Good morning! Happy Monday to my Canadian friends and happy Memorial Day to my American friends.
Yesterday I participated in the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women in Calgary and had a wonderful time. This is the second time I’ve participated in the race. Last year I ran the 5k and PR’d and this year I ran the 10k and PR’d.
Also, my mom ran a (different) race this weekend and placed first in her age group!! WOOHOO!!!!
I think I’m going to keep on participating in this event 🙂
Saturday evening I drank wine and caught up with my friend Victoria (also a runner and blogger) so I wasn’t too sure how the race was going to go as I’m pretty sure I consumed at least half a bottle of wine, if not more.
We both had plans on Sunday morning, so it was an early night, but you never know with these things 🙂
I was up bright and early on Sunday and felt really good. I downed 1L of nuun before leaving my house and aimed to get there early as I knew parking might be an issue. I ended up parking on a side street, but met up with Laura and Kaella with plenty of time before the start of the race.
We were able to take some pictures and chat before heading over to the start line. The 10k was scheduled to start at 9:15, but started a bit late, at 9:30, as we were waiting on the last load of shuttle buses to get to the event. If this had been a goal race of mine, I probably would have been a bit concerned, but it didn’t bother me one bit.
I had no idea how fast I was going to run, or what pace I wanted to run, I just decided to keep going so long as I felt comfortable.
Kaella and I lined up as close to the start-line as possible as we wanted to avoid weaving as much as possible. Before I even crossed the start line some dude decided to elbow me in an attempt to pass. I debating sticking out my foot, but decided that probably wasn’t a nice thing to do…..
Kaella was out of my sights almost immediately as she was going for a PR and I aimed to keep a quick and comfortable pace for the race. It didn’t take long for me to start doing running math and determine I might be able to PR. (While I have run a 51:xx in a training run, I don’t count it since it wasn’t a race, so all I needed to break was 58:xx for a PR).
Since I actually remembered my inhaler this time, I could breathe and felt strong and focused to making it to the first water station. I don’t normally take water on a 10k, but given the heat and the wine the night before, my body wanted some hydration 🙂
I walked for a few seconds before picking up with my run again and then who did I see?! Leana out for a birthday training run! 😀
My focus at this point was making it to the turnaround before the finish.
Unfortunately, the way the race was set up, the 10k people ended up dodging the 5k walkers for about 3k on a crowded pathway. I tried my best to be polite, but needed to bob and weave and even hop onto the grass at some points to move around people. It was a bit frustrating, but I reminded myself this was a fun run and focused on not wasting too much energy.
I think I probably could have been about a minute faster if I didn’t need to weave so much. For the last kilometer, I focused on having a steady pace and keeping my breathing even while pushing as much as I could.
I was passed by two people with crazy strong finish kicks, I’m just not used to speed, or racing, right now 😉
After finishing I met up with Laura and Kaella (who ran a 2.5 minute PR!!!) fora few minutes before heading home and getting ready for the day.
(You can read Kaella’s recap here!)
All-in-all it was a great race and I was so happy to be a part of it! You better believe I’ll be back next year!!
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Did you race this weekend?
If you’re interested in participating in a Run for Women event in your area, there are a few more races this year:
- Edmonton – May 30
- Oakville – May 31
- Regina – June 6
- Waterloo – June 7
- Montreal – June 14
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women. In exchange for writing it I’m receiving a complimentary entry to the race, but I have and would pay money to run the race because it’s awesome!
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