Preamble: For some background and race goals, start here.
We headed to the race nice and early, as per usual, with our friends P & U. P would be running the full with hubs and U was there
to hold our bags for support. We had plenty of time to wander around, scope things out and use the washroom once or twice over and over again.
It was a perfect morning to run; calm, clear and cool at about 10C/50F. The weather gods must have been on our side because Friday had been 30C/86F+ and Saturday was extremely windy. The previous two years had been warm and muggy for this race, so I was determined to take advantage of these awesome racing conditions.
To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I knew I had an ambitious goal and I wanted to succeed sooo badly. I just wanted to get started already.
With about 20 minutes to go, I exchanged good-byes and good-lucks with P and hubs and we headed to our respective corrals. (for once I was lining up ahead of them, hehe) Last year the starting area was an absolute zoo, but they changed the location to a wider road, which made things much more manageable. I didn't find it crowded at all and people had no problem slipping into the corrals up to the last minute.
I popped a salt capsule, paced a little, shoot my legs around, checked my Garmin obsessively; chatted briefly with someone about having a crappy sleep (he caught me yawning).
Finally, mercifully, the gun went off and I shuffled my way to the timing mats.
My Garmin had gone berzerk and seems to think I took a few detours on this home stretch. I have never seen maps this crazy! It would have been nice to know my final split, but Garmin clocked a 3:43, which is clearly not accurate. Let's just say it was fast. ;)
Crossed the mats, hit stop, looked down: 1:44:48
Pace - 4:58/KM (7:58/mi)
W25-29 - 32/887
Women - 156/4441
Overall - 870/7894