Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Scotia Half is TOMORROW!

Race day is tomorrow! I'm running the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. It's my third time doing this race, but the first time in 8 years. I consider it a first time, as it's the first time as the NEW me. I'm confident I can establish a new personal best finish time for a half marathon. But I'd LOVE it if I happened to get under 2 hours. I think I'm definitely capable :-)

Yesterday I spent a few hours at the race expo at the Team In Training booth. It was a lot of fun! Great conversations with runners, other exhibitors, and with the race director. There are going to be so many familiar faces on the course - so many people I know. I've lost count, but it's well over 25. And there are going to be the elites as well, leading the pack. I met a couple of them yesterday: Kip Kangogo and Reid Coolsaet. Such inspiring athletes. Unassuming in person walking around in street clothes, but larger than life when they're racing at such high speeds.

I'm also excited to represent TNT by wearing my purple singlet, purple accessories, and logo'ed Bondi Band (the old logo, but still representing!). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is the national charity partner for this race, and we'll be making a presence at this race! Watch for the purple at the 20km mark aid station at English Bay (organized by yours truly), and the tent at the finish line. There are several runners that will be wearing their colours proudly and many who've participated in the charity challenge. I love this race for being so connected to the community and to local charities!

Of course you can expect a detailed race report from me after the race. And there'll be another treat to follow - an interview with one of my blog followers who is making tomorrow's race her first ever half marathon! We met in person for the first time yesterday at the expo, and I couldn't be more excited for her and her race experience. I love being able to experience a first vicariously through her. Stay tuned!!

1 comment:

  1. Go Zahida! Have a great race, and I'm looking forward to your race report :)