First half-marathon – Recap Part 1

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:

And my pre-race breakfast:

I also packed some regular clothes for me and the family but I’ll spare you a picture of that.

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.

Kelowna is about 1.5 – 2 hours from where we live and once we arrived we grabbed some lunch, hit up Value Village and then headed to the Race Expo so I could pick-up my bib and timing chip (!)

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.

Now imagine it jam-packed full of runners.

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:

Before I go, I just want to say thank you again for joining and supporting me on my journey to my first half-marathon!

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 :)


  1. can’t wait to hear more, congratulations! Thai food, interesting, I posted about running food today. You should feel proud.

    • Thanks Lauren! I read your post about running food today (interesting as always!) we chose Thaifood so I could eat rice, veggies and chicken while everyone else could get more exciting dishes :) I felt it was a good compromise and it seemed to work out ok – I just wish they had brown rice because I definitely don’t miss the white stuff :)

  2. Congratulation on the finish time! I am so proud that you made your accomplishment. It is so wonderful to hear friends tell stories like this. And congrats on registering for the second one too!!

  3. Good for you Jen completing your first half marathon, I am sure there will be a full one in there before too long. I enjoyed reading your training blog, it made me wish that I could run again but unfortunately that is not in the cards.

    Again congrats . Enjoy your time with your mom the end of the month.


  4. Hi Sweetie !
    Here we are at Attitash and couldn’t wait to read your blog !! We knew you would do well, Congrats on a job well done. Can’t wait until the next blog.
    Mom & Dad

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