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The addiction continues…

Posted: November 20, 2010 by sarahbod in family, run, travel

I wish I could say that the addiction was to running, sadly it’s not. After another 5km run on my lunch on Wednesday I was unable to pass up a very generous offer from my boss on Thursday. Can you guess what it was? I’ll give you a hint…starts with egg nog … ends with latte. Yes, she offered to treat us to a starbucks “treat” I held the whip, which made me feel slightly better and only drank half of the grande goodness. Only due to the fact that it was ice cold after a serious session of scaling and root planing.

No running since then … but only because I wanted to spend some last moments of QT with my hubby who just left for Dubai tonight. He’s only gone for a week but I’m already missing his goofy mustache.

Brad and his fabulous mo.

Thankfully he’s only growing it for a few more weeks and has been raising money for prostate cancer while doing so. You can help him raise some mo-money by donating to the “distinguished dusters” It’s for a great cause that two of our family members beat this year! So, now I’m off to bed to sleep off this popcorn coma that I’ve put myself into. Maybe I’ll run tomorrow..depends on the weather. I’m still finding it hard to believe that Vancouver is getting snow!! We could have used more of this white stuff back in Feburary! SB


It must be Voodoo witchcraft!!

Posted: November 12, 2010 by sarahbod in RACES, run, travel

I don’t know how she does it?!?! I spent my entire run today thinking about the New York Marathon in 2011. Last night Trish let me know that she had applied for the marathon, which is completely chosen by lottery. She also suggested that I do the same. I have always said that I have no interest in doing a full marathon…none at all!!!!! Somehow, some way … she manages to magically get my mind thinking that it may actually be a great idea! Much like she did with the Disneyland 1/2.

At what angle does this look like a great idea?!?!

I’m serious….the whole run. Which I was happy about. 10km in just under an hour, in the pouring rain. I thought about this marathon. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized it is the same weekend as the Immortal Tour/Cirque du Soliel that Brad and I just got tickets for!!! The New York Marathon happens every year! MJ and Cirque…once in a lifetime!!! Oh no, what to do. There are no guarantees I’ll even get in, but should I take the chance? In the words of “skinnyrunner” “It was magical!” Which makes the decision even harder!!! So, I’ll do what I always do. I’ll sleep on it. I’m really good at that!  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.;)


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

We did it!!!!

Posted: September 8, 2010 by sarahbod in 1/2 marathon, mini pirates, RACES, travel

I’m so happy to announce that the piraterunners have completed their first 1/2 marathon together as a team. It was such an amazing day. The weather was perfect and the energy was electric. I’m so proud of each one of us! Our official times are as follows:

Tony (Plum smuggler) Welch – 2 hrs 06 min

Brad and Sarah Bodnarchuk (Yes, my amazing husband ran with me the entire time!) – 2 hrs 30 min

Lisa (Lola) Welch – 2 hrs 45 min

Trish (“the pirate runner”) Ideias – 2 hrs 55 min

I can’t forget to mention that both Kayson and Stella completed their first 100m race and Deacon, his first diaper dash.

Deacon, resting up for the big race.

Well, he slept through it but recieved an A for effort.

Stella, super excited about her medal!!

I took the time to ask each of my fellow piraterunners the following questions. Just to get their final thoughts on the run.

1. Who or what was your inspiration during the run?

Tony: My Dad.      Lisa: Other runners who were running in memory of someone.

Brad: My cousin Luke.    Trish: My husband and daughter.   Sarah: My husband

and his amazing cousin Luke.

2. What song “pumped” you up the most during the run?

Tony: Not afraid-Eminem.   Lisa: Soul sister-Train   Brad: Cochise-Audioslave

Trish: Bamboo Banger-MIA   Sarah: Brooklyn we go hard-JayZ

3. What mile did you think…”I don’t know if I’ll make it?”

Tony: 10. When my knee gave out.   Lisa: 12. So close, yet so far away!

Brad: 8. Blister was really hurting.   Trish: Always knew I would. 😉

Sarah: 12. So close, yet so far. Body was hurting!!

4.What was your first thought after crossing the finish?

Tony: Thank God!! What’s my time?    Lisa: Hallelujah!!!   Brad: I need food!!!

Trish: Thank God I’m done!!!   Sarah: Thank you God!!! Where’s the bananas??

5. Which body part hurt the most after the run?

Tony: Right knee.   Lisa: Crotch pain, like pregnancy.   Brad: Knees.

Trish: Legs hurt the most. Felt better running than walking.

Sarah: My hips, lower back, butt, knees…..

Congrats again to all the piraterunners. Even the mini ones. Can’t wait to read all of your individual blogs and see more pics. Now back to my glass of wine.  SB

Packing sucks…

Posted: September 1, 2010 by piraterunner in 1/2 marathon, L.A., RACES, travel

Well since Glen is bringing his golf clubs and I am bringing Stella’s bigass stroller that leaves us with with one suitcase 50lbs cause the items listed above count as a piece each, then we each get a carry-on. WHY DO WE NEED SO MUCH STUFF!!!!!!! seriously stressing over packing. on the bright side i did just book this lovely hotel for our stay in San Diego Miss Stella is gonna love those water slides!!!!! (okay me too a little bit) Talk about leaving things to the last minute. Oohh, they also sell smores kits to make around the fire! Two more sleeps till we are off! Want to thank all of the fabulous pirate runner’s for all their hard work, this weekend is going to be  AMAZING!!!!!! Also want to wish Sarah and Brad an early Happy First Anniversary!!!!!!! Aren’t they beautiful!!!! Happy Running can’t wait to see you all!!!!!!!

Reasons to run…part deux.

Posted: August 19, 2010 by sarahbod in FOOD, reasons to RUN, run, travel

After 10 amazing days on the East coast Brad and I have returned to reality. Reality as they say…bites! We had a great time visiting with family and friends and attending the epic party that was Lee and Chantelle’s wedding.  I actually got some runs in during our time there.Thankfully my mother-in-law and the Best Western Charlottetown have a treadmill.  It was a little too humid for my liking to run outside. I decided early on in our vacation that I really had no choice but to run, considering the following:

1. I love lobster…and  there was plenty to be had.

Me enjoying some PEI lobster courtesy of the newlyweds.

Me enjoying some PEI lobster courtesy of the newlyweds.

2. I love Cow’s ice cream.


We just had to have some. I mean...we were in the birthplace of Cow's ice cream.

3. I love bbq’d hamburgers!!!


How could I say no to these cute bbq chefs?!?

4. I love chocolate…maybe even addicted.


I just had to try a few of these at the would have been rude not to!

So, as I have said in the past…empty calories do not burn themselves. Which is why I ran during my holiday and will continue to run after the 1/2 marathon. For now…back to training. With the run fast approaching I have to get my km’s up and put in some more hill time! Maybe tomorrow? That is if I get my packing done for Vegas in good time! Doesn’t every 1/2 marathon training schedule recommend a girls trip to Sin City 2 weeks before race day??? I know mine must have! SB