I've spoke about it and dreamed about doing it. I've planned and then forgot about it. I've thought there's no way I'll ever be able to do that, or, Of course I could do that!
But before January 1st, 2011, I've never actually followed through with my goal of eventually running a half-marathon. Now I can strike it off my bucket list.
For my 28th birthday I ran the Calgary Subaru Half-Marathon and I'm so proud of myself.
In May after the TC 10K, my longest run was an 8km. The rest were 6kms.
After my first session of ART I tried my luck at a 20km LSD run and I was able to do it in 2hrs 36mins. This worried me about my half-marathon timing, but also gave me confidence that I could do it.
The days leading up to the half were miserable. But lucky for us, the skies opened up and the wind died down and there were perfect conditions for us runners.
The Vancouver marathon takes runners through Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver - where were the highlights of Calgary? If that was it, then I'm sorry for the residents of the city. The water stations were every 3km so that was much appreciated, but at a couple of the stations they weren't ready for the runners so they were trying to pour us water as we ran past.
I was pretty thirsty so I had to stop and wait for them to pour me some water. The GU stations were good, but they didn't really advertise that they were giving it out at the station. And then there's the expo....um, I think John Stanton gave me my pace band! So the marathon gets bonus points for that...It was pretty much the highlight of the trip, until I crossed the finish line on the Sunday.
Besides Stanton, there really wasn't much at the expo. I got some more Bondi Bands, including the one I'm spotting in the picture, but that's it. I was expecting more.
But besides those critiques, I had a great time and a great weekend sharing one of my great accomplishments with my family. And a ton of strangers! I can't wait to do it again.