Global Running Day at #ScotiaHalf Pizza & Beer Training Run

Today, June 1st was Global Running Day!

In celebration of that, the Canada Running Series West had a training run and pizza and beer social evening for the #ScotiaHalf coming up June 26, 2016! The best way to celebrate this day was to do a #ScotiaHalf training run that started and ended at Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria on Commercial Drive!

I have been to these @RunCRSWest training runs before and they are a lot of fun! They have a guest speaker who says a few words before we go for our run. Last time, it was world class Marathoner, Rob Watson! Before that, it was world class steeple chase runner, Chris Winter!

This time we were graced to have both Rob Watson and Dylan Wykes, world class and Olympic Marathoner, as our special guests! They are of Mile2Marathon Coaching and gave some valuable tips on training for the #ScotiaHalf. Rob has also written an article on the website describing the race course, which he knows extremely well! You should check it out! Thanks, guys!

I was there with fellow #ScotiaHalf digital champion, . He had recently been in the UK. You can read about his running adventures in the UK in his Bradley on the Run blog post: Here we are with fellow WestVanRun crew member, Tereshka!

Also there was #ScotiaHalf pacer, ! He is doing the 1:45 pacing for the race! He’s also one of the @BMO Marathon ambassadors! So follow him if you want to do a 1:45!

There were a few cancellations but those of us who were hearty enough to run in the rain, had a great time! We could choose to either run 5K or 10K. Most of us opted to run the 5K, partly due to the heavy rain! I know that 5K was enough for me! Some people did do the 10K though! Good for them! See how soaked we were when we finished!
After the run, we all headed in to Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria (Commercial Drive) for some well deserved food and drink! Thanks so much to Ryan for offering us the 25% off discount!!
It was so nice to meet new runners (John just moved to Vancouver from the UK 4 weeks ago!, 2 girls who came from France!) and other runners to talk about our fave topic, running! It was so interesting to hear everybody’s stories! We’re sure to say hi at the race! You can never underestimate the value of socializing with the strong running community here in Vancouver! 
There was a prize draw for several great prizes! Some of the prizes were: Famoso gift card, Forerunners gift card, Watch, Asics Runners, Power Bar gift bag, sunglasses, just to name a few!
Thanks so much to Canada Running Series West Clif and Tom, Mile2Marathon Coaching Dylan and Rob for guest speaking, Ryan of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria (Commercial Drive) for hosting and all the other prize sponsors for a great training run and social evening!
Looking forward to seeing you all June 26, 2016 at the #ScotiaHalf!


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