I’m finally sitting down to write the recap for the Toronto Marathon (5/5/13). At some point last year, Krysten of DawinianFail.com started mentioning the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon and something about donuts. I figured this would be a great way to see Canada, run a little bit and to celebrate with friends… and it was.
NOTE: The abbreviation of Toronto is TO – hence all the images using the word TOgether with emphasis on the TO. You can also click on any image to see it LARGER.
Krysten picked wifey and I up from the airport with TimBits and coffee. I can’t really compare TimBits to something specific here in the US, but they are basically donut holes in various flavors made of unicorn magic and delicious fairy dust. This was the first time I would meet Krysten… and she was just as spectacular in real life. Very welcoming, friendly and simply, a really cool person.
Word quickly stead across the interwebs that Pavey and DarwinianFail were doing it big in TO and an EPIC meet up was staged. Most of us gathered at the expo and the rest would join us for a pre-race dinner that Krysten had arranged.
Here are some photos:
With the introduction done, great conversations flowing and carbs loaded there was only one thing left to do:
Run 26.2 miles 42.2 km
I’m going to break this down in miles, but will point out some KM distances along the way.
Strategy: Keep the first half around 8:45, work down to 8:30 by mile 23, then drop the hammer.
Goal: 3:45 or better
Mile 1: 8:53
Mile 2: 8:26
Mile 3: 8:10
Mile 4: 9:27
Mile 5: 8:50
As you can see, I’m all over the place. The start was pretty congested, but that is normal. There was a downhill at mile 3 and pretty much the only “uphill” in the race at mile 4. Everything else was relatively flat. After the 5k hill, the crowd spread out a bit and I was off and running.
Mile 6: 8:54
Mile 7: 8:49
Mile 8: 8:57
Mile 9: 8:30
Mile 10: 8:35
Mile 11: 8:31
Mile 12: 8:40
I’m getting a little more consistent, but still jumping around too much causing me to over correct. I’m used to checking in with my pace at each mile marker, but with the course marked in KM, I’m forgetting to check my watch after each mile.
Mile 13: 9:01
13.1 miles or 21KM: 1:55:16
The race to this point has been really quiet and calm. People seem to be enjoying the tutu. I definitely got a lot of “nice tutu” comments, smiles and finger pointing from kids and a couple “whistles.” Go figure. LOL. At this point, my legs are tired. I can tell that 2 days of sight-seeing and walking around Toronto on my feet has done a number on my legs. I’m fairly close to my pace, a few minutes behind, but 3:45 is within reach.
Mile 14: 8:29
Mile 15: 9:12
Had to take a walk break at mile 15. Had a pain in my side and it wasn’t going away. I tried to run through it, but it wasn’t going anywhere. This doesn’t look good for the second half.
Mile 16: 8:38
Mile 17: 8:58
Mile 18: 8:50
Mile 19: 8:45
Mile 20: 8:41
Mile 21: 8:46
Mile 22: 8:37
I’ve spent the last 6 miles trying to get my pace down to 8:30. It just isn’t happening. My legs don’t want to do it and it’s draining me. It has been warm most of the day and I’m staying on top of my hydration. My body wants to run a 9 minute pace and I’m compromising with around an 8:45. It’s too early to burn out.
35KM split: 3:13:59
With mile 22 behind me, I’ve decided to go for it. For the next 4 miles, I decide to run by “feel” and not look at my watch. I know that 8 min. miles will get me really close to 3:45 and if it happens, it happens.
Mile 23: 8:25
Mile 24: 8:13
Mile 25: 8:20
Mile 26: 7:35
26.2 miles or 42.2KM: 3:48:35 (6-minute PR)
I AM EXHAUSTED. This race took everything I had. It is a drastic difference from my 3:54 in March that felt consistent and almost “carefree.” Tired tourist legs did me in and I was never able to settle into a consistent pace. The best way I can describe it is that my body wanted to run a 9 minute pace and I had to convince it to go a little faster.
I never gave in. The thought of traveling all the way to Toronto and meeting these amazing people gave me that little extra “oomph” to keep things moving forward. Boston also crossed my mind throughout the run and gave me a desire to run as best as I could. I stayed focussed the whole time on trying to take advantage of the flat course and EARNED this finish. The last 3 miles were everything I had. I threw away all hesitation on the last mile and went for bust… and almost did.
It was an amazing race weekend and I’m glad it went the way that it did. I met some truly inspiring people and had a wonderful time. As you can see from the images above, what made the weekend special was the people. Thank you to everyone that made it a weekend to remember.
FYI: If you thought this was a lot of photos? Wednesday’s post (here) will be ALL photos from the rest of my vacation. It will be one massive photo post with EVERYTHING Canada. From funny to super touristy to breath-taking. See ya then.
Link up for some of the above mentioned.
- Krysten The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail
- Robyn Robyn Baldwin
- Jess Truly Jess
- Kierston Candy Fit
- Janice The Fitness Cheerleader
- Angela Eat Spin Run Repeat
- Christina The Athletarian
- Danielle Work it Wear it Eat it
- Lisa Tea and Giggles
- Axel Iron Rogue
- Pheadra Blisters and Black Toenails
- Sarah Captured With a Camera
- Alyssa Alyssa Wodabek
Have you ever thought of a taking a race-cation?