This will be a quick race report I think.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this - it's been a long time since I've done any major run on a road! Some mid-length runs, but nothing that long. I wasn't sure what I could expect, pace-wise, and I failed to factor in my 50k (Derrick says he's measured the Frontenac Perimeter closer to 50k than 47k) the weekend before the race.
I have been having some digestive issues, as I think I've alluded to, so I decided to drink my nutrition pre-race. I woke up at 4:45 am to drink a bottle of Infinit (~330cal), to give me time to pee it out before the race start - as I joked to Toby, my A goal for this race was to do the distance without stopping to use the bathroom.
I also had a bit of a Stinger Waffle. Not all of it, but I'm guessing I approached 400cal pre-race. We got to the race start (point to point) nice and early and chilled out before the 7:30 am start time.
I wanted to run between a 4:15-4:30, but preferably 4:15, so I lined up accordingly. The start wasn't too busy - the marathon starts an hour before the half, and it is a small race, though still huge by the standards of most trail races I do.
I kept wanting to look for ribbons blazing the trail. None. But always around tonnes of runners, and they use pylons to mark the course! Fancy! Man it has been a long time since I've done a road race!
The first 10k were a bit faster than planned, but I felt comfortable - fueling well, heart rate comfortable, running easy. I saw my mom at about 10k, which was really nice. By 20k, my legs started to HURT. I couldn't figure it out - why would my legs hurt so much, after only 20k, and I wasn't running that fast.
I started to slow.
I figured out, after a while, why my legs hurt so damn much. a)I don't have road legs, for lack of a better term; and b)I ran 50k the weekend before.
Tapers apparently do serve a purpose. Because running further than a marathon the weekend before is NOT ideal race prep. Of course, the point wasn't to race this, but to use it as a long training run and practice nutrition etc.
By the time we were getting into downtown (around St. Lawrence Market), a fire engine came blaring up and two firefighters rushed out ahead of me over to a runner on the ground with a crowd around him - I assume heat, or dehydration, because the crowd had poured water on him. As I was running past, another runner started to collapse but there were three people there catching him and firefighters 2 metres away so I didn't stop as I didn't see what I could do to help.
It was hot, but I'm not sure it was THAT hot. Maybe 22, 23C? I think though nobody is acclimatized to the heat.
I saw Toby as I hit the lakeshore path for the out and back that goes past the start, at around 27.5k. He ran with me a short distance and I told him my legs were really hurting. It didn't help that my GPS went wonky running through the downtown office towers, so it was measuring long.
Anyways, I took a few walk breaks, but mostly I just ran slow. A pain, because I'd planned to run non-stop. However, I kept going. So I suck, what are you going to do.
Around 36k, I had a resurgence of energy - an ass in a Mercedes on Lakeshore pulled into the runner's lane through the traffic cones, and started arguing with a race volunteer. He pulled back into the traffic lane, and all of us runners yelled at him as we went past and hit his car. I love being a jerk, I try not to be lately, but everyone else was so I was like 'YEAH! I DON'T LIKE YOU JERKFACE ASS!' It was just the pick-me-up I needed.
There were a few people who I'd seen throughout the race, who eventually I dropped on the final section, which was satisfying. I knew - had for a while - that 4:15 and a PB was way out the window, but I figured I'd be around 4:30.
In the end, I finished in 4:31:05. I saw Mom and Toby and a lady from work running to the finish. And then I got the world's most ridiculously large medal. Ironman medals aren't that big. It's hilarious.
Overall, this was a great race. Wonderful crowd support, pretty good aid stations (one at around 37k had run out of cups, but otherwise), and a really nice course through Toronto from the north end down to and along the lake. I'd definitely run this one again.
I need to figure out nutrition though. I took in 450-500cal throughout the race, which is fine for a marathon, but won't cut it for Sulphur and the 50 miler. I need to up my nutrition, so I am going to figure out how much I am taking in for X sips and then calculate how much I need to be sipping and how often. (I used my hydration pack again, so I can't SEE what I'm taking in.)