Disclaimer: I received a complimentary entry to the Steveston Icebreaker 8k as a West Van Run ambassador. All opinions are my own. Click here for a discount code for West Van Run weekend in March, 2020. Feature photo above by Bradley on the Run
It’s mid-January and suddenly it’s the first race of the year, the Steveston Icebreaker 8k. It’s a runner favourite to start off the year thanks to its pancake flat out-and-back course and excellent variety of post-race food. It’s a great race to attend, to see some amazingly fast athletes and catch up with friends. It’s also a good test of your post-holiday fitness since it’s a little longer than a 5K but not quite a 10K.
This year the Lower Mainland was pelted with a big dump of snow. Thankfully, it didn’t last too long and I was wondering if we would in fact be breaking through ice on race day. Luckily for us, race organizers were on the ball, ensuring that the course was safe ahead of race day. There was a minor change to the course, having one section of it on the road rather than the icy gravel path, which I’m sure made the course even faster, not to mention safer. The Steveston Icebreaker 8K was a go.
Sick but still standing
I’ve been having a crummy training month in January. I came back from a quick trip to New York, recovering from food poisoning and then promptly getting an aggressive cold. It also happened on a week when I was working early mornings. In a way that was probably good timing, as I was able to get a ton of sleep during the day. I had decided that the Steveston Icebreaker was just going to be a training run since I could barely breathe and I was coughing like crazy.
Run chats FTW
I caught a ride with Bradley and his Modo to Richmond and we were hoping the rain would stay away. We caught up with some friends and decided the two of us were going to take it easy and run chat with Shannon. I loved the no pressure racing. I was in no shape to go faster than I did. If anything, I probably pushed it too much as I had to walk a couple times. Racing with a cough is no fun. So I enjoyed socializing instead and the best motivation to keep going was getting back to the Steveston Community Centre to grab some pizza and donuts. This race goes to show that PB’s are not necessary for a good time, just good friends and conversation.
Bradley and I didn’t stick around for awards, but we did stay for brunch at Cimona Cafe. It’s a really good spot near the pier, filled with retro memorabilia and a decent menu. The eggs really hit the spot. Read Bradley’s Steveston Icebreaker race report here.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped make the Steveston Icebreaker happen. Once again, it was a well-run event that remains consistent year after year. It’s nice to be able to look forward to a race that you’re so comfortable with, it alleviates a ton of pressure. Definitely check it out next year.