West Van Run

I woke up on Sunday March 2nd 2014 and I saw it snowing and I began to curse under my breathe.

I don’t want to run in snow! What if I fall? Now I know I won’t get a good time!

All of these thoughts ran through my head. But I finally convinced myself that I would be fine and I already paid for the race. There’s no going back. I donned my favourite pair of Asics Tights, my Mizuno Breathe Shirt, fit soks, and my Turkey Trot New Balance Jacket. Along with my Canada games Hat that Tristan gave me.

I also grabbed my BMO gloves because boy was it cold! I had some cereal some water to drink and then Tristan and I were on the road!

We arrived just before 8oclock and managed to find parking ! I then wandered down picked up my race bib.

After a few minutes I met up with Brandi Kendall and Amelia! I also finally got to meet one of my favourite bloggers Krista!

If you like delicious food, good books and posts about running, I suggest you follow her at Read,Bake , Run Repeat!

http://www.readbakerunrepeat.com/ < There’s the link!

Luckily since the race started by the Seawall it wasn’t as cold. Of course this did mean the snow has turned to rain. So I was thankful for the way I’ve dressed.

It wasn’t a delayed started we all went running at once. Ignoring the thoughts in my head I would just run as fast as I could and focus on not bailing. I had made the decision to wear my Solomon Trail Shoes for the fear of falling. I’m nervous after falling at Rubber Ducky so anything I can do to prevent it is wise.

I didn’t run with any music. But boy was I keeping a decent pace. I ran 10 &1’s like I normally would. I was hoping anything less than an 1 hour and a half would be wonderful. In fact it wasn’t until my phone had gone off that I realized how well things were going.

Tristan had texted me teasing that he’s been waiting 60 minutes I better run faster or he’ll leave me. And I did! I amped up my speed , pushed it hard, dug deep determined to finish .

I crossed the line at 1:15. I haven’t finished that fast since Night Race! Which by the way was also in horrible weather.

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Kudos to Tristan for capturing this shot!
Kudos to Tristan for capturing this shot!

I quite like the close up shots. Thank to Jennifer Strang for the excellent photography! You can see her portfolio at www.JenniferStrangPhotography.com 

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To say I’m beaming with pride would be an understatement. I celebrated my victory with Booster Juice . Also an extra huge thanks to my gentleman Tristan for driving me and waiting for me at the finish with a towel!

I quite enjoyed the course at West Van. It helps that the main organizer is goes to my school and is just a bit older then me. The course was well marked, there were water stations. Honestly the only bad thing was the rain! and even then I managed to survive it all! I will definitely be doing it again next year

I've made a point of capturing a picture post run after every race!
I’ve made a point of capturing a picture post run after every race!

In fact my Sunday was full of running! I ended up heading to a Saucony event and trying out the new Guide 7’s. I do have some brand loyalty to Asics, Mizuno and Brooks. The Guides feel a little soft to me but I plan to wear them more at work!

I definitely came home that night feeling proud. I have my groove back so to speak. In fact I’m planning to run 14k this weekend and I won’t let anything or anyone stop me! Determination is my middle name!

Wish me luck!

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