Last weekend I did the Around the Bay road 30k in Hamilton. This is a great road race that feels more like a marathon from an energy and organizational standpoint, though 12 fewer kms does sure make it feel a lot easier than a marathon. There is always a Grim Reaper and midget, sorry little person near the last big hill at about 26km. I always wonder about these odd characters, why they come year after year, are they paid by the race or do they just love participating. This year the little person was in a wheel chair and not dancing to we will rock you, which made me feel a bit sad as I ran by but it was also somehow motivating. The race is apparently older than Boston, at least according to the race shirts.
It was my first road race of the year and despite a lack of long run training it still went really well, only about a minute off my PB. The lesson is that sometimes going into a race with no expectations can be a great thing. It really takes the pressure off and allows you to really pay attention to your body, stay on pace and really enjoy the moment. Sometimes all the pressure to hit a certain time can cause you to go out to fast, which will catch up to you later and lead a blow up. It is definitely important to have goals, but sometimes going into a race with no expectations can be a great think and the result will more often than not be pleasantly surprising.