Vancouver Sun Run

I had a mild panic attack the other day when I went to the Vancouver Sun Run website and read that there were almost 50,000 participants last year.

That’s a lot of people.

Don’t believe me? Check out the background photo on the website.

That’s a lot of people.

I started having irrational pregnant lady fears that I was going to be crushed in the crowd* similar to the rush of people stampeding into a store on Boxing Day.

*there is no basis for my fear as I have never heard of anyone getting injured in this way at the Sun Run and it has been around since 1985.

The whole family is going to Vancouver but I am the only one running. When I mentioned my fear of the crowd to Andrew he offered to run with me. Although I appreciate the offer I thought it was silly considering he doesn’t like to run, he would have to push the stroller and I’m not sure Lincoln would last 10 minutes let alone 10K.

I also had concerns about how I was going to get there in the morning because of road closures and the general busyness of the city. I knew having Andrew drive was out of the question, and I also didn’t like the thought of having him and Lincoln join me on the bus. Lucky for us we are staying with good friends in Vancouver so even though I couldn’t recruit Julia to join me in the race she is more than willing to accompany me to the race – the boys are going to stay home and cook us brunch.

Since the Sun Run is so large (it is Canada’s largest 10K road race and is now the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world) there is a wave start. The Starting Area (not just a line) takes up five city blocks.


The race starts at 9:00 am and by the time I even start to run the elite runners will be crossing the finish line. I won’t know until the Saturday before what wave I am in but based on the finish time I submitted I’m assuming I will be either white or purple.

I’m actually contemplating going to the very back (red) where the runners with strollers have to start :)

23 days left.

I’m 20 weeks pregnant.

At the time of the Sun Run I will be entering my 24 week. So far the belly doesn’t bother me on my runs but I have a support band on the way for when it does, and to wear for both the 10K and half-marathon.

I’ll be attempting** a 7 mile run this weekend and am hopeful the sun will be shining – I’m done with winter!

**I go into every run with an open mind, if I don’t feel right I stop. Last week’s 6 mile run went off without a hitch but I’m taking it one run at a time

I just noticed the pink border around my belly shot. This is not a subliminal way of me telling you the gender of the baby. We didn’t find out with Lincoln and we chose not to find out this time either. It’s one of life’s few true surprises and we wanted to keep it that way.


  1. I am so in awe of you right now. The thought of trying to even run one mile while pregnant is so foreign to me…! Wishing you the best :)

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