More travel fun + the #shakleecares 5k

I feel like I’ve been gone forever, although it’s only been 10 days. But there’s lots to catch up on!

I shared the first few days of Vancouver last week. We love to cover as much of a new city on foot as possible, which can only happen when the girls are not with us. Having the freedom to go wherever we wanted, stop for food whenever and wherever we chose and make our own schedule was bliss. After kids, it’s the little things. Right?

We split up the day on Monday and I got work done in cute European-like cafes curing his business meetings and we met for walks and food in between.  I cannot remember the last time I had large chunks of time to think, write, work, journal… it was much needed.

Vancouver bridge to Granville Island

We started Tuesday with a jog along the Seawall together, breakfast at the Twisted Fork (amazing) and then walked the bridge over to Granville Island. We checked out the Maritime Museum and learned about the sea culture and the discovery of the northwest passage. From there, we walked to the Public Market and had to choose between too many amazing options for lunch. We finished it with gelato, which we may have eaten daily.



Vancouver public marketPublic Market on Granville Island

We caught a water taxi back to the downtown area and crashed a bit for the afternoon before walking to Gastown to check out the steam clock and have a delicious dinner at The Flying Pig.

Vancouver dinner

The trip came to an end too quickly! Wednesday morning was a travel day for both of us- he headed home to pick up our girls from “grandma camp” and I went on to Cleveland for a nutrition conference with Shaklee. I met up with many other holistic health coaches Wednesday night for dinner and had two amazing days of sessions, inspiration, learning and delicious eats.

Cleveland running by the waterPlus a little bit of running


Cleveland is really working on revitalization and the new Convention Center was really nice. We also checked out a lot of local eats… The Chocolate Bar and Zocolo Mexican were my favorites.

Saturday morning was a 5k. It was a humid morning and I felt sluggish on my warm up jog but was also excited to push the pace and see where I’m at.

I’m so used to people dashing across the start line way too fast but that didn’t happen this time. I was in the lead for the first quarter mile or so until 3 guys from the middle of the pack caught up and let me chase them to the finish. 🙂

Mile one felt amazing- I held a 6:20 mile and was confident I could hold that pace. It also had a few downhill sections.

Mile two was slower as the humidity caught up to me.  It was an out-and-back course and the runners were are fantastic as we passed by each other, yelling encouragement and cheering like crazy! It was a much less competitive field than a typical 5k- more like a family, which makes sense as we were all at the conference together.

Mile 3 was hard. Climbing back up the inclines, while small, is a tough way to end a 5k when you’re already spent. I kept the 3 guys in sight and held on to the finish line, crossing with 20:20, a new post baby 5k pr for me!

I’m super happy with my effort and that time. I’m getting closer to that sub-20 goal although 20 seconds still feels like a lot of work to shave off in a 5k! But I have two more chances in September. I’ll give it what I’ve got!

Have you run a race as part of a conference or convention?

What’s your favorite indulgence when traveling? Those daily gelato stops were amazing! It reminded me of our time in Europe, pre-kids.

16 thoughts on “More travel fun + the #shakleecares 5k

  1. So much travel and excitement for you!!! Congrats on the 5K – that is an amazing finish time and I have no doubt you will continue to whittle it down.
    I love that you and your husband had so much needed alone time. We did that in San Fran a few months back and it does wonders for the mind, body and soul!
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  2. Congrats on a screaming fast time! That’s just awesome. I am laughing at your description of all the cheering on, too–the midwest is like that!

    Vancouver sounds just fantastic. I really want to get there soon.
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  3. Even being from Charleston, camping in that Cleveland sticky weather is one of my least fond memories of that fine city 🙂

    I attended a conference once that included a guided walk/run each morning.And it wasn’t a fitness conference! Just a great way to start the day and see the area. I recommend it to ever event planner now!

  4. Laura, I know exactly what you mean by enjoying the small things after kids come. I crave time in a cafe or strolling through a new city without little ones constantly demanding something. I just sent them off to their first day back at school, I’m typing in a silent house, but even though it’s so peaceful and calm, I still miss them! gah! parenting is so weird, you love them, but we need breaks too! Glad you had a nice time.
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  5. Dreaming of getting away with my husband this fall and your trip made me want it even more. So fun and relaxing! Such needed time away. I always miss my kids when I’m not with them, but it’s so nice to reconnect, eat in silence and wander around a city.
    Congrats on the smokin’ 5k!!! Yeah!!
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