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The recommended preparation for a half-marathon is to rest as much as possible the week before, with just a couple of short, slow runs to keep your fitness ticking over. The advice we’ve been given a couple of times is “Don’t stand when you can lean. Don’t lean when you can sit. Don’t sit when you can lie down.” Nowhere has anyone suggested that two trans-Atlantic flights, a three day conference and four nights of jet lag induced insomnia is a good strategy. So, I wasn’t expecting much at last weekend’s Fall Classic half marathon. I did manage to get out for a 3km run on the Saturday to iron out the kinks and I felt fine but 3km is a lot less than 21km. The weather was great and, keen not to overheat during the race, we decided we should dress pretty lightly for the race on the Sunday. We took it easy the rest of the day, mostly catching up on television and playing Killzone on my new PS4. When the alarm woke me up at 6am on Sunday, I felt terrible. I’d slept well since coming back from Sweden but apparently I still hadn’t quite got back to normal. … Read More

Vancouver Historic Half Marathon

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You get some amazing autumn mornings in Vancouver. Crisp, clean air. Clear blue skies. Bright sunshine reflecting off the sea with snow capped mountains in the background. Wonderful. Yesterday was not one of those days. It was cold, wet and grey. It was also the day of the first ever Vancouver Historic Half Marathon and the fifth half marathon that my wife, Ann, and I have run. Medal for the Vancouver Historic Half Marathon The route started at the naval base on Dead Man’s Island and followed the seawall around the edge of Stanley Park, looping round twice before finishing back on the naval base. As well as the half marathon there were 5km and10km races along a subset of the Half Marathon route. It was raining heavily when we arrived but although it stayed pretty gloomy for most of the race, the rain eventually died off and it wasn’t as gruesome as we’d initially feared. It was a fairly small race, roughly 400 people with 250 of those running the half so as the race progressed the field thinned out nicely which meant we could focus on running not dodging other runners. The seawall is a beautiful place to run, … Read More