Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a fantastic weekend. I had a great weekend up in Edmonton doing wedding makeup and spending time with my sister, Mom and nieces.
On Sunday my sister & I planned to run the Edmonton half-marathon together. However, after some struggles with training Val decided the best thing to do was drop down the 10km. I tried dropping down to the 10km at the expo so I could run with her but unfortunately it was sold out so they wouldn’t let me. So separate races it was.
Sunday morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m. An early morning breakfast and coffee then we were out the door by 6:15. A local hotel offered free parking close to the start line so we were able to get there easily. The start line was at the Shaw Conference centre and we were able to use indoor toilets. Love it!
The 10km started at 7:30 and the half-marathon not until 8:00. Val and I took a picture together and then I said goodbye so she could start.
Soon enough it was my time to line up at the start line. I had hopes of reaching my 2:10 goal this time. I saw a pace bunny for 2:10 and decided to run with the group. They were running 10 minutes & walking 1 minute. Going into the day my plan was run 5 minutes/walk 30 seconds so I figured I could just adjust my strategy.
The national anthem played and then we were off, right on time. As soon as we started my legs felt heavy and the pace felt fast. My watch was showing 8:45-9:00/mile, whereas the pace bunny was supposed to run 9:30/mile. We got to our first walk break and the pace bunny was walking very fast. I’m a fast walker and I couldn’t keep up. Darn my short legs! So when we took off running again I had some catching up to do.
By the time we hit the third walk break, I couldn’t keep up anymore. I decided at that point to just run my own race and realized that likely my 2:10 wasn’t going to happen. Shortly after that I saw Val on her way back. I yelled at her and high fived her as we ran by each other.
When I hit mile 5 I started to get a side stitch. I realized I had forgotten to take my replace SR electrolytes before the race and so I think the cramps were caused by lack of electrolytes. When I hit the water station at mile 6 I decided to take some electrolyte drink. At this race they had GU brew. You know how they say don’t try anything new on race day? This is why. Right after taking the drink I got really bad stomach cramps. Like keel over and can barely walk cramps. I had a girl stop and ask me if I was okay because I was a hurting unit. I kept trying to run but then would be in so much pain I was forced to walk again. The cramps lasted until mile 7.5 so I lost a lot of time.
At mile 9 I passed two girls who were in the pace group with me at the start line. I decided to make it my mission to not let them pass me. I put it into gear and decided I wasn’t going to allow myself anymore walk breaks, hoping I could make up some time I had lost.
With 1.5 miles left my legs were starting to feel heavy again but I rounded a corner and there was a huge cheer squad that lifted my spirits. Right after I passed another girl who was part of my pace team and I made myself the same vow that I wouldn’t let her pass me.
As I rounded the final corner I put all I had into the sprint to the finish. Val was cheering me in at the end but I didn’t see her because I was in the zone.
Official finish time 2:12:15.
It wasn’t the race I was hoping for but I made up some good time in the last few miles and I was overall happy with my performance. I met up with Val (who had a great race) and we did an interview for the Edmonton Journal who stopped us because they loved our outfits.
— Rachel Ward (@wardrachel) August 23, 2015
There was a free brunch offered but we decided to go to a restaurant instead. As we were heading out we caught sight of Ryan Smyth, an iconic Edmonton Oiler. So of course we had to fan girl over him and ask for a picture. He had ran his first half-marathon that day.
Then we spent some time getting our jumping shot! Too bad it’s blurry. A sweaty Iphone will do that. 😉
Overall it was a great race. The course is really flat, it was organized well, there was lots of great volunteers and the race t-shirt was super cute. I would do the race again in a heartbeat.
How was your weekend? Have you ever met a celebrity?