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Vancouver Marathon 2010 Race Report


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Weil, the weather could have been better and my time could have been faster but who can complain about a PR?

No, it was not the 4 hour marathon I had hoped for but I did manage to pull off a PR at 4:23:05. This was about 1 minute faster than my December 2009 marathon in Clermont, Florida.

The day started with a long port-o-potty line and me being in the port-o-potty when the gun went off. No worries, I have my Garmin and the timer doesn't start until you cross the start line.

As I left the port-o-potty and started my Garmin, the worst happened. My Garmin (which I had charged all night) was at 0% battery. Yikes!

OK, plan B...look for the 4 hour pace bunny on the course. Because I started late, I had to quickly catch up to the bunny. I passed the 4:30 bunny then by about 5kms found the 4:15 bunny. At the 10km mark I found 2 friends who I was planning to run with from the beginning. They said they hung with the 4 hour bunny for a while but he took off and they never saw him again. Oh well, I didn't know my time or pace but I was now with friends who were well equipped.

All was going well through the first 1/2 of the race and well into 30kms I was still feeling good. By the time 36kms came around my left hip was crying foul and begging me to stop. My run became a run/walk then a shuffle/walk. With about 4kms to go I passed a great band and I tried to pick up my pace but it was no use. My legs were done.

It is a story that marathoners often tell "everything was going great until 36kms". That is why it is a marathon and not a 36km race. If it was 36kms it would be easy. LOL.

Even with the mess ups and hip pain, I still managed a PR by a minute, I ran with great friends and had a wonderful dinner with wine after the race.

Next up is the San Diego RNR 1/2 Marathon at the beginning of June. Who else will be there running with me?

My goal time for this one will be 1:55:00. My current PR is 1:58:15

Wish me luck!

Happy Training.

Comments

BEADLE said…
Congrats Erin ! Is there really a bunny that you follow on the course ?

your,
Bro
Congrats on the PR and setting a new ambitous one!
Stuart said…
Congats on the PR, another solid race in the bank!

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Fun

In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today