Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011
All right, lets get something posted here. Guess we'll randomly start with my thoughts going into the race. Despite not posting on here much, which I've tended to do in the past when things weren't going well, my confidence heading into STWM actually very high, blogging is tougher than workouts. The past 14 weeks have been the best stretch of training I've ever had, was feeling like I was in the shape of my life. Thought to myself, ok, on a good day you can attack, attack standard, and if feeling good off back end, even run a lot faster then it. Second thought was, if weather's not perfect I'm strong enough to attack 2:11:29 with confidence my fitness will allow me to hold on and get under. Third thought was, if weather is really bad, what the heck do I do? And it was this last scenario that I was facing a few days out with 40k/h+ winds projected. Luckily there was no panic, rather I listened to the people around me whom I most trusted. We didn't come out with anything complicated, simply keep an eye on the prize and get after it! Most difficult part by far was keeping mind off the wind! Great thing about racing in Canada is you get treated like a someone. Alan Brookes, meet director of STWM has been fantastic. The race brought in eight pacers total, pretty much each Canadian had an individual assigned to them. This came in very handy the first 13k, much of that into a stiff headwind. I was running in a pack with Dylan Wykes and Kip Kangogo, plus our 2 & a half rabbits, I say half because we had three total but one left early and another would take off up ahead for spells, only coming back after getting told he wasn't doing his job. Gotta say I was pleasantly surprised at how I felt whole first half, and much of the second. Goal was to split 65 at half and came through in 64:53, though did think it said 64:41 which had me thinking, "we're well under standard pace, this is great"! Not sure in the end if that helped or hurt me? The race for me was pretty uneventfull for about the first 3/4, a good uneventfull that is. I remember thinking before 30k that I wanted to get into the Beaches, "because thats were the race really starts". A brief moment of zen happened in that 5k stretch of rolling street, just after shedding my 'RunningWorks' (thats for you Catts;), Trent Stellingwerf yelled "gotta stay on it now", having not seen a split in a while I thought, maybe he knows something I don't, maybe I'm slowing down? Clicked my watch at 34k aiming to what I was running. 35k along, looked down, 3:01, though BOO YEAH, one of my fastest K's into the wind, RACE ON! Let the watch run to k 36, look down, 6:16.... just ran a 3:15 kilometre and no hill to blame it on. Remember thinking, well now the race is REALLY on, and it aint going to be pretty! Yep, the following 6.2k was tough, very very tough! Energy was there to fight but with that head wind it felt like a loosing battle every step shortening to a point going up the DVP overpass I felt like I could technically be race walking?!?! Seeing the 40k split gave me some life that I hadn't totally lost it the last few k. With some rudimentary math figured standard was still within reach but it might be close, bit of foreshadowing there eh. Can't say I really knew how close it was going to be until 300m to go when Trent was there again screaming "YOU HAVE TO GO NOWWWWW!!!!!! Checked my watch to confirm, yep, he was right, I REALLY GOTTA GO!! haha.. If you've seen the video of my final 100m I check my watch again, yes with less then 100m and the finishing clock in sight I look down at my wrist with no hope in hell of it helping me in the slightest. Though I've told people after it was because I wanted know if 2:11:29 had passed already so I could slow down and stop torturing myself ;) The crowd started a countdown with 10seconds to go, maybe after seeing the watch check? It was pretty cool, add more in next day or two...... till then.