Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The unplanned half - race report

[Apologies to all those who read posts on the Barefoot Running forum on Runners' World. Yes, I did just copy and paste. The sign of a good barefoot runner/minimalist runner is the laziness. The reason we don't wear shoes is because we can't be "arsed" doing up the laces!]

So I ran a half-marathon last weekend. Wasn't planned; I only registered on the Saturday before, not really trainined for it, and I have only just recovered from ITBS.

The race was good - highlights:
It was raining... I got wet
I work my scuba diving outfit with pink VFF's
I had to get up at 5AM - ouch
Parking was easy.
Porta-potties really stink!

I was not looking for a fast time... just to complete (knee only just recovered). Knee held up okay - was a bit twingy on the last 5K or so, but concentrating on my form meant I got over the line.

Had a great time laughing at "TMI Tights" - there was one lady in front of me had these "Red/White/black tied-died tights on". I swear they were freaky. It was looking at a Lava Lamp. I ran behind her for 2K just for the "Zen" like hypnotic effect.

I tried to freak out every Cop on the route by deliberately waving and smiling at them. It was funny to watch their faces.

Everyone went quiet and stealth-like when we went through "East Vancouver/hastings". It's the roughest part of town, and I think everyone was just trying to keep their head low in case of cross-fire shootings!

The crowds were lovely and I really liked the "older-couple" who were staked out under a canopy, playing 1950's music on their stereo just to keep people going.

Stanley Park was gorgeous and I really enjoyed running there. Had a flask of iskiate at 12K - way better than all those gels. I decided to try doing the "Ultra" trick when we met the one and only hill. I couldn't see the top so I decided to walk it. (Still unsure of the knee). However I got really bored half-way up and ran the rest.

At 17K I decided to try my "wine-based iskiate". Actually didn't taste that bad - almost a hoppy flavour. Although I could have imagined that. I actually didn't need any fuel/water... I just wanted to see what it was like and I thought 17K was close enough to the end that I could still finish if there was any disasters.

We were passed by the Kenyan who won the Marathon at 20K. It was so great to see him. Blindingly quick and beautiful form. Everyone cheered him on which I thought was kind of nice.

Time at the finish was 2:15; my chip time was 2:12:43. My previous half time was 2:05. As I was just going out to run and actually not race this time, I am not upset about the time. In fact I was pretty sure I would be 2:30+ because my knee would have given way.

I am actually feeling pretty good. I was completely wrecked after my first half, but this time I feel pretty normal. I think the wine-based iskiate didn't help too much during the race (I suppose if I wanted the effects of the alcohol to help during the race I should have drunk it earlier). After the race, I think it has helped. I am definitely not as stiff or sore as my last half. Could be the fact of the iskiate or the fact I didn't push myself too much. Who know's?

That's it really. Went out, had fun, laughed a lot, did a lot of "air-drums" and enjoyed the view; especially lava-lamp pants lady"

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