Has everyone nearly recovered from losing an hour of sleep on Saturday night?
On Sunday, I thought I was doing okay, but I woke up on Monday feeling like I just got my arse kicked. Let me tell you, I would be perfectly pleased if we did away with this whole time change business.
It’s been quite a while since I last recapped my weekend, and I thought this one seemed as good as any!
I originally hoped to get groceries and pick up my bib for the St Patrick’s Day 5k after work, but I was so tired and hungry after getting back to training that I grabbed a pizza on my way home and parked myself on the couch.
Yes, I ate the whole pizza. I regret nothing.
I also enjoyed a glass of wine and watched Spotlight.
I’m not sure if I can articulate my thoughts on the movie, but I really do recommend watching it. It was extremely well done.
I slept in until nearly 8, enjoyed some delicious coffee and finally got my act together to get groceries for the week and picked up Jen’s and my bibs for our run on Sunday.
I had quite a long list of groceries as I was trying out two new vegan dips for Bachelor finale night on Monday, and I decided to actually plan my lunches out (thanks to a meal plan I found on Buzzfeed).
I had hoped to get a quick run in on Saturday, but my back was bothering me quite a bit, and walking, stretching, and rolling did nothing, so I took a muscle relaxant and rested on the couch for a bit.
In the evening, I watched The Martian and I really enjoyed the movie. I’d read the book, so I knew what was going to happen, and I still found myself gasping and tearing up during the movie.
Then it was time to lay out my clothes and get to bed.
I peaked at my phone just before 6 and couldn’t determine if it was real 6am, or non-time change 6am. It turns out, both Jen (check out Jen’s recap) and I ended up Googling “what time is it in Calgary” to figure out if we needed to get out of bed yet!
Jen was kind enough to pick me up and we were at the race location at 8am, but our 5k didn’t start until 9:20! This gave us lots of time to hit up the bathrooms (indoor bathrooms) and chat before we had to start running.
I was also able to meet up with one of my Calgary clients who was running the 10k. We chatted a bit about race strategy and goals and then it was time for her to run.
(You can scroll down to skip to my race recap, or read the rest of my Sunday and then my recap).
After the race, Jen and I waited around until just after 10:30 because a local brewery was giving away your weight in beer and you had to be there to win. I was not about to let that chance pass me by. Spoiler: I didn’t win.
Jen dropped me off at home just after 11, and I was out the door by 11:30 (definitely didn’t shower) to head to IKEA. My condo didn’t come with a pantry, and I decided to move my coats to my bedroom and turn my coat closet into a pantry with some inexpensive IKEA shelving.
By 2:00 I had a pantry (with Merlin’s help) and it was time for a nap on the couch. I ended up napping until 5, made dinner, made my lunches, cleaned the kitchen, and crawled into bed just after 9:30. I could have stayed up later to write a blog post and prep two coaching plans, but I pushed those off until Monday and don’t regret it at all!
St Patrick’s Day 5k
Last year I signed up for this race and ended up not running it because of my nagging peroneal tendonitis. Since my training plan started on March 5, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to be in a place where I could run 5k and not feel like death, so I wanted until the last possible second to sign up.
The early bird rate for the race was $40, and I ended up paid $55 because I signed up late. The race package included a nice long-sleeved tech shirt, a Honey Singer waffle, and a full sized Gomacro bar.
The race started and finished at a high school, so we had indoor access (which was nice because it was a tad chilly when just standing around) and flush toilets! The race field was small and both the 10k and the 5k started on-time.
The 5k course was well-marked, and the course had more hills than I had expected, but I did my best to keep a consistent pace. It was certainly hard to not race the 5k since so many people were racing, but my goal was to run a moderately paced 5k and see how I was feeling.
Mile 1: 10:05
Mile 2: 10:20
Mile 3: 10:18
Race time: 32:03
Given my supreme lack of training over the past 4 months, I’m really happy with my run. I never felt like I was pushing too hard, and my legs felt pretty good the whole way.
After finishing we were able to pick up a bottle of water and an energy drink (I passed on the sugary drink) and we could go in the gym to have some Irish Stew and hot cross buns. I passed on the stew but grabbed a hot cross bun (my second for the day) because I love hot cross buns. Village Brewery was selling beer for $5, and I sadly forgot to bring cash with me. Yes, I definitely would have had a beer at 10am.
While the race was well-organized, and I love being able to have some place indoors to hang out, I felt $55 (or $40 if you had registered early) was a bit steep considering there weren’t any medals, they didn’t have water on course, and we had to pay for beer. I think for the price, they could have sprung for a medal and/or a free beer for race participants.
The weather in early March in Calgary can be pretty dicey, but the weather this weekend was absolute perfection.
Do you meal prep? If you have an awesome site for plans, please share it with me! I can follow a plan but I’m awful at creating them.
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