Last Friday, my wife and I ran the North Shore Credit Union Longest Day Run aver at UBC. We both ran the 10 km run. 2 years ago (2007), I did the 10-km run, while my wife did the 5-km. We both missed last year’s run thinking that it’d be too much before our half marathon. This year though, we think the 10-km run is a good warm up to the upcoming half marathon.
I have to say (as my wife will also attest), the Longest Day Run has the best after party. Granted, we haven’t been to that many after run parties (so far only the Vancouver Sun Run and Harry 8K Spring Run). But nonetheless, we were very happy with the offering. We got a LOT of little goodies in our  pre-run goodie bag (I love the sample PRO BAR they gave out), and the BBQ looked really good (though the line was really long if you finished the race late).
We met one German running on our way their. He was apparently a visiting scholar of some sort, in Vancouver for only a year. He was very nice, and actually ran with me the first 3 km (He then proceeded to zoom past me). He was good company (while it lasted), make jokes and commenting on things as we ran by. He’s really tall and quite the runner.
Anyway, he did mention it was strange having such a large meal after the run. There was quite a spread of food. Other than the BBQ, there was salad, cookies, and even cheese cake (served by White Spot). I just think it just adds to the festivities. And I think, many people were running just for the fun of it, probably preparing for the half marathon that my wife and I will also be racing in a couple of weeks.
My wife did rather well this year. Her official time is 1:07:27.9. This is her second 10-km race. Just 2 months ago,  she completed the Vancouver Sun 10-km run in 1 hr 17 minutes. That’s a full 10 minutes faster! I know you were running on a bad foot last time, but still…. Great Job!!!
I on the other hand, was not able to beat my time from 2 years ago. I finished in 57:58.4, compared to 55:29.9 in 2007. I know what you’re saying… “What’s 2 and a half minutes?” Well, my rank fell from 107 / 150 in 2007 to 158 / 196. That’s a pretty big difference, don’t you think? My only consolation is that at the end of the race, I felt like I could run some more. Perhaps I’ve become more of distance runner through my training with Ayu. We’ll see how that goes in my upcoming half marathon.
Well… my next run in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. That’s at 21 km race from UBC campus all the way to Stewart Park. And it’s a scenic route, as we run along the beach. This will be my second half marathon, and my wife’s first. Wish us luck, and you know you can read about it here in about 2 weeks.
Ready for the Race

Ready for the Race

Last Friday, my wife and I ran the North Shore Credit Union Longest Day Run 0ver at UBC. We both ran the 10 km run. 2 years ago (2007), I did the 10-km run, while my wife did the 5-km. We both missed last year’s run thinking that it’d be too much before our half marathon. This year though, we think the 10-km run is a good warm up to the upcoming half marathon.

I have to say (as my wife will also attest), the Longest Day Run has the best after party. Granted, we haven’t been to that many after run parties (so far only the Vancouver Sun Run and Harry 8K Spring Run). But nonetheless, we were very happy with the offering. We got a LOT of little goodies in our  pre-run goodie bag (I love the sample PRO BAR they gave out), and the BBQ looked really good (though the line was really long if you finished the race late).

We met one German runner on our way there. He was apparently a visiting scholar of some sort, in Vancouver for only a year. He was very nice, and actually ran with me the first 3 km (He then proceeded to zoom past me). He was good company (while it lasted), making jokes and commenting on things as we ran by. He looked really fit and was quite the runner. More