Shout out to Mother Nature - thank you for such a great day weather wise. You=rock.
After spending a Saturday hydrating and visiting with my pops who is still in the hospital, I did my usual pre-race prep: a lot of sitting, a lot of water, pasta+spinach+tomato sauce and got my gear together for the race.
While I knew the weather would be great, I was still unsure what to wear - I was more concerned that it might be cold along the water if the wind picked up. I decided on:
- Nike tights
- Long sleeve Loft8 shirt
- Under Armout t-shirt
- Old Running Room jacket
The jacket was tossed at the 3km mark. I could have easily worn short sleeves the whole race but overall I was fine...
Since it was my Dad's bday on Sunday, I put a shout out to him on my bib:
The hubs was volunterring early in the morning at the race so I took a cab downtown. It was the first time to a race where I wasn't super early so it was a bit weird to be rushing around a bit before the race. I actually missed our running group photo as I was in line at the porta-potty. (3000+ runnners+volunteers+spectators = not enought portapotties...just saying..)
I rushed over to the corrals and was lucky enough to find my run buddies - I still can't believe I found them.
The race started off fine - no anthem though which I thought for sure they would play and was a bit dissapointed they didn't...aren't we all still on an Olympics/Canada high?
The route was changed this year to basically an out and back with 2 turnaround points. I thought I would hate this but I actually really liked it. I was awesome to see the front runners go by and it was fun (and distracting) trying to spot my friends who were also racing). Having all of Lakeshore closed was great as well....except for the GOOF who did turn out of a house on Lakeshore and drove up behind us at around 11km. The police officer who reprimanded him was way nicer than I would have been....
I hit all my goals at each KM and was ahead of where I knew I could realistically finish. I struggled a bit around the 19km mark as it was a bit gusty at that point but then I spotted one of my running buddies and focused on trying to catch her. I knew if I did, I would be able to finish even stronger.
And we did:
PB and a respectable time of: 2:27:41. I know this isn't fast for all you speedsters out there....this is a huge deal for me....
(sorry for the scary picture - post race/shower with zero makeup and extreme closeup isn't good for anyone...)
My legs are are seriously sore in my hamstrings and outer thighs....it feel good to know I worked hard this time around...