The weekend of the Vancouver Marathon came so quickly. We had just returned from Hawaii on Tuesday to leave for Vancouver on Friday. Insane.
We stayed at the host hotel, The Four Seasons. This is without doubt the most glamourous hotel that I have stayed in. The service was amazing and the fact that L’Occitane was fully stocked in the bathroom was amazing!
When we arrived in Vancouver on Friday night, we went to a lovely restaurant with a couple of friends in Burnaby. It was an Italian restaurant that serves family style. Between the 5 of us, we ordered 1 salad and 2 entrees and still took home leftovers.
Saturday we went to the race expo to pick up my race pack! So exciting! Then we continued to wonder through Chinatown and Gastown. Our usual Vancouver afternoon. It was a lovely day and the sun was shining! We also made a trip to North Vancouver where I have never been before and wondered around the tourist trap market. It was a great day.
Sunday morning I wake up bright and early to make sure that I have plenty of time to get ready and calm down before the race. I had put out all my clothes the night before to make sure that I had everything and to save time (even though I was up in P-L-E-N-T-Y of time) I get all dressed, sunscreen on, hair tied back, chip on my shoe the only steps left are to wake Dani and put on my runners. I let Dani know that I am just about ready to go so she should start getting up as well. She trudges around still half asleep getting herself ready like a trooper to cheer for me at the finish line. As we are getting ready to leave, I just have the final step…to put on my shoes. Only to find out that I only have to left shoes.
You might ask why I have two pairs of the exact same shoe and how I can manage to pack the two left ones. Well, since I run nearly daily, I have two pairs of the exact same shoes that I swap out each day. How I managed to pack two left ones…I am going to blame on frantic moving, returning from Hawaii and the general attitude that I have on weekend trips…that whatever I have forgotten I am sure that I can find where ever my destination is. Sadly, I think packing two left shoes on race day may be the exception.
Naturally, I start crying. Actually that is probably not an accurate description. I am clearly crying my face off. Dani is in such disbelief that her natural reaction is to laugh. Obviously, this does not help.
Dani makes the suggestion of going to the race expo to see if we can buy me another pair of shoes. I think this is impossible but seriously at this point what do I have to lose.
We walk to the race expo, me in full race gear including bib and wearing my mary jane shoes. I feel like a fool.
We arrive at the race expo and it is race day so naturally it is insane. People everywhere. We walk up to the Saucony booth and ask if he has any shoes for sale. He kinda of laughs since it is 6AM and what kind of runner would be getting new shoes on race day! Since I am unbelievably stressed, naturally I will purchase whatever he puts in my hands that is under $500. He asks some questions and presents me with some Saucony Grids. My first reaction, they are pink and really I don’t want pink shoes. I put them on they feel great I decide that I will branch out and wear pink.
The story ends with me running a great race. I felt strong the entire time and completely in the zone. I feel a HUGE difference from the previous year that I ran the same race even though I really relaxed my training. For the first time, I feel like a runner. I finish the race with a personal best of a respectable 2:09 and thank Dani for keeping a calm head and helping me reach another goal. I have also decided that this race will be my annual kick of the season race. I look forward to participating next year!