Running a marathon truly is a great way to see a city from a totally different perspective and on reflection that's why I enjoyed the Vancouver Marathon so much, despite the heat.
Running the final miles of the Stanley Park Seawall
View from Burrard Bridge in Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park
There were also a few neighbours with a handy hose pipe to water us all down, which was much needed on that hot day. The sun really was beating down on us out of the shade. I'd rather run in rain that heat, I always worry about over-heating, over-hydrating and sunstroke.
Final miles around Stanley Park
My favourite part of the race, aside from being the last few miles, was running around Stanley Park's seawall.
Stanley Park raccoon
Girl in Wetsuit sculpture Stanley Park
Final dash for the Finish Line
My official marathon time was 3:50:26
Overall I was pleased with my time. I think if the temperature has been slighter cooler I may have been even faster, but sub-4 is never too shabby.
Vancouver Marathon 2013 medal and shirt
Until then I'm enjoying the break from training, although that race day itch is starting to stir...