Hugs are the BEST way to start a marathon!
...And we're off! Me and my awesome BRF (Best Running Friend) - Jillian -
wearing our "Sole Sisters" shirts she bought us from the Another Mother Runner store!!!
The first half of the race was easy-peasy and going great - the second half was when my stomach began its upheaval. I continued on and honestly, I enjoyed the experience. Another runner friend (Donna) caught up with me and I changed my view of racing to pacing and just appreciated the camaraderie of being out for a long run with friends. I kept an eye on the time and as long as we were ahead of my outside goal (finishing under 5:30) then I was fine with taking it easy. Could I have pushed it more in the second half? Yup. Do I regret not doing that? Not at all.
At the VUM Expo, posing in front of Mile Marker 26... We got this!
Tony, Donna and me :)
The race itself? Last year I ran the inaugural Vancouver USA 1/2 Marathon one month after my first 1/2 marathon. I had run the majority of the course.... and the one little mile and a half that I had missed? It was the biggest hill! On race day I turned the corner and as we began to head up I went into shock. Where had this come from?!?!? It was a mountain we were climbing! And it was never-ending! My first road nemesis was born. Over the past year before the marathon (which placed the hill between miles 19 & 20) I dreaded THE hill. Finally my running partner inserted it into a training run - I think it was our 18 miler? - near the end. THE hill won that day, too. I decided that there was no way I could allow this to continue. So.... we tackled the hill on a shorter run. We started a mile and a half away and before we knew it, up we went. Seriously? I thought this was a hill? Apparently miles on your legs before hitting it makes a huge difference. It was pretty easy. Another repeat of the same a couple more times and I was pretty sure I had beat THE hill. That is, until marathon day. My stomach had already emptied itself, I was fighting dehydration with all I had and... THE hill? Well.... I might have given it a shot but by that time I was with a friend who had the theory of "walk the hills." I do feel slightly disappointed that we didn't even give it a try. Who knows? But, I'll keep attacking that hill and I'm ready to run it easily in next years' half! ;)
Soooo happy to be done!!!
Remember that earlier photo? Here's Tony, Donna and me AFTER the race!!! LOL