I was provided with a free entry into the Spruce Meadows Run Series in exchange for promoting the events. A big thank you to those who help to keep this blog running. (ha. Running, get it?!)
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This past weekend I was supposed to be in Vancouver running SeaWheeze. Obviously, that did not happen as it was far more important that I stay home and take care of Merlin who, up until yesterday, was on twice a day pain meds and antibiotics. While I was disappointed to not be in Vancouver (my favourite place to run/visit) I realized that not running in Vancouver would give me the opportunity to take part in the Run Through the Meadows event at Spruce Meadows.
While I was certainly bummed about not being in Vancouver, I was really excited to be able to run a race in Calgary. Since the last time I did any kind of running was the Stampede Road Race, I opted to run the 5k with the goal of just enjoying myself.
I wasn’t able to make it to the downtown package pickup on the Monday as that was the day Merlin finally came home, so I opted to pick it up on race morning. I generally prefer to pick up before the race (I know I have my stuff and it’s not a pain for the race organizers) but Spruce Meadows makes package pick up quick and easy on race morning!
The race was set to start at 9am, and I left my house way later than intended at 8:10 (whoops) so thankfully there wasn’t any traffic or construction on my drive down and I made it in plenty of time to grab my swag bag and pin on my bib. I also had enough time to check the marathon results on Twitter and see Lanni came in 24th! Yippee!
After the 10k runners left, the 5k warmup began and 10 minutes later we were off and running! I used my M600 for the race (I absolutely love it, look for a review in about 10 days), but didn’t have any goals except for running and enjoying myself.
I took one quick walk break just after the 3k mark for some water, and another one just before the finish to take a snap of some of the horses (thought I forgot to download any of my snaps, so it’s now lost forever) but other than that, ran the whole thing. I ran 2.99 miles (the course measured a bit short) in 33 minutes and it felt nice and easy.
After the race runners were treated to pulled pork and coleslaw, but at 9:50 I wasn’t feeling it. I’ve been quite anxious since Merlin got sick and when I’m anxious I have a lot of trouble eating, or wanting to eat, so instead I skipped out on the food and headed home as I needed to get ready to tutor in a few hours.Sunday was the perfect day to Run Through the Meadows with @Spruce_Meadows #runyyc #runSMClick To Tweet
Date: October 22
Distances: 10k run and 5k run
Cost: $55 for individuals until October 12; $50 per person if you sign up as a team (minimum of 4 members); $145 per family (maximum of 6 members, $35 additional for each family member)
Dashing Through the Glow
Date: December 9
Distances: 5km run/walk and 2km run/walk
Cost: $55 for individuals until November 30; $50 per person if you sign up as a team (minimum of 4 members); $145 per family (maximum of 6 members, $35 additional for each family member)
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