Color Me Rad Race Review- Surrey, BC 2014 vs. Surrey, BC 2015

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Having done both the Color Me Rad 2014 at the Cloverdale Rodeo grounds, and  the Color Me Rad 2015 in Holland Park Surrey, it  feels natural to compare the two events. Both had strengths and weaknesses, I will compare a few areas and pick a winner for each.

If you too participated in either of these events I would love to hear your comments.

 

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Sunshine, Smiles and Fair Food

Over the Victoria Day long weekend I took my step kids to the Cloverdale Rodeo.   They  had never attended this event so it was a new adventure, which I was thrilled to share with them.

This is a notoriously expensive outing so I did my research. I got their ride passes at IGA the day before for $29 rather than the $40 gate price. I was also able to save on parking by arriving early and taking advantage of a church fundraiser, $5 parking. Whoot whoot! That’s a $27 savings

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Summer 2015 To-Do-List

For those that don’t  know me personally,  I am extremely organized that comes with the Type “A” personality. Making lists is a passion of mine, I have been known to make lists, to make lists. (terrible I know.)

One of the lists I started in 2014 was a Seasonal To-Do-List, I used it to make sure life didn’t get in the way, and we remembered to have fun! It was such a success I am doing it again this year.

So here is my Summer of 2015 To-Do-List, follow me on Instagram for updates, and stay tuned for my end of summer blog recap.

2015 Summer to do list

What’s on your summer bucket list?

2015 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Recap

Last year I completed my first BMO event, the 8km.  This year I was a bit more ambitious and took on the half marathon (21.1km), making it my third half marathon to-date.  Finishing the race wasn’t my only objective, one of my personal goals for 2015 was to complete a half marathon in under two hours.  I am happy to report that  four months into the year I can cross this off my list.  I finished the race in a respectable 1:58:44, a new personal best.

Results

The race started on a Sunday morning at 7am. I was up bright and early at 5:15 am. I left all my clothes and gear out the night before, so I didn’t have to think too much first thing in the morning. I made coffee and was out the door by 6:20am.  In retrospect this wasn’t enough time.  After parking, catching the train, and walking 15 minutes from the suggested station, I made it to the start line with nine minutes to spare.  The line-ups for the bathroom were completely unrealistic.  A man on a megaphone was instructing people to go to their corrals, and that there were facilities along the route. I quickly came to terms with the fact I would start the race needing to pee.  I made my way to my starting corral with just enough time to start my Nike running app, adjust my headphones and music.  I chose to use the Nike app on my phone, and play music on another IPod so I wouldn’t completely drain my phone battery.  However I overlooked the fact that by using a different iPod I wouldn’t know my pace, but by the time I figured this out it was too late.

Elevation

Race Elevations

Race Break Down:

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