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Mississauga is directly west of Toronto...a quaint little town of about 750,000 of my best friends. A cool downhill course running past where the rich people live and along Lake Ontario.<br><br>
I had a great day...I had joked about needing reflective clothing and a headlamp, but we finished well before lunch and were smiling the whole way.<br><br>
My running buddy Erika, who moved to Muskoka (110 miles north of Toronto), has run exactly 7 times since Christmas including a long run of 10K two weeks ago. She is a great athlete, but has severe asthma and has fought off continuous bronchitis and a touch of pneumonia.<br><br>
I was concerned for her because she tends to run through pain into injury far too often. Today she was determined to run the half. When we run together we normally take just a little under 2 hours for a half-marathon, but I suspected that it was likely going to be a lot closer to 2:30 today. My plan was that if I thought she was struggling I was going to fake an injury to slow us right down. I'm nothing, if not sneaky.<br><br>
She just asked me to keep a slow pace, as steady as possible....5 of the first 7 km were splits of 6:24...and 15 of 21 were between 6:20 and 6:30. I'd say that would qualify as steady....and slow<br><br>
We ran comfortably on an absolutely perfect day...50F, cloudless, with a slight breeze. I kept looking for signs that she was faltering, but saw none until the last 20 minutes of the race. She was pretty much done when we crossed the foot bridge over the Credit River by the running store where I work. This is where I joked for the past month that we were going to stop at Sunset Grill for breakfast before continuing to the finish. Erika was heavy on the puffer at that point and we had to walk for a minute or so at 18K and again at 20K. We rolled in with full smiles at 2:17...yet another personal worst for me...I seem to be setting them often. However, it was just one of those satisfying days when you are really happy to be able to do what most of the population couldn't even imagine doing.<br><br>
Another great thing about running 2:17...you don't get all sweaty....and your hair stays in place. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v705/jcumming/DSC05761.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Nice job jcumming. Sounds like you had a good day with a good friend, and couldn't care less about the time. Nothing wrong with that. <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br><br>
I hope Erika bought you a beer or lunch or something after the race. <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:
 

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Eh...screw the time, you had a great time and took advantage of sharing a great experience with a friend with Mother Nature acting favorably as well. Like you said, even your PW is better than so many of those people who do nothing. 13.1 miles is nothing to brush off either...congrats to both of you.<br><br>
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If I had such a handsome devil running with me I'd have taken my time too...<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> You're awesome, JC....sometimes sharing the experience with a friend is more important than what time you finish in.
 

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JC has taken the time to run with another slowpoke I know....several times. He once even braved bears in the woods to protect me!!
 

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Yes Equinox, she surely did buy the beers.<br><br>
Running races with other people is really lots of fun. When you are running at about 90% of your capability it feels best for a good social time at a race. You really can take in all the sights and sounds and you can have a grand old chat with anybody and everybody enroute. It's kind of like a training run with great atmosphere, support and food at the end.<br><br>
As for tigger's mention of braving bears in the woods...as I recall, I needed to go into the woods to check out if bears pooped there. It was unclear, but I do know at least one runner did. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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You're doing a good job of ruining your image as a curmudgeon.<br><br>
That was a nice thing you did there JC. You're one of the good guys.
 

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Sounds like you had a good day, JC. I'm sure she appreciated your company too. Now, you gonna come out to Calgary and supply me with the same sort of support? I can guarantee you'll set an even best personal worst at teh moment. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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You're just a good guy jc, no matter what they say! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Nah! Stealing the timing mats at the Niagara Marathon (with Irhig) was one of the nasty things JC has done! And then there was that trip near the finish of another Niagara race!
 

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Nice, JC. There's a lot to be said about being able to simply go out and enjoy yourself, the company and the experience of running a race. Most excellent!
 

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JC - You mean you still have hair????????<br><br>
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Wow, is she an ex pro-biker? Erika's got some great quads. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Highly competitive biker and speed skater. On the leg lift machine she used to move aside all the football players and put the whole stack on the thing and lift it with seeming ease.
 
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