I will, on occasion, joke that I need someone to manage my life an my decision making skills.
The lead up to this race is no exception.
Saturday was a whirlwind and wonderful day that kept me on my feet the majority of the day.
Becky, Kaella, and I hosted a We Run Social meet up in at the Calgary Marathon expo and then somehow Becky and I ended up hanging out at the Brooks booth handing out bibs and sunglasses to promote Global Running Day and before we knew it it was noon and I hadn’t eaten. Whoops.
Becky and I bid the Brooks folks and runners adieu and went back to my place for bagels and water before embarking on a self-guided beer tour of Calgary.
Now, you may think that drinking beer the day before a race is a bad idea, and you’d probably be right. Remember, I’m not known for always making the best decisions the day before a race – especially when a friend is in town and beer is involved.
After dinner at Last Best, I went home briefly before meeting another friend at the Carly’s Angels drag show. If you’re in Calgary, I cannot recommend this show enough. I was out waaaaay too late and it was worth every minute of lost sleep.
I was home and in bed shortly after midnight with an alarm set for 6am. Yikes.
I was up with Becky at 6 as she had an earlier start at the Calgary Marathon 10k so we had coffee and after she left I realized it was time to get organized, get dressed, and pick up Brie.
I left my house shortly after 7 and Brie and I were on the road to Canmore just before 8am – after grabbing coffees at Starbucks, of course.
We arrived to a very full parking lot at the Canmore Nordic Centre but were able to find parking just across the street. First order of business was peeing, followed by a walk back to the car to get ready to run.
All week the forecast was calling for cool temperatures and rain, and I was so happy the weather ignored the forecast and we were greeted with sun and 12C in the mountains.
We walked back to the start line and debated a second pee, but weren’t sure we’d make it through the porta-potty line in time so opted to fine a porta-potty on course if needed.
The staging area for the race was a bit confusing and we weren’t certain if we were where we should be, but we stood through the wildlife briefing (stop, talk, walk) and then the warm up (because I’m stubborn, I’m not a huge fan of the group warm up) and finally it was time for us to start.
Both the 10k and 5k start on the grass outside the Nordic Centre. The 10k runners complete two loops of the 5k course and start about 10 minutes before the 5k.
Since returning from my injury, the longest I’ve run has been just over 6k, so I was planning on taking things easy for this race. Brie and I ran and chatted together, and made sure to walk up the hills on the course because I was not about to exhaust myself attempting to run up the plentiful hills.
At first, we weren’t super keen on running two loops of the same course, but because we had such amazing scenery, it really didn’t feel like we did two loops of the same thing. Neither of us were focused on time – it was about getting outside and running in a new area.
I actually haven’t even checked the race results, because time isn’t my priority right now – enjoying the run is.
We crossed the finish together and Ashley grabbed a great picture of us heading to the finish line. Instead of medals (those are only for the Saturday half marathoners) we were handed gift bags with Rocky Mountain Soap products. Each bag has slightly different products so it’s fun to take a peek to see what we received.
After grabbing water (instead of bottles they have recyclable paper cups that were waiting for us on a table near the finish) we met up with Ashley for a picture before checking out some of the vendors and then grabbing our post-race meal of soup, salad, and bread.
By this time it was shortly after 12, so we opted to head to Canmore for hipster coffees and then hit the road back to Calgary.
I dropped Brie off around 2:30, made a stop for groceries (the bane of my existence) and was home (and a zombie) by 3:30.
I had such a great time at the race, but was sad to miss out on spending more time with Kaella and Becky this weekend. I’m hoping we can all run the same race next year. Or, races, as I’m considering the half on Saturday and 10k on Sunday, because why not?! It certainly wouldn’t be the craziest thing I’ve done 😉
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- Super fun race weekend
- Save $10 if you don’t buy a race shirt (but they were lovely and super soft this year)
- Package pickup at multiple locations in the city
- Fun and unique swag
- Gorgeous scenery
- 1 hour drive outside of the city (though I really don’t mind the drive at all)
- Race merchandise is cash only (other vendors accept credit)
- 10k is two loops of the same (I didn’t mind, but you may not love it)
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