Race Recap: Vancouver Sun Run 2016

 

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nervous smiles at the start

I’m back to post another race recap! This past weekend was the Vancouver Sun Run… a huge race held in downtown Vancouver. Every year >40,000 runners take over the streets for one of Canada’s biggest 10k races. Since this is my first April in Vancouver, it’s also my inaugural Sun Run!

The Sun Run was started by Jack Taunton and company – as one of the fathers of sports medicine, he’s totally someone I admire.

I didn’t really have a plan for the race because although I’ve still been running, I haven’t really been working on a specific goal. I always keep track of the paces I’m doing but there has definitely NOT been any specific speed work. I’ve said this before, but I think I really became a stronger runner when I began to cycle more!

Jan agreed to pace me, so I decided I would wear my watch and not look at it during the race. I tend to get pretty nervous anyways, and I knew that seeing my pace would either make it feel to hard or bug me (if it’s too slow).

So – with my nervous tummy in mind – I woke up about 3 hours before the race to eat some plain toast. We hung out for a bit and then got ready to head to the start line. We had blue bibs, which meant we could start in the first wave with the elite men (expected finish time <44:00 for women and <38:00 for men). We warmed up a bit, watched the elite women go off and soon it was time to start!

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40,000 people lined up behind us

We went off, starting out fast but manageable in the downhill stretch along Georgia to the park. I never really felt great during the run – the beginning was nerve wracking, the middle had a short steep hill that I paid for (hello, mile 4), and by the end I was just counting down the seconds :). Something tells me I might just need to get used to feeling a bit uncomfortable during races – it passes quickly. I didn’t think much. I just let Jan run and tried to stay next to him.

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passing friends on the Burrard Bridge – thanks Pargol for the photo!
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Jan’s photo around the same place (just after the hill!

To make a long story short, this is a really good result for me – a significant 10k PB in great weather on a home course! I’m also excited because it’s the first time I’ve averaged <7:00/mile (<4:20/km)!

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We finished in 43:50 (chip time), and I was very nauseous. Managed to hold it together but I was sputtering and heaving a little at the finish line (I swear the volunteer looked terrified). I really don’t think it’s nutrition related! My theory is that I’ve psyched myself out a bit, and the extra adrenaline makes it that much worse.

A few minutes later I was totally fine – we caught up with friends and I sent my lovely boyfriend (huuuuuge thanks to Jan for everything today!) to get coffee :)

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Stay tuned for details on the next race AND a training plan for a somewhat ambitious half marathon goal this Fall!

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