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Mississauga Half Marathon

Monday, May 12, 2008

Yesterday I ran in the Mississauga Half Marathon. What a great race! My husband and daughter both came with me and we stayed in a hotel the night before. Saturday we picked up my race kit, found the start line and then enjoyed a nice dinner and swimming in the hotel pool. I didn't get a great night's sleep at all since my daughter was up for about 2 hours in the night. She's not a great sleeper to begin with, but it must have been the strange bed and the fact that she skipped her nap that day. So, the alarm clock went off way too early. We started driving to the start line and traffic was moving so slow since a lot of people were trying to get to the race and the others didn't know about road closures and were trying to find a detour. I was starting to get really nervous about not getting there on time. I saw other runners getting out of cars and starting to walk as it became apparent that things probably weren't going to be speeding up. Finally with only 15 minutes left until the start time I jumped out and joined the other runners who were running to the start line. It was probably a little over a mile to the race and I made it there with only 5 minutes to spare. Talk about cutting it close, but it was a great warm up.

This was the largest race I've been to yet and when the gun went off we didn't even move. It was so congested as everyone started to move across the start line and it took me 4 minutes to even get there. It was a great day for running, sunny, but cool since it was only 7:30 a.m. I found a comfortable pace and felt good, but panicked when the clock at the 5K mark said 29:18. It took me a few seconds to realize that I had to subtract what it took me to cross the start line and after that I just started paying attention to the time on my Garmin. I brought my mp3 player, but didn't use it at all and I really enjoyed just being inside my head and focusing on the race. The crowd support was great and our first names were on our bibs (a first for me) and it was nice to hear people calling out your name as opposed to a bib number when cheering you on. At around 10 miles my shoe lace came undone, but I didn't want to stop because I really wanted to make my goal. I told myself I should be happy with a time of 2 hours since I hadn't trained properly and had only gotten off the treadmill and back outside running a month ago. But secretly I was hoping to beat the time of my last half and knew I wouldn't be happy with myself if I didn't. I finally decided it was too dangerous to finish the race with my shoe lace undone and stopped and tied it. The last two miles of the race were on a winding trail down by Lake Ontario. It was beautiful scenery, but very windy and the trail was narrow which made passing people harder. The crowds along the path were huge and as I came around a corner I could hear my husband cheering me on which made me run faster. I finished strong and was so happy to see that I had met my goal with a time of 1:53:09!! After the race I even had time to go back to the hotel and soak in the hot tub for awhile before check out. Then on the way home we stopped at the Toronto Zoo where I spent three hours walking around. It was a fantastic trip and a great race and hopefully I can do it again next year.
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    Great report, Sarah! You did well, all things considered....
    Keep up the fantastic work! I know I can stop by your Sparkage and get inspired to continue on when I feel like just sitting and pouting...
    Take care~
    4737 days ago
  • NICK11951
    You are such an inspiration. I'm hoping to run in my first 5k this fall. I'm so ready for it!
    4738 days ago
  • MARLIE13
    Oh wow Sarah, you amaze me! I LOVED reading your blog and it just gave me goosebumps! WoohoO! What an excellent time as well...shoe lace and a non moving congested start to boot. Wowwowwow! And you look great all the pictures. I bet your hubby and little girl are just so stinkin' proud of you!!
    4740 days ago
    Wow! What an amazing accomplishment!! So far away for myself, but I can still enjoy your victory!!! Congratulations!!! emoticon
    4741 days ago
    Excellent! You should be so proud of these 2 accomplishments: the race itself and the time! And how perfect for you that your husband and daughter were there to cheer you on!! You must feel so blessed. (I hear you on the sleep challenges while away from home...)
    Is it true that you get caught up in the excitement at a race? I will be running my first race, a 5k, on May 31st. Each day I run I feel stronger. I have noticed that my posture is improving and the "jiggle"/post baby belly fat are melting away ;-)!
    Thank you for your self disclosure...thanks for giving, sharing and supporting...

    4741 days ago
    You are living my dream. I'd love to be able to run a half and/or full marathon!!! Way to go girl!!!

    Get velcro for your sneakers... JK!
    4742 days ago
    Ya'll ROCK! Keep up the great work!

    4742 days ago
    Awesome job!! I'm glad you stopped for the shoe lace though - just reading about you running with it undone was making me anxious!! Enjoy your recovery!
    4742 days ago
    Great job Sarah. I enjoyed reading your race report and the sense of accomplishment you had in achieving your goal. Your time is great, I'm jealous:)
    4742 days ago
  • BRUIN2
    Oh Sarah, this is soooooooo fabulous!!

    You ROCKED that race, undone shoe lace and all (I chuckled out loud when I read that part - I could just hear the struggle in your head over whether or not to stop to tie it up!!!).

    What a great race report! Congrats!!!!

    4743 days ago
    congrats on a great race and a great time!
    4743 days ago
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    Glad to hear you had a great race! The scenery looks gorgeous! Congrats on your time, that's awesome! Way to go!
    4743 days ago
  • ELLIE381
    Congrats on your race. You are a strong woman. Way to go. I have enjoyed reading your blog and your spark page. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    4743 days ago
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