Run 30:00  5.0 km (6:00 / km)
The original plan for this run was to head out early in the morning before leaving Melbourne. My back was giving trouble then, but one of the benefits of the date line in this direction is that you get two bites of the cherry for a 1 January run, and I took advantage of the second of them after arriving in Vancouver. This was a straightforward shake-out-the-cobwebs and orientate-myself run along the shoreline and through the West End; slow, but no injury problems except for a little back tightness on the steepest climb. Lots of people out on the shoreline path, as you'd expect on a public holiday on a nice afternoon ('nice' being defined here as 'not precipitating', but in fact it was quite pleasant - weak sunshine and around +4); not concerned at all by the cold were the participants in the Polar Bear Swim, which had recently finished.
The flights were both on time although I didn't get as much sleep as I'd hoped for. Had 5 hours in Los Angeles (an airport which has improved significantly since my last visit, with immigration being particularly painless), and decided I didn't want to spend that long hanging around the airport, so decided to get out of there for a couple of hours to the nearest beach, Manhattan Beach. Not a cheap excursion (taxi was the only option given the time window and that it was 7.30am on a public holiday), but glad I did it. Manhattan Beach is the spiritual home of beach volleyball and there are nets set up for at least a kilometre along the beach, but none were being used on a chilly morning (plenty of people walking or running along the esplanade though). With clear skies most of the way, the flight from LA to Vancouver was scenic, particularly a fairly close pass of Mount Rainier.
(Manhattan Beach would have been a decent place for a run, too, had I had anywhere to stash my gear).
Tofino, my tentatively planned destination for Thursday night, is famed for surfing in summer and storm-watching in winter. Current forecast: about 100mm of rain in 18 hours from 6am to midnight tomorrow, with clearing showers and high winds to follow on Thursday. Should be fun (providing the road's open).