Yesterday, I ran my last half marathon of the 2014: the Rock’n’Roll Oasis Vancouver Half Marathon benefiting the John Volken Academy. What a way to finish the last one of the year! My official time was 2:11 (not a PB but still satisfied) and yesterday’s weather was perfect for a 21.5km run – a bit chilly, but overall dry and overcast. That, along with listening to Dash Berlin’s EDC sets from last year and this year kept me going strong to the finish line! #WeAre #Dashers #musicislife 🙂
I wouldn’t call myself an avid racer, but I do run often, with my dog Elroy. However, our running is more leisurely, never more than 10-15km, and I don’t (though I should) train for any of the half marathons I do run. To date, I’ve run five half marathons: BMO Half Marathon (2014), Scotia Bank Half Marathon (2014 for a friend who was injured at the time), Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon (2014) and the Lululemon Seawheeze (2013, 2014). It’s true when they say the more you run the 21.5km, the more your body gets used to it and knows what to expect. Even though my legs, thighs and knees are sore a day after the race, it’s not as bad as it was the first time I ran a half marathon in August 2013.
I recommend crossing off running a half marathon on your list of things to do, or for some, adding it on your list of things to do! It’s a great feeling of accomplishment (and relief) when crossing that finish line, and you’d be surprised that no matter how tired you are after almost 21.5km, your body will want to keep pushing forward and running even faster during the last stretch of the race! It’s also a very effective way to improve/maintain health and wellness and of course, keep active and in shape! Have a look at some of the photos from yesterday’s race, my last half marathon race of 2014.