Friday night before going to bed I set my alarm for 6am. Please take note that I do not wake up that early on days in which I have to work, but I’ll do it for a race. Runners are weird.
Even Merlin was confused when I was dragging myself out of bed before hitting snooze six time (snooze = snuggles in this house).
The Calgary Harvest Half Marathon is the first of four half marathons I signed up for in October. Lest you think I’m completely insane (I’m really only semi-crazy) I’m using these runs as a way to up my mileage and practice back-to-back runs in preparation for Ragnar in November. While I could log 20km on the trails by myself, it’s nice to run in a more social environment.
My run on Saturday got off to a bit of a rocky start. I charged my Garmin Friday night and it was on my charger when I arrived home from the race on Saturday afternoon. Whoops. Thankfully I always have my phone with me, so I went old school and used RunKeeper and Spotify (seriously so pumped that it’s now in Canada!!) to keep me going.
I was worried I’d be underdressed as it was 5 degrees cooler at the race start than it was at my home, but once the sun came out it was perfect racing weather!
The start time for the race was 7:45 but was delayed until roughly 7:55 due to the line-ups at the porta-potties. I think if I were racing for time I may have been a bit frustrated, but this was just a fun run for me and gave me an opportunity to stay warm inside until the race started.
The first 5km of the course are along roads in south Calgary and from 5km-17.5km the course weaves through Fish Creek Park.
Knowing I wasn’t really running for time, I started off with a conservative pace and used the alerts on my RunKeeper to take a walk break every 10 minutes or so.
I ran exactly what I wanted to for a training run. There were three sizeable hills (5km, 11.5km and 17km) that I elected to walk up because, no. Just. No.
The course was fabulous and well supported. The aid stations were exactly where they said they’d be on course and the volunteers did an excellent job.
Mother-nature also cooperated with a stunning fall day. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
And now? Pictures!
I promise there is a deer in the above picture!
And if you made it this far, I was so dang close to passing a guy at the finish – I knew I had gas in the tank and he just barely out sprinted me. Dang it would have been nice to catch him!
After running, Tina suggested eggs benedict and I knew exactly where we should go. Breakfast was delish!
After the #HarvestHalf had to have breakie with @cowgirlruns #hollandaiseMe
What did you get up to this weekend? Did anyone else race?
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