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Niagara Falls International Half Marathon Recap

Posted Oct 25 2010 6:14am
Nerves! We all have nerves for various reasons. Last month when I ran my first half marathon, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon , I was so nervous because I had never ran 13.1 miles. Yesterday I wasn't nervous about the miles I had to run but what I was going to end up wearing. The forecast had changed a few times for Niagara Falls during the week, it was suppose to go down to 10 degrees and it was suppose to be raining Sunday morning. Then they showed the temperature would be going up to 18 degrees and no rain on Sunday morning. I don't know how many times I looked at my clothes and tried to decide what to wear. This is a big issue for me. If I am not comfortable, if I am too hot or too cold, forget it, my race will be horrible. So I woke up at 5:45 am yesterday morning knowing that the forecast for Niagara was 18 degrees and no rain, but when I woke up here at home it was pouring rain and cold. So I dressed for the weather that I saw here. I mean I am only 1.5 hours away from Niagara Falls, how different can the weather be there? Well apparently VERY! Luckily I packed up the truck with alot of different clothes incase the weather was different. When we crossed the Hamilton skyway bridge it was clearing up and you could actually see the sun trying to come out all the way towards Niagara. Luckily hubby was driving so I started changing......sorry to all the cars around me that may have seen some skin! I had worn a cap because I knew it would be wet in Niagara but it wasn't and I so didn't want to wear a hat but I forgot my bobby pins. I had just got a haircut a few weeks ago so I need bobby pins. We got off the highway and went in search of somewhere were I could buy bobby pins. Let me tell you I will never make that mistake again. I did find a place and we were on our way. Hubby dropped me off at the start line of the half. Actually he dropped me off a bit off because this poor little country one land road was PACKED with cars that even the cop infront of us decided to turn around and get out of there. So hubby dropped me off a few blocks away and also turned around and headed to park at the finish. So I actually had a really nice walk down to the start line but had to use the potty. The line up for the potty was huge. I got in just a few minutes before the start but I was unable to get to my proper positoning because there were so many people at the start and it wasn't well corralled at all. I was back by the 2:45 bunny which was very bad. I literally spent the first 5 miles zigzaging past all these runners. I really think I burned too much energy doing that.

So as I was zigzaging my hubby and daughter enjoyed a fabulous breakfast that the Fallsview Casino and they enjoyed the Falls.

But they were at the finish line waiting for me which always means so much. Here is my daughter just waiting for mommy!

And there I am passing my daughter. Don't mind the funny grin on my face. But I was so happy to see them and I gave my daughter a big high 5!

I was also so happy to see the finish line

WOOHOO I did it! I finished my second half marathon!

Here are my stats:
Official Time: 2:00:40
Chip Time: 1:58:22 (10 seconds slower than my first half)
Gender Rank: 247 out of 1367
Category Rank: 41 out of 207

Here is a great pic with the Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower behind me.

I thought it was a great medal.

So overall I think it was a well organized race and the course was truly beautiful. Almost all of the course is right along the lake, a bit boring at times because it is so flat and straight. Would I run it again? I would like to but if it has the same date next year it will be one week after the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon since they changed their date (which I am totally unhappy about) but I think I would rather run the Toronto race. We will have to see what happens!
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