For the first time in two years, I won’t be in Vancouver on the first Sunday in May to run the BMO Vancouver Marathon.
I ran it first in 2011 on my 40th birthday and had a blast. I went out to Vancouver alone and spent a long weekend in one of my favourite places, running the marathon in the middle and just doing my own thing for a few days.
It was such a great experience that Ginny and I decided to go out last year together and run it again. She ran the half, and I did the full in 2012.
I met a bunch of runner friends out there in 2011 and I’ve kept in touch with a half dozen of them over Twitter and Facebook ever since. Seeing them again in 2012 was great and Kirsty and I ran the first 38 km of the marathon together before I crashed and burned and she ran away to a sub-4:00 PB.
I’m bummed that I won’t be running around the Seawall this year but more bummed that I won’t be seeing Jon, Kathryn, Skye, Kirsty, Jess and Damian.
I was feeling jealous of my running friends of late as I watched them prep for races. So I decided to sign up for the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon on Sunday and at least get out there.
I’m in no shape to race a half, but I’ll be out there doing the running thing. I’m looking forward to 21.1km at a decent pace, enjoying the company a few thousand of my fellow racers.
It’s been 168 days since I last laced up my shoes and ran a race. That was the Road2Hope Half Marathon in Hamilton, Ontario back on November 4, 2012.
Lots has happened since then, but I’ve kept up my running pretty well despite not having a race on my schedule and that little elbow surgery thing last month that put me out of action for a couple of weeks.
A few months back I ran 27km on February 24th. I came out of that run with a pretty sore ankle thanks to a near fall and some very icy streets. Since then I’ve run only eight times as I nursed the foot back to health with some rest, and went through the surgery.
Last Sunday I ran 12km and felt pretty good. I’ve been trying to get back on a regular schedule since then and it’s been going well with a half dozen runs under my belt. I’m feeling stronger and loving the running again as my fitness returns quickly.
Today I went out with the marathon group from the Running Room at the TD Centre. They had a 24km route mapped out and I figured running the first 15km (at least) should be doable. I got to 12km and was feeling good so I kept running. At 14.5km I had to commit to a trail section with no TTC escape until 18km. I felt good so I bombed down the Beltline Trail. It was great to be back, and I felt super.
I decided then to push through to the finish and run the whole route. We ran across the Bloor Viaduct, down Broadview, and then along Queen back downtown. The legs started giving out a bit, but 24.75km was done in 2:33:15.
When I got home I signed up for the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon in two weeks. I can’t wait to run another race. It won’t be my fastest ever, but that’s okay. Run for fun is my motto this winter and spring and this race will be the culmination of that effort.