Vancouver and my first 5 km this year

I should elaborate on my trip to Vancouver this past weekend. It was a short trip over the Rocky Mountain border that separates Alberta and British Columbia for a work conference on Safety. It was a relief to get out of Calgary for a few days and breathe the fresh coastal air. The weather was superb with temperatures in the high teens and spring was in full force with the tulips and cherry blossoms all in bloom. My co-worker and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Vancouver. Great location, walking distance to Gastown, Cardero’s Restaurant, and Robson Street (all very trendy places to check out if you are planning on visiting Vancouver).

We checked into our hotel on Sunday afternoon and were ready to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of Van. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans and the grey sky rolled in. We decided to go and have lunch in hopes that the sun would come out. Thank goodness it did! We spent the rest of the day enjoying the fresh air and exploring the sights and sounds. We stopped into Salt Tasting room for a glass of wine and a meat&cheese board. A wonderful replenishment after an afternoon of shopping.

Soon enough, we were back to the hotel to enjoy the outdoor hot tub where we met some fellow Canadians from Quebec City and a few of our southern neighbors from Portland. The guys from Quebec had just finished running the Vancouver Sun Run which is the second largest timed 10 km in the world (YAHOO!).  We spoke of Boston and the tragedy of last weeks bombings and the couple from Portland said it was nice to see the support for Boston from the runners in Vancouver. ( I couldn’t agree more). It has always been a goal and a dream of mine to run in the Boston Marathon. I’m more motivated not than ever and hope to achieve that goal in the next couple years.

On that note…I ran my first 5 km (this year) while I was away. It felt good to get back into it and I am really looking forward to running in a few races this year. It looks like we are going to finally get spring here in Calgary so I’ll be out and about on the trails more doing some training…

Do you Run?

*courtesy of google images

*courtesy of google images

What are some of the ways you stay motivated throughout the year?


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