At last I broke the tape!
Any race that I have won they have not had any tape for first female. I have been very excited for the moment I break the tape. This weekend was the Calgary marathon and Ottawa marathon so a few of the competition was away. Today was my chance! I have been feeling really solid in most of my training runs and was looking forward to racing all week.
Shaughnessy 8k is not the fastest 8k in Vancouver it is a hilly, 2 lap course. There is a big uphill climb in the 1st km and of course a downhill beatdown in the last 8km. I felt good off the gun and actually for once felt I needed to hold back a bit. I saw Chessa cheering us on at 3km and said to her “I feel good!” Well just after that at 5.5km I realized I did not feel so great and was not running as fast as i thought 14:55 at 4km. I realized I had to really focus to the finish. I was on my own for most of the race. I ran 25 sec faster than last years time on this course, and of course breaking the tape with a win is priceless/timeless. Way to go Catherine W for a second place finish and Nat Closs 5th, Joe and everyone that raced and of course Jay 1st male in 25:06 Woweeeee! check out Jay’s awsome blog http://runninggay.blogspot.com/ I love Jay!
Thanks for all the cheering and photography John Hill, David, Johnny A, Chessa, Rick, Karen, Colin, Steve, and all the volunteers for holding back the traffic while cheering!
I have a new love/hate for this race I actually thought hmmm I think I understand the course better and can run much faster next year! ???What??? After I got that thought out of my mind I cooled down and chatted with Kevin and Jeriah from Seattle it was nice to see them. After the awards, two liberte yogurts,and two lara bars I went to YYoga flow and taught two hot classes. To end it all I practiced Joanne’s Yin class. I Love the Yin to Balance the Yang.