On Sunday, April 21st, I was one out of 48,196 people participating in the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run! It was exhilarating running alongside motivating runners and high-fiving complete strangers from the sidelines.
This year, my goal was to beat last year’s time of 56:58. I didn’t know whether or not I could beat it because whenever I go for runs, I don’t usually measure the distance. MX and I usually run for about an hour through forest trails and pavement, but we have no clue how far we run. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect when the results would be revealed.
As soon as I heard that the results were published, I anxiously ran to a computer to check my time. I searched up my last name and up popped my results.
I couldn’t believe it… a time of 51:56!! Which beats last year’s time by over 5 minutes!!
Eeeeeep! Hard work definitely paid off. Even though I did not follow a strict training schedule, I had the determination and drive to run my best throughout the race. Many people ask me…. HOW?! So today I will share my what my thoughts were like during the race.
Here are some things that pushed me:
- Must beat…. MX. Yes – I wanted to beat my own running partner. Though that was probably unlikely to happen since he’s a 5’11 dude (I’m 5’2) who is naturally talented at running, I thought it was a good goal to set. He actually finished with 45:30 (go him!!) so I’m really happy with both of our results! Also, I want to give him a big shout out for forcing me to get out of bed at 6am every Saturday to go for runs.
- Who needs water? I often run without drinking water (bad, bad habit!) so during the race, I ended up skipping every water station. I knew there would be water waiting at the finish line, so I made those small sacrifices in exchange for a better time.
- Slow and steady, always wins the race… I’m a firm believer that the tortoise will always win (these fairy tales really get to ya…) so whenever I run, I always, always pace myself. Well… of course until I get to the 9th kilometre! (Then it’s crazy-psycho-dodging time for me!)
- OOoo, look at you go! I like looking at myself run. Whether I’m looking at my high knees during longer strides or looking at my reflection from a tinted window, I am more motivated to run when I see myself… running.
- A lady yelling to her friend, “Hey! We’re at 54:58! One more kilometre to go!!” – Wait, what?! For some odd reason, I assumed I started the exact same time as her which meant I had to run the last kilometre in less than 2 minutes to beat my record. Some stranger screaming out her time actually motivated to run harder and luckily… I was able to get a great time!
- And finally… YOU GUYS! To my family, friends, readers, and supporters, without your ongoing encouragement and support, I don’t think I could have gotten this far!
It felt great to accomplish this race, but I know there are more goals to tackle! I can’t wait to participate in more runs in the future. Perhaps the next one will be the Underwear Affair?! Who knows… follow my blog and you will see where the wind will take me!
Here are some pictures from the event: