Goodbye, Hello.

Remember when I first moved here and my good friend Jill had given me a lululemon water bottle that was all about writing and holding yourself accountable for your goals?

Well funny thing: it was perfect timing to write down my most scary (however very achievable) goals. I had just decided that I was doing it. Packing up my life and heading across the country to chase and follow my dreams – and 10 months later here I am living them.

Goal #1: Move to Vancouver – massively huge check!

Now everyday (Yes, I use this water bottle every day. And yes, I wash it very regularly as well.) I look down at my goals sitting right in front of me terrified with the next one:

I will: run a 1/2 marathon by ____ 2012.

As 2012 is now upon us, I’ve been struggling with this goal because I have a love/hate relationship with distance running. I love how it makes me feel… but I’m not a huge fan of being alone in my head with my own thoughts for that long: I get bored. I’ve learned that I love interval training and sprinting… but I’ve yet to find a true love for distance running.

So you can probably see my predicament. This goal is mentally not going to be an easy one for me to achieve. But then again nothing in life worth achieving is easy right?

Let’s jump to last night at about 1:00am. I was laying in bed unable to sleep and I heard my phone buzz with a new e-mail message. I figure I might as well see what kind of spam message I’m getting now and click it to see this:

say hello:

layer up and go run you say?

It then hit me!

Say hello to the lululemon seawheeze: Yoga. Run. Party. Please meet the SeaWheeze™ (aka the most fun half-marathon in the world) taking place on August 11th, 2012 in our hometown of Vancouver BC. Come get sweaty with us on the beaches, seawalls and bridges – you might just have the best weekend of your life. We dare you.

Waitttt a second! luluelemon is holding its first ever 1/2 marathon. In Vancouver. In 2012. Through my neighbourhood… around Stanley Park… through the downtown streets… (incase you haven’t put this all together yet – refer back to the very first two pictures above)!

I’m sorry but if this isn’t a sign screaming at me to get my butt in gear – I don’t know what is! I have no idea how I’m going to do it, but I have 30 weeks as of this Saturday to make my half-marathon running plan and find a group to do it with. I figure if I’m going to run the most fun half-marathon in the world, I might as well go all out. If you are in the Vancouver area and have any ideas/suggestions/or maybe you want to train with me – please let me know!

I know I’m going to have to keep myself accountable along the way, so it looks like I’ll be blogging my way through this one. What are your major goals this year?

Ps. Stay tuned for my new goals of 2012… I’m just waiting for this to arrive:



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10 responses to “Goodbye, Hello.

  1. Melissa Musika

    Dont wait to find others. They will come once you start working towards your goals.

    I know, I’ve been doing my workouts everyday alone. Now after months, I’ve made friends through my cardio classes with the same goals!

    You can do anything you set your mind to Amanda. Just focus. Smile (even when your stressed). Remember why your doing it.

    I know why your going to achieve your goals… BECAUSE YOU SET THEM!! :-)

    Hang in there, be strong and add another check mark to your travel mug.

    In full support, Melissa. Xoxo.

    • Thanks Melissa! I know I can, and probably will train on my own- but I do enjoy having others to be accountable with. We’ll see- I’m sure lululemon will have lots of running groups to sign up for if I want :)

  2. I am so pumped for you!!! If I was still in Canada in August – you KNOW I would be there beside you!! I can’t wait to follow along with your progress, and who knows – I might just have to run one in London too! xx

    • I knowwwww – I so wish you and I could run this together… it would only seem fitting <3 The thought that you are going to be in London in that short of time really doesn't seem real! Perhaps I'll have to come visit you as a reward to myself… :)

  3. You can do it… Ease into it, you can actually enjoy it 13.1


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  7. Very intreresting post. It was very relavant. I was looking exaxtly for this. Thank you for your effort. I hope you will write more such useful posts.

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