Today was the the day I raced in my first official half-marthon, and it will definitely NOT be my last. My dad ended up registering for the race too, so he was able to guide me through the experience (he’s done the Toronto Goodlife Marathon before).
Lets go back one day, which was kit pickup and race expo. Yay for free goodies, and fitness advertisements.
I’m really impressed with the shirt the came with the kit. It’s a really good quality, so I’ll be getting good use out of it. The white hat pictured didn’t come in the kit, I bought it at the expo since I didn’t have one.
Thankfully my blog reading obsession did some good, as I knew to set out my clothes, and prep my breakfast the night before.
Also before going to bed Saturday night, I again checked the weather for the billionth time:
Yes, that is 8 degrees, raining and windy. Could I ask for anything worse? In all honesty I was a little bummed out when I saw the forecast the night before, but it turned out to be decent. I wore lots of layers to keep warm, and the rain wasn’t pouring, so I only got a little wet.
Sunday morning I enjoyed my breakfast and dressed in some throw away clothes for standing at the Start line.
This breakfast creation was yumlicious. It was a little risky, because it was different then my regular volume breakfast. I call it Journey to the Jungle…because there are bananas, cocoa, cherries, and peanuts in the jungle right?
Journey to the Jungle
Package of plain instant Oatmeal
tablespoon of chocolate protein powder
1 cup puffed millet ** amazing addition for texture
Breakfast in the making
Directions: Combine instant oatmeal and protein powder with water and mix. Add the puffed millet and mix well into oatmeal (you can add more water if need be). Mix peanut flour with water in separate dish, and pour half on top of oats/millet mixture. Top with sliced banana, then pour the rest of peanut flour. Top with cherry yogurt, and cover in fridge overnight.
The result of was nothing short of delicious, and the texture of adding the puffed millet to the oats was a high five in my books.
Enough about eating (for now) it’s race time. My chip time was 2:00:16. You have know idea how much I wish those 17 seconds didn’t exist. 17 seconds away from being under 2 hours!!
I used my Nike + sportband throughout the run, which gave me another chance to test its accuracy. Turns out it registered 12.8 miles, so it is a little inaccurate. However I calibrated the run, which will improve accuracy in future runs.
Although I wish I had finished in just under 2 hours, I have no regrets. I had an amazing experience and am looking forward to my next half marathon.
That’s my brother on the left. He did the Mississauga Half Marathon this weekend and finished 13th in his age category! I’m so proud of him.