11 May 2012
BMO Half Marathon 2012
The BMO half was my first real goal race of the year and I almost never made it to the starting line. The weekend before saw me take a nasty turn on my problematic left ankle, and after 2 hours of easy running, I was forced to hobble out of Lynn Valley and rather disappointingly put all hopes of running the BMO on hold.
From the car park, around midday on Sunday, I put in the call to Duane over at City Sports Physio and booked myself in at the first available time on Monday. The initial diagnosis was pretty much what I expected. Some IMS, and some ultra sound and the advice that, yeah, I probably shouldn’t be running a half marathon on the weekend, and any hopes of a PB should be put to the side. Surprisingly, through out the treatment, while tender, the strength of my ankle still seemed to be there.
I rested all day Tuesday and when walking was feeling good on Wednesday, I snuck in a conditioning class at Versus and decided that I could, maybe, just run on the weekend. First was my appointment for Lactate testing which I had booked for Thursday night at the marathon expo. Surprisingly again, I felt strong on the tread mill and put in a solid effort with a max speed of 17.2 kph. I saw Duane again on Friday, got a few needles and decided that I was going to not only just run the half, but I was going to have a crack at racing it and go with my original plan of attempting to run a PB.
The event on Sunday was first class and I couldn’t have been happier with my race. The pace was quick off the start, being downhill, but I felt comfortable so went with it. I continued to run the first half of the race hard and hit out the first 10k around 38 minutes. Feeling strong and with grand visions of perhaps a time in the ‘teens’, I pushed on and at around 15km decided to put in an effort and finish strong. However the rolling hills in and around Stanley park made this course a very difficult one to negative split and I was suffering pretty hard around 18km and in survival mode. I managed a push for the last K or so and was so happy to see the clock in the 1:21′s as I hauled it in over the finish line.
Luckily, the full marathon started a full hour after the half, so I was able to get my bag, a post race massage (thanks Joey), some food and then hit up the spectator circuit to watch the marathoners out on the course. Big congrats to everyone that ran out there on the day. Both courses really showcased this magic city that I live in and it was fun to see so many smiling faces out there on the day.