One of the reasons I haven't been posting much lately is that I was training for a half-marathon. Running about 40 miles a week does tend to cut into your free time for other activities. As a solitary sport it was possible to squeeze it in here and there without too much impact on the time I value so much with my family.
I ran the Toronto Half Marathon this past Sunday. It went pretty well - no rain, nice and cool, no blisters, no serious pain, and I ran it a bit faster than planned. My final time was 1:48:33 and I finished 813th out of 3494 competitors. Not bad for my first try. I'm feeling pretty good after the race although walking down stairs is a bit of a problem. On the whole it has been a very rewarding experience.
Here is a picture taken by my daughter with perfect timing at the finish. The second graphic has some information provided by runpix. I like the little finish line visualization - in the live version you can hover over the dots and get details about who the people were that finished around you. The runners all wear timing chips so they have all these details available.