The area is usually dry, but they had some storms pass through during the race and the participants had a rather wet two days. My boyfriend became hypothermic in a hail storm, spent an hour in a car with the heat on, and could not warm his extremities, so he decided to drop. A lot of participants dropped due to the cold temperatures. His warm clothes were at the next major aid station; he didn't have a buff or warm hat and gloves with him.
So, my duties as pacer were not needed. I was relieved he didn't make himself ill by staying cold for an extended period of time. I wish things went differently for him, and had no regrets that we didn't utilize our training because the process in itself was enjoyable.
Once the sun came back out a few days later, we did a hike on the Skyline Trail which is the last portion of the race course.
Manning Park is lovely and peaceful; I enjoyed 5 days of respite there. We found Canadians to be much quieter than Americans and appreciated the lack of loud screaming and music played from car and/or portable speakers at top volume.
More Manning Park beauty:
We did some trail running & hiking & walking in Vancouver and Garibaldi Provincial Park during the remainder of the trip, and the neuroma in my foot acted up a bit. It became clear to me that I needed to take a break from running (a few weeks to a month) to see if my foot will heal without the continual aggravation of running. This also provides the opportunity for my adrenals to recover. To assist with recovery I have added some new supplementation and dietary changes (reduced caffeine, fermented fish oil, no gluten/wheat) as well as an earlier bedtime. I am feeling much more rested already.