While a majority of Canadians have been looking forward to July 1st celebrating Canada’s 150th I having been looking forward to it for this girl right here!

Tara and I met years ago in college and have stayed in touch over the years through social media but recently we started bonding over our shared weight loss goals. She has been an absolute inspiration to me. We decided to celebrate Canada Day by registering for the Canada Day Road Race.

I contacted one of my favorite Etsy shops, Paparazzi Skirts, to see if she could make some Canadian inspired skirts. It took a little while to come up with a catchy phrase for our shirts but I love what we came up with. Canada Day truly was our 4th of July pre-party.

Despite it literally pouring for almost the entire race I ran my best 10k so far! I can’t believe how different it was running with someone. Tara’s pace is faster than mine so it really kept me moving the whole race. We decided to do a 6/2 interval but about 2 miles in I needed to change it to 5/2. It was through mostly residential roads and was fun to hear all the people cheering from their homes staying dry. I am always grateful for those who keep on cheering for the back of the pack runners.

Race Low Down: Registration was on the cheaper side, only $30, so the medal and t-shirt were on the plain side. Packet pick up was at one of the Bushtukah stores in Westboro which was rather small to accommodate the volume. The race was held in Kanata at the Recreation Complex so there was plenty of parking and the event was away from the hustle and bustle of Canada Day events. There were lots of vendors set up but the rain really put a damper on people walking around to visit them. There were no corrals but everyone was very pleasant lining up. The route was well organized and there were tons of volunteers throughout the route which was great since it was mostly on the road and in residential areas.

We had a sitter for the rest of the day and decided to rent a cabana at Calypso Waterpark. It was a great way to unwind and have a little adult time. When it rained we enjoyed pizza and drinks while watching Canada Day events on TV and during the breaks we enjoyed the slides and the wave pool (thank you heated pools!).