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Bellingham Bay Half Marathon

Last weekend I ran the Bellingham Bay Half Marathon.  
This was my 3rd time running the half in Bellingham and by far the best.  

This race is a small, very well organized and beautiful marathon and half marathon.  If you live in the area and haven't done it, put it on your calendar for 2013.  

The past 2 years, the weather was more fall-like than this year.  Last year the winds were high and I had to hold onto my hat (literally) for the last 5kms.  

This year, the weather was PERFECT for running.  Sunny, no wind and about 15C.

200m to go and feeling great


Note Tim on the right side of the photo behind the fence (black shirt with red sleeves).


Keep your eye on him.

And now...


And now...Perfect execution of the PHOTO BOMB.
  I suppose when you have travelled to as many races as we have, you need to think of creative ways to entertain yourself.  
I was completely oblivious to any of this during the run.





My attempt to sprint to the finish and beat the woman just ahead of me in this photo was successful.  Pretty sure she has a few age groups on me but I didn't care.  



Post race treats and photo with 1/2 my cheering squad

I set my Garmin pace partner to keep me on track for 5:40/km.  The first km is downhill so I figured it would be fast but I was shocked when I arrived at 11kms and was still well below the pace.  Part of me said 'you will regret this later' but the other part says just keep it below 5:40 and you will finish under 2 hours.  By 15kms you can see the pace falls off a bit and again at 18kms & 19kms.  These sections have a couple of good hills in them and I was happy to still be running while others started walking.  With a 1/2km to go, there is a steep downhill followed by a slight incline up to the finish line.

This is the last running event of 2012 that I am currently signed up for.  Couldn't ask for a better way to finish my 2012 running race season.

Happy Training!

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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