Vancouver: Seawheeze Half Marathon Recap (August 2016)

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Race day! 6AM.

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A lot of entertainment along the way.

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After the finish line, everyone waited on a crowded line to get to the goodie bag and freebies… and of course, the free runner’s brunch!

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Even the brunch line was long.

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We saw the Japadog truck nearby and I realized I didn’t have any Canadian cash, but a stranger overheard us and gave us cash to buy this! She was a fellow Seawheezer from California and didn’t ask for anything in return. She just wanted us to be able to try it because it’s just so good! Thank you!

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After we went back to our Airbnb to rest up, we came back out to the Convention Center for the shuttles to Stanley Park for the Sunset Festival. But on the way, we got another Japadog…

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The croquette was SO good, crispy, tasty sauce, with a hot dog underneath. It was perfection.

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With the Seawheeze band that they put on us at the Expo, we can access the Sunset Festival too.

We got shuttled by old school yellow cheese buses to Stanley Park.

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Once we got in (after we showed them our IDs), there was a huge line forming… to the exclusive store! We had to line up immediately because we wanted to get our sizes. My friend stayed on the line while I explored the vicinity.

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There were lines to get food, but not nearly as crowded as the one for the store.

And beer…

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You’re allowed ONE beer per person. And you were not allowed to bring one back for your fellow runner. It was a safety precaution I guess, but silly.

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The Lululemon brand beer! They have one every year. This year, it’s called the “Courageous Blonde” — it’s very light and didn’t have much depth. Easy drink.

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More photobooths.

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Another yoga session!

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Stanley Park Summer Ale

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Stanley Park pilsner

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Poutine & corn dog!

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And the night ended with a concert.

Now…

Onto my goodies!

The freebies post-race:

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It was kinda annoying how they gave everything one by one. It took so long for everyone to grab everything along the way and people kept crowding around to get their stuff. They should just put everything into the bags ready to be handed out. I really like the runner’s cap, although it’s one size fits all and I feel like my head is on the larger side. It still fits nicely though! The water bottle is plastic, which I’ll probably never use but will sit nicely on my dresser. The sunglasses also. The Saje essential oils are cool, stress relief anyone? Nuun tabs and Kind bars.

What I purchased from the Expo store:

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  • Fast Lane Singlet: $58 CAD
  • Run with the sun tank: $58 CAD
  • Speed Short: $58 CAD
  • Hotty Hot Short: $64 CAD

What I purchased from the Sunset Festival:

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  • Scuba Hoodie III: $138 CAD

“Mission Accomplished”

 

2015 Miami Half Marathon Recap (and other things)

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Back in January I flew solo to Miami for a half marathon. It was the best half marathon I’ve ever run (I’ve run Brooklyn, Staten Island, and NYC Half) for many reasons. First, the expo was so much fun! Lots of freebies, picture opportunities, presentations, etc.

Since I had to wait for 2 of my friends to arrive from their flight, I went to eat at Morenos Cuba, a great lunch spot that serves Media Noches and Cubanos with crispy potato sticks.

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I loved their mason jars and iced latte.

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Medianoche ($11): Ham, mojo marinated shredded pork, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on Cuban sweet bread.

Next, I walked over to the Bass Museum of Art. They had several outdoor installations while I was there.

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$8 gets you inside the museum, which isn’t bad. Note: No DSLR photography inside; only phone cameras allowed.

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There was a Gold exhibition… yes, this McDonalds cup in gold.

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After I met up with my friends, we went to eat some more.

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Charlotte Bakery is great for snacking: empanadas, tres (even cuatros) leches, lots of pastries here and some seating.

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The next morning, we rolled out of bed and headed for American Airlines Arena for the big race. It was great because we booked an Airbnb apartment right next to the start line.

6AM. 45 degrees. Shorts and t-shirt… I was frozen waiting for an hour in the corral!

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What I LOVED was that as soon as we started the race, the sun was rising right in front of us. I was swooned by the palm trees on the left side and calm waters and boats on the right side. I didn’t even take many pictures during the race because I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s one of the most scenic races I’ve ever run.

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At mile 11, we got little cups of pineapples! It was so refreshing and also contributed to my love for this race.

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After the race, there were so many goodies to munch on! All kinds of fruits and fruit cups, even rice and beans!!!!!! Definitely the best post-race party.

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#MiamiFamous

For our post-race brunch, we walked over to NIU Kitchen

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Rustic and fresh, they serve Catalan dishes.

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Watermelon gazpacho
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Pa amb tomaquet
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Delicious coffee
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Steak Tartare
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Ous – two poached eggs, truffle potato foam, jamon Iberico, black truffle.
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Esmorzar – botifarra, bacon, fried egg, sautéed white beans.

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I love that almost everything had fried eggs on top. Highly recommend the “Ous” and “Esmorzar”!

Afterwards, we went to the beach where I got a text that informed me my flight the next day was cancelled due to weather in NYC. I was “stuck” here…

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We went to dinner at Tongue & Cheek. All amazing meals so far.

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Chilled Plate of Oysters with Carbonated Cucumber Mignonette and Lemon

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The most amazing oysters ever. Because it’s carbonated and enveloped in a way that when you put one into your mouth, it pops!

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The rest: fried chicken, brisket poutine, beef cheek burger… ALL DELICIOUS.

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The next morning, I got another flight and then cancelled again, and decided to head to the airport to talk to them in person. But first, breakfast at Versailles!

 

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I got on the last flight to NYC that afternoon and GUESS WHAT — I was 2 hours into it when the pilot announced that we had to turn back to Miami. Oh well, more food for me!

I was lucky in that my friends were staying longer anyway so they had a hotel booked… I met up with them at Joe’s Stone Crab.

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Everything was great, plus we got hooked up with free desserts because the waiter was also Cantonese and from Brooklyn. I was loving this trip, can’t you tell?

The next morning, I woke up early to watch the sun rise. There’s just something about Miami skies.

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It was so glorious and I loved being by myself in that moment.

My friends were still not awake yet, so I grabbed a cubano at Las Olas Cafe, a homey little place for cheap Cuban food.

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Yes, I might have overdosed on Cubanos this month.

I took a yoga class before my flight. If you’re in the area, drop by for a class ($20 includes a mat rental) at Miami Life Center — ashtanga style yoga definitely kicked my butt.

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736 6th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
http://www.miamilifecenter.com/

And that’s all, folks. I loved every minute of Miami. From beach yoga to running a half marathon, to eating innovative and delicious food to taking in all the art… These are all the things I love about Miami.