Vancouver Sun-run: Natural Runners VS. Practiced Runners

So, I finally got around to doing the Vancouver Sun-run along with 41,000 people in Vancouver from all age groups and physical abilities. My journey to Sun-run was an interesting one. I thought I would just wing it since I have always thought of myself as a natural runner, don’t even ask me how I came up with that, because now I know that it is complete bias LOL! It has been 7 years since I said I wanted to do it. What took me forever to do it, I don’t really know, it might be because I didn’t want to pay the $60 registration when I can run outside at no cost. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is for a good cause but it is also a little steep. I am not an avid runner, but I have good endurance when I want to push myself. Two or three years ago, this would have been a brush on the shoulders, but I found that this time, I was winded during the run. By the time, I got to 5 km I was wondering why I didn’t sign up for the Sun-run clinic.

I signed up about 2 months before the run with the plan of running a few times a week in preparation for the Sun-run. Almost every morning since I signed up, I woke up on time and just laid there on my bed playing with my phone, and on some good inspirational days, I read a book. A good friend and coworker ( also did the Sun-run, but she had signed up for the Sun-run clinic. With the amazing dedication, I see her putting into everything she does, she practiced and run a few times a week in preparation for the Sun-run. Do the Sun-run clinic make a difference, HELL YA! She did really well on the run. I am definitely signing up for the Sun-run clinic next year since I discovered there is no such thing as a natural runner.

Two weeks before the Sun-run, I knew I had to at least try and practice a little a bit and with my mother’s new routine of going to the gym every morning I had a companion to go and jump on the treadmill with every day. So, I went to the gym every morning for one week at 6 :30 am and run between 5 km to 8 km. I was keeping up with it until Good Friday and Easter Monday came by, which meant the gym would be closed and I wouldn’t have work. My plan was that I would run outside during this time, but the fact that I didn’t have to wake up for work just made sleep in, and other things got in the of me running during the day.

With my many excuses, the day for the Sun-run came by, and bailing it was not an option after I have paid $60 for it. I was going to DO IT, after all, I am a natural runner. Well I was a natural runner for the first kilometer and things just went downhill after. By the time, I got to the 5 km sign, with a few walking breaks in between, it just felt like the world was closing in on me. Whoever decided to put those signs showing how far you have gone, should know that it is a bad idea, they don’t help at all. When I got to the 9 km on the Cambie Street bridge, I had already given up on doing it under 1 hour. All in all, it took me one hour and twenty-one minutes to finish the run and I had learned that there is no such thing a natural runner, only practiced runners exist. I plan to do it again next year, but I am definitely singing up for the Sun-run clinic to get me through it.

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