Starting Line- Apparently, there’s a man here running his 728th marathon. He is 88. Amazing.
Kilometer 1- Yay, crowds of runners! (5min06 sec)
2- I can’t believe these people woke up to cheer us on. It’s 7AM. Go back to bed. (9:52)
3- The Rideau Canal is beautifully misty. (14:41)
4- So I just gotta do this like 10 more times…
5- Poster reads: “Pain is just a sign of de-feet.” Puns. (23:56)
6- You know what? I’m not feeling too bad. Surprising given how much sitting I’ve been doing. (28:37)
7- The sound of so many feet running is spectacular. And a bit frightening. (33:19)
8- I remember this hill from last year. (38:02)
9- I’m so happy I decided to do this. Even if this means that I’m taking a day off work. (42:32)
10- Running a bit faster than I had anticipated. Maybe this will be a problem later… (47:09)
11- Poster reads: “Worst parade ever.” Ha! (51:49)
12- So nice to be recognized by an old friend I haven’t seen in ages!
13- Awesome high school marching band. Free high fives.
14- Is it greedy to take TWO power gels? Nope. (1hr05min41sec)
15- On some sort of highway. No spectators. And a bit bored. At least it’s flat. (1:10:28)
16- I’m glad I went with the sleeveless outfit- starting to get warm!
17- My feet are starting to swell up and blister. How many toenails will I lose this year? (1:19:44)
18- The guy in front of me just stopped to kiss his girlfriend. Cute. (1:24:15)
19- I drank too much water. Can I do two things at the same time? Nope. Too many people watching, anyhow.
20- Now entering Gatineau, QC.
21- Half-way! (1:38:28)
22- Gotta stop to give my friends and their son a hug- I FEEL GREAT!
23- Do I feel great?
24- I dunno- this hill doesn’t make me feel so great.
25- But there’s so many people in front of the Museum of Civilization– can’t slow down now! (1:56:38)
26- SO MANY PEOPLE!
27- Heading back to Ottawa. Now that I’m on the bridge, definitely time to slow down.
28- More power gels! I’ll take two, thank you very much!
29- And there goes the leading elite woman racer at kilometer 39 already. Human gazelle.
30- Feeling surprisingly okay.
31- But here comes the wall. (2:25:44)
32- Poster reads: “Humpty Dumpty also had wall issues.” (2:30:41)
33- Hit. That. Wall. (2:35:46)
34- Thank the world for Kylie Minogue. (2:40:43)
36- MIN-O-GUE. (2:50:28)
37- Thank you random person for giving out freezees. (2:55:54)
38- Focus on anything but the pain. It will be over soon. (3hr01min09sec)
39- Back in downtown Ottawa and it’s packed! (3:06:27)
40- Just two more kilometers. (3:11:42)
41- Why do I involuntarily cry when I try to smile? So tired. #facialcatharsis (3:17:10)
42- 200 meters left to go. Am I really crossing the finish line listening to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”? Yup!
Kilometer 42.2-DONE! (3:23:23; Per kilometer average: 4 minutes:50 seconds)