Whew. The name of that race is a mouthful, isn’t it?!
Waaaaay back in the spring I decided I wanted to run the GoodLife Fitness Victoria
Half Marathon this year. I grew up on The Island (being Vancouver Island, but, to those of us who lived there, it is referred to as The Island) and it had been a while since I’d visited and I was also in need of a change in venue from the BMO Okanagan race. While I love Kelowna, having ran the course 3 years in a row, I was ready for some new scenery.
Early Saturday morning I headed to the airport to catch my flight to Victoria and the lovely Bri was kind enough to let me crash at her place and pick me up from the airport.
We headed to the expo to grab my bib (and so I could officially drop down to the half) and wandered around Victoria for a bit before heading back to Bri’s so she could make pie for Sunday and I relaxed.
I honestly had no idea what my plan was for race day. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to push hard and race it, or if I wanted to push the pace a bit, but still run for fun.
After seeing hearing about a lot of people having successful races after not wearing, or looking, at their watches, I decided to cover the face of mine (I knew if I said I wouldn’t look at it, I still would) to see how that went.
I left Bri’s around 6:30 to jog/walk over to the race start and used that as my warm up. I arrived at the hotel near the start and was able to put my bag in the Frontrunners room instead of bag check (yaaay) and use a flush toilet (YAAAAAY) before making my way to the start at 7:20.
I place myself just ahead of the 2-hour pacer from Marathon Maniacs (he was so awesome and positive the whole race) in case I was going to race it.
Since I wasn’t paying attention to splits, I wasn’t too certain about my pace, or how I was feeling at each mile of the race.
I know I ran the first 5k in about 27 minutes and hit the 10k in 57 minutes. Honestly, those were really good splits considering my legs were having none of it. My cardio felt great, but my legs felt sluggish and a bit like jello, so instead of forcing myself, I decided to ease up a bit and take some time to enjoy the course and the run.
The views from the course were truly outstanding. The weather rained itself out on Saturday and Sunday was the perfect day for a run.
Even the deer in the park were cheering us along.
From about 9km to 16km the course runs an out and back section along the water. Right before I hit the turnaround I saw there was beer on the other side. Since I wasn’t racing, I knew beer would be happening, because why not, right?!
I’m pretty sure the beer ended up helping with my race 🙂
Just as I hit the 16km marker, the lead marathoner hit 9km (the marathon started at 8:45 and the half at 7:30) so that was fun to cheer him along, although he didn’t quite have the race he was expecting.
This runner was in the lead pretty much the whole way. Here’s what happened with less than 800 metres to go. The heartbreak and reality of marathon running. He gave it all he had. What a finish!
Posted by Frontrunners Nanaimo-Community on Sunday, October 11, 2015
Since there was about 5km to go, I decided to pick up the pace a bit at least try to run as a quick pace to the finish. I haven’t looked at my watch yet to see what my splits were, but I came in about where I expected at 2:06.xx. Not bad for taking it a bit easy for this race.
I changed out of my sweaty clothes, grabbed a coffee and headed back to Bri’s house to chill with her dog, Indy, and wait for her to finish running the marathon.
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