We are just a few weeks away from the Seattle Craft Classic and to be honest I am feeling pretty beat up. I sprained my ankle playing in a beach ultimate tournament at the end of July. I stayed off it for the weeks leading up to Seawheeze and finished the race. But due to other personal issues I’ve been going through running has not been a priority.
My original goal for this race was to run a PR in the half but clearly this will be a fun run or a no run. My first Fall Fleet Feet Training run was Wednesday and my ankle felt like crap. The speed was not agreeing with it at all. I am going to suck it up and buy a new pair of Hoka Bondi 5 and see if the cushion will help. I’ve been running in my Altra Torin 3.0 to use my gluteus and hamstrings more.
If you want to join me on September 10th in Woodinville use code BIBRAVEHALF for $10 off the half and BIBRAVE5k for $5 off the 5k. You can check out the finalize courses here and read about the finish line party too!
As I attempt to run over these next few weeks and rehab my injury I will see which Seattle Craft Classic distance I end up running. I am hoping it will be the half!
Oh my gosh, Seawheeze was amazing! This was my first time attending and it did not disappoint!
I drove up on Thursday and went straight to my hotel to check in. The border took 2o minutes and the traffic into Vancouver was not bad at all! I quickly changed into my running gear and went over to the Kitsilano neighborhood to explore. I went to the original Lululemon and bought a sweet Kitsilano tank! I was able to get a Seawheeze reusable bag which are BEAUTIFUL this year.
I then met up with my fellow BibRave Pro Jeannie and we went on a group run with Frontrunners. The smog was bad so I had to apologize for running so slow and hacking up a lung. But the view at the end of the beach was beautiful and it was wonderful to see Jeannie again!
I headed back to my hotel and took a nap before meeting my friends in line at the showcase store. We were there by 1:30am and the line wasn’t too bad. But as the night went out the line got longer and louder so sleep didn’t really happen. I was able to find a 24 hour Tim Hortons at 4am which saved us. Lululemon had a bunch of stilt performers walking by the line which were super cool. I would say we ended up in the first 300-400 people in the showcase!
The showcase store
The showcase store was laid out in a strange way. The reflective clothes I really wanted were in the middle of the showcase and the line for them kept growing. By the time I was in the roped part of the line there was nothing left which was a bummer. We kept searching and I was able to find a few things but there were not a lot of size 10 or 12 shorts. I was disappointed because I wanted speed but there were not a lot of prints left just solid colors. I ended up with two pairs of tights, a cropped cool racer back and a pair of tracker shorts. I found a pair of tights and a skirt for my mom too.
After checking out we went to packet pickup which was pretty quick. We got a spike bag, tube of nuun, a coupon for a free JJ Bean coffee, and a water bottle. The nice part of Seawheeze is there are no bibs! All you have to do is put a timing chip on your shoe. Personally, it makes life easier for me and I don’t have to worry that my bib is not on straight in the morning.
We then checked out the Prerace Party and there was so much to do! There were free tattoos, free water, a bunch of cool booths like Nuun and Vega who were offering samples. I volunteered to meet with the Lululemon design team and run on a treadmill then answer a few questions about my sports bra. I learned a lot about sports bras and what goes into the design process. They even gave me a free set of mala beads!
I headed back to my hotel napped and worked for a bit then met up with a bunch of Oiselle Volee for dinner. I also had a chance to explore some cool art near Gastown and found this awesome alley.
The race was pretty easy for me to get to. I met up with Jeannie in front of my hotel and we walked over together. We found a bunch of our fellow BibRave Pros, Mai and Bradley, for a pre-race photo and I met up with a bunch of Oiselle Volee for a team photo too! I headed to the corrals with Bradley and Jeannie and we somehow ended up close to the front. Seawheeze is self seeding so we were far ahead of most people.
My overall goal for the race was to finish since I was coming off of a sprained ankle and did not want to re-injure the pulled tendons. The start was quite quick and we started running through Gastown and Chinatown.
In the first few kilometers there was a spin class on the overpass cheering runners on for about 100 meters. It was a huge rush of energy and was super fun to cheer them on as they were riding. There were a bunch of random number 5s hanging from the overpass and I am not quite sure why. It threw me off a bit since I knew we were not 3 miles/5 kilometers in.
The course quickly took off toward the Seawall and then to the Burrard Street bridge. There was a lot of entertainment which made the Seawall a lot more interesting. The bridge was hard but there was so much going on that I forgot about the long hill. The cool part of the bridge is we passed Lululemon HQ! There were a lot of people cheering as we got off the bridge and onto the last part of the course.
The Seawall was beautiful and narrow. I had a to walk a few times because of the heat and it was so hard to stay out of the way. A lot of people were not considerate of others which made it frustrating. The north part of Stanley Park is just beautiful. So much to see and thankfully the smog had cleared a bit too! Lululemon put a lot of entertainment- a retro DJ with dancing inflatable fish, a bunch of hippy Canadian, people on SUPS cowbelling, mermaids, Firemen and Police men with squirt-guns, and the Vega Hydration stop with a huge misting station.
The last mile of the race was partly shaded which was so nice! I ended up catching a few of my friends at the end which made the last part much more fun. I did not run this for time and I am glad I did. I had a lot of fun taking in the view and enjoying the on course entertainment.
The finish chute was crowded. We ended up waiting in line for almost 40 min to reach the front of the runners brunch. In line we got our beautiful finisher’s medal which triples as a bottle open, statue and medal (!!), finisher’s sunglasses, water, a Vega protein bar and a cooling cloth. The Breakfast was great even though I heard people were made there weren’t waffles. Lululemon even had a special dairy and partially soy-free brunch box which made it even better! After exiting Saje gave away free runner’s reward samples. I hung around and waited for my friends to finish then headed over to the Nuun at Nuun Ambassador meet-up.
The sunset festival was cool. There was free yoga that I missed due to dinner which is ok. I poked around the merchandise and didn’t see anything I liked. However, the Obligatory Victory Beer was pretty good and it wasn’t super expensive. We found a spot in front of the stage and listened to Cold War Kids and Young the Giant for a bit. This was a great way to finish a fun filled weekend.
Overall, I really enjoyed Seawheeze and the weekend festivities. Lululemon did a great job informing us about the weather and all other event related activities without being annoying. Their social media was on point- I got so many likes and replies it really meant a lot to see a brand interact with to many of their fans on a regular basis from registration to race day. I also loved all of the positivity throughout the weekend. It wasn’t about winning the race it was about experiencing the half marathon and staying in the now.
I will definitely run this race again. It is pricey but you do get a pair of $58-$65 CAD running shorts and plenty of race day swag and food. Next year’s race is in September which makes it much nicer running weather. I didn’t pay too much for transportation since I drove up and will probably do that as well.
Thanks for a wonderful weekend Lululemon! I can’t wait to do it again!
Disclaimer: I received a pair of UA Horizon RTT as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
What a week it’s been! Seawheeze was last weekend and I am still trying to contain my excitement from it. I am excited to gear up for fall training and trails have been just what I was looking for!
I had the pleasure to test UA Horizon RTT shoe over the past few weeks. They are Under Armour’s best selling trail shoe. They come in FIVE different colors in both mens and womens sizing. Personally, I have my go to trail shoes and trying these was a huge difference.
First, the tread on these are massive. They are much taller than what I am used to and I was afraid of getting rocks caught in them. Thankfully, that did not happen and I was able to get great traction. Second, they are a pretty reinforced in the heel and toes which makes them a bit stiff. Third, they are pretty affordable, you can go here and get a pair for $109.99. That’s not bad for trail shoes!
There were a few things I did not like about them. They do not have a rock plate. My preference is for having a rock plate because you never know when you need extra support while on the trails. The UA Horizon RTT is not the most comfortable, I found it quite narrow and I even sized up a whole size. The other downside is the style, maybe it’s the style of Under Armour shoes in general but these are pretty not appealing to me. They are very masculine and look a lot like basketball shoes.
Overall, if you are looking for a reasonably priced pair of trail shoes and are not running super technical trail I would get these. They are less than $120 and have some great tread for most types of terrain.
When I first heard about Knuckle Lights I always questioned why someone would use them. I’ve always run with a headlamp and made sure I had plenty of reflective gear on when running in the dark but Knuckle Lights Colors- Game Changer!
The new Knuckle Lights Colors are small handheld lights, that come in three different colors- bright blue, bright pink and black. I tested the bright blue and they are hard to lose since they are so darn bright! They are compact enough that you carry them in one hand if you do not need them right away on your run and pack a huge punch of light- 120 lumens to be exact.
Unlike a headlamp, you can point them anywhere you need light while you run. For me this helps a lot. Seattle has a lot of uneven pavement so shining a light a bit farther ahead of me helps me keep my balance.
Other great features of the Knuckle Lights Colors include:
Waterproof- they can be used all year round in any weather conditions!
Batteries are included with each set and each light takes 1 AA battery.
I am super excited to add Knuckle Lights Colors to my Fall Running Essentials. I know they will come in handy during my weekday runs while training for both the Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon and Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon.
Big news- I am running the Big Sur 21 Mile in April! I found out Friday but haven’t had a chance to sit down and write up a blog all about it.
When I found out a few months ago that BibRave was partnering with Big Sur I was super excited and quickly put in for all of the races. What makes this even better is this is the first year Big Sur Events is offering a 21 mile course. The course will start after the Redwoods section and will pass by the beautiful views, the piano player, and many other iconic sights!
The distance is a bit daunting for me, I have never raced farther than 14 miles. I have a lot of work to do to get my base training back up. Spraining my ankle was not an ideal situation. I have two more half marathons in the next two months and I haven’t run more than 5 at a time.
But if you are interested in running Big Sur International Marathon as an individual the lottery for Loyalty, Locals & First-Timers are now open. If you want to run one of the shorter distances, registration opens on September 1st at 9am!
If you live in Seattle and need a long run buddy hit me up! I will need to run all of the distances and hill that I can get.