Sunday, June 1, 2014

Calgary Half Marathon Recap

I'm going to be a little late on my weekend in review post as Tawnya is sending me some photos that I want to include! I will say it was an awesome weekend. A surprise birthday party for my mom, trip to the zoo and the race.

Let's get to today's race.

Calgary is about two hours away, so London and I drove up Saturday. Tawnya, Adam and Scarlett stayed the night with us at my dad and stepmom's house. I was in bed by 10 and set my alarm for 4am. I made sure I had everything ready to go for the morning.

I woke up at 3:55 and ate. I always eat the same thing before a half marathon, peanut butter on a slice of bread. Because of my Crohn's, I like to give my stomach three hours to digest. I spent the next two hours sitting in bed relaxing and trying not to wake up the rest of the house. My dad drove Tawnya and I to the starting line at 6:15 for a 7am start. We spent most of our wait time in line for the bathroom!

I wasn't nervous. I had put no pressure on myself. My training had been brutal because of my issue with my legs but I was still confident I could finish in and around two hours. I was emotional at the start. I always tear up before a race. I always think about how far I've come and what each race means to me. I run because I can and I know there's a lot of people who wish they could. I ended up running into Lindsey while I waited. We were seeded in Corral B (1:40-2:10 finish) and I followed her and her friend for about the first mile until they sped up.

To be honest, I never really fell into my groove for this race. I was struggling early on and my legs felt heavy. I was pleasantly surprised when my first mile clocked in at 8:45. All I kept thinking was, if you hold this pace, you'll PR! Why I said that after mile 1 was just silly!

Miles 2-5 seemed to take forever. Lots of little hills made easier by beautiful views of downtown Calgary and the Bow River. It got a little windy at mile 5 but the breeze felt nice! It was getting really warm.

Miles 7-9 was an in and out. It was nice to see all the other runners but it seemed to take forever (I told you I was struggling this race!) I just kept thinking 50/45/40 minutes until I get to see London!

Mile 10-11 seemed quick! I was excited to be done and see everyone! PUSH it came on at the start of mile 10 and I couldn't help but smile and think of  Court!

Mile 12 was tough! I was having a fight with my legs. They wanted to stop and I don't quit! I knew I would be close to my PR (1:54:14) but just couldn't get them to move any faster. I usually have some gas in the tank at the end but not today! It was my slowest mile.

I rounded the final corner and sprinted as fast as I could. That's when I heard the cheers from my 
family and friends.

I looked up and saw 1:55 on the clock and knew I had missed my PR but wasn't sure by how much. According to my Garmin and Phone I had also over-run the course by .10

Official Finish Time 1:54:39 (25 seconds off my PR!)

1. 8:45
2. 8:37
3. 8:32
4. 8:30
5. 8:44
6. 8:43
7. 8:39
8. 8:37
9. 8:51
10. 8:44
11. 8:43
12. 8:51
13. 8:38

Average 8:40

I DID get a new 10K PR though! 54:49!!! (from 55:10)

There were 15,000 racers this year. 4234 completed the half and I finished in 799th! I came 62nd in my division (30-34 female) and was the 254th woman to finish the half :)

After the race I grabbed a LOT of free food and headed to meet with my family and friends. Danielle, my dad, Jo (my stepmom) and Adam were spectating and Tawnya and Katie  finished the 10K with great times (both around 1:07-1:10!)

The BEST part was celebrating with London!!

Who passed out approximately 10 minutes after we left? You'd think he just ran a race or something ;)

It was a great race! Thanks to the organizers and volunteers and to those who supported me at the race, and from a distance! You help me push through those tough moments!!! 

Up next... Ladiesfest (8KM) Saturday!!

Anyone else race this weekend? Or, do any long training runs?
How did it go?


  1. You did so good! With your injury and all, be very proud! It was great to meet you in person this weekend :-) I need to do a recap but currently in bed with zero energy ;)

    1. Thanks!!! SO DID YOU!!! Can't wait to read your recap :)

  2. Congratulations on a great race! I'm so sad that I missed out :(

    1. Me too!! It would have been great to see you!!

  3. Congratulations!! Super speedy!! Glad you had a good run and soooo close to your PR!!

    London is adorable!!

  4. What an amazing time! I am the same as you -- I tear up before races. It's just part of the experience for me now. Congrats!!!

    1. Thanks lady!!!! I don't know why it's always the start and not the end Hahahahahaha