Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
Greetings Family & Friends,
Hope everyone is enjoying the sunny weather we are having here in Vancouver. While some of you were sleeping around 7 am this morning, me & my friend did the BMO half marathon race. That is 21.1 KM race that I manage to survive. It’s my first half marathon and I’m glad that I did it. I’ve been training and running ever other day since the Vancouver Sun Run. Still have a bad left knee that is hurting as we speak. I was so focused and nervous about this that I haven’t been blogging ever since.
It’s hard to imagine what has happened a few hours ago. I was running behind an endless wave of people in front of me. I passed some and got passed also. I praise those veteran runners that have been doing this. Age doesn’t matter if you love doing this. There was an elder man that was competing in his 100 Half Marathon race and that is just simply amazing. There are a few I couldn’t keep up with and disappeared in the wave of people ahead of me. This little lady was just awesome. How does she do it especially on the uphills. While other young guys decided to walk up the hills, I followed right behind her as she paved a way through the crowd of walkers and people that were doing their best. Inspiring.
Though it’s hard to avoid the mess around the water stations and see the litter on the ground of our beautiful city, I’ve give extreme props to ALL the volunteers that are great motivators and keeping our city clean from this event. There was just great spirit at this event and I love every minute of it besides the running… lol. I’ve witness 3 people falling but they just picked themselves up and go. People offered help and asked if they were okay but they are fighters. Simply wow! It’s not the same as the Vancouver Sun Run but felt more like a family of committed people. The Vancouver Sun Run wasn’t easy either but it’s a different environment than the BMO. You’ll just have to run both to experience the difference for yourself.
We have a beautiful city and seeing all the views away from the buys life of everyday people and vehicles is quite a sight to experience and appreciate more. It will be awhile before my next half marathon but I’m committed to keep going even though they are 5 KM to 10 KM long. I already enjoy my training route and looking forward to adding the Queensborough bridge to it. Once you accomplish something, you need to build from it and create a new goal/challenge for yourself. While the body and mind are still able to compete you should keep going and create your legacy but most importantly your joy for life. Stay healthy and keep trending upwards my family & friends!
Ryan Jarata & Family