Friday after work I skedadled home, tossed my running gear into a bag, crossed my fingers I didn’t forget anything, and hit the road for the 2ish hour drive down to Lethbridge.
Kaella lives a tiny bit further south than my mom and I love this drive. A lot of people complain about the prairies being flat and boring, but I absolutely love driving in Southern Alberta. I was quite pleasantly surprised that the smoke had lifted and I was able to enjoy the views on my 2 hour drive to Kaella’s. (Note that the smoke returned with a vengeance for my drive home on Saturday).
I arrived at Kaella’s around 8:30, just in time to put London and Liam to bed and allow for the grown-ups to visit. Becky was also staying at Kaella’s and although I’ve known Becky for a year (I think?), we hadn’t met in person yet! (Blogging be weird, yo.)
Had we been running the half, I’m sure we all would have been concerned about getting enough sleep and hydration, but with the 5k, I made sure to toss a bottle of wine in my bag, because girl time = wine. Always.
We enjoyed a glass of wine and chatted but were ready for bed around 10:30 and set our alarms for our 6:30am wake up call.
I was the lucky one in the house as I didn’t need to wrangle a toddler in order to get out of the house, I just needed to get dressed (I remembered all my gear!) and eat a banana before heading down to the race. Kaella (weirdo) doesn’t drink coffee, so once we arrived at the hotel, Becky and I made a beeline to the coffee stand to appropriately caffeinate prior to the race.
We were all surprised that the smoke seemed to have cleared and for a half second considered bumping up the race distance, but I’d mentally prepared for the 5k, and my week of training wasn’t stellar, so I was happy with a shorter run.
I positioned myself behind Kaella and Leighann at the start thinking I could keep up with those two speedy gals, but within the first 10 seconds of the race, I knew it was going to be a struggle. It was then I realized I forgot to 1 – take my allergy medication (my doctor wants me to take it daily to see if it helps with my hoarse voice and low energy) and 2 – take my inhaler.
I brought my headphones as a backup and wasted no time in turning my music on and focusing on not walking. I knew if I walked, I’d be walking to the finish.
Mile 1 – 8:36
Thank goodness most of the course was downhill.
I did my best to use the downhills to my advantage, which worked until we hit the flat portion of the course and it was a struggle.
Mile 2 – 8:29
From here I just worked to keep my legs moving. I also started doing some race math and told myself I had a mile left and it would be over in 10 minutes. I can run for 10 minutes, right? I hope!
It was right around here I saw Leighann kicking it to the finish. I was pretty sure she was the first female. Then I saw Kaella and hollered at her.
It can’t be far to the finish from here, right?!
I wheezed myself along, hoping the finish would come soon.
Mile 3 – 9:13
Thank goodness, it has to be over soon, right?!
250m – 1:18
5k – 27:37
All-in-all, I’m happy with my 5k time. I know I wouldn’t have been able to run that quickly had it not been for the amazing downhills.
Leighann and Kaella were chilling (and cheering) at the finish line and were the first and second women overall. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!
Our cheering section kept growing and grown as more and more of our group crossed the finish line.
After letting the kids play in the bouncy castle, it was time for our finishers photo and then off to brunch to refuel 🙂
To make things even more awesome, a lot of the same girls will be doing it again this Sunday at Spruce Meadows!
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