But as race day approached, I started trolling Kijiji, and I found an ad posted by a gentleman asking $45 for his bib. Yes! I was pleased to see only one person had viewed the ad, and even more pleased when he responded it was still available. $45 was a price I could accept for a distance of 21.1. We met up on Friday to exchange the race number at package pick up. And I can say, I'm really glad I didn't pay any more for this race.
It was great to run through the Weaslehead, and in a part of the city I normally don't see. There were three aid stations for support offering water or gatorade, as well as the Police mascot, cops on horseback, and the highlight for me, bag pipers as we came up a steep hill out of the Weaslehead and into Lakeview.
|Heading out over the reservoir.|
|The back of the medal. The front says FINISHER and the race distance.|
I wouldn't sign up to do this race again, unless I found it for cheap. The price simply doesn't make it worth it. I have heard it has a loyal following though, and usually sells out. Not this year. Perhaps (and hopefully) price has something to do with that.
|Heading into the Weaselhead.|
I finished the race in 2:13:07, holding a pace of 6:18 min/k. The finish line, marked a total distance for me of about 26K. I still had 3 more to go. I just kept running after the finish line, knowing if I stopped I may not want to start back up. I got 29.07k nailed yesterday, and I finished feeling GREAT. I was really happy with shaving two minutes off my finish time from February, and happy I finished fast and strong.
I'm into the heavy miles now of training. Next week 32, then 36 on Mothers Day weekend, then the taper will start as the marathon approaches. As of today, 33 days to go!