My ONLY complaint about the race was the wave/corral system. They had them clearly marked but the pace bunnies were standing, all-together, in the first section (clearly marked under an hour and 30 minutes.) Ange and I didn't feel comfortable standing where we shouldn't be so we hung back in what we though was the second wave (under two-hours) but ended up actually being in the third wave. They released waves every four minutes so luckily we didn't have to wait too long. Plus, I think everyone else was likely confused since we seemed to be running with people going the
same pace we were.
|2014 Starting Line (courtesy www.seawheeze.com)|
When I lost Ange, I decided to find someone else to run with. I spotted two girls slightly ahead of me and made it my goal to catch up to them and stay with them for as long as I could. They were running about an 8:30 mile which felt surprisingly pretty good.
The support along the course was amazing. I remember hearing the organizers say there were 21 different cheer stations. The loudest was on the other side of the Burrard Street Bridge. When I first signed up for the race I heard the bridge was one of the toughest parts of the race. It's an out and back portion so you cross it, run down a street, and then flip back and do it all over again. The bridge was tough but seeing Ange right before the second trip across motivated me to keep pushing. She looked like she was feeling strong too and really enjoying herself.
|Burrard St. Bridge (courtesy www.seawheeze.com)|
The course has a number of hills. It's definitely not flat and not a typical PR-friendly course. Check out this elevation map.
The run along the seawall was gorgeous and easily my favourite part. I thought about how beautiful the city of Vancouver is and how much I miss living on the west coast. In a different world, I'd be back there in a heartbeat. I took a lot of photos and a few "runfie's" along the way but lost them when my phone died. You'll just have to believe me when I tell you it's absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Seawheeze for the photos from last year ;)
After leaving the seawall (around the 18km mark) we hit a hill. A big, steep hill. I was struggling to keep pace and lost the girls I was running with but kept pushing. They had another cheer station at the top with bubbles (fun!) and it made me temporarily forget about how hard I was working. My pace slowed a little (about 9:15/mile) but I made it. I texted my family, at this point, and let them know I was on my way soon! Their response "wow, fast" was enough to keep my legs moving.
As I rounded the final bend I could hear the roars from the crowd along the finish line. I began sprinting and scanning the crowds for London. I found him, on top of my friend's shoulders, and waved. I saw him mouth "go mommy go" and I was off.
I passed the finish line and threw my hands up in the air.
I had finally got that PR I had worked so hard for!
FINISH TIME: 1:51:44 (8:31/mile average)
Overall Place: 959 out of 7641
Female Ranking: 565 out of 6302
After the race, I met up with my family for some congratulatory hugs and photos. Then I grabbed my free Lululemon hat, towel and snacks (this race rocks) and then headed over to the Runner's brunch. I ended up running into Michael in line and ended up chatting with him as we waited in line for our waffles, fruit and yogurt (yum!!) We then made our way over to the torch for another meet-up, photos and great conversation with friends.
Of course, London tagged along for the experience. He LOVES race day almost as much as I do ;)
I was happy I finally got to spend some time with Gregg from NYC Sweat. We've been online friends for a long time and he's just as awesome in real life ;) I'm excited to spend more time with him in NYC in a few months!
After saying goodbye to my friends, I met up with my family and wandered around for a bit before it was time to head to the airport to catch our flight back to Lethbridge.
|Which one of us raced? ;)|
I'll be back next year SeaWheeze!!
Registration opens September 16th and last year sold out in 35 minutes!