I admit I am still struggling a little with the outcome of yesterday’s marathon. But the encouraging messages from family, friends and blog readers have been so helpful! There have been so many kind words, many of them ending with, “You finished a marathon!!!”
One of the reasons I wanted to beat my first marathon time was so that I would not have to do another. I am serious. I really can’t see me running a marathon each year, or as I have just done, running 2 marthons in 7 months. I am really looking forward to running faster half marathons and 10k races. I can also see me heading to the Around the Bay 30k race each year as my distance run. These goals interest me more than the marathon. Of course now though, despite the fact that during the marathon I was telling myself over and over again – sometimes out loud – that I will never do one again… well you can guess what I am thinking. At some point I am going to have to try another one because finishing up on this one will bother me forever. But for now the third marathon can wait.
As for Ottawa Race Weekend, if this isn’t an event you have tried you need to put it on your list of races to do. This is an event that seems to take over the city and I honestly think it must be one of the best races in the world for spectator support. I am always amazed by the number of kids who line the streets to cheer on the runners. My boys spent quite a bit of yesterday having a blast high fiving marathoners. They were thrilled with how many runners would cross from the other side of the road just to get the high five. I feel more than a little guilty that I was not in the right state of mind to truly appreciate the spectators who took time out of their day to cheer us all on. Next time, I promise.
I also think it would be tough to beat the scenery, this is simply a gorgeous city in which to run. The only unfortunate part was the amount of road construction, but as I heard one person say, there are two seasons in Ottawa; winter and construction.
As an aside, one amusing part of the weekend was the marathon bus tour. I decided to go so I would have a picture of the course in mind and maybe learn a few things about the city. I assumed that a runner or race volunteer would be giving the tour. Instead it was a City of Ottawa Tour Guide who really had no idea that we were all there to see our course. She was unsure of whether or not we were even following the course until the bus driver called out that we were. About 3/4 of the way through she asked how far we would be running. At one point several people were noting that there was no shade to be found on much of the first part of the route. I think she must have looked at someone’s race map, noticed the tent symbol for the water station and then told us that there would be tents for us to rest and relax in! She definitely wasn’t getting the whole marathon race thing. She also told us that the Quebec area was hilly so that would be a fun area in which to run. Uh huh.
The bling for the marathon was awesome. The medal is massive and the shirt will make a perfect Canada Day shirt. I admit that yesterday I questioned if I would even feel right wearing the shirt given how I felt about my race. But today I have decided that the shirt will represent all of my training rather than the race itself. I devoted a lot of time to running these last few months. A lot more than say housework or cleaning up the yard and gardens. I think all of that training is worth a cool shirt.
And finally some pictures from ORW 2014: