I did it!
I finished my first half-marathon and am here to write about it. I decided to do my race recap in a couple of parts because I have a lot to share and don’t want to turn this into a post of epic proportions
But don’t worry, I won’t keep you in suspense about my finishing time…
Official chip time: 2:35:42
My watch: 2:34:00 (I had to stop and pee and stopped my watch while I did so because I wanted to see how long it took me to cover the distance)
But before any of the running actually happened I had to get ready to head to Kelowna.
I packed my gear:
Before we left I snapped a picture of my training plan. It has been on our fridge since I started training back on July 4. Whenever I completed a run, or a day was done, I crossed it off with a blue Sharpie. It was motivating and exciting/scary to watch the days go by but I am so glad I had this visual as a daily reminder for all the hard work I put into my training.
It was relatively quiet when we arrived at the expo and I didn’t have to wait for my race package. I went and found my name so I knew what line to go to and was amused to see that there was another Jennifer Simmonds running the half-marathon – and we were only one number apart: I was 1835 and she was 1834. The volunteers made sure I was given the right number and timing chip so there wouldn’t be any confusion.
[Flash forward to Sunday morning]
As I was standing around waiting for the run to start I met the other Jenny Simmonds! She just happened to walk by and I caught a glimpse of her bib. I immediately went over and introduced myself and we chatted a bit about the craziness of it all – the fact that we share a name, were only one race number a part, and that we ran into each other before the race started
[Back to Saturday]
Once I had my race package, and the Doozer had a few balloons, I went to meet a new friend Monique whom I had never met in person. She was in town to run the half-marathon as well so we thought it would be a great chance to meet. We even ended up running the majority of the race together and it was great to have her by my side!
I took a quick picture of the start/finish line before meeting my boys at the park.
That night we ordered in Thai food and had a great visit with good friends of ours. I went to bed before 10 pm and then woke-up periodically throughout the night because I was worried the alarm wouldn’t go off (it did and despite my frequent wake-ups I felt rested for the race).
And that’s where we end for now.
The next installment will involve me wearing this:
Did I mention that I have already signed-up for my second?!
Oh yeah! I am officially registered for the 2012 BMO Vancouver (half) Marathon on May 6, 2012