So I started out in the pack behind where I should have really started, since the Gear checking took FOREVER. It was really unfortunate because the yellow group looked fairly promising this year, since they were MUCH better at screening people who weren't in the group.
So the race starts and about 50m in, I get my right shoe knocked off my foot by a guy I had just passed. This happens to be the shoe with my timing chip on it. MAD SWEARING ENSUES, since I CANT FIND MY TIMING CHIP.
Now, my girlfriend jokes about the Sun Run Gods having something against me, since this kind of situation has happened 2 years in a row.
Now, I was SUPER DE DUPER mad, and decided now would be a good time to warm-up, so I sprinted and dodged and frogger-d and sprinted until I passed the guy that initially knocked my shoe off. It felt damn good, except I realized then that I wouldn't get an official time for the 2nd year running. [email protected]^&%^%#@&^$%$&
So the first 5km blew by, couldn't believe how quick it seemed, even though I was playing MAD leap frog for the WHOLE TIME. Clocked in at 20:36 for the first 5km. I wasn't impressed, so I really turned it on!
The next 2km were probably the most consistent (and straight) running periods without dodging people, and I feel that it would be obvious in my splits, had I taken them.
Last 3km was probably just as bad as the first 2km. I dont know what was going on, but it was a wall of people EVERYWHERE. I went out into traffic twice (and got shoo'd by a cop both time) just to get around rows of people that were kinda half-jogging. It was fairly frustrating since they were wearing Yellow numbers (for men, 41-44 mins for the 10km) and they wouldn't even stagger to allow people to pass.
Anyways, finally got to km 9, and just booked it, splitting a 3:36 for my last km. Me and this one guy had been passing eachother back and forth from about 5km on, so we kinda battled it out for the finish, with him just passing me. I said good job, gave a handshake then went to get my chip taken off...
I didn't have a chip :( :( :( GARRRR
What would you do differently?:
-Get to the race earlier so I could check my bag earlier and not start in the Green group instead of the Yellow group
-Superglue my chip to my skin, then use a nailgun to keep it there (just in case)
Walked around, grabbed some free Chocolate milk and bananas from BC place, waited for Carolyn to finish!
What limited your ability to perform faster:
PEOPLE..... THEY WERE EVERYWHERE!
59,000 people. Absolutely nutso!
I almost wish they would either a) Limit the number of entries or B) really figure out an effective system of corralling and releasing the waves.
The corral system was definitely better this year, but could still improve for shizzle!
Last updated: 2008-04-19 12:00 AM
Vancouver Sun Run
7C / 45F
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Age Group = 19-24 (?)
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Got to the GONGSHOW at like 8:15, it was already so nutso downtown!
It's just serious bustling and bitching up until the race starts, then it gets downright NASTY
Jogged for about .0002 of a second to shake my legs out!
I never really believed in warming up, even when I swam!