After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt. I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time. It never fails to be hilly and hard. Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park. I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'. I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west. I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills. That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes. After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver. Reward: White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.
Today there was snow in the forecast for Vancouver. Alternate plans were made to accomodate my training but the snow never came. So after a 1.5 hour indoor spin class at Speed Theory, and after coffee and breakfast with friends, I headed outside on my bike. Armed with hand warmers, a water bottle I hoped wouldn't freeze and my favourite Pearl Izumi thermal bike wear and my SAA thermal jacket I rode from Richmond out towared UBC. I stopped just before UBC for some fun hill repeats, then rode home. Even though the temperature was just above zero, it was sunny and glorious. Not bad for a training day in February. Happy Training!