Archive for September, 2010

One for the history books.

Posted: September 27, 2010 by sarahbod in run, running gear, Vancouver

Didn’t want to run today or yesterday … or Friday. This is why my scheduled run for Friday actually took place today. Better late than never though. So, today I ran 10.13km in 1:02:11. Not my greatest 10km run but I will blame the extra few minutes on my saving a crack head from near death. I wish I was kidding. It is a story that will trump all of my running experiences.

As I was beginning to climb the stairs leading to the Burrard street bridge I notice that half way up there was a young guy standing over a woman who was obviously having trouble standing. As I approached she kept saying she was sorry to me. Sorry for what I am still unsure. She honestly looked like she was going to pass out. So, being a small town girl at heart I offered her water. No need to worry … my water bottle did not come anywhere near her or her mouth. I pretty much just doused her as per her request.  Sick! She seemed to come to after the water and carried on her merry way to do God knows what!

Needless to say…the run will go down in the history books. Gotta love Vancouver! Ha! Now for the real highlight of day…new running gloves!!!

Much like a crow I am attracted to all things shiny. pretty!

They go so well with my iFitness running belt I bought in Anaheim … oh, and I added the water bottles. 9.99 each from the running room. Do I dare say it? Bring on the colder weather … I wanna wear my new gloves! SB

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Running in the rain.

Posted: September 25, 2010 by sarahbod in run, running gear, Vancouver

Thursday after work I set out for an 8km run around the seawall, in the pouring rain. Much like Gene Kelly I made the most of it. I wasn’t singing per say but definitely depended on my playlist to keep me going. I found it hard to really get in the right head space. Squinting to keep the rain out of my eyes, dodging puddles and running with soaking wet shoes. I did however enjoy the temperature as I am not a huge fan of running in the heat.

Singing in the rain may be glorious..running, not so much.

I know that I will be doing a lot of running in the rain. I do live in Vancouver and I have lots of rain to look forward to over the next few months. I can live with that, considering the average temperature all winter is 5 degrees!

So now for my running in the rain wish list:

1)running gloves – my fingers were freezing for the first few km’s. Lululemon has a great pair for $26.00

2) cap – so I’m not blinded by the rain.

3) maybe a second pair of runners -They still weren’t dry the following morning.

So, off to the running room and lululemon I go…yay, shopping! SB

Back on the wagon!

Posted: September 25, 2010 by piraterunner in 1/2 marathon, RACES, run

It’s been 19 days since my last run, and jeeze don’t it feel like i’m at AA or confessional or some shit like that. So yes I ran today, in this summer like condition. Not sure how many days we got left but I’m gonna enjoy the hell out of them. I also have to confess that I have not blogged about my fabulous half marathon run or my mini-piraterunner’s fabulous run! In case you didn’t know it, my daughter is an absolutely rock star when she runs. If you need proof well here it is…

As for my race other than having a little bit of a problem breathing (fabulous Anaheim air?) my body felt great, no pain. Lisa was a fabulous running partner, after mile 10 I did ask for her to bid me adieu. She was having a fabulous race and I felt like my breathing was holding her back. Strangely once she took off I started to breathe better so who knows maybe it was anxiety lol. My next race I have promised myself no camera. I am interested to see what my time would be if I didn’t stop like a paparazzi for every character, oh and Lisa and I stopped alot…

I have about 100 more pictures from the race but I think you get the point. Well I attempted to sign up for the Zoo race but it was already sold out boo!!!!!! I am seriously contemplating signing up for the Toronto Marathon or at least the half but Glen is going to Finger Lakes golfing that weekend. I just feel that I need SOMETHING to run for. Regardless, I am back on the wagon and intend to stay there!

Finally Plum Smuggler has Blogged About Race Day!

Posted: September 21, 2010 by Grape Ape in 1/2 marathon, RACES, run

 

I look all business in this photo.

 

Alright kids, I know you have been on the edge of your seats waiting to jump on my back and join me on the 1/2 marathon. Well, wait no longer because here we go!

As you all know already, we had to get up at Oh God:30 in the morning and find some level of motivation to be mobile with out the aid of coffee. And most of you know how that goes. So we drug our old butts out of bed and began to gear up like we were about to wage war on an unsuspecting course. And like a special ops team we decided to attack before the course had a chance to wake up. I know, we were really sneaky attacking before dawn. So with running clothes on, pockets lined with all the latest running aids like cliff blocks and power shots and ipods strapped to us like weapons we left the hotel to join a collection of almost 13,000 others.

The walk that should have felt long went by way too quick as we got to the area where everyone is separated into corrals. This is the point where the Bodnarchuks left us to get a head start on the race. Knowing that they would have a ten minute jump on me gave me goal #1, catch those two. So Lisa, Trish and I waiting for all of the groups ahead of us to go, the anticipation mounts and pushes all of the fluid in your body straight to your bladder making you have to pee at the most inopportune time. Slowly our group began to push toward the start and I gave Lisa that good bye hug and kiss and wish her and Trish the best of luck because I have a job to do and that is to crush this course. So through the starting gate I go with the intensity of a Marine running out of the back of a plane ready to ready to land in the middle of a war zone. I know, you are all wondering what it must be like to spend a day in my head. But now back to our journey together.

The first two miles were not the easiest because as I mentioned before, I had to pee and that feeling was not going away. Finally at mile 2 there was a washroom without a line so I bolted for it. Now feeling relieved I could get back to work. Now the first 5 miles proved to be a challenge because I was dodging other runners and trying to find my stride which was not easy on the narrow running path that made it’s way through Disney. Now out of the park I was able to open up the stride a bit and charge forward, after all Brad and Sarah were up there some where and I need to find them.

One of the best motivations I found along the way were all the cheerleaders lined up on the edges of the course outside the park. And if you have ever played a school sport you know if you see a line of cheerleaders and they are cheering for you, get your hand up and touch some palms. So that is what I did, I put the hand out. Come on girls you’re cheering for me, get those palms out here and if you’re literate read the name on my bib and yell something like; “Go Anthony!” I know, it should have said Tony. That would have been easier to shout, but we are moving on. Pumped up from the miles of high fives I am handing out like candy on Halloween, I kick it up a notch. As I run I continue to look at my watch at every mile to check my pace and try to improve it because goal #2 is to finish in about 2 hours. As I approached mile 6 I noticed the “Wall” Now if you have ever run you know what wall I am talking about. That time when you feel like you can’t continue. As dad taught me, there are two ways to handle the wall. The first way is to stop and look at the wall and ask yourself how you are going to make it over this wall. And the right way, put your head down and run through the wall because if you keep going the wall falls down and you can keep moving. While pushing through my wall I noticed two butts that looked very familiar. It’s Bodnarchuk butts! Suddenly my wall was hit with a grenade, bye bye wall hello Brad and Sarah. Goal #1, done. Now that was the motivation I need to dig deep and keep my stride. Oh, and more high fives from the cheerleaders. Clap my hand girls, I’m your favourite runner while I am with in arms reach and you are letting me know that.

Let’s move forward a bit, you have all heard about the places we ran through and past so nothing new there, it was awesome. I will take you to mile 12. Before running to mile marker 12 I felt like I could do this all day. But right after passing that marker it felt like I was pushing a truck the rest of the way. For that last mile I pushed as hard as I could but I felt like I was running in quick sand. I dug deep and listened to the version of my dad that lives in my head scream motivational words like, “Go! Pick your F***ing feet up and finish this!” So through the finish I went. Final time 2:06:03. Goal #2, close enough.

 

The Man, the Myth, the Legend

 

Well, it felt great to do this with such a great group and I hope we can all keep this up. I know Sarah has a race in mind for her, and I have something in mind as well. So to all of you keep up the running and I will blog some motivation on occasion.

 

After the race enjoying the accomplishment together.

 

A Ruga day!

Posted: September 21, 2010 by sarahbod in celebrities, run, running gear, Yoga

Today I decided to start a proper training schedule for a 1/2 marathon. As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I am considering running the fall classic here in Vancity in November and I now have a benchmark time to beat! I started back running on Sunday with a 5km run. Felt good to get back out running and even threw in a few hills! Believe me, I’m still not lovin the running …. Let’s just say I’m in major “like.”

 

 

Unlike this nut who runs everyday!!! I already knew she was crazy...but, everyday!?!

 

I was definitely tested by the running Gods today! My ipod died approx. halfway through my run. Which according to my “Nike coach” was to be 5miles long with 4x400m sprints (2-4 minute jogs in between.) I shockingly continued to run (and sprint) even after the unfortunate death. I ran the approx. 5miles and completed all four sprints, which were tough…but made the regular paced running seem so much easier!!!

I then returned home for the “ga” part of my day. 90 min of yoga with the douchiest (is that even a word?) yogi I have ever seen. Those of you who have done the P90x yoga dvd will agree!

 

 

Sadly...I completed a yoga dvd lead by this man. It was X-treme!

 

I’ve decided I need to incorporate yoga into my running schedule more often. It felt good to stretch, and my hips are still thanking me. My eyes and ears…not so much. Mr. Horton is definitely not zen. SB

Race Day!!!

Posted: September 15, 2010 by sarahbod in 1/2 marathon, RACES, travel

We were up at 4am….yes, I got up and out of bed at 4am! My father-in-law would be so proud! By 4:15 both Brad and I were munching on Cliff bars and bananas….it’s really hard to eat that early in the morning!  We had to be in or corrals by 5:15am so we rounded up the pirates and made our way to start line in Downtown Disney.

Notice it's still dark out!

We said our good-byes and good lucks before heading to our different corrals. I was super nervous and a little cold. Both Brad and I had to pee the entire time we were waiting for the run to start. That may be too much information but it taught me that I will never drink as much water as I did before a run again.  We didn’t even make it to mile 1 before we both decided to run into a hotel and use their facilities.

Super nervous?? or contemplating peeing in my running shorts??

After our little detour we were on our way and feeling good! The first 4 miles took us through both California Adventure and Disneyland. It was perfect as the surroundings were a great distraction. Brad stayed with me the entire run which was such a great motivator for me. I know that I held him back but am proud to say we ran the entire 21km…together!  I made sure I had water at each hydration station and powerade at every other, I think. The route was so great and there was motivation around every corner. Whether it was a cheerleading squad, a marching band, the Honda Centre or even a run through Angel’s stadim.

Saw us running on the jumbotron...thank god I don't run like Vada from My Girl!!!

I have to admit…I was hurting the last mile and a half. My lower back and butt were killing me. Had it not been for Brad cheering me on I am sure I would have walked the last mile. I ended up taking out my earphones and just listened to the cheering spectators for the last mile. As per my Dad’s recommendation, I kept picturing us all after the race, eating bananas and celebrating our accomplishment! It was so great crossing the finish line and I am so proud of all the piraterunners!

I'm sure we are all leaning on each other in this photo...ouch.

Overall, the run was a great experience. I loved sharing the day with people I love. The aches and pain were so worth it as I actually….wait for it…..enjoyed the run. I would even do another one and am considering registering for the fall classic 1/2 marathon here in Vancouver. I plan to train harder for this because of course I now have a personal best to beat! Both Brad and I have decided to start a bit smaller and have registered for the annual 10km Turkey Trot. It takes place on Thanksgiving Monday and the route is actually one I ran regularly during my training. So, I guess not only do I plan on continuing to run but also blog. As I’ve said from the beginning … it keeps me honest and motivated.  I also can’t wait to hear about the others experiences and future plans for running. I know Trish is planning a 10Km run in Toronto soon too!  Mostly I’m looking forward to the piraterunners next adventure….I may just have one in mind.;)

SB

Better late than never!

Posted: September 15, 2010 by sarahbod in celebrities, travel

It’s been over a week since our run and I’m just now blogging about it.  Now…where to begin?? I could go on and on about our amazing trip to California. We really had such a great time but this blog was started for running updates, motivation etc. So, why don’t I just mention a few highlights. I know you’re all dying to hear about the run!

On the day of our arrival (Friday) Brad and I decided that we would let the our fellow piraterunners experience Disneyland on their own and we would explore L.A. and surrounding area. Here are a few of my favorite moments:

After checking out the stars on the walk of fame, we decided we’d try and spot some real ones. Which is why we then headed to the Chateau Marmont. I was so set on seeing a celebrity. There we saw Richard Lewis and Josh Duhamel, or as Brad referred to him “Fergie’s husband”. No photography is allowed inside, so we snapped this by the garage. (Yes, I’m a nerd)

I'm not afraid to admit I'm a celebrity whore! I was so excited to be in L.A!!

We then decided to make our way to Santa Monica, driving through Beverly Hills and past a few other landmarks. We were both shocked to see yet another celebrity while approaching the pier.  None other than….Rob Lowe!!!

Rob Lowe Yo! Shooting a movie right in front of our eyes!

We then headed along the coast, taking in some of the beautiful beaches. One of Brad’s favorites was Manhattan Beach which is where a lot of volleyball tournaments are held. It was gorgeous! We stopped in Long Beach for dinner before heading to our hotel in Anaheim. We had tried to find a restaurant that was featured on the food network’s “Diners, drive-ins and Dives” but it was closed. So, we settled for a restaurant called The Crab Pot, which has been featured on the food network’s “Man vs. Food”

Bahaha...did the pot of seafood actually think it could defeat the Bodnarchuks!!

Bahaha...did the pot of seafood actually think it could defeat the Bodnarchuks!?

Saturday we woke up and met up with our fellow piraterunners to make our way to California adventure where the mini pirates were participating in their runs. (Photos in my previous blog) Before reaching the start line we took the time to have someone snap a shot of us in our snazzy new t-shirts courtesy of Trish.

We got lots of look from other park goers...envious, jealous glares I'm sure!

From there we had a great day exploring the parks which involved a lot of walking…just warming up our muscles for what was to come!! SB