the running advantage of the olympics

I have had a great Olympic experience to date.  Living and working in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic games is absolutely surreal.  From my apartment I can see the fireworks each night, hear the sounds of various concerts across the city, and witness the true Canadian spirit of excitement.  It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

This weekend marked my longest run ever– 23 km.  I’m not going to lie.  It was tough, both mentally and physically.  But I believe that those of us running in Vancouver have a significant advantage to marathon training than any other runner around the world.

We have the Olympics.

Along the 23 km route, we ran past the cauldron, the Olympics rings, statues with the famous red mittens, and various Olympics teams enjoying the sun and taking pictures of the beautiful city.

Photo credit: Adrian8_8 Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26349479@N07/4354788542/

We cheered on the Czechs, Belarusians, Koreans, and Swedes on the run.

Wherever you go in this city there is something inspirational around the corner.   That inspiration is what kept me going on the 23 km route.

Photo credit: Harry 2010 Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/harry2010/4358798302/
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