My parents, Elisa and I drove to Canada, BC on Saturday morning. We got there at about 11am and quickly learnt that we weren�t able to check in until 3pm. It was an awesome hotel, considering the fact that I paid a rock bottom price for it over Priceline. Right downtown Vancouver. I was planning to not walk around much on Saturday, but for some reason I ended up walking all over the darn city. The biggest mistake I made was to eat some kind of falafel for dinner. I never had a falafel, and the night before the marathon was probably not the right time to give it a first try. Which brings me to my next point the marathon on Sunday morning. I got up at about 4:50am to start eating one power bars and bananas. By 7am, I had the worst stomach ache of my life. Now that was a problem, considering the fact that the marathon started in 15 minutes. I ran the first half of the marathon in 2:02. Then the stomach ache started to leave my body. I was able to run the last 13 miles in 1:23. That was much better. My total time was 3:25, which is not a bad time. I ended up taken 352 out of 3800 (Check it out yourself at http://www.adidasvanmarathon.ca/results/mara2003.htm). I do have to mention that I was not able to beat Megan’s marathon time. Her time in the Dublin Marathon was 3:16. She is an awesome runner. Respect.
I just ran the marathon to find out what it was all about. I am not really interested in running any more, as I can think of more fun ways to spend my time. I think the marathon myth is slightly overrated. I do think that everyone can run a marathon, given that they spend some time training for it. Regardless, it was a great experience and I am glad that I decided to do it.
Also I would have to mention my parents, who both competed in the Half Marathon. My dad took ~3150 and my mum ~4600. Out of 4800. I do have to give my mum credit. She ran with a torn ligament. Sorry about not being constant about writing in my blog. Things have been pretty busy for me.