Bib # 649 (like the lottery!)
Chip time: 2:07:55
Official time 2:11:29
Gender Place same as above....all women!
Category Place 92/216
|There it is, the coveted necklace that started it all!|
To say that this race was a hot mess wouldn't be much of an understatement. It was hot, and by the end I was a mess! LOL On Friday I drove into Toronto to pick up my race kit and find the race area. My plan was originally to have Derek drive me in on Saturday (I hate driving downtown Toronto, it's way to distracting for me as a driver!) but he had plans to go golfing so I sucked it up and drove myself in when I left work at noon. The trip took me over 3 freakin' hours due to traffic, my GPS selecting the wrong Leslie St and more traffic! Add in to the mix the fact that I had to pee like crazy and couldn't find a single Tim Horton's to duck into, this was a real crap afternoon!
|I'm sure that you can imagine what horrors awaited me in this park washroom!|
|For an advertised 'mostly flat course' this sure doesn't look flat to me!|
Marina and I ran together up until the 10K mark where I pulled ahead of her. I'm pretty sure that she was trailing behind me for longer than that though. Every time I looked back to check on her she would say "Don't worry, I'm just following your ponytail!"
|Note bobbing ponytail aka race beacon|
My hydration plan on this race was just to run with water in my belt and use the Gatorade at the stations to keep my electrolytes up. I usually run with Nuun, but I find that it fizzes up and then leaks all out of my water bottles and makes a total mess. It was pretty warm and humid out and I was sweating like crazy. So now I ask myself WHY did I only take Gatorade once at the very beginning?! I knew what was going to happen, and happen it did at the 19K mark. A side stitch. Fail #4. And then at 20K my calves started cramping. Fail #5. I had absolutely nothing left in the tank at this point. I just wanted it to be over. I had to stop and walk at quite a few points these final two KM and I felt pretty bad about it because I only had myself to blame. But then I came around the corner and saw the finish line and knew that my husband and nephew would be up there waiting for me so I sucked it up and jogged it in. I knew that I was moving slowly but I didn't care. I was moving and at that point it's all I could be thankful for. And I continued to slowly bring it in up until a few steps from the finishing mat when a girl tried to pass me and I found my last ounce of energy to keep her at bay. I ended up beating her by 0.6 seconds. Take that!
|Form shorm, get me to that finish line. I'm gassed!|
|Waving to my adoring fans.|
Things that I learned on this race. 1) Don't stay up reading the night before a race 2) Drink your
|I only ever walked at 10K (Gu & water break) and then at 19K & 20K (cramping up) You can see where congestion on narrow paths and bridges affected things!|