It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve popped in with a race recap…..in reality it’s only been about 3 weeks!
I have to admit, I’ve actually been enjoying not running. At first, I really couldn’t run – it took quite a while for my hip to decide it wanted to work without causing me pain. It wasn’t until I was walking around in Nashville that I realized it wasn’t bothering me anymore!
Then when I returned the weather wasn’t great and I had a lot (seriously, a lot) or organizing to do, so running took a backseat until the Pawsitively Fun Run on Sunday.
I drove down south to Spruce Meadows on Wednesday after work to pick up my race package. Pick up was easy. They weren’t able to find my name on the registration list (I had been registered by Spruce Meadows) but it was a quick and easy fix and within a few minutes I had my bag, shirt and bib for the race on Saturday.
(I was able to combine the trip to pick up the race package with an attempt to pick up my new bedroom set, so it was great to be able to do that as they were both down south in Calgary).
They had printed copies of the course map and also copies of where to enter and park for race day.
I wasn’t certain how many people would be at the event, or how busy it would be for parking, so I arrived at 8:15 for the 9am start of the 5k.
Like other events at Spruce Meadows parking is on the grass, so be aware of this depending on the type of car you drive; I chose to drive slowly as I didn’t want to hit a bump and hurt my car.
I mentioned on Monday that I hurt my back over the weekend. I hurt it Saturday evening and I honestly wasn’t too sure how the race would go. I was pretty glad it was a fun run and I planned on walking if my back started bothering me.
I had all of 4ish hours of sleep on Saturday evening and woke up in a bit of pain. The good news was that standing and walking didn’t make the pain any worse, so I was pretty confident I’d be able to make it through the run. However, that didn’t stop me from expressing my uncertainty to Laura over and over (and over) before the start of the race.
I decided to give it a go and see what happened – running 5k means I’m done faster than if I were to walk it, and I’m a pretty big fan of that 🙂
The race started right on time at 9am (the 2k run/walk started 15 minutes later) and we were off with the pooches raring to go!
The course stayed on the Spruce Meadows grounds the entire time and the terrain varied from paved road, to gravel trail, to grass. I kept looking left and right at the horses and now I really need to find an opportunity to start riding again – it’s probably been 5 or 6 years since I’ve even been on a horse.
I wanted to keep my pace pretty easy as not to aggravate my back, but throughout the whole race it felt great.
Even with all the twists and turns of the course, it was easy to navigate as there were volunteers, signs and RouteArrows (yellow for 5k; green for 2k) used to tell us where to go.
As the race was untimed I didn’t even bring my Garmin, so I’m not certain of my exact time, or the exact race distance, but according to the finish line clock I finished in almost exactly 30 minutes. Not too shabby for an extreme lack of sleep and a sore back.
I was presented with my medal, a bottle of water and a box of cereal after finishing and waited for Laura to finish. We were each able to receive free 10 minute massages before enjoying the bratwurst on site.
You may think eating bratwurst at 10am is weird, I think it’s genius!
Laura and I snapped a few pictures at the start line and then decided to head home to get out of the rain.
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- The race was really well organized. From finding the package pick up to the start line, everything was easy to navigate
- I’m not sure how I feel about paying to park for a race. I’ll regularly park at Eau Claire and pay $3 on race day, but $10 feels a bit expensive to me.
- The goodies in the swag bag were top-notch. While I don’t have a dog, I can see how the leash, pop bag holder, scoop and tennis ball would be useful to others.
- The medals are awesome! I can’t wait to have a bunch of them on my wall.
- Heroes Behind the Heroes on July 1 <– use RunSM75 for 10% off your entry fee! (note that this is for individual registration only)
- Run Through the Meadows on August 16
- Summer’s Gone, Run On! on September 6
- Oktoberfest Run on October 4 <– this one has beer! And I’ll be running this with my mom and sister 🙂
Heroes Behind the Heroes race day details:
Package Pickup: July 23 & 24 at Spruce Meadows (see the website for details) or July 1 until 7:30am.
Race Start: 8am on July 1
Parking: $10 can be paid for at package pickup, or on race day (cash only)
Food: To celebrate Canada Day with the military and runners, there will be a free pancake breakfast for all participants after the race.
Will I see you at a future Spruce Meadows race?
Disclaimer: I was provided a free entry into the Pawsitively Fun Run in exchange for writing about the event. All opinions are my own.
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