Phew, well that's done. Today I ran my first Vancouver Marathon (and sixth in total) and it was a real hot and sweaty one.
Racing for the Finish Line
My first Canadian Marathon
Preparation is everything
Black Corral Vancouver Marathon
Getting ready to run
Fortunately there was shade from the tall pines in most areas and a welcome breeze, plus the views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, beautiful sandy beaches, sea planes and overall nature in bloom more than made up for the heat.
Fun supporters along the course
There was quite a bit of support along the course though, including all the friends and family supporters and the locals with their fun signs to keep all the runners inspired and entertained.
There was also a real sense of camaraderie amongst the runners too which was really sweet, with lots of yellow ribbons for Boston amongst the see of colourful running gear - in girls hair, worn as bandanas, tied to arms and wrists, pinned to running clothes and belts. it was all very cool and inspiring to see.
I ran over Burrard Bridge
I prepped and ate well in the days up to the race, so I felt strong until the very end, despite the heat. Fortunately the Stanley Park Seawall and its scenic view was very inspiring and helped transport my mind those last 5-6 miles.
Last dash to the Finish Line
Vancouver Marathon Finish Line
Finished the Vancouver Marathon in 3:50:26
I'm looking forward to seeing the official race photos, but now it's time to put my running shoes away until October at least, when I'll start training again for the L.A. Marathon 2014...