Rain + Cold = Fast
Name Vancouver Marathon
Location Vancouver, BC, CA
Finish Time 03:50:41
Not only is Vancouver one of the Top 5 cities in the world (European Flair, American convenience, and where else can you see both the Pacific and snow-covered mountains?), it also has a great marathon.
Although the weather was nice on the Saturday, which was great for sightseeing, race Sunday was cold with a drizzling rain. Public transportation worked great to get me to the start in time, and I positioned myself somewhere in the 4:00 field.
The gun went off, I took it easy in the first half, relying on the Nuun in my camel-back and a couple of gels.
Halfway point was right in the middle of lovely Stanley park, which gave some shielding from the rain, but at the prize of a rather tiring uphill stretch.
I finished in 3:50:41, beating my old PR by over 20 minutes, which is even more astonishing considering that I had run 80 km, 50 km and 60 km on the three weekends before. So much for tapering.