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SeaWheeze Weekend Recap

After nine months of excitement about SeaWheeze weekend, I can’t believe it’s already all over. I had a whirlwind extended weekend in Vancouver with friends and am both sad that it’s over but happy to be home to see Liam and catch up on sleep. Somehow I failed to be a good blogger and capture many good photos from the weekend.

Thursday

Thursday morning started like any other, getting Liam up and ready to go to day home. I dropped him off with some extra hugs and kisses before grabbing a coffee and hitting the road to the airport. Brie and I were on the same flight and she arrived just minutes after I did.

We had a great flight and when we landed, Lindsey and her husband Chad were there to greet us, since their flight was right before hours (poor planning on our parts, we should have all got the same flight!). Our first stop after taking the train downtown was Yaletown Brewing for some eats and drinks.


Once we were done there, Brie and I made our way to my hotel so Emmy could nap before meeting up with everyone again for dinner. I stayed at The Burrard, which was the cutest boutique hotel.

We headed down Robson street in search of somewhere to eat with a group of ten and ended up at Milestones. It wasn’t the best meal, but the company was fantastic. After dinner, Brie and I headed back to my hotel to wait for her sister to pick her up.

Friday

Friday morning was an early-ish start for race package pickup. Conveniently, the Red Deer Crew (Lindsey and Chad, Mary and Scott and our friends Heather and Troy) were staying a few blocks down from me and picked me up along the way to head down to the Convention Centre. If there was a theme for the weekend, it would have been lineups. People line up at obscene hours to get into the exclusive runners store for special SeaWheeze Lululemon gear. None of us had any interest in that and we couldn’t believe just how long the lineup was and how many hours people must have waited in it. The package pickup line was pretty long when we got there, but we got through it in about 15 minutes which was really slick. We received Lululemon drawstring bags, water bottles, Nuun and a coupon for coffee in our packages. We spent the rest of the morning wandering around and checking out the rest of the fun.

Somehow I managed to organize a group lunch for 18+ people with no reservation since no restaurants in the area seemed to be taking them. We camped out for about half an hour waiting for Tap & Barrel to open and they were really great about getting us some patio tables together. Of course, we forgot a group photo, but it was nice to see everyone together and catch up. I was sad to turn down a beer flight, since I didn’t want to affect my pre-race hydration but I had an amazing bowl of mushroom and truffle mac and cheese.

In the afternoon, I headed out with the Red Deer Crew to Granville Island to wander the markets, eating yummy snacks. I picked up the most delicious macarons, a fig and goat cheese that was so creamy and sweet and a root beer float that tasted exactly like a root beer. I also got a fresh bagel and peanut butter for race day breakfast. I was fortunate that they had invited me to their Air BnB rental for dinner, where they were making spaghetti and garlic bread. It was great to chill for a bit and have a yummy carb dinner before walking back to my hotel and attempting sleep for the night.

Saturday

Race Day! I will do a full recap on my race experience later in the week.

It was a very, very long walk back to my hotel after the race. I collapsed into bed to eat the brunch box they provided, have a coffee and eventually shower. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my afternoon, but the Red Deer Crew convinced me to join them on the Sea Bus to North Van to check out another market. The first order of business was lunch and I had a great order of halibut and chips, followed by a much-deserved beer flight at Tap & Barrel.

Back downtown, Chad, Lindsey and I hopped on a shuttle to the Sunset Festival in Stanley Park. I’m pretty sure we could have walked there faster, despite me practically limping post-race, because traffic was s-l-o-w. We got there and immediately grabbed some food and drinks, delicious fish tacos and the Obligatory Victory Beer and grabbed a spot for sunset yoga.

We wandered around the artisan market, checked out the enchanted arcade and watched a bit of Cold War Kids play before calling it a night. The day had caught up with us and we were tired. First order of business back at the hotel was securing a bucket of ice for my sore hip flexors while reading a couple chapter of my book and turning in.

Sunday

I had hoped for a decent sleep in, but of course, my body had me up early. I lazed in bed before getting up and wandering out for some breakfast. I ended up at Forage, where a few of the girls had eaten previously and was touted as having some of the best eggs benny in Vancouver. My breakfast definitely did not disappoint.

I was dragging my feet packing up and checking out. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Vancouver just yet and wished I had another day or two to explore the city some more. Alas, my flight was looming and I made my to the train station and back to the airport. Luckily, Brie and I were on the same flight again so we got to recap our weekend and race thoughts together during the flight. I was sad to say goodbye to her in Calgary.

From the airport, I made a quick stop in at my aunt and uncles house for my cousin’s daughters first birthday party. I was pretty exhausted by this point so I didn’t stay long knowing I still had the drive home ahead of me. The only order of business at home was a long, hot epsom salt bath and curling up with my book.

Luckily, I have today off to laze around, grab some groceries and prepare for the week before picking Liam up and returning to normal life.

 

 

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Weekend Recap

While I have almost no photos from the entire weekend, it was a really great one.

Friday

Liam is at his dads so after work I came home to BBQ and catch up on some emails while watching America’s Got Talent. I’ve never watched the show for a full season, just an episode here and there and thought I’d start this one from the beginning. It’s so good. Has anyone else been watching? Later in the evening, I popped over to Cassandra’s house with a bottle of wine to toast her belated birthday.


Saturday

I was awake and out the door just after 8am for my long run. Once I was back home, I had a shower and got ready for the day, watched another episode of AGT and read my latest book while waiting for my cousin and his family to arrive.

We were off to Lacombe for a late lunch at Cilantro and Chive followed by a pint at Blindman Brewing, which I had yet to visit. We were also planning a stop for ice cream, since the ice cream shop here makes Nibs flavoured ice cream and is our absolute favourite, but we were due at the lake for dinner with the rest of our family so we had to skip out.

Once I was home again, I curled up on the couch for, you guess it, another episode of AGT.

Sunday

I headed to Pound class first thing in the morning. I hadn’t been for a long time and it was so fun! All the songs were new to me which I loved. I changed at the studio, stopped for a coffee (have you tried the vanilla bean cold brew from Second Cup? It’s heaven), and hit the road to Calgary. I stopped in at Ange’s and finished doing my hair and makeup. Our friend Leslie stopped in too and before long we were off for a girls lunch at Craft. Leslie and her husband moved to Texas a few months ago, so it was nice to see her again and catch up.

Ange | Laura | Leslie | Brie | Me | Alison

Missing were Leigh and Nicole who had left before we thought to take a photo.

After lunch, Ange and I headed to Cold Garden for more beer. She hadn’t been yet and it’s one of my favourite breweries in Calgary so I was happy to make it happen. We also made a stop at Made By Marcus and had ice cream sundaes for dinner because it was 30° and seemed like the right thing to do. I was not sad with that decision.

I hit the road home and luckily just missed a huge hail storm that ripped through town. And that was the end of the weekend.

This will be my first full week of work in awhile and I have a feeling it will be a long one since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend’s activities.

What did you get up to this weekend?

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What I’m Loving

Hey friends! How’s your short week going so far? The temperatures are rising here and I’m currently sweating in my condo wishing I had AC, but I’m not going to complain about the heat because we get so few nice days it seems. It means more evenings spent BBQing and hanging out on the balcony which is perfectly ok with me! Let’s chat about some things I’m loving this month, shall we?

  • My farm share! I decided to check out another farm this year for my vegetable share and was able to add on fruit and eggs to it for about the same price. It’s customizable, so if there’s something you see on the list for the week that you don’t like, you can choose not to receive it and supplement something else instead. Our first box contained: raspberries, strawberries, cherries, butter lettuce, arugula, kale, garlic scapes, peas, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers and green onions. It was perfect!
  • Imagine Dragons’ Evolve album – I fell in love with Believer through Pound and ended up downloading the full album. Liam and I have been listening to it on repeat and singing along together. You can bet there will be a few of these songs appearing on my Seawheeze playlist!
  • The Girlfriend Collective – I got sucked into a Facebook ad quite some time ago now that was advertising free workout tights, no strings attached, all you had to do was pay for the shipping. It was their unique advertising campaign to spread the word on their line of ethical and eco-friendly workout wear. I received my leggings a couple months ago and am in love. They are great quality, with the perfect, flattering cut, and they stay put. For under $100, it’s definitely worth ordering. They’ve now launched their full line of leggings and sports bras in multiple colours. The other thing I love is that they use models of all shapes and sizes so you can truly get a sense of what the products look like on a real body.
  • My new glasses! My prescription had changed a lot and my previous frames were about five years old so I was due for new specs. I’m kind of in love with this pair of Ray Bans I settled on. Choosing new frames is no easy task for me but I’m thankful for a girlfriend who’s an optician with great taste for helping me out!
  • The Problem With Body Positivity via Bad Yogi – yes! yes! YES! I’m a huge fan of Bad Yogi and especially love this blog post about how you can love your body but still want to do better for it.
  • Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara – I received this complimentary from Influenster and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. My current higher end go-to hasn’t been working as well for me anymore and I was becoming frustrated with trying to find a decent mascara but this one stays put all day without smudging. It even lasts through a sweaty lunch run. While I don’t necessarily find it gives me huge volume or length, it lasts and that’s a win for me.
  • My charcoal bar from Beauty Counter! I have been slowly transitioning to toxin-free products and this is one I’m absolutely loving. It leaves me face feeling super clean without feeling tight ro dry. It’s amazing. I’m not a consultant but Brie is, go order from her!
  • Ange sent me this and it couldn’t be more on point:

Incredible Women Often Have The Worst Dating Lives — Here’s Why


What are you loving lately?