Personal Worst (PW) it was!
I was hoping for a 2:10 in this race, and I think that without the health challenges that have plagued me the last four weeks or so, it was attainable. Difficult but attainable. Sadly, sometimes during allergy season, my breathing is unmanageable, and I went into this race on a pharmaceutical cocktail that included 3 inhalers, Prednisone, and Singulair. I had my doctor's blessing to run, but was told to take it easy.
On Saturday night, I was having a lot of difficulty breathing. For me, this means I cough. A lot, and hard. It sounds a lot like kids do when they have the croup. I didn't want to worry anyone, but I started to think that I may not be able to run after all. Denise didn't say anything to me, but I am pretty sure that she was thinking the same thing.
Sunday morning came, and I was feeling a bit better. I decided I would run, but I would treat it like a leisurely Sunday morning long run. You know, with 2200 of my closest friends.
I really am glad I ran. It is a challenging, hilly and beautiful course. The race takes you through Sunnybrook Park, and let me tell you, if I could run there all the time, I would. Fab-u-lous.
Overall, I felt okay through the run. There were a few spots when I needed my inhaler, but nothing too dramatic. I took it easy, enjoyed the scenery, and listened to some great music on my iPod, Radcliffe. (Yes, I named my iPod Radcliffe). It really was nice to enjoy the run without the pressure of meeting a time goal.
Only two things went wrong for me on this race, and they were pretty minor. I had to use EVERY. SINGLE. PORT-A-POTTY. Because I was having some breathing struggles, I used a LOT of water. I also coughed a lot. So I had to pee a lot. That wasn't ideal, but no biggie. At least on the race course, you know there will be washrooms. If more had been stocked with toilet paper, that would have been nice.
Otherwise, I can't complain. I ran the entire hill that is placed at 19K. Its a big hill leading to a shaky bridge and the majority of people around me were walking it. But not ME! I am SUDBURIAN. We run our hills.
This is what I looked like.
|Denise, rocking out after the race.|
|Jessica, looking MUCH better!|
|Us, with Dayna Pidhoresky. (She's fast. Like, Top woman at Around the Bay in 2011, fast)|