This month is hands down all about adventures. The first one took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Four of us ventured north to join in on the Lululemon Athletica SeaWheeze Half Marathon festivities. My love for yoga pants tripled when I tried on their Groove Pants and since that day – I have been infatuated with Lululemon. We flew to Seattle and took a train up. An early morning flight forced us to locate the nearest java shop. It happened to be Zeitgeist Coffee in Downtown Seattle. We refueled with Honey Soy Lattes and Huckleberry Greek Yogurt before hiking the city.
My travel mates include a close work friend (Chelsea), another work friend-turned mentor/guru/lover (Molly), and a newfound friend with a bottomless pit of wisdom and peace (Berit).
There were 14 statues down by the ocean in Vancouver. Giant bronze laughing ones with huge grins on their faces. We climbed around like monkeys. The piece is called “A-maze-ing Laughter” was made by an artist named Yue Minjun and he used his own iconic face in a state of hysterical laughter as a signature trademark as it is recognized universally as a sign of happiness! It is the city’s most recognizable piece of art and valued at $1.5 million.
These cherries were the best, most freshest I’ve ever tasted. We found them at Seattle’s Pike Place – a place that I’m truly fond of.
All throughout our time in Vancouver, they used these little handheld credit card scanners at restaurants and bars. They never took the card elsewhere, and it made tipping that much easier to calculate (#ihatemath). Why do we not have these in the USA? This is the first thing we need to adopt!
A local hat shop, family-owned, called Goorin Bros. was drop-dead fabulous. Old-fashioned hats, newsboy caps, top hats, they had everything. The staff was great and informed us that Minneapolis is getting it’s very own shop soon!
Pikes Place, nuff said.
Ocean view in Vancouver, thinking about the half marathon in the early AM, a little ocean-side mental prep.
Long, flowing grasses surrounded a pier and we had to play hide-and-seek like young’ins.
The first I heard about Lululemon SeaWheeze Weekend, I signed up super quick. Running is run, and destination runs are even better! Especially sponsored by a rockin’ yoga/run gear company! In Vancouver!!
Instead of number bibs, we had wristbands. That say “i runcouver” with our name on them and YES, I’m still wearing mine proudly.
Inside of our gear bag was a free coffee drink at a local coffee shop, custom SeaWheeze flipflops from a local shoe company, a 15% off at the race clothing store and some cranberries! As we were standing in line they handed out fresh lime and watermelon popsicles that had us all in a silent-lick phase. The branding was beautiful throughout the event, great colors and solid design!
At the race expo store, I dropped more than I care to share on new yoga clothes and running gear, as well as a workout bag! Outside on the patio of the convention center (facing the ocean and mountains) we were treated to mani/pedis and massages. After the race, we were given keychain medals hanging on new shoelaces with the quote reading Sweat Once A Day. After the race and a little relaxation, there was a free concert. An amazing local band called Hey Ocean opened up with music about what else but, oceans! After that – I died as we stood front row and listened to 2 hours of one of the best bands of 2012. FUN!
I don’t know what hurts more, my voice from singing all the songs at the top of my lungs, or my legs from tackling the Vancouver hills.
I love Lululemon. I loved this weekend.
Cheers to travel, friendship and a healthy lifestyle.