This Sunday is the 21st annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and mine and hubs' 4th consecutive year racing. Back in 2007, the half marathon was our very first race.
I went on to run my first and second marathons at the Waterfront (yep, I wore the same shirt; it has since been retired).
Something lures us back to this race years after year. Of course it will always hold a special place in our racing hearts for being our first race, but it also has that "big city race" appeal, drawing 20,000+ runners and dozens of international elites. It's a great feeling to be a part of something like this and I'd hate to miss out on the opportunity, especially since it's so close to home.
[ I do hold a little bit of resentment toward the Waterfront Race this year for strong-arming (in my opinion) the original Toronto Marathon out of its long-standing place in October (it will be moved to spring next year, on the same day as the Mississauga Marathon, unfortunately). But I won't get into marathon politics in the City of Toronto!]
This weekend, hubs will be running the full marathon with our friend P as a training run for his goal race in November (aiming for about a 3:45), while I tackle the half.
This will be my (lucky?) 13th half marathon... and hopefully my fastest! I've been hesitant to post my goals because to be honest, I'm intimidated! But here they are:
A: 1:45:00 (this has been a pipe dream goal for a long time. While I do believe it is attainable, it won't be easy. It's not supposed to be easy!
B: PR sub-1:47:41
C: not acceptable
Here goes nothing!