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That was my place out of 6, 848 runners at Around the Bay this year.

I was kind of worried I’d be slower than the last time I ran it due to really not preparing very well this year. I mean, I ran my training runs and everything, but I definitely was not getting the best sleep in the weeks leading up to the race. And I was out for a beer on Thursday and Friday night. And I didn’t start thinking about eating the “right race foods” until Friday afternoon. And then I had cookies. So I think my time was less a result of physical fitness than it was a result of my being unwilling to accept a time slower than my slowest historical time and simply mentally muscling through it in a way that had nothing to do with physical fitness levels, but I will take that and run with it…though probably not for a couple days.

2:27:16 for my new personal best – by a handful of seconds.

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Guest appearance by O

Guys…oven enameling is not working out the way I thought it would. Who wants to sell me a cheap kiln?

In other news, I’m going to piggy-back on Os Clothes for today’s post because I did all the work over at his site and just why shouldn’t I get all the credit?

Happy Friday folks! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get lunch and down a gallon of water in preparation for Around the Bay. Does it work to train and eat like a hardcore pro if you only do it the two days before the race? We’ll find out!

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Fleur de Race

Sorry if you’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the big show-off I promised on Saturday, but I completely forgot to take a picture of it – it being a painting I did of some friends who got married this weekend.

Ah well! What I do have is flowers – a pre-race good luck charm from Sean.

Very nice! And definitely a factor in my finish.

Oh me, oh my it was a rougher race than last year – plagued by the tail end of an illness I’ve had for a month, a serious side stitch (I never get stitches so this threw me waaaaayyy off) at the 3km mark, way too many layers for what ended up being a warm morning, and 27 km of really needing a washroom break but not wanting to lose seconds, I came in a minute and 30 under my goal for a silver medal time of 2:28:37.

And if you add to that all the dancing I did at the post-race wedding I attended, I like to think I finished an actual marathon over the course of the day.

 

 

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