If today is any indication that the half marathon in Vancouver yesterday went well, my body will certainly tell a story as I have been hobbling around on two very sore legs and my back is also incredibly sore! Every major muscle group is painful, actually even some minor muscle groups as well! Calves, shins, hamstrings, quads, glutes, paraspinals along the back - you name it!
Prior to the race, I visited Victoria for several days and stayed with BFF Jadeen and her wonderful family. We had lots of fun and the visit went by way too fast. Saturday rolled around and i found myself on the ferry to Vancouver - in the rain of course! I took a bus from the ferry and met up with Geoff (who flew to Van from Edm) at the skytrain, and we made our way to the hotel. In the days leading up to the race, I biked on the trainer for an hour on Wed, ran 30 min on Thursday (outside!) and also swam 2500m with Jadeen's masters swim group (super hard quality effort workout which included 4 broken 200's where I averaged 2:26's), ran for 30 min on Friday and took Saturday off completely.
Sunday morning Geoff and i awoke around 6:30am to beautiful weather, which included clear skies and no rain. Yay! We were staying about 5 blocks from the race site, so around 7:30 we started making our way down there.
geoff was looking pretty energized and awake at 7 in the morning...
I decided to try (for the first time ever in a race) wearing my compression leg sleeves. This will be the first and last time that I wear those in a race. They ended up making me really hot and then they didn't stay all the way up exactly where they were supposed to. I could feel them slipping down ever so slightly when I was running but obviously did not stop to fix them, so i had to just put that annoyance out of my mind! I also became incredibly hot and overheated, as I was wearing little gloves (which I threw away in the first mile or two), a headband to cover my ears (which I took off in the first couple miles and wore around my neck), speed shorts from Lulu and a long sleeve top (didn't wear the jacket of course). Man I get so hot in races and just need to suck it up and dress in less and face being a little cooler at the start. I could have just been wearing a t-shirt or sleeveless top yesterday and been fine. Also for the first time ever in a race, I decided to be one of those people and wore my I-pod! Best.Decision.EVER. I wonder why I have never done that before? More on that later.