For some reason it took an age to get a hold of my official race photos from this year's Vancouver Marathon on May 4, 2014, but the images certainly brought the memories flooding back of the rainy 42.2km race.
Running the final miles along the Stanley Park Seawall
Oil tanker in the background in the English Bay channel
Running past the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Inukshuk
stone signpost sculpture in English Bayscorching L.A. Marathon 2014 in March I was quite looking forward to a cooler, albeit damper, 26.2 miles, but whilst at the beginning the wet drizzle was refreshing, 20 miles later and I really did start to feel a bit waterlogged (as you can no doubt see from these soggy photos).
Running past Lion's Gate Bridge in Stanley Parkinvaluable rain poncho and running hat in advance to help keep as dry as possible.
Vancouver Marathon 2013 was unseasonably hot and as the race starts later than most, last year 8am and this year 8:30am, I was concerned more about the heat than the wind and rain.
From the previous year I remembered where to expect some of the photographers
and had my smile ready
Running past the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park
Running over the bridge in Devonian Harbour ParkL.A. Marathon in 2011, for which we truly did have torrential weather conditions.
Final dash up Pender Street in Downtown Vancouver
Relief with the Finish Line in sight
Racing for the Finish (and I'm not the only one)
Crossing the Vancouver Marathon Finish Line
After the Vancouver Marathon Finish Line
Vancouver Marathon 2014 Finisher medal and t-shirt
I finished in 3:53:03
After the wetting they received, I'm also excited by the prospect of getting some new running shoes, so I'd better lace up those shoes and get back to it...