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2014 SeaWheeze & Vancouver: Take Me Back!

I‘m home from Vancouver and am so excited to share some highlights and pictures from my time away. Vancouver is a truly amazing city and lululemon did an incredible job on putting on the most impressive half marathon I have ever run in and I have run in a lot of half marathons over the course of the past 9 years! So here’s the run down of our trip! 

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Getting There….

The downside to traveling to Vancouver is that it takes a LONG time to get there from Boston. My hubby and I left Boston on a 6:40am flight to Toronto and then connected from there to Vancouver. We arrived at our hotel around 1:30pm Canada time which is 4:30pm Boston time.

Grandville Island

Once we were settled into our hotel, we took off to explore the city. The weather was perfect, just around 65 degrees with no humidity. We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel which is right downtown and a very convenient walk to most places throughout the city. We walked around Robson street where most of the shops are (including the new location for lululemon) and then headed to Grandville Island.

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We took the Aquabus which is quick 5 minute scenic boat ride. This island was perfect for what we wanted. It had a farmer’s market with fresh produce, fish and food, great restaurants including the Grandville Island Brewery (which scored points with the hubby) and just had the most spectular views. So relaxing! It was the perfect way to start our vacation.

We ended up walking around, tasting some samples of beer at the Grandville Island Brewery and then getting fresh sushi and eating it on the dock to watch the sunset. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Let the SeaWheeze Festivities Begin!

6:15am the next morning, my hubby and I were up and ready to go. That’s the great thing about being on Boston time (it’s 9:15am), getting up early was actually easy. We headed to the Vancouver Convention Center where the SeaWheeze activities were taking place. Our day entailed:

  • Picking up our race packets
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  • Admiring the sunrise/view
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  • Getting a SeaWheeze tattoo
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  • Getting a massage (YES!)
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  • Eating a great pancake breakfast
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  • Shopping at the SeaWheeze store
  • Noon yoga practice!
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  • Ambassador picnic & bike ride of the SeaWheeze route
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  • More sushi picnic style, this time in a park near our hotel

SeaWheeze Half Marathon

Another early start, this time 5:30am, but my hubby and I were ready to rock and roll. With some water, banana and tea/coffee, we walked down to the starting line. 25 minutes later we were settled in at the starting line and ready to rock it out. We positioned ourselves between the 1:50 and 1:55 pace groups, with our target pace of being under 1:53 minutes which was a stretch for us but we were ready for it.

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AND ready for it we were! The course was unbelievable. Running around the seawall and through the city of Vancouver was not only flat but so beautiful. We enjoyed every step even though we pushed our pace right from the beginning.

One of my favorite moments is around mile 10 along the seawall when I “ran” into another Team Fox marathon runner. She recently moved to Vancouver and had run the past 2 New York City marathons for Team Fox. It was so touching to hear her story of how she got connected to the organization. It’s amazing how no matter how far away you are from home, your community is always by your side. That’s the power of running for you 🙂

After talking with her, I felt even more inspired to run faster and that we did. My hubby and I finished in 1:52:23! Our personal record! 9 years of running and training! The finishing time was not only awesome but lululemon provided cool medals and great hats and saje wellness sprayed us down with essential oils to help with inflammation and also provided us with some samples. We even got a waffle breakfast with blueberry topping. My favorite!

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Let the Celebrations Begin!

After our race detox, we went back to the hotel to rest and shower. A couple hours later, we were ready to retox. We went to the Tap and Barrel right by the Vancouver Convention Center and enjoyed some post-race beers. We had great food and great conversation with a local canadian couple who were seated next to us. We then topped it off with Gelato!

Sunset Yoga Festival

Run.Yoga.Party pretty much sums it up! After a little bit more resting, we headed to Stanley Park for the Sunset Yoga Festival festivities. We blissed out to some yoga and then rocked out to the Colourist and Capitol Cities. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Whistler Here We Come!

The next morning we rented a car and headed to Whistler. Our adventures in Whistler included the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride, Paddleboarding on Lake Nita at our hotel and dinner and breakfast right on the lake. I highly recommend the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride. Very scary but in an awesome way. Nothing beats the views and being surrounded by nature in the mountains!

The Nita Lodge is also a great place to stay. Great rooms and such a great location on the lake. They also provide free Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and fishing gear.

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We’re Back in Vancouver

After one final stroll through Whistler Village, we headed by to Vancouver early afternoon. We checked into our next hotel and then headed to the Athlete’s Village to grab some drinks and food at Craft Beer Market. It was my hubby’s birthday so it was important to make craft beer a focus for the celebrations 🙂 The restaurant was awesome with a great selection of beers and really great bar food. After we feasted and tasted some brews, we got back on the Aquabus while the sun was setting. We made our way to Sunset beach and took in our last night in Vancouver.

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Goodbye Vancouver (sad face)

Early the next morning, we began our journey back to Boston. First flying to Montreal and then to Boston. I have to admit that usually at this point in the vacation I feel ready to come home, but I was ready to stay another week. I really loved the city and our time there that much! I’m so grateful for this experience to explore, to set new personal records and to spend time celebrating and hanging with my love! A big thank you to lululemon for putting together amazing events that we will always remember! NAMASTE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Indulge Without the Bulge When You Travel

I’m so excited to feature this guest blog post by Brooke Roberts, Founder and CEO of YogaTravelTree.com. Brooke shares some essential tips on how to enjoy your next vacation and also be healthy while doing it.To learn more about Brooke and her incredible company, find her bio and company information below.

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Whether you’re traveling for work or for pleasure, it can be very easy to slip into unhealthy habits. Grabbing a bag of chips instead of baby carrots at the gas station on a road trip. Opting for another heavy craft beer when you’ve had your share. Lounging an extra three hours on the beach instead of joining the optional snorkeling excursion. Whatever it is, we make many choices when we travel that can leave us feeling energized and ready for more adventures…or a little lethargic and soft around the belly.

Here are some tips to keep the good times rolling while also making healthy choices you won’t regret when you’re traveling.

1. Plan Your Indulgences
When I travel to a new city or country, there’s always a restaurant, beer, pastry, or some other kind of delectable treat I’m excited to try. And so I make sure that’s part of my plan. I know when I’m going to enjoy those indulgences so I’m sure to make healthier choices for my other meals and snacks. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s often difficult to enjoy something wonderful when you’ve spent the day indulging in a lot of other treats. 😉 Plan your indulgences, put them on the schedule. And you’ll have a lot to look forward to when you’re sitting in hours of meetings or all day exploring.

2. Pre-pack and Portion Control Your Snacks
Since I always know when I’m going to indulge a little on every trip, I also pre-pack and portion control healthy snacks to take with me when I travel. Whether I’m stuck sitting on a delayed flight, racing to catch the last ferry, or my meetings are running late, I always have some all-natural snack bars or small snack-size bags of almonds and dried fruit (unsweetened) to satiate me between meals. This also prevents me from grabbing a bag of chips or a danish when I need a quick bite to eat.

3. Plan A Physical Activity Every Day
When I’m traveling for work, I always try to book a hotel that either has a gym or is in a location where taking a morning run is safe. Of course, I always try to do a nice cleansing yoga sequence in the morning to get the blood flowing and my brain ready to take on the day’s challenges. For vacations, in my experience, the best way to explore and experience a new place is to get out there an engage with it. Find a local walking tour or rent bikes to visit the local sites. Do you love yoga, rock climbing, pure barre, cross fit, etc? Look up a local studio or gym to pop into a class or session. If you enjoy running, look up a November Project meet up in your city and join the early morning fun. It doesn’t have to be crazy outside the box, but it that’s your thing, research what the best outdoor activities are in that area and try it out. Deep sea fishing? Never done that? Give it a whirl!

4. Work vs Vacation
Staying healthy when you travel is also a mindset thing. When we go on a trip, our minds are wired to think “I’m going on vacation! Whoohooo!” When in reality, you just have a two-day work conference in Boise. So when you go on vacation remember that it’s your time to have some indulgences and enjoy yourself. But when you’re traveling for work, remember that it’s work and even more important that you take care of your mind and body so you can be on your best game. No one wants to be the guy that’s sluggish/overstuff/hungover when you have important presentations to give and clients to meet. So just like you’d take care of yourself at home with balanced meals and some physical activity, make sure you prioritize this when you travel for work.

5. Fast Food May Be Your Friend
As much as it pains me to say this, some times going to a proper “sit down” restaurant may be more glutenous than grabbing something from a “fast food” place. Think about it. Most adult entrees with a side dish and an appetizer come in at about 1,500 calories. If you have a drink and share dessert with that, you’ve now surpassed 2,000 calories (the recommended daily allowance) with just one meal. Try to hit up a fast food place like Panera, Chipotle, or the new Urban Taproom for less dense meal options that are also easier on your bottom line.

6. Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation
But at the end of the day, remember that you only live once so remember that moderation is absolutely crucial when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But maintaining a happy life might include a little over indulgence from time to time. So eat up, drink up, and life it up…on occasion. 😉

About Brooke!
Brooke Roberts is the Founder and CEO of YogaTravelTree.com, a wellness and travel company specializing in health and wellness resources, experiential yoga adventure retreats around the world, practical and powerful yoga teacher trainings, and soulful business coaching. She’s spent the better part of her career traveling around the world making meaningful travel experiences more accessible to the masses. Hailing from Kansas and Colorado, you can find her nomadically exploring the US with her pup named Barnaby. Learn more about YogaTravelTree and Brooke at http://www.yogatraveltree.com/about/ and you can follow Brooke on Twitter and Instagram @thenewdorothy.

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Friday Favorites: My Class Playlists

Here are my top songs from my playlists this week; including my Vinyasa Yoga, Spin and Hip Hop Yoga classes. Each playlist is listed below via Spotify. Enjoy!

What are your song favorites this week?

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Vinyasa Yoga Top 5

  1. Burn – Maths Time Joy Remix, Ellie Goulding
  2. Elastic Heart, Sia, The Weeknd
  3. Generator First Floor, Freelance Whales
  4. Free Fallin, John Mayer
  5. Farewell Stars, Message to Bears

Playlist > http://open.spotify.com/user/1237201033/playlist/2YjEaddhyLhXFPYmeo2z24

Hip Hop Yoga Top 5–Beyonce Theme This Week!

  1. XO
  2. Countdown
  3. Telephone
  4. Smash into You
  5. Best Thing I’ve Ever Had

Playlist > http://open.spotify.com/user/1237201033/playlist/1Yagq7GJ1OvpwOimfLPM1D

Spin Top 5

  1. In My Mind, Part 2, Flo Rida
  2. Paradise, Tiesto Remix, Coldplay
  3. Blow-cirkiut remix, Kesha
  4. Get it Started Pitbull, Shakira
  5. Reach for the Stars, will.i.am

Playlist > http://open.spotify.com/user/1237201033/playlist/1RJLQ2fMtPPyI0C7F9JuMk

 

Friday Favorites: My Class Playlists

Here are my top songs from my playlists this week; including my Vinyasa Yoga, Spin and Hip Hop Yoga classes. Each playlist is listed below via Spotify. Enjoy!

What are your song favorites this week?

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Vinyasa Yoga Top 5

1. There’s Nowhere, BlackBird BlackBird
2. Never Let Me Go, Florence + The Machines
3. The Moon Song, song from “Her”
4. Ribs, Lorde
5. On the Nature of Daylight, Max Richter (always my song for savasana)

Vinyasa Playlist for this week>  http://open.spotify.com/user/1237201033/playlist/04iWdSKtKzlKsl7XDKuv5w

Hip Hop Yoga Top 5

1. Play Hard, David Guetta
2. Crooked Smile, J. Cole
3. Sweat, Snoop Dogg
4. My Dangerously Melodic Anthem, D.Veloped
5. Da Rockwilder, Method Man, Redman

Playlist for this week> http://open.spotify.com/user/1237201033/playlist/1Oe7ZCnTJgd9QrnlBc7VnG

Spin Top 5

1. Play Hard, David Guetta
2. Hands in the Air, Timbaland, Ne-Yo
3. Right Now, Rihanna, David Guetta
4. Clarity, Zedd, Tiesto Remix
5. Let’s Go, Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo (one of my sprinting favorites!)

Playlist for this week> http://open.spotify.com/user/1237201033/playlist/5JAYYHe9ZoqL9qvevc4U35