After all of the events on Saturday, I laid out my race outfit for Sunday and crawled into bed at 9pm, ready to do it all over again the next day.
Run for Women
Not to be outdone on Sunday, I had another race! This time, it was the Shopper’s Drug Mart Run for Women, and this would be my third time participating in the event.
I had hoped to be able to pick up my bib on Friday over lunch, but by the time I made it to the Running Room in Eau Claire there were at least 15 people in line, and being that I went out for lunch prior to stopping by, I didn’t have time to wait in line, so I decided I’d try to swing by on Saturday, or just head to the site early and pick up my bib and swag.
It’s recommended to take a shuttle to the start of the race, but I’m a rebel and dislike relying on shuttles if I don’t absolutely need to, so I left early and managed to find a parking spot relatively close to the race site. This meant I arrived at 7:50 for a 9:30 start, but I’m good at entertaining myself, and I’d always rather have time to kill than be late.
Leslie and I planned to meet up before the race, and then again after, as we were both going to torture ourselves with Surf Set with the other members of the Blog Squad shortly after the race.
Similar to prior years, there were a ton of different tents set up with different products for women and swag, and the event kicked off with a discussion on how important the Calgary Health Trust is in supporting women’s mental health efforts. I truly appreciate how this race works to end the stigma around mental health.
Given my injury, I wasn’t too sure how I felt about racing the event, but I opted to go for a 30 minute-ish pace and lined up near the front of the 5k start with Leslie and Nicole.
Leslie and I managed to run and chat together for most of the race. I could tell Leslie was feeling good with just under 1km to go, so I told her not to bother waiting for me and to take off if she felt like it. My body is still getting used to running with different form and I didn’t feel comfortable pushing hard to the finish.
I ended up finishing in 30:13 which is way faster than I thought I was capable of given my injury and light training. I’m excited to see what my body can do when I’m able to execute a full training cycle in the future.
After the race we were handed a bracelet from Foxy Originals and a bottle of water. The three of us grabbed a picture and then Leslie and I made our way over to the food area where we were treated to bananas of an acceptable quality.
This year they hit it out of the park with the swag bags!
In previous years we were given samples of Life brand products, which we still received at this race, and we received some pretty epic swag bags.
After collecting our goodies, Leslie and I hung out on the grass for a bit (talking mostly about our cats) and then made a plan to meet the rest of the Blog Squad for Surf Set – but you’re going to have to wait until Thursday for that post!
- Well organized
- Amazing swag
- Mostly flat course
- Great cause
- Race day bib pick up and registration
- Great signs for participants
- Some 10k runners ended up running past the turnaround point, which is super unfortunate. I didn’t run the 10k, so can’t comment, but I do know the race organizers were working to rectify the issue right away.
- If you run the 10k the course can get congested as the 10k runners end up catching up to the 5k walkers on the course
- Limited parking at the race site
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Finally, a very happy 30th birthday to my younger, taller, weirder sister!
What’s the best swag you’ve received at a race?
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