Been a couple of days so enough distance has passed between race and report; do NOT want the entire thing to be about dodging walkers, rude runners, strollers, and what is with the dogs?
Bit more prepared for the hills this year; they were far less painful :) The weather was absolutely perfect; if we had started 1 hour earlier it might have been cooler but OMG It wasnt raining! It was only breezy! Sun was shining! Success if you ask me :):)
So I was awake around 430 am; someone in my bed was awfully loud and it wasnt me. Didnt really sleep after HE was awake and so when the alarm went off at 530 I was still pretty groggy. GOt ready to go, got the kids all up and out the door by 630 ish. Took them to the grands, picked up friends, and off to Halifax!
We got to the Metro Center rather early and were able to get good parking so we left our bags in the car rather than checking them which saved us a lot of time and stress in line ups. Stretched a bit, took in the atmosphere, and said hi to a few friends on the way to the bathrooms and back. Multiple times. My routine is 3 times hehehe. One of those has to be ON the start line. (well not RIGHT on the line; there are portapotties there).
We made our way up to the start line as instructed and realised as we walked WAY around all these fences that going out another door would have been more efficient. It was a long walk around. Then we were corralled into the start chute. This was awful. the Half Marathon people were also crowding in which meant afew things...since they were leaving after us, they took up space; we had to squeeze around them; they were sometimes trying to get out of the tightly fenced in start line, so were going against traffic and were just so standing there preventing us from getting to the start. SIGH.