|The marathon course|
My wife and I made it to Buffalo, NY on Friday October 24th and picked up our bags and rental car and headed to Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. We quickly made our way to the Expo and picked up bibs, shirts, and other random wares. Once that was out of the way we checked out the Falls for a few moments before getting dinner and relaxing.
After a good nights rest my wife and I had to get up and get to the buses a few blocks from our hotel. We said our goodbyes until we'd see each other at the finish line, she ran the half-marathon and was on a different set of buses since they started at a different location. We had to go through customs, so picture buses with 1500 or so runners going through US customs in running gear. They had us moving through quickly, so it went fast. Once that was out of the way we got dropped off at the gallery to wait and try to avoid the wind and cool conditions.
Just before the race started, I had a couple of issues to deal with. First I somehow lost one of the thin Nike running gloves I had to keep my hands somewhat warm and one full Clif Shot package. I had to quickly rethink my nourishment routine on the fly. After the American and Canadian national anthems we made our way through Buffalo, it went by quickly. Once we hit the Peace bridge, the wind hit us. It didn't seem to bad at the time, but we trudged through to Canada. We headed south and out of the wind for a few miles and then headed north straight up the Niagara Parkway. It was then that I realized that the last eighteen miles of the race were going to be directly into the wind.
|That guy needs to shave|
|So fresh and clean|
I did enjoy the race, I was proud to finish even through the adversity of wind and lack of nourishment. Luckily they had some Honey Maxx at the aid stations and that was a huge help. I plan to run another marathon down the road, luckily I learned quite a bit a long the way and will be better prepared for next time. My official chip time was 4 hours 41 minutes and 12 secs, I was actually hoping to get under 4 hours 30 minutes, but the wind and the fatigue it caused slowed me down.
Next time though, I'm sure the conditions will be perfect :)