Last year after I ran the Vancouver half marathon, I ran into my friend Rachel who had run the 8 km race. And I saw that she got a medal for running the 8 km. And I said, “I ran 21.1 km and I could have run less than half that distance and still got a medal? I’m such a sucker!” Well, I didn’t make that mistake twice – check out the lovely medal I got for running this year’s 8 km race at the Vancouver International Marathon:
At marathons, they always have professional photographers taking photos and then they try to sell you photos of yourself for an exorbitant price. They go through all the photos and tag them with your race bib number and then email you a link to all the photos that you are in. I got my email today and there was only one photo of me from the race. Which I thought was odd given that Alicia and I posed for *two* photos. Alicia happened to be coming over for dinner tonight and when she was here she asked if I got the email of the photos of us. Photos plural. Turns out, Alicia got emailed three photos, including a photo of me crossing the finish line – a photo that doesn’t even have her in it! Weird! Looking at the photos made me wish that I’d even attempted to wear clothing that somewhat matched.
I’ll have to make a note of that for the Scotiabank half marathon, for which I just registered. It’s at the end of June, so hopefully it will be warm and not raining and then I can dress for style and not for trying to keep dry & warm! Speaking of which, if you are planning to register for the Scotiabank half, let me know and I’ll give you a coupon code and you can save $5. It was just at the bottom of my receipt with a note that I can give it out to my friends so they can save $5 (it should have also said, “Ha ha, no one gave *you* a coupon code, full price-paying sucker!)) and I figure all ya’ll are my friends, right?
Tomorrow, Alicia and I will be running the 8 km race at the BMO Vancouver International Marathon. We are training to run the Scotiabank half marathon in June and figured that the 8 km would be a nice training run.
Route for the 8 km race.
I am pleased to note the flatness of this run (see red arrow for elevation of the route)! No wait, I’m supposed to like hills now So, uh, I’m very disappointed by how flat this route is ! 😉
Specifically, a half marathon comeback.
Long-time readers will remember that two years ago, I ran my first ever half marathon (the Vancouver International). And then, five months later, I attempted to run another (the Royal Victoria). But apparently, not training for your half marathon is a bad idea, and so I ended up with an injured foot and, although I crossed the finish line, I only did so after limping the last 6 km. I had the best intentions to take a break from running to let my foot heal (which I did) and then train for the Scotiabank half marathon the following June (which I just… didn’t). I have, however, been running with my friend Alicia once per week for quite some time now. And, more recently, my friend Kim has been joining Alicia and I on our weekly runs. And now we are going to run the half marathon at the Vancouver International Marathon in May 20091.
We’re planning to follow the Running Room‘s half marathon training schedule. Which is an 18 week plan. And since the race is on May 3, I will officially start my training on January 11 – which just so happens to be my birthday2! Also, the race is just 13 days before Alicia’s wedding. We are going to be in some wicked good shape for her big day!
Anyway, step #1 = registering. Which I just did today. Despite getting this amusing little error message when I first clicked on “Register”:
I think I like “Where the content at?” a lot better than the usual “404 error – file not found” message. I clicked again and that time it worked. Weird. Anyway, I’m registered now, so I better get serious about contemplating thinking about about starting training.
Oh yeah, Monday (Dec 15) is the early bird deadline, so if you are thinking of running the Vancouver International, register now!
1Alicia and I are for sure. Kim is still deciding.
2Coincidentally, it’s also the day that Tanya will be running her half marathon!