As I had a head cold, my only expectation was to finish, calling it a training run prior to the Vancouver Half on May 6. I felt really good for about 6 miles and then started fading. Still, I powered through as best I could and did ok. I ran this race for my friend Mark, who unfortunately was spinal cord injured this week. I knew he would do anything to be whining about legs being sore or tired today--so I just HTFU and went on about my business.
What would you do differently?:
Not be sick!
Maybe carry a water bottle to be able to hydrate more? Although there were plenty of water stations. At one station I knew about 7 people and they all tried to hand me water at the same time, that was funny.
Had a couple of coconut waters and a chocolate milk, and then found out that my friend was in the ambulance after having a major asthma attack. She ended up being transported to the hospital, and since I am her emergency contact, I went there too and spent the rest of the day helping to get that sorted out. So I didn't do a very good warm down, although I did stretch a little and took some ibuprofen a few hours later.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
It's been fun watching this race grow year by year! My friend is the RD and I am really proud of the work he has done to make it a top-notch event. I'll definitely keep doing it. It's great to have an early season half marathon on the books!
Last updated: 2013-02-28 12:00 AM
4th Dimension Racing
27F / -3C
Overall Rank = 751/1737
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 83/280
Quick note on pre-race: I came down with a terrible sore throat the day before and by bedtime could not swallow or talk at all. Took a lot of vitamin C, other meds, and somehow I managed to drag my arse out of the house to head to the race. It was sunny here but when I dropped down to the lake it was pure fog! And 27 degrees!
Hit the porta potties a couple of times, found a bunch of friends, did the coat check thing. Once we started lining up, I got into the 8-9 min/mile pace group which was good, as it wasn't too annoying nor crowded (which I thought it might be).