This past weekend I took part in the 29th Annual Vancouver Sun Run. I NEVER thought that I would take part in something like the Sun Run. It’s a 10km race. I thought that 10km races were for athletes. I am not an athlete. I had no idea that people entered things like the Sun Run to walk and enjoy being out and active in their community.
The morning of the Sun Run I was a nervous wreck. The Sun Run was completely outside of my comfort zone. I had never experienced anything like it before and I had no idea what to expect. Karen and I got up bright and early and took the skytrain downtown.
We were greeted by thousands of people (almost 50,000 people participated) getting lined up and ready to go. We lined up with them and waited for the race to start at 9 AM. Excitement built as the starting gun sounded and way up ahead we saw a wave of people as the elite athletes at the front of the pack started to run. We waited, anxious, thinking that we too would start our 10k in a matter of minutes… Nope. It ended up taking nearly an hour and a half before our time group got to the starting line and started our 10k. Incidentally the fastest racer finished their 10k in just 29 minutes, nearly an hour before our race even began.
One of the things that struck me (as I walked as fast as I could) was how beautiful this city where I have made my home is. The course took us past English Bay.
Then we went over the Burrard Street Bridge where an eagle soared back and forth over our heads taking in the spectacle of so many people walking and running together in one place.
Boston was in all of our minds and hearts as we walked and ran the Vancouver Sun Run. Many people wore blue and yellow clothing and accessories to show their support.
There were a ton of fabulous cheerleaders along the course, shouting encouragements and cheering us on.
Before I knew it there was only 3 kms left.
Then 2 kms.
I’m so glad that I faced my fears head on, signed up and participated in The Vancouver Sun Run. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll run some of it!
What things have you been curious about trying but have let your fears hold you back?
For more on my experience taking part in The Vancouver Sun Run visit my blog post on Today’s Parent.