To start the weekend off right, the gift bag from packet pick-up had some of the better items ever. Starbucks instant coffee. a nice pen from the sponsoring lawyers. Bottle of Special-K breakfast drink. potato chips. easter chocolate. I got a bag of Cadbury min-eggs, and Jen got a Cadbury egg. The expo had several other races with sample medals. Jen would have sparkles in her eyes for them, but sadly was at work making pitas. The Midsummer Nights Run was beautiful, and we are considering it highly for August. The mini-van shed a piece of the tailpipe, so it sounded like a tank for the drive home from the expo. Can't get it fixed on the weekend either, so we will have to put up with that through race day.
Up before dawn, and out into the morning gloaming, the dog doesn't get walked today. We drank the Special-K on the way, then got the customary bagels on arrival in Mississauga. The highway exit was closed, so we carried on to the next and doubled back. The pickup truck in front of us did the same thing. Fellow racers, surely.
|The herd in motion|
They let us into the mall lot and park right beside the start line. It was cold and really windy. We huddled in the car for Oh Canada, and as Mayor Hazel welcomed us. She said it's the most beautiful course in the world. Most everyone was in jackets. Fortunately I brought my Brita jacket from the Running Room Resolution Run last New Years Day and Jen had her Run For Retina Sweater. We waffled a bit over the decision to wear the jackets, and went with jackets and gloves. Good pick, it was cold. Towards the end we unzipped some, but mostly were grateful for the jacket and the gloves.
|Expect delays? I don't want delays|
Heading west, my left arm was warm from the sun, and my right was cold from the wind. Oh, and they included sunscreen in the race package too. What a great idea, if only I had done the right thing and put it with my race-day equipment so I would be sure to use it.
|Go straight to get to the finish. Go right to get to the pain.|
|You're on the wrong side of the pilons for the pain|
and the thousand armed robot octopus will try to grab your golden reins. But your wings are strong from the battle over cupcake mountain.Guy beside us adjusted his headphones (if he jams them in farther, maybe he can't hear those nuts).
|The maximum is 42.2|
|If it was miles we'd be at the finish|
|Ironman girl, barefoot|
|The chemical plant|
|No oncoming runners for the out and back|
|Lakeshore, with bikers|
|Oh another hill, lets go up that one.|
|CN Tower is over there, I promise|
At the finish there was chocolate milk still left! and bananas! What a great job they did stocking supplies. It's the best banana you will ever have. They did a really good job of stocking everything for the race from volunteers (all those teenagers needing to get their high school hours) to tasty eats at the finish.
Oh Oh! and the medal spins like the time turner from harry potter! but only for the marathon medals the 2k and Half's don't.
Jen can now say she runs marathons. It's become plural.