Comox Valley Half Marathon – 1:36:47March 19th, 2006
Well... let me start this entry off with a weather report (it will be much more exciting than my race result . We have had a gorgeous day, sunny and warm, perfect running weather.
T and I got up early and drove to the Park-N-Ride by the hospital to meet up with Wayne and Don E. The four of us jumped in Wayne's car and drove up to Courtenay together. We got there around 9:30 and had lots of time to get ready for the 11:00 start. Diva was not running today so she graciously offered to hang with T while I was running. Diva and Maestro had been up in Campbell River the night before, Maestro has had a couple concerts up that way for the past few days.
Wayne, Don E and I went out for a short warm-up, I only did about 10 minutes and then headed to the start line. I was feeling good as the run started and was running smoothly up until about 7km when I started to not feel so well. From that point on I had a hard time, felt tired, breathing was off and just generally did not feel well. I ran the next few kilometers slow thinking it might pass and when it didn't I tried to run a couple of kilometers hard to see if I could shake it. Even my couple of hard kilo's were slow, clocked them in around 4:40, nothing was working so I just struggled my way to the finish. Not sure what to make of my day, this has definitely been my worst experience at a race to date, feeling very disappointed.
We didn't stick around long, after getting a quick shower and some snacks T and I grabbed a ride home from Diva. Maestro has one more up-island concert tomorrow so Diva was driving home alone and not too happy about it, we were able to give her some company. We made a stop in Nanaimo to grab some late lunch at Timmy's and then ended up getting home around 5:30.
It has been a lazy evening, ordered some pizza from Il Greco's for dinner and we are just lounging now.
I am hoping today is a one off and tomorrows running will be better. I am hoping to get out for a double, a lunch run and then another easy run from the Youth Centre after work. Will see how it goes.
Some pictures from the day:
Don E, Wayne, me - Before the hurt!
Hugh T and Hicham
Diva Taking Pics
Wayne E - Fake finishing picture
Me with an ugly finish
Diva and T shadows
T self portrait