Prince Edward County Marathon

After having a great visit with Danielle in Kingston, I drove to the race site in Picton, before the sunrise, to catch the bus.   While on the bus, I met a mother, who has done several Ironmans and with plans to run her first 100km race this November.  It was very inspiring to chat with her for a bit as we rode to the start of the PEC Marathon

At the start line I met a few more Muskoka 70.3 finishers as well as some of the running maniacs from the online forum that I read and post to from time to time.  I offered to be a pacer for their 3:30’ Shallonge group. 

As the race began, I settled into a pace with Casual_Runner and chatted with him for a while.  Then I ran ahead to chat with Doonst and we were able to share many stories and plans for our future races.  I kept him on his target pace through 25km.  At that point I wanted to break out into a bit of a tempo pace and I begun to speed up.  Before I knew it, there were very few runners ahead or behind me.  Suddenly, around 35km, the leader in the half marathon sped past me and then I finally had someone to pull me along with a blazing fast pace to the finish.  I tried to stay with him as much as possible but he was running splits around 3:30”/km so I just tried to keep him in sight. 

There were some surprise rolling hills in the last 6km, which slowed me down a bit, but I just started to try harder and dig deeper.  I was feeling good and wanted to finish strong, just like I did the previous weekend in Toronto.  The last 2km where as close to a sprint as I could muster. 

They were giving out free massages after the race, which was something I was definitely in need of.   I collected my 2nd place medal for my age category and I was back on the road for the 5hour drive back home.  Driving was almost more exhausting than the race.  My chip time: 3:16:09” with another large negative split (about 11 minutes).

© Brian Groot 2020