Monday, April 20, 2009

I survived!

The Vancouver Sun Run, the world's largest (or 2nd largest) timed 10K race, was yesterday and I am proud to say that not only did I do it, but I did in a better time than I thought I would.

It was tricky though - having a flu all last week, meant I wasn't exactly 100% yet and I hadn't trained or run for a week before the race. Also factor in my disability, my physiotherapist's warnings and the fact that I have really short legs - Oh and the most that I had run before was 6K.

But anyhoo, I pulled it off somehow and my bf and I ran under the finish line in 69 minutes - and we didn't stop running ONCE.

There were times when I definitely wanted to stop and rest, or stretch, or walk for a bit but my bf wasn't having any of that. I remember at the 4K mark, looking up (yep had to go up) at the Burrard St bridge and thinking about how far away it was and then being even more alarmed that the Cambie St bridge (the way to the finish line) was so far beyond that you couldn't even see it. And the slopes going up to the bridge were killer!

It took an hour though of waiting for the race to start because we had 55,000 people and you don't all just run at once - you run in waves. And once you start running, you have to avoid running over people who are walking. It's the Sun RUN people, not walk and if you do walk you are supposed to do it on the left but barely anyone was doing that. So you really had to negotiate the crowds carefully - many a people got bowled over. Also, some people were running with strollers and ramming them into people. So annoying!

Anyhoo, we finished the race and were immediately sore, and then had to WALK 5K back to my apartment! Arg! I was so exhausted when I got home that I plopped down on the couch and didn't move all night - hurt too much!

Is laziness a medical condition?

Wasn't too thrilled I had to get up at 7AM on a Sunday but BOOYA!

Lines for the porta potties at the start were long

The line to race was even longer!

After an hour we finally get to the start line lol

Chariots of Fire played from the speakers for that first 1K

Heading over the Burrard St Bridge - 5K down, 5 to go!

Putting on a brave (red/sweaty) face

Huzzah! Done! A very proud and exhausted moment

Walking home past this cool mural I always drive by - cool place for a photo shoot

Today I am super sore and can barely walk, so I sought out comfy flat boots and paired them with a Missoni cardigan and my leather jacket (again, leather and Missoni go so well together!):


Leather jacket: Vintage; Cardigan: Missoni; Tank and scarf: Forever 21; Skirt: Twelve by Twelve; Boots: Vintage - Oh and LOL at the Blogger display

Anyways, SO glad that is over with but I will still keep with running at least once a week (maybe not this week) and do another 5 or 10K sometime in the future.

Don't forget to vote for your favourite outfit (see previous post BELOW) and you can win a FREE ASOS dress - I will draw names at random tomorrow afternoon so get in there!!! There might even be a special second place prize, depending on how many people enter :)


sil said...

great job on not only completing but beating the goal time you set for yourself!!!!!

Couture Carrie said...

Congratulations, darling! I am so proud of you :)

And you look divine in yellow - I love that scarf!


P.S. Am off to enter the contest - thanks for telling me about it!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

wow congrats on finishing your run!

Hillary said...

congratulations on finishing the race!!

Alice said...

that is AWESOME!!! i am SO impressed. the thought of a 10k still scares me silly...!!

Amber said...

GREAT job on the run! Looking at your pics gave me a preview of what the half-marathon in Vancouver is going to be like on May 3! SO many people, it's insane!!!

Love those boots, they are super cute!

Emz said...

Congratulations! Your sweater is sooo cute =)

Budget Babe said...

Congrats!! I got tired just reading about the race LOL

lovely outfit too, that missoni cardi is so chic.

Kayla Linzy said...

Congrats! I love how in the background of the last picture you have the Blogger screen on your computer. (:

We all know what you were up to!

Eyeliah @ said...

wow wow, good work! so impressive. :0)

Eri said...

Hi there,
Just came across your blog and enjoyed it.
Please come and visit mine too.
I hope to see you soon.

STARR said...

haha great job! I could never do it. Also your skirt is soo adorable <3

Darrah said...

Congrats on the race! That sounds like a huge feat!

MizzJ said...

Woo Sunday was amazing eh?! I felt a totally huge ass high afterwards even though I felt so exhausted. Running up that slope on the Burrard bridge was killer! Yay we did it!! Are you gonna do it next year?

Dane said...

Good job!! I hate running, I swear I would have to be running after something for me to get moving..

Love the outfit, especially the boots.. oh and the blogger dashboard in the background! =)

Karen said...

awesome job! i am very proud!
i love those boots, so cute!

Karinaxoxo said...

Congrats on the run!

That skirt is uber cute!!!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your massive effort - you should be very proud of yourself. You know that after all that exercise you're now allowed a couple of days of chocolate and alcohol indulgence!! Hehe

Denise said...

wow you are fit! i wish i could run like you you did.

have a great day!

visit me sometime!

DaisyChain said...

CONGTRATULATIONS, you are incredible!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Ooh I just found your blog through The Clothes Horse and I'm so happy i did!

I'm from Vancouver but unfortunately have never gotten the chance to do the sun run. Nice job! I live in California now.

I stopped watching hockey when I moved the US two years ago and I miss it! I told my husband just the other night that I'm going to start watching my Canucks play. So good thing they won!

Kelly said...

Oh hooray! Be careful or you'll get addicted to running! My life has changed in the last 9 months and I have running to thank for it!

♥ fashion chalet said...

Great skirt, so funky, love the bubble hemline and the scarf and leather jacket look superb with it. :)


Vegas Princess said...

Congrats! What a great accomplishment! And I absolutely love that picture of your BF in the corner of the frame grinning as he runs. :)

tanya said...

oh my goodness, I'm doing a marathon this weekend so I can only imagine how tired you must have been--but what a GREAT time you did it in!!! Congrats, it's an amazing accomplishment :-)