I decided to break up my SeaWheeze experience into two posts because there is really so much to talk about. The race takes place on Saturday but the day before is packed with stuff to do. June and I decided to head down to Vancouver, from White Rock, around 6:30. We were able to find parking a few blocks away. It was eleven-dollars for the day which was much cheaper than the thirty-plus I paid last year to park on site at the Convention Centre. The Showcase Store (featuring exclusive lulu gear) was open for runners from 7am to 11am and then to the public until 8. I heard some people started lining up at 10am, the day before, but I didn't have it in me. I did it, last year, but was okay sitting this one out.
When we got to the Centre we headed straight to registration (which also opened at 7am.) We waited about five minutes before we were given our things. Now, registration for this race make seem steep at $128 but it isn't for everything you get. Besides the exclusive shorts (that are mailed out to you a few months before) you get a lulu mesh duffle bag with a lulu water bottle, tube of Nuun plus post-race you get a medal, Sage products, KIND snacks and a surprise gift once you cross the finish line (this year it was a hat!) You also get access to yoga session and the Sunset Festival (which I will recap with my race day experience separately.)
After we picked up our registration package we headed out to the outdoor festival. They had a bunch of different vendors handing out samples; including Sage, David's Tea, and a frozen yogurt truck. There were also stations offering free photos, tattoos, nail painting and race-day hair.
We did everything, except the hair, between 7:30 and 11:30, and then it was time for June and I to split up for a few hours. She was meeting up with a friend and I had been invited to attend a social lunch with the team from Vega to learn about their best life project.
The lunch was hosted at Field and Social a trendy, gorgeous, venue in downtown Vancouver. The Vega crew had it decorated beautifully with fresh vegetables everywhere. As we chatted, with the other guests, we munched on some Canapes including gazpacho, vegetable chips with spicy baba ghanoush and tomato cups with herbed kefir vegan cheese. The sit-down portion of the meal was probably one of the best meals I've ever had. It was served family style which meant I may have had more than my fair share of the tabbouleh and rice paper salad rolls. If you're Vegan, or looking for a fresh, delicious, meal you must check it out.
I am not an ambassador for Vega but I do use their products. It's the one protein powder I find agrees with my stomach every time. I did enjoy meeting the staff (talk about an inspiring, high-energy and motivating group) and learning about their #bestlifeproject. The project is about sharing those small moments and daily triumphs that the best lives are made of. By living, and sharing, those moments hopefully you'll encourage others to do the same.
Once the lunch wrapped up, I headed back to the Convention Centre to meet June. We decided to get in line for the Showcase Store as I had my heart set on a new pair of crops. It turns out, the key to the store is waiting until 3pm as there was NO LINE. Yes, we missed out on some of the items but if you don't care what you get it's worth it to go later. I heard they still had some things left later in the day too.
June and I both found a pair of crops we loved and then headed outside to wait in line to get our race hair done. It took about 45 minutes to get through the line but it was fun because of the atmosphere. We got our hair done, took some more photos, and then headed back to my parents' place to carb-load and lay out our race day outfits.
We were both in bed by 9:30 as we had a 4:30 alarm set for the next day.
Hi, I'm Kaella, a single mom, reporter and avid runner. I love sharing my workouts, race-recaps, and experiences in group fitness class, with you. I also talk about my four-year-old son London a lot. I'm slightly obsessed with NYC, Starbucks and 5 Cent Candies.