May 06, 2012

Walking BMO Vancouver Half Marathon 2012

I set a goal earlier this year to walk the BMO Vancouver marathon - more precisely the half. The other part of the goal was to lose 10kg, or 22lb, in training for the event. I used to do a fair bit of running, but haven't for nearly ten years due to a fused spine with limited lower back mobility that has resulted in some painful nerve/muscle spasms and lockups when attempting too bouncy exercise. Walking is fine, though.

I missed my weight-loss goal by a kilo, but still lost 9 kilos, or nearly 20 pounds, which ain't bad.

The marathon took place on a gorgeous sunny morning. Here are a few shots taken along the way:

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Waiting in Coral 5, the last coral for the slowest runner/walkers

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Me with a few of the hundreds of porta-potties. Note to organizers - please ensure
that potties are installed on level ground - one bunch was very rocky resulting in
trepidation, and admittedly, some hilarity!

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And, half an hour after the lead runners left, our group is finally off and moving
toward the start line!

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The newly re-roofed BC Place

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Heading into Chinatown

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Beautiful views

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Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who cheered us on!

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A quick peek at the Lion's Gate Bridge

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Musical entertainment along the route

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Brockton Point

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Looking back at the finish line.

I walked the half (21km) in 3:23. When I got home and got my shoes off, I found massive blisters on the balls and heels of my feet. No wonder my feet hurt! Dunno what happened, as I'd trained with the same sock/shoe combo for distances up to around 10K. Perhaps I tied them too tight, not allowing for the natural swelling.

But it was a great experience, and I may do it again. I could still stand to lose another 10 kilos : -)!

Posted by Paul at 07:50 PM