Vancouver Sun Run Race Recap

My first race of 2012 is complete (at 23 weeks pregnant). I ran the Vancouver Sun Run on Sunday (a 10K race that attracts nearly 50,000 participants) and it was a fun and interesting experience. When I registered for the run I was already pregnant and had to submit an estimated finishing time. I was conservative and submitted a time of 1:40. I am happy to report I finished in a time of 1:18! I was skeptical of the reading on my Garmin but my official time on the Sun Run site is an exact match.

During the race I didn’t pay attention to my how fast or slow I was going and just ran a comfortable pace – considering the vast number of people in the run it was a good thing I didn’t focus on my Garmin because I had to make sure I didn’t run into any of the walkers (who obviously missed the multiple signs along the route asking them to stay to the right).

This was taken from the purple corral. There was one group behind us. The start line is far in the distance. That, my friends is what they call a lot of people.

The official start time of the Sun Run was 9 am. My heat didn’t get across the start line until almost 10 am. This was over half an hour after the first place male crossed the finish line (in 29 minutes!). In hindsight we left too early and I spent too much time standing around. Thankfully Julie stuck around to keep me company and found me a bathroom before I started running. At first I thought I would just wait until I arrived at the first bathroom stop along the route but I’m very happy I didn’t. The line up was huge and would have added on an additional 45 minutes to my finish time if I had stopped. I decided to suck it up and focused on avoiding people instead of thinking about peeing. The funny thing is I didn’t pee until almost an hour after the race ended. Mind over matter.

Remember my last post where I said I was going to wear my Asics? Yea, I don’t know if it was the matching race bib colour or what but I decided to go ahead and wear my Sauconys. Thankfully it all worked out wonderfully. I guess I was correct, writing about something is one way to make the opposite happen :)

There were performers all along the route and my favourite was the group of Native drummers who kept chanting “You are awesome. You’re so awesome. If you were any more awesome you would be triple awesome!” as the runners ran by. It definitely made me smile.

Overall I had a good experience and am happy I decided to enter the Sun Run. I ran the whole way and it was nice to run a different route with people instead of my usual route solo.

The best part about the race was at the end when I felt like I could run another 10K, because in a few short weeks that’s what I’ll be doing.

Vancouver Sun Run

I had a mild panic attack the other day when I went to the Vancouver Sun Run website and read that there were almost 50,000 participants last year.

That’s a lot of people.

Don’t believe me? Check out the background photo on the website.

That’s a lot of people.

I started having irrational pregnant lady fears that I was going to be crushed in the crowd* similar to the rush of people stampeding into a store on Boxing Day.

*there is no basis for my fear as I have never heard of anyone getting injured in this way at the Sun Run and it has been around since 1985.

The whole family is going to Vancouver but I am the only one running. When I mentioned my fear of the crowd to Andrew he offered to run with me. Although I appreciate the offer I thought it was silly considering he doesn’t like to run, he would have to push the stroller and I’m not sure Lincoln would last 10 minutes let alone 10K.

I also had concerns about how I was going to get there in the morning because of road closures and the general busyness of the city. I knew having Andrew drive was out of the question, and I also didn’t like the thought of having him and Lincoln join me on the bus. Lucky for us we are staying with good friends in Vancouver so even though I couldn’t recruit Julia to join me in the race she is more than willing to accompany me to the race – the boys are going to stay home and cook us brunch.

Since the Sun Run is so large (it is Canada’s largest 10K road race and is now the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world) there is a wave start. The Starting Area (not just a line) takes up five city blocks.

SunRun2012StartAreaMap

The race starts at 9:00 am and by the time I even start to run the elite runners will be crossing the finish line. I won’t know until the Saturday before what wave I am in but based on the finish time I submitted I’m assuming I will be either white or purple.

I’m actually contemplating going to the very back (red) where the runners with strollers have to start :)

23 days left.

I’m 20 weeks pregnant.

At the time of the Sun Run I will be entering my 24 week. So far the belly doesn’t bother me on my runs but I have a support band on the way for when it does, and to wear for both the 10K and half-marathon.

I’ll be attempting** a 7 mile run this weekend and am hopeful the sun will be shining – I’m done with winter!

**I go into every run with an open mind, if I don’t feel right I stop. Last week’s 6 mile run went off without a hitch but I’m taking it one run at a time

I just noticed the pink border around my belly shot. This is not a subliminal way of me telling you the gender of the baby. We didn’t find out with Lincoln and we chose not to find out this time either. It’s one of life’s few true surprises and we wanted to keep it that way.

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