Today I ran the 2014 BMO Half Marathon. This is a run that is held every year in Vancouver and the Half had about 10,000 runners (there is also an 8km and a Full Marathon as part of this event).
The day was pouring rain and I was soaked through my clothes within the first couple kilometers, but once you get into it, you really don’t even notice. The most annoying thing was the rain dripping into my eyes and hanging off my eyelashes – I wasn’t wearing a hat of any kind. But again, you quickly forget about this once you get into THE ZONE 😉
- 15 mins before the run – New PowerBar Performance Energy Blends (Apple Mango Strawberry). Tried a tiny sample of this at the run expo, and was pleasantly surprised that it tasted like real food. Kind of just like applesauce. Thought I’d give it a pre-run try. Only drawback to these is that the package and cap are quite a bit bigger than regular gel packs, so not very portable in my opinion.
- Between 6-7km – PowerGel (Strawberry Banana). Surprisingly pleasant compared to other gel packs I’ve tried, even though I don’t really like banana-flavoured things…
- Next walk break – A single Clif Shot Blok (Strawberry). These are gross…too sticky and chewy and get all over your teeth. I will never have these ever again. The rest of this package went into the trash.
- Next walk break – Vega gel pack (Raspberry). Not pleasant at all. Thicker and more volume than the PowerGel. Also has a gritty texture that I think comes from the figs or whatever it is they use to make that stuff.
- Each following walk break – A single PowerBar Energy Blast (Strawberry Banana), for a total of 3 gummies. I like the flavour and texture of these. In fact, I like leaving the package open for a couple days so they get hard and are more something to suck on / chew while running. It distracts me from the pain HAHA
I started out with the 2:15 pace bunny, since 2:00 definitely would’ve been a severe stretch for me, and they didn’t offer anything in between. The group ran 10’s and 1’s, but about 5km in I decided to pull away from the pack a bit, as I was feeling the pace was a bit too leisurely, full well knowing I may have greatly regretted this decision later.
I continued running 10’s and 1’s loosely – sometimes I went for longer than 10 before my 1 min walk.
My personal best of 2:11:47!! I was super shocked, since I hadn’t done any training at all for this one. I was hoping and praying for 2:15 to be honest. Now I’m more stoked than ever to try to break 2:10 in August at the Lululemon Seawheeze 😀
Dad (the one who got me into running 5+ years ago in the first place) came in just a few minutes after me. If I can be as fit as he is at his age, I will be over the moon. I’m so proud of him!!!
TC met us at the finish line, rain and everything. Actually, he also even woke up at 5:30am to drive us to the start line…I wasn’t kidding when I said he is my #1 fan!! Isn’t he the best? 🙂
I felt really mentally engaged in this run, overcoming physical pain and fatigue with the strength of positive thinking and internal encouragement.
One of the highlights of my run was encouraging a fellow runner at about 400m from the finish line who had decided she needed to walk. I told her it was the last stretch and that she could do it! She was clearly in a lot of pain, but I reminded her how amazing it would feel to run across the finish line! So she picked up a slow jog. I ended up passing her and going all out for the last 200m or so (which felt great and painful at the same time), so I honestly don’t know if she ran the rest of the way. But she definitely made it to the finish and that’s a huge accomplishment for anyone.