A couple of weekends ago my father-in-law, John, ran the BMO Vancouver Half-Marathon. I remember he tried to convince Andrew and I to sign up and do it with him and we politely declined… although in my head I was thinking, Aw… hells noooo! You must think I’m crazy!
But on the day of race my mother-in-law Shelley, Andrew and I went downtown to cheer him on and as he passed the finish line I saw so many runners of all different shapes and sizes. There were people of different ages and different abilities. And instead of thinking “why,” I thought “why not?” What is stopping me from running a half marathon? I used to run track and cross country in high-school and was actually good. It’s true the longest race I have ever run was a 10k and that was a good 7-8 years ago, but I think I could do it again.
With my new confidence (and not to mention the obvious perk that I could get my body bikini ready!), John and I started looking up local races online to see if there were any other half-marathons coming up this summer. To my surprise, there is one just about every weekend!!! Every charity or bank has one these days. And there’s not just half-marathons, there’s 5ks and 8ks and 10ks and of course full-length marathons. How will I choose which one to sign up for I thought. It all seemed so overwhelming…
Then John came across the SeaWheeze lululemon Half Marathon, the first ever of it’s kind in Vancouver. Well I do like lululemon I thought. That sounds like a pretty cool half marathon to be apart of. And then John exclaimed it was the most expensive one! Nearly $50 more than the others on the list! That’s ridiculous, we all agreed. Why would someone pay more to run? And not just to run but to run for 2 hours?! John shaking his head in dissaproval read further and then noted that runners do get a pair of lululemon shorts for signing up.
My eyes opened wide, my ears perked up and I muttered, on second thought well that sounds kind of nice! My decision was made. Done! I’ll do it, I decided.
Andrew then mentioned the obvious, honey you know that’s pretty expensive… and you only want to do it now for the shorts, let’s be honest. Well for once Andrew you are right. But hey, everyone needs something to keep them motivated. For me it’s lululemon shorts. And I am determined to look good in my free (but not so free) shorts on race day August 11th.
If anyone has any great tips when it comes to training for a half-marathon I gladly welcome them!