I love the smell of anxiety in the morning.
Mark was next, ahead of schedule and looking strong. Of course, he was able to convince me that he was fine last year at this very spot, only to drop out a few kilometres later. I trusted him this time because he looked really happy. Again, pics to follow. Soon.
After a while there was a pretty long gap where no runners were coming through. Just as we were wondering what was going on, one of the photographers came down and informed us that a train was going through and everyone was stuck on the other side. Argh!! it turned out that Patricia was stuck for a few minutes. Not cool! You lose all kinds of momentum, start to stiffen up and I can't even imagine the frustration! Fortunately she was able to shake it off and eventually made up the time. What a trooper! Ueli jumped in to finish the race with her at this point and I was on my way to the finish line solo.
I knew that parking at Confederation Park would be crazy with so many more runners in the half and full marathon this year (both sold out at 1500 runners each) so I parked about a kilometre away and walk/jogged along the lakefront trail (on the course). I must have been quite a sight, wearing jeans and M&M suit and hauling bags full of warm clothing for my runners. A couple of people even took my picture.
I parked myself right near the finish line and started watching anxiously for Yannick and hubs. I was constantly looking back and forth from the clock to the chute, getting anxious as the minutes and seconds ticked by.
I paid extra attention to the runners finishing just under three hours, watching their faces and wondering if this was their first sub-3. Truly incredible! Of course I thought of RunningLam and his "perfect tenth", and was reminded of my new favourite quote courtesy of Lam: "I'm just waiting for the perfect race to let my secret out." Always makes me smile.
I finally saw that bright orange shirt rounding the bend and cheered as loud as I could for Yannick. You'll have to check out his blog for all the details soon.
It wasn't long before I spotted my favourite bright yellow top and saw hubs making his way in. I was SO happy and stood up on the barricades so I could make sure he saw me. He gave me a smile and thumbs up, though I thought he looked extremely pale and frail. As soon as he crossed the line, I heard someone call out my name from the opposite side of the finish line. It was Q! He had seen hubs finish and snapped some pics (stay tuned). It was kind of difficult to chat across the finish line, but we managed to bump into one another again and finally snapped a pic for the bloggity-blogs.
Don't you love that smile?
We also had a random six-degrees-of-separation moment when we discovered that HIS friends know MY friends (Patricia). It's a small running world!
Speaking of Patricia... despite the mishap with the train crossing, she reached her goal of sub-3:30 finishing in 3:29:27 and looked great doing it.
We got everyone bundled up, shared plenty of hugs and started making our way back to the car. I snapped this pic as we walked along the waterfront trail - what a beautiful day. Notice the lack of waves on the lake; this race is renowned for a windy finish, but the runners really lucked out this year.
After the obligatory stop for a double-down, I got hubs settled at home and set out for a run of my own. It was the perfect way to wrap up an exciting day.
Hubs' recap coming soon....
Thanks for reading!