The race course took us south down Brant to Lakeshore, we turned by the beach path and went past the hospital. The crowd was starting to thin a little nearing the turn-around point as the faster runners were really starting to move by. The was the first time the really fast guys passed us and it's always incredible to see the "really fast" runners showing what they can do. I still find it exciting and fun to run (or rollerblade) down major city streets, it's something special and you don't get to do that every day!
|The crowd at the starting line |
(from the back of the pack)
I made the turn around and came back up towards lakeshore making my way through the downtown core. I had already passed the 4 km marker and was on my way to passing my husband who was helping out at guelph line water station with my coach. I think I heard Nancy before I saw her, she had her bullhorn...she wasn't kidding...and I called out to her as I was approaching the station. My husband was helping out and gave me a cheer as I passed along with the rest of the people at the station and it totally perked me up.
When I was passing the 6 and 7km markers and the "really fast" guys were already making their return and us slower folks cheered them on as they passed. It was incredible to see these guys already heading back! I can't imagine how they must have felt...I know I how I felt and I was running my faster race ever. I saw a few fellow iron canucks on the course and they were pushing hard and moving fast! I hope one day I'll be able to keep up with them.
I was pushing myself harder than my last half race, I had a personal goal to finish in under 3hrs and I had a plan to do it. I was running a faster run, I was pushing harder than I did in October at the Scotia race and by the half way point I was well on my way to making my goal time! I was pretty happy to pass the half-way point knowing my goal was a real possibility and I knew at the very least I was half way done.
|I did it!!!|