Running 2:19:34  32.9 km (4:15 / km) +15m 4:14 / km
Wanted to have a boo at the tip of Tommy Thompson Park. Some of the best views of the city - with a marshy bird mecca foreground.
Figured it was too long of a jaunt to run from home and back, so I parked on a side street in Parkdale. (Which allowed for a clean getaway home as the 905'ers file in to visit the Ex. Still don't know why so many of them drive down, and sit in traffic...and generally eff everything up.)
5 km splits:
The conditions were perfect and I was feeling great. I had a gel at 60 and 120 min. Other than zero water until the 30km mark, I couldn't have put myself in a better situation to break a 3 hour marathon.
After gulping whilst stretching at a fountain at 30km (clock running), I felt 2:59 even was well within reach. Felt like I was pissing 4:10-4:13/km throughout the whole run...wasn't labouring...and had a super familiar/favourable out and back from around the Ex to the mouth of the Humber to Parkdale.
Then my bloody watch died!! I knew it was coming though, as it beeped 'low battery' at around the 45 minute mark.
I was going to keep running, but I really had no way of accounting for the final 10ish km. I know I would have slayed it, (and should have continued just for the hell of it), but was too pissed and bailed back.
This whole experience is making me rethink even running the marathon in October. I'm not trying to qualify for Boston next spring, (I'd rather orienteer)...so what's the point? It will probably allow me to get to another O meet or adventure race in the fall...which I prefer.
I know now then on any given day I can go for it... I don't need to pay $120 to make it "official".