Today, Vancouver was a very busy place because every year there is a 10K race, the Vancouver Sun Run. A lot of the roads closed down to make way for the runners and walkers from all aspects of life and fitness. So this morning, me and 50,000 people, give or take a couple thousand, made our way through the downtown core for no other reason than to move our bodies around! I loathe waking up early, in fact I don't think that there is a word for distaste that is strong enough to say how much I don't like waking up early ("early" is any time before 10am) but I got up, on a Sunday morning no less, at 8am to go for a walk.
The feeling of starting the Sun Run with so many people is very exciting. The energy around you is just something else. I took some great pictures on my walk, but like a total GOOSE I forgot to put my memory card in my camera and I can't find the cable to get the pictures off the internal memory of my camera...I was very disappointed in myself.
Me and my dad walked the whole way together and I am so proud that he was able to complete the whole thing without stopping. He and my mom have been training for this for weeks and my dad is not in the best shape of his life either, whereas I'm not in fantastic shape either but my mom asked me a few days ago if I wanted to come and I said "Oh, yeah I guess I could". I wasn't even registered in the run, I just kind of jumped in and followed the crowd and timed myself. LOL! We finished the 10K in 1:59:07, which doesn't include the four minute break to go to the washroom half-way. It was a good time for both of us, if I was on my own, I probably would have finished a bit sooner. When I did it on my own two years ago it took me an hour and fifty-four minutes. But oh man, my legs are so sore now! Tonight, I have a date with a bottle of Advil and my heating pad!
PS: It was a beautiful 17 Celsius degrees up in Vancouver (62.6 Fahrenheit), sunny with a breeze and I managed to get a good sun burn all over my face and arms. I can't believe it's only the beginning of May!
PPS: I found the cable for my camera! Go me! Here are some pictures from the run today :)
Waiting to cross the starting line. It takes a while before most people get to start, when you register to do the run you have to say how long it will take you to do the 10K and the faster you can finish, the sooner you get to start the race so you don't have to jump in between people with strollers.
Crossing the starting line around 10am.
For a lot of people, the Sun Run is a chance to socialize and have fun. I don't know if this woman did the whole 10K on stilts or if she took them off after a while, but she passed everyone pretty quick with her long strides! There are corporate and school teams that join together and do the race, but there was a man that was running around in a marijuana costume for team 420. He was actually full on running, darting in around people, it was pretty funny to see, shame I didn't get a picture of him.
The view as we walked over the Burrard St. bridge. Below are all the people a few blocks behind us.
I love Vancouver. So much.
The man just on the right,with the yellow sticker on his back is from Kamloops, which is a 5 hour drive or so away from Vancouver. People come from all over for the run/walk.
My mom and dad, dad is the one with the walking sticks and my mom is to his right. My mom finished the race in just under 81 minutes, she turned around and walked back to meet us as we were getting close to the finish line for the last 1/2 km or so.