Not going to lie…I have totally been avoiding writing this race report but I need to just get it out and be done with the whole thing. I went into the Bay with a few goals:
- keep a slow, steady overall pace as this is just a training run
- negative split
- finish and feel confident about my May marathon. (m much?)
- Pace: I keep the pace I was supposed to. PASS
- Negative split: giant FAIL and apologizes to those who I told post race that I did negative split. Apparently basic math is failing me.
- Confidence: Another giant FAIL. I feel like the marathon is going to be yet another fiasco and I will have let myself and my support team down.
I debated even starting the race on Sunday as I felt terrible. In retrospect, I should have just sucked it up and popped a couple of Advil prior to the run. But I have the fear of my liver exploding if I do something like that so I took 1/2 an Advil which did nothing. We were lucky to have a place right downtown Hamilton to park and meet up prior to the race. Most of my friends had great races and some giant PBs which is awesome.
Even if some of them can’t figure out their Garmins. :)
The weather could not have been better for the entire race. By the end I was dumping cups on water on myself to try to cool down. Huge difference from last year and some good prep if on marathon day it is as warm as it was. The volunteers and spectators were amazing. Hats off to you all – you made me smile on a frown dominated day.
The hubs was out roaming the course on his bike and it was a treat to see him at the 10km mark:. The arm sleeves came off very soon after this pic.
I basically felt like crap from the start line to KM 18 where for some reason I felt really good. That lasted until KM 24 and again just felt terrible for the rest of the race. I limped into Copps in a personal worst time feeling deflated…and sweaty. Only the hubs could have coaxed this kind of smile out of me.
It is easy to say: “Move On.” It’s tougher to actually do it. I KNOW this was a training run but I still feel like it just should not have been this hard. I will go into our next set of long runs with a positive attitude but the doubt seed remains.
In the end…move on I will. And hopefully kick this Debbie Downer to the curb.