Sorry, what's that word? Yes you read correct - the Seawheeze - Lululemon's half marathon. The first of this now annual race was this past Saturday. I have done quite a few local half's and this was probably one of the best. Not my favorite (which is the April Fool's half on the sunshine coast - mostly for sentimental reasons), but it is for sure second. The amount of preparation and little details that went into this event was incredible.
The expo the night before the race was seriously more like a party hockey players on stilts, a lovely relaxing lounge with hammocks overlooking the water, free popsicles and free manicures/pedicures. I have never heard of this at a race before!! Mind you some of those toenails will probably be falling off in the next little while, the effort might be in vain. The swag in the race package was also impressive - bottle of water, dried fruit, 15% off clothes (which of course sucks you in to buy something), free coffee voucher, flip flops (!!), and not to mention that the bag itself was one of those shoe backpacks thingies. Pretty cool (although slightly useless and likely to be thrown out).
The morning of the race kicked off with sunrise yoga (which I missed) and an incredibly long gear check line - I wasn't looking forward to picking up my gear after either. I have never seen so many spectators and people cheering at a race before - it really made a huge difference.... plus you always had to be on the lookout for quirky little touches - paddleboarders out in the water cheering, guys riding triple sized bikes along sides, a large group of drag queens, mermaids perched on rocks, a tai chi demonstration, taiko drummers, a cappella singers and witty signs saying things like "your pace or mine." (just to name a few!!) I wish I had run with my camera to capture some of this!!
The post race food was delicious - apart from the super nutrituous recovery drink... couldn't even drink it! You seem to have to worry about super-nutritious things... But wow - the waffles were amazing!!! And fruit skewers and watermelon and mini quiches... delicious - I am getting hungry just thinking about them. Also after the race was a concert (fun. and Hey Ocean) and sunset yoga on Kits beach - neither of which I stuck around for (my family was having its own beach party).
The run itself was hard! The route was challenging with lots of hills - lots, you know, being more than none. And in some stretches it got crazy hot - no breeze, no shade... just keep plodding on, feeling your skin burn. It was my slowest half marathon, and my feet are in the worst shape ever (details that may gross you out), but trust me, I'll be back next year!