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Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada
Canada Running Series
12C / 54F
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 18m 29s
Overall Rank = 1535/2182
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 199/285
Pre-race routine:

Got to the site about an hour early to get good (free) parking. Wandered around awhile, warmed up with slow jog and dynamic stretches.
Run
  • 2h 18m 29s
  • 21.08 kms
  • 06m 34s  min/km
Comments:

Slightly slower than last year (2:15:42), but less effort, felt easier--was running mostly to complete. I only got entered for this a few weeks ago, despite expecting to run it for a couple months. I felt I was ok trained, but wasn't making this an A race. I am evidently more fit/faster/stronger than last year, as the 3 minutes were likely lost in a potty stop I had to make at km 2 or 3. Went twice before the start too!! The lineup at the start was way too long to get into anyway. Thank goodness for Starbucks and no lineups there!
Around about km 6 (not too far after the turnaround on Marine Dr.) was running behind a guy. All of a sudden I hear this noise every step he took--he was farting! I giggled to myself and immediately moved as far to the right as I could...He was absolutely not acknowledging what was happening--just kept on running. Guess I would have done the same if it was me...
Started to get a little sore around km 7 or 8, nothing new there. Right hip/gracilis/hamstring. Had to talk myself out of walking--and I did. Last year I did 10:1, this year ran straight through except for walking every second water station. Started to pick up the pace about km 13 or 14. Didn't seem as long this year, guess the first time is always the toughest. Great support on the race, both the volunteers and the locals--BIG LOUD group at base of Burrard Bridge again--they get you up the hill for sure! Was able to speed up even more for the last km and finish strong. Even heard my name called at the finish ;-)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, happy with this. I will likely run this again next year, for the charity, but plan/train better. Hard time figuring out how to incorporate running races into tri training this year.
Post race
Warm down:

Some stretching, wanted to get in line for the shuttle before the line ups got too long. Stretched at the car before the drive home.

Event comments:

Always great volunteers, race is a lot of fun, scenic.




Last updated: 2012-01-09 12:00 AM
Running
02:18:29 | 21.08 kms | 06m 34s  min/km
Age Group: 199/285
Overall: 1535/2182
Performance: Good
Course: UBC to Stanley Park. Flat/mild downhill for first 5km, then slight incline to km 8 or 9, then big downhill to Spanish Banks. Flat to 13km, then climb for few km, flat for few, then Burrard bridge big climb, then downhill/flat to 21.1
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2012-06-24 9:03 PM

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2012-06-24 9:51 PM
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Nice job Kirsten.  Sounds like you are definitely better trained.  Glad it was a good one for you.
2012-06-24 11:00 PM
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Congratulations on a good race. Your fitness sounds like it in a terrific place.
2012-06-25 11:52 AM
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Well done, Kirsten! Very well executed, and straight running (but taking it moderately) is an important initial long-range step if you want to become a pretty good runner in the future, and you are quite well along that path!

I heart Starbucks potties too.

2012-06-25 12:00 PM
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Well done, Kirsten! Very well executed, and straight running (but taking it moderately) is an important initial long-range step if you want to become a pretty good runner in the future, and you are quite well along that path!

I heart Starbucks potties too.

2012-06-25 3:01 PM
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"...but less effort, felt easier..."

"I am evidently more fit/faster/stronger than last year"

"Had to talk myself out of walking--and I did. Last year I did 10:1, this year ran straight through except for walking every second water station."

"Nothing, happy with this. I will likely run this again next year"

"Was able to speed up even more for the last km and finish strong"

Good stuff!!  Definitely some good things to take away from the race.  Glad you enjoyed yourself and also did a fine job of avoiding fart man, eek!  Congrats!!



2012-06-25 5:01 PM
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Great race and great ability on pacing!

 

You should Youtube larry the cable guy's walking farts bit

2012-06-29 9:25 PM
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Kirstin! Great stuff in there!  Feeling easier, running all the way through, pickin up the pace near the end, listening to men fart in front of you!  All Great!  Your hard work is definitely paying off!  Well done, sister!
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