I got my stuff from the half marathon today! Check it out:
Super cool. The last official race I did was the Vancouver Sun Run back in 2011; we got a bib (obviously, since it was in person) and a t-shirt (which I gave to my mom), but we never got a super cool medal.
Let’s try the full marathon next year!
This was the one I really wanted to do in person back in May, but ALAS…
This was not my best run. For whatever reason my legs felt like they weighed like 80 pounds each, so I didn’t end up with a super great time. But it’s probably faster than I would have been able to do it back in May, anyway, so yeah.
Next year I’ll hopefully be able to do the actual factual marathon, and it would be super nice if I could do it in person rather than virtually.
I don’t have high hopes about that, though.
When I was talking to my dad the other day, he mentioned that he’d done (virtually, of course; thanks to COVID) Bloomsday before his surgery. He said he’d thought about calling me but ended up not doing it, which is a bit sad, ‘cause I could have totally pulled off a virtual…how many miles is Bloomsday?
*looks it up*
12 kilometers? Dafuq kind of weird distance is that?
Anyway, yeah. I can run that, no problem.
But that got me thinking about the Calgary Marathon, which, had this been a normal year, would have been held at the end of May (I think I mentioned it in my blogs way back then). So I looked it up to see if they’d had a virtual version and LO AND BEHOLD, you can actually participate in the virtual version up through September 27.
So I registered for the half-marathon!
I shall do it this week and hopefully will have a good finishing time. There are no prizes or anything for speed (not like I’d even have a chance, haha) because nothing is really “official” this year, but I’ll get a t-shirt and I’ll be able to cross off “run a half-marathon” from this year’s resolutions.
So today should have been the Calgary Marathon, but with COVID, that’s obviously not going on. Hell, people are still afraid to be out on the walking/biking paths, I think.
I wouldn’t have been able to do the full marathon, but I definitely could have given the half marathon a shot. Assuming we’ve got all this virus madness under control by this time next year, maybe I can build up my running and do the actual marathon itself next year.
Y’ALL I ran a half-marathon today.
That’s the first time I’ve done that since 2017. In 2017, I did it on two consecutive days and gave myself a really bad case of runner’s knee, but that was probably because I jumped from 10k distances right to 13.1 miles. Not the smartest move.
But I’ve been building up to it a bit more this year. Also, for whatever reason, running in general this year is a lot easier than it’s ever been before.
So that’s cool.
Let’s see if I can do more of these!
So it turns out that running two half-marathons in a week without ever running more than 8 miles at a time will lead to disturbing pain in one’s knee.
Anyway. Gonna take a break on the running for a bit, but not for too long. There’s a marathon in October that I might be able to work my way up to in time. We’ll see. There’s also a marathon/half-marathon up in Banff later this month, but I’ll still be teaching and will probably be WAY too busy to take the time to go to Banff and run (I’d only do the half-marathon, of course, haha).
ALSO, Mario Kart is awesome. I’d never played it before (believe it or not), but Nate got Mario Kart 8 for the Switch and we’ve been playing it for a bit now. I don’t know why I just decided to blog about that, especially since we didn’t play tonight, but there ya go.
I like to play King Boo. Look at how cool he looks!
Me: I ran a half-marathon this morning!
Also me: I AM PANICKING BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET MY WORK DONE ALSDKFJASDFJDWSFSLG
To be fair, though, doing the half marathon reduced the amount of time it usually takes me to get my 15 miles in, so there ya go.
But yeah, it was kind of accidental. I was originally planning on doing 10k down by the river, which I did. I went out 5k and came back 5k, but then, instead of going back up the hill to get back home, I decided to Forrest Gump it and run in the other direction to see how far I could go.
Which turned out to be 5k out and 5k back again.
Of course, that’s only 12.42 miles, which meant I had to run up that damn hill by the hospital to get to 13.1, which is half-marathon distance. Worth it, though. The furthest I’ve ever run is about 10 miles, but that was with at least three stops. I didn’t stop at all today.
Remember yesterday when I mentioned I’m really bad at training when it comes to running?