GoodLife Toronto Marathon 2013 - Race Report

Woke up at 6:08 & dressed in my running clothes, went to get coffee at Tim Horton's but they were closed. :( Came back home & got gear together & sipped on some water & ate 1/2 a banana.
My mom ended up showing up 10 min too early & I ended up forgetting sun lotion. Oops.

Stopped at a TH to get a small coffee & bagel. Ate 1/2 the bagel & drank 1/2 the coffee. Got dropped off close to the start so didn't walk as far as I was expecting.

Went & watched the marathoners go by at the 2k spot & then walked back over to the 1/2 marathon start. Used the bathroom (thank goodness) before the line ups got crazy.

Went into the parking lot near by wear the sun was beaming down because in the shaded area it was still a little cool. Did some dynamic stretching & then used the bathroom again.

Met up with my co-worker & got our picture taken by one of the GoodLife TO Marathon photographers.

Did more dynamic stretching & then did some static stretching.

Realized I needed to get into the other side of the start line, so walked over to start. A friend of mine, Irina Souiki, was already in her position and went up & met her at the 1:55 pace bunny & as soon as I got there, it started. I was a little concerned with that time as I was thinking more of a 2:05-2:10, but I figured I could always settle back if I had to. I didn't want to stress this out too much.

I was running a little fast to start out, but nothing too crazy (about 8:30-8:47 minutes / mile). Since I didn't wear my fuel belt I had to make sure to get water or Gatorade at each station. I ended up missing 1st water station but I wasn't too concerned, there were plenty of others.

At about 1.5km I was falling back from my friend, this would have bothered me in the past, but I was still cruising in the 8:45-8:50 zone and was still faster then 9:09 which I needed for 2:00:00.

I was able to get water at the 2nd water station, but they were behind on having the cups out and I had to stop & waste a few seconds getting water. Ugh, yikes. This happened a few times at some of the stations. I probably lost a minute or 2 by doing this, but I was still making good time.

Around the 4 k mark was Hoggs Hollow. A nice big bloody hill. Read about it last night so thankfully I knew about it but zomg, I thought it was going to kill me.
Way more uphills then I expecting, but those downhills were plenty & gave me some relief & helped me with making up time.

At the 8.5k part the song Hazy shade of winter by the Bangles came on which made me want to run fast. Forced my self to slow down because I knew a couple of more small hills were coming.

Made the turn to Rosedale Valley Road & thought it was going to be going up hills but it was mostly downhill & gained a bit of time there. It was at this distance last October I was flaking out & lost some time but that didn't happen this time. Got down to King & Front and the road flattened out & my heart rate started to sky rocketed but still felt comfortable. If I ever go too fast my breathing gets bad but I didn't feel like that was happening so I kept at it. It certainly helped knowing that I was only doing the shorter distance.

During the 1st 10k my left ankle was bothering me but that stopped after that. My legs were nice & warmed up.

Around the 17-18km mark I could feel a blister on my right baby toe, but it wasn't hurting my running. (This actually happened on my last 2 long runs but I never noticed until after. My size 8 shoes seem to be a little too roomy & my feet move a little too much I think).

Had my gels at 30min, 1 hr & 1:30 and made sure to never miss the water stations after that first one. I twice had some Gatorade around the 45 min & 1:40 mark.

Once I got to the 20km mark i picked up the pace. the last 1k or so had a little downhill which certainly helped.

I got onto Lake Shore & more & more people were there cheering everyone on. It was awesome. Poured it on the last 200m, turned the corner & there was the finish.

My watch said 1:58 so I was surprised with the 1:59:10 that sports stats posted on my Facebook page. I checked the time on the site & it was 1:58:51. Awesome.

Got back home, cleaned up & went for brunch with the mother.

I had a wonderful time & quite enjoyed it. It was a beautiful route and a fairly forgiving course. Hopefully they work on the water stations for next year.
 

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Whoa, that was fast ;-) I was happy to see you at the start, Carol, for sure you put the pressure on me to beat your sub-2 time. :-P Way to go for coming way under your goal time! Muahs!

Sorry I couldn't keep up with you for longer. Glad I held on though. :)

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All the very best for the rest of 2013 & beyond Carol. Look forward to hearing from you…

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From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

Hello Carol,
Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access.)

All the very best for the rest of 2013 & beyond Carol. Look forward to hearing from you…

Darin
twitter.com/DarinArmstrong
#TeamLIVESTRONG

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