(Updated with complete official results.)
This year, I had the most company I’ve had at the start line! It was also the coldest start in my memory of Sun Runs. Burrrrrr…..!
This year was special because NPY – definitely not a runner – was coerced to come along. After predictably waiting 30 minutes until our wave started, we started running with him trotting alongside of me, carefully counting the blocks then ducking off the course about four blocks in. =P Then, I was on my own… which is basically what running is anyways. When he split off, when there was over 9K left to go, I wondered, as per usual, “Why do I keep doing this race??”
At 3 times, the Sun Run is my most-oft repeated race. (Bluenose comes in second at 2 times). Looking back at the past Sun Runs, I cried after the first one because I didn’t know anyone amongst 50K people and their friends and supporters. Last year, I speculated about not doing it again because by that time, I didn’t repeat races.
After NPY took off, I made up for the easy start. It wasn’t too difficult because I desperately wanted to warm up and live up to the running skirt that I was wearing. Not that it matters, but I clad myself in all-black as my team issued black Gaia technical shirts.
With my trusty stopwatch, I noted the following “split” times along the way —
* 8:58 1-mile
* 22:00 4K (aiming for 6-min/1K, this is -2 min. from my target time)
* 27:50 5K (-2.5 minutes — encouraging 5K time!!)
* 33:00 6K (-3 minutes)
* 44:00 8K (-2 minutes)
* < 55:45 10K (same time to complete second 5K as first 5K!!)
At this point, I would like to acknowledge the Speedwork Session our clinic embarked on last Wednesday. I was miserable after 2 mile-long repeats, completed in 8:16 followed by 8:34, both off-target times. However, it gave me the mental edge to slog through the longest fast run I’ve done since last fall’s marathon training.
Because I know more runners in the city this year than last, I heard much more opposition to the yearly, nutty 50K-participant Sun Run. It doesn’t bother me as much as it does those runners who end up refraining from the event. A guy cutting in front of me kicked me a little and it was probably because I was cutting too close that someone jabbed me hard in my back. It was otherwise quite civil and you quickly develop a sense of when you need to apologize for making contact and when you can let it slide.
When we reached Burrard Bridge, I marveled at how on the uphill portion, it became the Sun Walk. On the downhill, it was Sun Running again. I was running around different people by the time we arrived at Cambie Bridge as they were mostly running up the bridge and just flying down the downhill as we were soon approaching the finish line.
The conditions were quite perfect: it was cold at the start but a clear sunny day. It never got to the point of sweltering even at that dreaded 4th Avenue stretch heading east. It is always quite a sight because you can see clearly down eight blocks of the wide avenue and it’s filled with runners who don’t look so speedy.
Since my longest non-stop fast run this year was only 6K, I didn’t feel physically or mentally ready to race 10K non-stop. I stretched out my intervals to 20 minutes before taking a 1-minute walk. That I don’t regret because I was feeling healthy, not too pressured, and on track to beat last year’s ignominious 60:03 and give the first year’s 57 minutes a good run!
All this makes me consider concentrating on 10K races as they are not so drawn-out as half- or full-marathons. It seems my next 10k goal has to be within 50-55 minutes (52:30?) – it’s so hard to shave even a minute off! I’m down for two more 10K races this year: the HBC Run for Canada has a big honkin’ medal that offsets what I suspect will be yet another red shirt and the Canucks Fan Run where I’m eager for a logo-ed souvenir t-shirt from Under Armor!
So you could say that, sure, I’d consider doing the Sun Run again….
Full Results pending….
For me in particular –
Chip time 55:39 =D
5:34/kilometer or 8:57/mile
8,503th overall (field of 42,650)
2,189th amongst females (field of 24,103)
512th amongst women 25-29 (field of 3,555)