I shouldn't wait a week before posting a race recap - I'm having troubles remembering things. Eek!
Rocked out in my new pink Team Sparkle skirt.
I also covered my upper body and face with various forms of glitter- body glitter, glitter eye shadow and three different eye liners – hot pink, turquoise and glitter. I don’t normally apply make-up specifically for a race, but I was going for a sparkle theme so why not?
Met up with my co-worker that I convinced to sign up for this race. He was a bit freaked out by the distance, but left me in his dust after 10 minutes and finished 10 minutes a head of me.
The course itself was great – flat and scenic. It started off hot, but got cooler as the race went on. My cousin was running the 30K and we passed each other on the course – he picked me up, spun me around, set me down and ran off. Bit disorientating, but a nice on-course boost.
The whole starting a race at 6:45 didn’t well for me – I didn’t eat properly throughout the day and kind of paid for it during my run with stomach cramps. Slowed me down quite a bit and I was ready for the finish line.
Finished in 1hr 53 at a pace of 7:35/km. I didn’t make any of my time goals, but this was still a better pace than my last half marathon (barely – 7:39/km) so I’m hopeful that a 2.5 hour half is still in my near future, but we’ll see.
At the finish line, we were giving aluminum water bottles and giant medals.
I think if I had run the 30K, I would have been disappointed that all 3 distances (5K, 15K and 30K) were all given the same medals, but I’m okay with it. It’s a serious piece of bling and the biggest medal I have!
Things I liked about this race:
- Course – beautiful. Fabulous views of the sky line.
- Giant medal
- Post race party seemed good, but I wanted to head home so didn’t get any food or drink
- Well organized shuttles that brought me to and from the subway
- Festive atmosphere – loved all of the people dressed up for the fairy theme.
Things not too crazy about:
- Time – need to prepare better for an evening race
- That’s about it.
Will definitely do this race again, maybe with lower expectations and a more elaborate costume.