What a freaking good time !
On Sunday May 3 I had the pleasure of running the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon and I can honestly say I had a blast!
I arrived in Toronto on Saturday to head to the Direct Energy Centre for packet pick up . This kid loves the city
This was probably one of the first times I didn’t end up at the solutions table , my bib was there and waiting for me !
The expo was pretty sad and pathetic though , I bought 3 GU’s and I am usually a big spender at the expos . There just wasn’t anything there ? So what’s a girl to do , Carb Up !
I have been dying to hit up The Hogtown Vegan restaurant on Bloor and let me tell you – I was not disappointed ! Unchicken and waffles – oh yeah
We spent the rest of the day tooling about the city and enjoying the weather .
Laid my gear out the night before and Flat Dawn was getting excited ! We were up bright and early and I snacked on my typical oatmeal , PB and banana ! Got to Mel Lastman square around 640am and hung out in City Hall until gun time at 730am. These races are so well run and everything is effortless. The elites headed out then we were off ! Temps were perfect , the sun was shining and I felt great . I hit the big hill at the 5k mark and made my way up it , slowly! The first 13 miles felt really good and I liked meeting up with the half marathoners around the 13k mark ( not really sure about the mile marker we met at) . I did look around and I was a little concerned when all I saw were half bibs and no marathon bibs – was I all alone? Was I last ?
I kept plodding along taking it all in and was always smiling , every race photo shows me happy .
I have come to realize that this little running journey I am on is not for the thrill of the race – it’s for euphoria it produces ! I think back a lot to my 284lb self and realize I am no longer that person .
I do not run races to win , place or be the best . I run races to prove to myself only ,that I am better than I was before . I do this because it makes me feel good . I don’t feel like I have to prove to anyone my race times or justify these times with excuses . I’m slow , I know and guess what – I am ok with that !
When I hit the last 5k of this race it got real emotional for me – I was going to finish this. I was currently working at a pace 44 min faster than my last 20 miler . I was finishing strong !
When I crossed that finish line ( 26.6 miles and 5:35 time) I was absolutely elated ! Beaming ! So god damn happy !
Then I took my Hoka’s off !
Oh snap ! This was my only issue , my hips did not hurt and I felt great otherwise .
Waking up today I am still on a high , pain free and ready to rock my 50k trail run in 3 weeks !
Thank you for the bling