Sunday, June 25, 2006

One Hot Run

Today was the Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon. And it was one hot day - something like near 30ยบ Celsius inland and seemingly not much less near the water. Thankfully the organizers had the foresight to move the start time up by half an hour to 7:00 AM. Nonetheless, I run better in cold rain than I do in heat I think.

I also think that I am generally better suited to run marathons than I am to run shorter distances. Even though this may not be an entirely fair statement, as I have not really specifically trained very well for halfs in two years. The last two half marathons have been about seven weeks after I ran a - successful - marathon. Last year in November in Seattle after the early October Victoria Marathon, and today the VSHM after the Vancouver Marathon on May 7.

My time today was 1:46:18 which is exactly 23 seconds slower than my previous personal best time of 1:45:55 - also at the VSHM in 2004. By which time I had not done any full marathons yet, and trained (as it were) specifically for the half distance.

My dream goal today was 1:40. Achieving this would have given me a huge amount of confidence that I can do a 3:30 full marathon in the Fall. This in turn would put me on the right track to get a Boston qualifying time of 3:20 next year in the Fall. But never mind that now... My real goal - the one I set my paceband to - was 1:42. And finally my "C" goal was beating my previous personal best. Well, I managed none of them... and this really pisses me off!

In the end I can not blame much more than my own inability. I was well rested, felt good, was ready and keen to go, and yet... Well, I think I could blame the heat and the proximity to my last marathon, but that seems a little lame. So, I'll just have to work a little harder on my shorter distances. More speedwork and less bitchin' when I do do speedwork. SUCK IT UP PRINCESS!!

So here now a some positive words about the half today:
  • The weather was absolutely gorgeous!
  • Lots of cheering people out on the course for support.
  • It is still the most scenic Half I can possibly imagine. From UBC down to Second Beach.
  • It is still (and I am so going to get in trouble with my wife for this who I know sometimes reads these postings) the one race in Vancouver with absolutely the greatest number of stunningly beautiful young women in it -- and that makes any run so much more enjoyable. (Though after about 10k I couldn't care less even if Claudia Schiffer was to be running naked in front of me.)
My next race is planned for July 22 - the Summerfast 10k. A race around the Seawall in Vancouver. And of course I am hoping to break 44 minutes for a new 10k PR.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Law Courts Inn

Alex and Roanna asked me today if I wanted to join them for lunch. I asked where they planned to go and Alex said "the Law Courts". Say what now? Yes, the Law Courts.

Hmm, I have been in Vancouver since 1993 and have always tried to stay away from the Law Courts. The thought to hang out with some lawyers and judges for lunch did not ever cross my mind. But hey, Roanna and Alex said the food is ok and I was hungry.

I had no idea that this restaurant even existed. And if the weather is nice I am sure the view there is something very pretty too. Today it was so-so. But the company was nice -- well Roanna and Alex, not the lawyers -- and the food was indeed quite good and not at all expensive.

See... learn something new every day.