My 1st Full Marathon-Part 1: Pre-race

My 1st Full Marathon-Part 1: Pre-race

With 3 sleeps until the big day, I reflect back on all the training, injuries, and sacrifices I’ve made leading up to this Sunday for the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

It’s amazing how 2 years ago this time I wasn’t running at all and now I’m looking to do 42.2km. Of course, I trained properly and followed specific Kintec run clinic programs to get me on the right track to do 5k, 10k, and 2 half marathons all in 2011. And now Kintec’s 14-week full marathon program has me fully prepared for this Sunday.

There were times when I thought I wouldn’t get as far as I am now with a variety of injuries along the way. I had to take time off here and there during training to rest and recover so that I could accomplish my goals of doing a marathon. I had lots of help from my Chiropractor and Massage therapist from Impulse Sports and for that I thank them. I’ve also learned that roadblocks can occur when following the roadmap to get to your end goals, but you have to find a detour, stay focused, and you will eventually reach the end.

All my long runs took place on Sundays after Church and family brunch and before Sunday family dinner (I work Saturdays). I have the most understanding wife who always asks me how my run went afterwards. And no matter how tired or sore I was right after these runs, I would be greeted by my 16-month-old son’s beautiful smile that would make everything feel better. He is one of the reasons why I run.

The only thing left is deciding on which shoes to run in…my Nike Lunar Glide 2 or 3? Both have been great on all my long runs. I might just flip a coin to decide.

Thanks for reading my pre-race thoughts and I’ll share my post-run thought with you all in part 2 shortly after the big day!

4 Comments
  • jenny

    May 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm Reply

    good luck this weekend!!

    • ErminPagtakhan

      May 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Jenny! Hope you enjoy this round of run clinics!

  • Solana

    May 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Good Luck on Sunday!!!! I’ll be running my second Marathon, and going for a sub 4:00 goal! It’s so true what you said about finding a detour, and a way to get through injuries/setbacks/etc to get to that start line! Have faith in all of your training, and have a great run!!!

    I’ll be blogging about my post race on my website, if you wanna check it out!

    -S

    • ErminPagtakhan

      May 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply

      Thank Solana…Good luck to you and your sub 4hr goal!

      Post your website here after and I’ll read your blog.

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