Today I ran the Scotiabank Half-Marathon wooooo~ I ran this race illegally as they do not permit anybody under 16 to participate (I lied and said I was born a year earlier LOL) . I woke up at 4:30AM and left at 5:30 to go to UBC. I’m an epic sleep-lover so this as no easy task xD. But food is my best friend so I was able to energize.
The turnout was pretty good; there was about 4000 people. I seem to run better if there is a large crowd of people.
The weather made me VERY happy. When I first saw the rain drops outside I was overjoyed. LOL. If it was even a little bit sunny I would have died instantly. The awesome cold, miserable, disgusting weather saved my life. When it is cloudy, or no sun, I stay cooler and can run better. The rain made it perfect.
At about 6km, I started feeling a sharp pain in my right foot. I thought it was a rock, so I stopped (an absolutely detrimental thing to do during a race) to remove it. I quickly brushed my runner and continued on my way. I kept on feeling the pain again, so I took another stop and tried to remove the rock. I couldn’t find any, so I continued. Now it was making me run really lop-sided (all the pressure/friction was VERY painful), and it was affecting my speed. I stopped a third time, and didn’t find any rock or sharp object. I took my sock off and found that I had a GIANT blister that had ruptured and was peeling. I continued on once again as I couldn’t do anything about it. It was terrible because my lop-sided run affected my time by about 10 or so minutes. GAHHH. Somewhere along the way I aquired another giant blister on my left foot, but this didn’t bother me very much because I was used to the pain.
I ran consistantly up to 12km (except for the three stops), which is a major improvement from my last half-marathon as I walked at 3km T-T. I walked a few times up until the bridge, where I walked nearly half of it. But I’m pretty satisfied with my consistancy.
I finished at 2:32:57, which is an improvement of 0:02:53 from last time :D. Not all that bad for the youngest runner there LOL. I’m really disappointed at the fact that I was slowed down because my blisters, but I improved, and that’s all that matters (and I didn’t train at all w00t!). I guess the blister on my right foot started to bleed because there was a huge nasty blood stain on my sock (it got in my runner too, sigh). Now my feet are covered with giant blisters, mini blisters, and calluses (not all I got from this event). I could really use a pedicure once the blisters heal >.<;;.
I’m pretty sure I’m done with races for this year (enless I do some in the fall/winter). I was thinking about doing a 10km on Canada Day, but I’m still going to be recovering and in overall bad condition. And I don’t want to do summer runs as I dislike running in the sun with a passion. This year I’ve ran about the equivalent of two full marathons (two half-marathons, three 10kms, and a bunch of training), leaving me pretty satisfied. Next year I want to do the BMO half-marathon, and improve my times for 10km and half-marathon distances.