Vancouver Sun Run 2014 Recap

We have been in Vancouver now for three years and I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to do the Vancouver Sun Run! This year was the 30th year running and a little over 45,000 people participated. The last time I ran a 10K was The Terry Fox Run before I was pregnant with Baby A. This would be my second 10K run and I think I’ve caught “the runners bug”.

Training for this run began a month ago and I set aside three days a week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) for practice runs at the running track, bought myself a solid pair of running shoes and set out with the jogging stroller to build my stamina up. I quickly learned during my training that to keep my energy up and maintain my milk supply for Baby A, I would need to eat more, keep it clean and drink copious amounts of water. I began to use juices & smoothies from the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook in addition to increasing my calories. For breastfeeding alone I need 2000, so you can imagine what kind of a Hoover eating machine I became. I was buying fruit and veggies in bulk…

Vancouver Sun Run

As mentioned in my last post, my two biggest concerns about doing this run was that I would injure myself and/or loose my milk supply. The last Monday run before the Sun Run I had to stop at 3.16K as my right knee began to hurt a lot. I was concerned that I was getting runners knee and decided I would take the rest of the week off from running and switch my training up to strengthening exercises. This meant I would have to trust my body for stamina to avoid injury. For the remainder of the week, I iced my knees every morning, rested my legs as often as possible – avoiding any possible strain on my knees. I went back to my yoga and ballet training – holding 1 minute planks for core strength and doing slow bridge lifts (10 seconds up, hold for 10 seconds, 10 seconds to lower) for quad strength. I drank close to a gallon of water a day to ensure I was hydrated and my joints and muscles had lots of fluid.

The morning of the Vancouver Sun Run I was up early with the kids and had been up several times through the night breastfeeding. I also was dealing with my monthly cycle returning since giving birth which was something I was not expecting. I knew I had done good preparation before hand but wanted to make sure I did not lose energy during the run. I packed a banana to eat during the run and planned to stop at each water station even though it would slow my time down. The run began at 9:00am but since I was running with Baby A in the jogging stroller, I was in the last group to go through the start line. This meant I did a lot of standing around and even had to pull over to the side before the race began to breastfeed Baby A. With over 45, 000 people running it takes time to herd everyone through the start line! It was 10:21 when I crossed and I reminded myself that if I could beat cancer, I could do this run. This put me in a positive frame of mind right from the beginning.

I ran the first 4K straight, calculating a lot of my time on how the hell I was going to get myself and the jogging stroller around all the walkers and unaware children who were also participating. I figured out quickly that if I found another runner with a jogging stroller or person pushing a wheelchair, I could get behind them and get through the crowd. My voice also became a huge tool as others became fatigued and started walking, the only way to get them to move was to yell “Stroller passing left!”. I may have scared a few people along the way…correction, I definitely scared a few people!

By 4.5K I pulled to the side and grabbed the banana and ate half while continuing to walk. This gave me enough energy to continue to 7.5K before having to eat more. I was able to finish strong with my app recording 10.49K run at 1hr 29mins and my time per kilometer being 8mins, 31 seconds – 20 seconds faster per kilometer than during my training. The extra distance that I ran was most likely due to the copious amounts of weaving I had to do to get around others. And no knee pain during or after the run! Although I was aiming for 1:20, I’m really happy with my results. If you’ve ever considered running in a race but are afraid that you are not strong enough or that you can’t do it, let me tell you something – you can. I don’t come from an athletic background, it was only my second time running at this distance and I was able to do it! I look forward to the next 10K run and the next goal is a half marathon.

Vancouver Sun Run Finish Line


Cinnamon Toast Smoothie – Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook

Training for my first 10K race since getting pregnant with my second child has been a reminder of how much clean eating plays such a large role in my life. I have 8 more days until race day and I am feeling better each day. Slowly I am improving with my time and stamina. I’m not competing against anyone else but myself in this race so it will be an accomplishment to finish. Did I mention that I have been training with baby A in the the jogging stroller? I’m hoping that the extra 30lbs being taken away on race day will aid me – although I may miss the little one, who often “cheers” me on while we are out running. At least, that’s what I think she is doing while she loudly vocalize while running the track. ;)

Cinnamon Taost Smoothie Vibrant Life Cookbook

I had two major concerns when starting this process; one was not to injure myself and the other was that I would decrease my milk supply while nursing baby A. So what am I doing to maintain energy for this run and assure I can still feed my baby? I am now eating more calories (I know it sounds crazy, but I need 2000 calories for breastfeeding alone), drinking a ton of water and fueling myself with smoothies and juices from the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook to achieve my goal.


Leanne Vogel from Healthful Pursuit launched her new book Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook a few weeks ago and I could not have got my hands on it at a better time! If you don’t know Leanne, she is a holistic nutritionist for real people, the real deal. I’ve followed Leanne’s blog for the last two and a half years and fell in love with her passion of creating empowering cookbooks and resources that show just how simple it is to fall in love with life, food allergies and all.

Seeing as I am training for this run and still breastfeeding baby A, I am not doing a full cleanse program at this time. My body requires too many calories and an all liquid diet is not the way to go. However, I have been using the recipes of juices and smoothies to enhance my daily nutrition and aid me in feeling energized throughout this process. I’ve had her ‘Cinnamon Toast Smoothie’ (recipe below) in combination with a post run snack. I also find that starting my day with the ‘C Punch’ green smoothie is a great way to reduce sugar cravings that come along with training.

If you have ever thought about doing a cleanse program you will like this book because it is a comprehensive guide to a cleanse. A lot of cleanse programs out there are down right scary and can be dangerous to your health. I remember this past Christmas one of my brothers told me about a cleanse he had done on his own (which I did not agree with) and I remember screaming at him “Go to Leanne’s site and do one of her cleanses!!! At least you will be giving your body nutrients instead of starving it!!!!”. His naturopath was also not impressed. I have said it in the past, do not be afraid to reach out to your health care team when you are trying to improve your health. That’s what they are there for!

This book has it all laid out for you with beautiful pictures for every recipe (which always draws me to a cookbook), full shopping lists depending on what cleanse program you choose (7, 9 or 11 day programs), and how even to choose the right equipment just to name a few. Leanne also takes you through the process of preparing your body before a cleanse and slowly bringing your body back down from the cleanse and when to ‘Abort!’ the cleanse.

Here is a sneak peak:


In other words this book will show you how to:

• Effortlessly use juices & smoothies to boost your health
• Listen to your body and know when you’re legitimately
• Move into, through, and out of a cleanse safely, and
with shining results

Check out this sample cleanse from the book to get an even better idea:

Sample Cleanse

Over 55 dairy-free, vegan & gluten-free juice & smoothie recipes, 7-, 9- and 11- day cleanse programs plus all the tools you need to cleanse with success. All right here, waiting for you. Grab a glass and get ready to take better care of yourself, honor what your body actually wants, and discover what healthy really feels like.


Cinnamon Toast Smoothie
Prep time
Total time
Option: add two cups of spinach or kale to up the nutrient content.
Serves: 1/500ml
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes
  1. Add all ingredients to the jug of your high powered blender in the order they are listed.
  2. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.
  4. To store:: pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, pour into a plastic container and freeze for up to 1 month.