Well, this past weekend I started and finished my first race in just over 13months. The last time I lined up for a race was at the Olympic Games marathon in London on August 12th of last year. Needless to say I was happy to be out there on Saturday on the mean streets of East Van.
I’m also happy to report the race went well. I won with a time of 29:42. I tried not to have any expectations going into the race, but really I wanted to be under 30minutes, under 29:30 would’ve been really nice. I got out pretty quickly, using the downhill 1st km to get things going. I settled in after about 3k, then by 6.5k was hurting pretty bad. Mentally I was trying to push through, but also worried about not being able to make it back up the Dunsmuir Viaduct in the last 1 km of the race. In the end it was fine and I suffered pretty good.
Thanks to Clif and Alan of Canada Running Series, and everyone else involved for putting on a great event. It was definitely a different experience to run through the downtown Eastside. There weren’t actually as many random characters lining the course as I expected, but still a few guys that typically wouldn’t turn up to cheer on a bunch of runners. You can check out results and photos from the race here.
We’re now a few days removed from the race and I can say that my body handled everything okay. Now, it’s on to the Zoo Run in Toronto on Saturday (the 21st). This race also doubles as the Canadian 10km road race championships. It’s a notoriously tough course because of the many twists and turns and ups and downs that makeup the route.