You guys, I owe you all a HUGE thank you for your support and shares on yesterday’s post. Honestly, the last thing I thought would happen would be for Women’s Running to take down the post. I didn’t set out to shame them, but to pass along some important information for us all. It just goes to show that our voices really do matter. How awesome is that?!
At the last-minute, I decided to sign up for the Calgary Marathon Society Dino Dash.
Originally, I was planning on an 8k (ish) trail race, but the race was about an hour away, and I was feeling lazy and not exactly up to driving to and from. (Lesson learned: while signing up for a race series in January sounds good, it’s not always good in practice).
Now, the next logical question is, why “dinos”?
(You’re welcome for the randomness)
The Dino Dash raises money for the University of Calgary’s Dinos cross-country and track & field teams. Many of the volunteers of the race are university students. Let me tell you, there were so many man buns out on Saturday!
Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny (and possibly a bit warm to run in? Don’t worry, I’m hanging my head in shame) and the race didn’t start until 11am.
I was up at 8, watched some TV, ate some cereal (I now eat cereal!) and finally started to get ready for the race.
I arrived about an hour early, scoped out the site and got ready to get in my warm up miles.
This has been the first year I’ve consistently warmed up prior to a race, and I have to say, I quite like it! I’ve started not turning my watch on when I do it, but assume an 11 minute/mile pace and run by time. I figure it gets me close enough 🙂
I checked out the finish area and saw the Calgary Marathon vehicle on site.
They were also in the middle of setting up the finish area. For the last 300m or so we would be lapping and finishing at the track.
Let me say, 300m on a track feels realllllllllllly long.
At 11am I made my way to the start line and go ready to go.
I was planning on running the race as a tempo run, and not all-out racing, since I have a marathon to train for and all 🙂
The route was through the University of Calgary and residential areas, of which I’m not overly familiar with as I never attended the University of Calgary.
One disappointment were the cars, since the race is capped at 1000 runners, many of the roads were only half closed, and the residential roads were open to traffic. I saw so many cars ignoring the directions from students, driving quickly, or just plain being rude.
It’s so unnecessary.
Aside from rude drivers, it was a great day for a race.
I loved that the race was low-key and a smaller crowd and I’m happy I was able to maintain my pace even with two water breaks (like I said, it was hot out!).
I made it across the finish in 58:07.
And then I waited in line for 10 minutes for water.
Seriously. A line. For a cup of freaking water.
Not okay in my books, especially on a hot day.
Why water bottles weren’t presented to finishers, I’m not sure, but I will be sending a note to the race director. I saw many people struggling after the race and in no shape to stand and wait for water.
All in all, it was a pretty good day, with a few minor hiccups. One that can be helped by overall not being a dick, and the other that needs more organization by the race director.
Have you ever needed to wait for water after a race?
After I finished my 50k in 2014 they had run out of bottled water. Maybe it’s me?
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