I race the Scotia Toronto Waterfront half marathon race for the 4th time last Sunday. I love
this race! This year, the temperature was very warm compared to previous years. Instead of temps around 5-8C (41-46F), it was 20C (68F) and very humid. I didn’t mind the heat, but I think it bothered quite a few other runners. Garmin Data
I was hoping for 1:40 or less, but missed my time and finished at 1:43:22 for my official time. I think I could have hit my goal time if I hadn’t made some bad decisions, one of them was really big.
Four finish times are: 2013: 1:44:33, 2014: 1:43:11, 2015: 1:41:57, 2016: 1:43:18
The first bad decision, was I ate an early dinner in Toronto the night before and I ate a second dinner around 7:00. I knew this would really hit me in the morning, if you know what I mean. I was just hoping it wouldn’t be during the race. Lucky for me, I took care of business about 45 minutes after I woke up, but this issue caused me to eat my breakfast too late. I think this is probably why I was fighting some abdominal cramps during the race. That is a stitch in my side, if I started running too fast because I ate breakfast too late. But, I think at worst case, this only cost me about 30 seconds.
Certainly the worst decision was dealing with running tunes. Just as I crossed the start line, I knocked my MP3 player off my belt. I quickly stopped, went back and picked it up before it got trampled, but it broke in the fall. And I made the best heavy metal race playlist for the race the night before too.
I was carrying my phone with me, and at about 3k, I decided to try to hook up my phone music player so I could listen to some energetic music while racing. From the start line to this time, I convinced myself I was going to be running so hard and crushing this race, I was going to need the boost at the end. So, I pulled over to the sidewalk and tried to hook up my headphones to my phone. The problem was, it was raining. Touch screens don’t like to work in the rain. This took way too long. I couldn’t get my phone back into my running belt. I had 2 left hands. Ugh! You can see from my Garmin data, that I lost nearly 1:30 for this stupid distraction!
Then, when I was about 15 minutes from the finish line, the album I was listening too ended and I ran the last, most difficult part, without the music boost I WASTED all that time on anyway. Bwahaha! What a dummy.
Anyway, I can’t really complain. I still finished 76/546 for my age group and 731/5305 for all men. Considering so many people aren’t even healthy enough to run, I will count my blessings.
It was very cool that I got to run with Ed Whitlock for just a bit. Ed broke the record for the fastest marathon in the 85-89 year old age group! I passed him on Bloor st.
I also got to see Eric Gillis, Canadian Marathon Distance Olympian, cross the finish line. The winners of the full marathon crossed the finish like and it seemed like half of the field for the half marathon were still running. Amazing, ‘eh?
This years race medal is my favourite for this event!The start lineThe Finish Line
Panoramic shot from my posh hotel accommodations of the race site in the morning. Thirty Seventh floor of the Sheraton. Start line is on the left, Finish on the right!