Wet. Muddy. Cold.
Just some words to describe how my first run with the Pacific Road Runners First Half Marathon went thanks to the typical February Vancouver weather.
Finishing a 2:26 time hardly qualifies for a good time (my best so far on a half is 2:11) however, having just gotten over flu and colds, I was expecting to finish in 3 hours so I guess it wasn’t so bad after all.
Course: From the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, onto the Sea Wall, around Stanley Park and back, the route presented every Vancouver runner’s favorite scenic spots and trails.
Medal: The medal befits not only Valentine’s Day, but also the charity benefiting from the race, Variety, the Children’s Charity.
Gear: Nice colour and graphic. I did not wear it at the race as I picked up the race package a few minutes before the actual race but it does look like the material produced by Mizuno is good.
Expo: More like pre and post-race Expo. Features booths from upcoming events and an abundance of complimentary food including hot soup that helped ease the hypothermia. The post-race goodies did make up for the lack of men’s washrooms.
Total distance: 21.1K/ 13.1M
Official Time: 2:26 (I blame the rain)