"I've never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity."
Let me start with the expo. If you ever decide to do the Montreal Marathon, do not do it for the expo. Just thought I'd let you know. There was nothing going on and only very few stands. Thank goodness it's downtown Montreal, so you can still spend money if you wish. I did get new socks and an extra pouch for my fuel belt, but not at the expo. Regardless, we had fun and a great dinner where we talked about running all evening, with my bro, P, and my super-SIL, J. Then last night we had our pasta dinner and a special sugar pie in honor of P and J, who were running their first marathon.
Before the race. The weather was perfect!
Ready to go!
The view up ahead. We're on Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Sorry, no pictures during the race...but, here's something interesting. I have a new little mp3 clip on and thought I might use it today. So I clip it on and pass the earphones under my top, put in the earphones and figure I'm ready when I need it. Around 5K I realize I haven't turned on the music yet, so I decide to give it a go. However, the first song is not over and I'm thinking, "I don't feel like listening to music now, I just want to soak in the atmosphere". Maybe later. So I turn it off again, only to reach the finish line never having turned it back on. Basically, I ran with earphones for no reason. I rarely run with music...and I guess during a race, I don't really need it. Well, maybe when I run 42.2, I'll appreciate a little extra distraction/motivation.
I'm very happy with my race. Although, I was supposed to take it easy...I ended up feeling so good most of the race that I just went with it. So, I ended up with a PB by 3 minutes, at 2h18m29...oops! The weather was perfect and, for most of the race, so was my knee. I did start to feel some pain around the last 5K, but the rest of me felt great. A little ice and a little rest and I should be good to go. The pain was definitely bearable and I guess the next few longer runs will be most telling when it comes to the final decision regarding my fall marathon. If today was any indication, I continue to feel confident :)
Bravo J and P!!!!
You have no idea how proud I am of these guys. J is a determined and strong woman. She is a topnotch ICU nurse and an amazing mother to her three teenagers. When she decided to join me on this running journey, I don't think even she realized how far it would take her. P is one of the most devoted and loving fathers I know, he's super smart and extremely funny. He didn't do the half-marathon with us last May in large part because despite how awesome he is, self-esteem "was" not his strong point. He's always been a runner, but a fast and furious runner. He slowly started joining J on her longer runs and realizing that he could do this long distance running thing. Before we all knew it, he was registered to complete his first ever race...a marathon! Today...both J and P were totally successful in their attempt. They both finished the race with a smile on their face and their arms in the air. J completed her first marathon in 4h46m...amazing! P completed his first marathon in 4h39m...what a great athlete!
I love you both very much and I can't wait for us to register for our next race together!
The journey continues!