A few afterthoughts about the weekend and then it will be back to business as usual:
-The 10K world record I mentioned last week did not get broken. Merga missed it by 24 or so seconds. A different world record DID get broken: the single-leg amputee record. I had no idea there would be an attempt (and apparently neither did he until a few weeks ago). Well done Mr. Ball! Two world records in two months? Wow!
-One of the participants in the marathon ran his 138th sub 3 hour marathon. Both Liz and I just kind of looked at each other and wondered if we had heard the announcer correctly.
-The top Canadian finisher was Reid Coolsaet who ran 2:17:10 in his marathon debut. I read a CBC story that called him "comfortable" at the end. He certainly looked it- he was pumping up the crowd and grinning from ear to ear. (check his blog out for his race report. someone should have warned him that somehow you ALWAYS end up running into the wind along the canal...i don't know how it works, but it does)
-Around the 5 and a half hour mark, a lady came running by absolutely sobbing. It was a very good example of the physical AND mental toll that running a marathon takes. I kind of wanted to give her a hug.
-Jordan was 105th overall (that's in the top 3%) and 13th in his age group. I think that's pretty wicked.
-I enjoyed this one much more than my last race- definitely a success!
-Watching kids cheer for their parents is adorable.
-Watching parents cheer for their kids is also pretty cool.
And just for you Heather- I caught someone wearing our favourite shirt: