Oh, you knew this was going to be two parts, so don’t even think about complaining. SeaWheeze was three parts last year, so this one will definitely be a two parter.
The Calgary Marathon festivities officially got started for me on Friday.
I was…shall we say….persistent and managed to score an invite to the Calgary Marathon VIP party on the Friday where I’d have the chance to
stalk meet all the wonderful people they brought in for the race.
First I needed approval from Lindsay and Tina on my dress for the evening – and the response was unanimous.
— Ange @ Cowgirl Runs (@cowgirlruns) May 30, 2014
And then I just got more and more excited as Friday went on, including some fangirling in my chair when Bart-Freaking-Yasso tweeted me (I think that’s his official name).
— Bart Yasso (@BartYasso) May 30, 2014
Yup. I died.
Lindsay and Tina were fabulous and invited me to meet them for dinner before the event started. We figured we should have full bellies as we weren’t too sure how much food would be provided and, well, no one wants to be hungover the day before a race (been there – done that).
I can’t even tell you how difficult it was to make it through my last hour at work. I brought my dress with me so I could change and walk over and the day just crawled by.
Finally at 4pm, I said “Screw it” and went home to feed Merlin and change for dinner.
I made a questionable decision in searing wedges to dinner and the event, but eh, I like pretty shoes 🙂
It was so wonderful to meet Sue, Tina, Terry and Lindsay at dinner (Michelle and I had met for coffee a few weeks ago). After waiting far too long for our food, we walked across the street and took the elevator aaalllll the way up to the top of the Calgary Tower.
Just a note: before getting my anxiety under control there is no way I’d have made it on that glass without freaking out and crying. I’m so proud I was able to do it!!
After taking a bunch of pictures, we wandered over to the bar and who did we spot?!
And we pretty much hung out with him all evening. What can I say, we’re a pretty fun group!
All four special visitors were white hatted, making them all honorary Calgarians.
After the ceremony it was confirmed that we’d be picking Bart up at his hotel to take him to the Friendship Run at the Eau Claire Running Room. Yes, you read that right, we were picking up Bart Yasso from his hotel 🙂
I was exhausted when I got home from the party so I honestly wasn’t too sure if I’d make it in the morning, but I slept wonderfully and woke up on my own at 7am (after sleeping in compression socks) so I was going to go.
I made myself some eggo waffles for breakfast (breakfast of champions, here!) and set out to meet Tina, Sue and Terry at the hotel.
Then we met up with Bart and took a few pictures….
….and we were off to the friendship run!
I had to boogie after the run as I had an appointment with my chiropractor at 10 to make sure everything was in working order for Sunday and then it was time to head to the expo to pick up my bib and attend the mandatory ultra briefing.
I made him home around 2pm and it was time for lunch, grading papers, resting and hydrating. I was feeling a bit spent after spending so much time with (very wonderful) people, so the downtime on Saturday was needed.
The closer it got to evening, the more I could feel my nerves acting up a bit, so I just tried to focus on making sure I had everything prepared for the morning.
It took me forever to decide what the heck kind of transportation to use to get to and from the race. I wasn’t thrilled at having to walk a long distance after the race (even though it’s good for me!) and I kept wavering between driving and taking the C-Train. This is one of those instances where having a significant other comes in really handy for drop off and pick up 🙂
In summary: when I wasn’t a bundle of nerves, I was fan-girling pretty hard.
After marking ten Excel files and a bunch of assignments, I decided to pop in Pitch Perfect to calm my nerves before heading to bed nice and early.
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