Good Life Victoria Marathon

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #188
  • Date: Sunday Oct 10th 2010
  • Donations to date: $86,532.91
  • Course: Good Life Victoria Marathon
  • Run time: 3hr 43min 43sec Chip Time (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 139 BPM
  • Temperature C: 12C
  • Distance covered to date: 7,933.6km (4,925.6ml)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Barcelona, Spain
  • Another Marathon in the World today: Glacial Trail, WI, USA
  • Total number of runners: 4000

On Saturday, leaving Calgary in the blazing sunshine and flying into Victoria Airport in pouring rain, was not a good sign. The forecast for Sunday was "Cloudy with a 40% POP" which seemed good odds. On Sunday morning, I headed into Victoria with friends Gary and Lucille who were doing the 8km and half marathon respectively. Their start times were just after 7.00am and mine was 9.00am. So, I went to have breakfast with my friend Gerard. This was going to be his first marathon and he was pumped. At 8.59am there were over 4,000 participants at the start line. Announcer Steve King gave the 5,4,3,2,1 and we were off.

I was feeling good, so Gerard and I were going to try and run at 11km an hour and see how long we could maintain it. The first hour we were spot on, then Gerard went ahead and I lost him. By 2 hours I was at 22km and at the 3 hour mark I was at 33.5km. I was still feeling pretty good so it was hammer time. I came in at 3hr 43min 43sec (chip time) and I was thrilled to bits. I was also pleased that I had run a "Negative Split", the holy grail for marathon runners. The first 21.1km was run in 1hr 53min 58sec and the second 21.1km was in 1hr 49min 45sec. Later I heard from Gerard. He had had a great first half but then was hit with bad cramps at the 24km mark. This forced him to walk 8kms. He still finished in 4hr 21min 01sec. Time to plan the next one.

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Ready for the off at the Good Life Victoria Marathon

188 Victoria Marathon

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