Once again, thanks to Leana for letting me steal her pictures for this post 🙂
I’ve also started tracking my workouts on Strava, because it syncs with my Garmin (yay!) so come find me on there 🙂
This past weekend I decided to double up on my races. I ran the Robert Hamilton 5 Miler (down from 10) on Saturday and followed it up with the MEC Race 7 Half on Sunday.
Given I had over-dressed for Saturday’s race, I decided to lighten things up for Sunday. Unfortunately, I think I lightened them up a little too much as I was freezing. Poor Jen (recap here) and Leana had to listen to me say, “This is dumb” probably a hundred times. Mainly because it was dumb and I was cold.
I even thought about bringing sweats to wear while I waited and the reason I didn’t?
Because taking them off over shoes would be a pain.
Guys. I wasn’t even wearing my runners. I was wearing my Barefooters so I needed to take my shoes off anyway. Yeah, sometimes I am not the brightest.
Around 9:45, Leana, Jen and I dropped our gear at the bag check and got ready at the start. I felt the need to bounce up and down in an attempt to keep/get warm. I was still exclaiming how dumb this was 🙂
As soon as we started running, I realized my feet were numb. Definitely not a good thing and definitely an excellent way to get injured. My feet went from being completely frozen, to pins and needles to normal, but it took a looong time.
After about a kilometer or so, I caught Jen and started chatting with her. She was running at about the same pace I was, so I decided to motivate myself by running with her. I was still feeling a bit off from earlier in the week, so running with a pal was perfect for me.
I’m pretty sure if I was on my own I’d have turned around at the 5k mark because I didn’t feel great, but I’m glad I pushed through as I ended up feeling great for most of the run. Lately I’ve been running and just walking through water stations so that’s what Jen and I started to do. Little did I know this was the first time she hadn’t done a run/walk interval for a race!!
I really wasn’t certain how I’d feel given I raced the previous weekend, but this run felt really good and I really didn’t have any stiffness at all.
Once we had one mile left to go, I informed Jen that there is no walking in the last mile and off we went. I spotted Leana waiting at the corner for us to come in, so I hamed it up for the camera before hauling ass to the finish.
This was the second MEC Calgary race I’ve run this year and both have been extremely well-organized and for $15 can’t be beat! I’ll be back next year for sure!
[Tweet “Recap of the awesome @mec_calgary Race 7 half marathon”]
Just one more half to go and I’m four for four in October and will be submitting my application to half fanatics!
Next up? Marathon maniacs? Maybe…..?
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