SeaWheeze – finishing strong and with a smile
As the copywriter for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon, Ella had the unique perspective of being (almost) part of the SeaWheeze event team and also a registered runner. She hopes you got a laugh out of the kilometer marker signs.
coming back from injury
My goal of finishing Saturday’s SeaWheeze half marathon “feeling strong and with a smile” terrified me. A competitive runner since high school, I broke my ankle two years ago and even after surgery the doctors weren’t sure if I could run again.
SeaWheeze 2013 seemed like a good test of strength – joining 10,000 beautiful people moving along the Seawall like a school of brightly-coloured fish would be incredible even if I had to walk the whole way.
After a long day working as “athletic concierge” at Friday’s Solutions Desk, I worried my legs were ruined for the next day’s run - the music at the SeaWheeze Showcase Store was so good we
whistled danced while we worked.
Saturday at 5:30am the Vancouver Convention Centre was already humming with the energy of 10,014 runners and thousands of loved ones cheering for them on, plus the incredible volunteers who gave their time to make the weekend happen.
Best part of my run? Discovering our lead run designer Casey and I have the same stride. We supported each other during different parts on the course, and having a friend at my side from start to finish truly made my SeaWheeze day.
celebrating at sunset
After a waffly runners’ brunch (blueberry compote, mmmm) it was time to prep for the Sunset Festival: second brunch, foot massages, manicures and third brunch were in order.
The sun had come out and Stanley Park was full of mats rolled out for Ryan Leier’s 5,000-person yoga class. We were nervous about practicing yoga so soon after running a half marathon but Ryan’s playful spirit and real-talk teaching style had us jumping, dancing, laughing and even hugging our neighbours.
All yoga’d out, it was time for a bevvie on the patio! Connecting with runners I hadn’t seen yet over a well-deserved beer was another highlight – I found the rest of the Brand Creative team lounging on the grass and we swapped “war stories” and compared blisters (it was less gross than it sounds. Or maybe we were just cracked.)
As the sun went down, the moment we’d been waiting for arrived: after a fun opening act with Passenger, Xavier Rudd took the stage. He had treated us to sweet acoustic number during class (Best. Yoga Music. Ever.) and hearing his full set, live, was a concert to remember. Rudd’s albums are good but his live performance is next-level. It was the perfect finale to a weekend I’ll cherish forever – kind of like a runners’ high that won’t wear off any time soon.
Want to see more of what went down at SeaWheeze weekend? See it here, and share your experience below!