes.

Pros

  • Having the option of a race-day package pick up was nice to have
  • Package pick up was quick and easy
  • You could hang out inside the UBC buildings prior to start of the race and can keep warm instead of waiting outside in the cold
  • Lots of washrooms/toilets
  • Variety of race distances, 5k, 10k, 21.1k to choose from
  • Great atmosphere
  • Plenty of volunteers to help direct you to where you needed to go or answer any questions about the event
  • Free coffee (McDonald’s had a coffee truck giving out regular and specialty coffees)
  • Quiet route
  • Scenic route, in parts
  • Finisher medals
  • RunVan gloves included with registration
  • Water stations and electrolyte drinks along the route
  • Chip-timed
  • Plenty of food and refreshments at the finish including juice, chips, bananas, and other snacks
  • Food voucher for your choice of 2 big slices of pizza, sushi, or chilli from the food court at the UBC Nest after the race
  • Free beer at Mahony and Sons
  • Lots of places to sit inside the Nest
  • Lots of room to warm up outside before the race
  • Race Expo
  • Parking was very close to race start line


Cons

  • Pay parking at UBC, unless you take public transit but there is no Skytrain option so you’re stuck with taking the bus
  • Not much in terms of swag given away in the race package (this could be a pro or con)
  • The gloves we got with our race package are supposed to be touchscreen friendly but I find they don’t work very well with my touchscreen devices

So as you can see, the Pros heavily outweigh the Cons and overall it was a wonderful experience at the Fall Classic. It’s a race that I would definitely consider doing again and would recommend to others. Kudos to the race organizers, volunteers, sponsors, winners, and everyone that participated.

Highlights

  1. This event was held on the same weekend that the terrorist attacks happened in Paris, France so the big Canadian flags that usually wave high and free at UBC were raised at half-mast as a symbol of respect and mourning for the tragedies that had befallen on France. I wouldn’t really say that this was a ‘highlight’ but I am certain that everybody who ran this race had a thought for Paris that day. It makes you realize how lucky we are to be where we are and to have the freedoms that we have. It made me want to run harder for peace.
  2. After the race I had a chance to sit down and have my pizza in the company of John Garratt who finished 2nd place in the Men’s 60-69 age category. We had a nice conversation about our race experiences that day and I was both impressed and inspired by John’s stories of his other running conquests this past year which included qualifying for and running in the Boston Marathon and a few other long distance races including the Whistler 50. I sure hope that I’m still running when I get to be his age. He was definitely an inspiration.
  3. I didn’t have the best race ever or beat any PRs but I was proud to finish. I struggled quite a bit during the first ten kilometers and it wasn’t so much physical as it was mental. I was proud mostly that I was able to silence the self-doubt in my mind that often creeps up to tell me that I can’t do something or that I’m not gonna make it. I love defeating that doubt.

#RUNVAN

 

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Femsport 2015 (Vancouver)

September 11, 2015 in Events, Exercise

Femsport 2013 - Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

Here’s a video of Dawn’s Femsport Vancouver 2015 experience. Follow up post coming soon!

 

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The Shoemaker Dance

May 3, 2014 in Dancing, Exercise, Parenthood

Malaya’s school recently put on a cultural dance performance and we were thrilled to be able to make it along with many of the other parents and families. Each grade performed a dance from a different country and there was quite a variety. There were dances from the Philippines, Mexico, Denmark, and India, to name a few. It’s great to see that dance is still being taught in school these days. I know the kids look really cute and it’s great for the parents to watch but let’s not forget to give props to the teachers who put a lot of work and time in preparing the students for this sort of thing. Teachers do a wonderful thing.

The Shoemaker Dance from Denmark, performed by the kindergarteners:

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Three’s Company at Femsport Vancouver 2013

September 16, 2013 in Events, Exercise, Race

Femsport 2013 - Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

Femsport 2013 – Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

I participated in my second Femsport Women’s Strength & Fitness Challenge on September 7, 2013 in North Vancouver. I competed in the open division having previously competed in the novice division (first time competitors only) in 2012. While last year’s experience was nothing short of special and memorable, my overall experience and performance this year was markedly different than last…

First off, I competed both as an individual and as part of a team this year. My 3 person team was formed about 2 weeks prior to the event so I must give kudos to my teammates Michelle and Jessica for enthusiastically entering the open division with me considering they have never done this before. On top of that, they did very well in every event. I really enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with being part of a team. In addition, my younger sister, May, and friend, Mary, decided to enter the (novice) competition as well. Together, we supported and cheered each other on along with the many other competitors who were giving it their all.

With a better idea of what I needed to improve on from last year, I focused on establishing goals for each particular event. For example, I wanted to do the the (50) box jumps in 47 seconds or less and I set the bar real low for the obstacle course by simply establishing a goal of not falling or tripping on the course (I stumbled 3 times last year).

The challenges on event day started with the tire pull, kettlebell lift, box jumps, tire flip and obstacle course. Inverted rows and the car push were not included in Femsport Vancouver this year. While tire flipping (flipping a 270 lbs. tire six times) was my most challenging event of the day, it was also the most rewarding and enjoyable.

After the final event was completed, I was filled with a strong sense of pride and accomplishment to have achieved my personal best in all of the events with a relatively sound mind, as I was a nervous wreck the previous year. Placing 2nd place overall in the individuals open division and 3rd place in the team category was just the icing on the cake. Click here for the final results.

I was thrilled to have my daughters in the crowd to cheer me one for the final event, the obstacle course. When I asked my 2 year old what she remembered from the event, this is exactly what she said, “When you roll through the wheel; that my favourite part. Then you run, run, run and put the stick in.” and then she gave me a big kiss :). I hope that one day, my daughters will recognize that I did this event (among other things) not only for myself, but also for them. I hope to be for them, what my mother and many inspiring women have been for me.

The supportive and empowering atmosphere that surrounds Femsport and the athletes within it has inspired me, and many other women, to continue to strive towards personal bests, have fun, and support those who want to do the same.

Tire Pull:

Kettlebell Liftt:

Box Jumps:

Tire Flip:

Obstacle Course: