I was really pretty excited about this Marathon. The expo was awesome – 2nd best that I had been too. I bought a sweet Niagara Falls Marathon Jacket, Arm warmers, and a head band. Thank god I got the arm warmers or I would have been out there in just a tank top and gloves…
It was very cold before the start of the race – I hid in the Albright Knox Art Gallery until about 9:30 am. Then went to the bag drop buses and my bus had a LONG winding line….. the only bus with a line of course, I had already taken all my layers off so I was freezing, but then this guy hands me one of those foil blankets and says “you will need this”. What a guy – saved the day! I was thankful. By the time I got rid of my bag there was only 10 minutes before the start. They played the Canadian National Anthem and the American… which was cool.
I started the race with zero expectations, only plan was to take it easy and no matter how good I felt I would hold myself back. So I did, I stuck to 8:30 miles…. felt so easy, I figured I would just keep that pace for the entire Marathon… If I did it would be a PR. It felt like that would be a easy thing to do…. I even used a Clif gel early, somewhere between mile 3 and 5…. and another around mile 10. But then I started realizing Im not even half way done yet… and I’m starting to feel tired? My legs felt good … but my energy just wasn’t there. Then the cold and wind really started to get to me.
Here’s a map of the race – you’ll see where it all starts going down hill…
I didn’t think I could have a worse Marathon than Disney World. Disney I had HORRIBLE stomach issues, even a porta potty break…. but still finished right at 4 hours. I felt fine yesterday, no issues at all. It just wasn’t my day to run a Marathon. I started losing it after the first half… seeing my pace get slower and slower. As I got slower I got colder… and I got REALLY tired of being cold. I wanted to be done… I saw an ambulance driving by, and thought about asking for a ride. But I still wanted that medal…
At about mile 20 I really gave up. I broke my no walking rule. I figured I could walk the last 6 miles and still finish in the time limit. But then I was freezing, so I would try to make myself run for half a mile. I would end up running for like .2 miles then walk again. I struggled with running until about mile 23 where I came between these 2 guys. One of them started talking to me (we were all walking), but it was just the distraction I needed. I asked the guy on my left how many Marathons he’s done… this was his 210th!! Holy cow. We saw a photographer in the distance and decided we should be running for the photos… so the 3 of us ran together for a good mile. I told him about my first marathon (Chicago) and how I haven’t been able to get close to that time since. He said it was beginners luck. He also hated me once I told him my time.
Those guys saved the day. They eventually fell back and I kept running till the finish. The first part of the marathon was fun because I felt good, but that ended fast. I was not enjoying the race at all, until the last 3 miles… which is a first. There’s something about running on one road for 18 miles that I just don’t like… we were also running along the river that entire time and maybe that didn’t help the wind factor.
Here’s my results:
I was 465th overall out of 1035
20th in age group out of 65
147th female out of 482
I haven’t seen any pictures from the race yet – but I will post those soon. Glad this race is over – and this concludes marathons for me for a WHILE! (except for a trail marathon 😉 )
P.S. They put a lot of work into this Marathon and did an awesome job! If I had done well I probably would have loved everything about it. Very comparable to Chicago. I would recommend it to anyone.