Well…. on August 27th Sean and I drove to Quebec city to see some sites and check into the hotel the day before my Marathon.
I felt great about my training and was ready to run and be happy with whatever time I came out with. The hotel was beautiful with the best view they had. We puttered around the city, visited the Citadel, had some great food and really took it all in.
At the running expo I was looking for spibelt that I had seen on Carrots N Cake (a great and inspiring blog I read) and came across a similar product called iFitness. It was absolutely perfect for carrying ID, iPhone, extra elastic’s and 3 Gel’s. It didn’t bounce around at all for the race. I was also able to attach my bib right to the bottom of it.
Some other essentials I made sure I had for the race:
Shoes (duh), iPod, socks that I know protect my feet, Garmin 305.
That night I was in bed and sleeping by 10:00pm because I had to be up and ready to catch the shuttle bus by 6:30. The hotel had cute little breakfast boxes for all the runners so I had a few things from there and brought a coffee for the bus ride.
Here’s where things get interesting…. As we all know hurricane Irene affected a very large area of North America… Quebec City wasn’t ignored. As I was walking to the bus I was told that the marathon was cancelled due to high winds that were expected as well as the usual storm effects that come with a hurricane. At first I was shocked… then I was sad. This was MY big run of the year. The one I’ve been training for so long.
By the time I arrived to the half marathon start line I had decided I was about to run and beat my half marathon PR.
Here’s how that went….
I beat my PR! 1:55:55 … not only that it was quite windy and there were lots of hills. I felt really proud and really good the whole way through the race.
You can see all my splits by clicking here. I’ve been taking my iPhone with me while I run and tracking everything. This time is slightly different from my official race time.
I know I look ridiculous in the photo below but I don’t care. I was beyond happy with how the run was going! Cheers!