Sunday, September 7, 2014

Race Recap: Canmore Half Marathon

I spent the last day as a 30 year old doing what I love... RUNNING A RACE!

Today's race was, by far, my hardest. The altitude and constant rolling hills were tough. I quickly glanced at the elevation on the course nap, beforehand, and I didn't think it looked that bad. Boy, was I wrong.

First, let's rewind:

Saturday, London and I drove the two hours to Calgary to stay with my dad and stepmom. We left early so we (I) could do some shopping. I picked up a new birthday dress and treated myself to a new bra from Victoria's Secret. Funny story, I actually got stuck in one and had to ask the sales girl for help! (Please tell me I'm not the only one this has happened to!!) Sidenote: bras are expensive. 

We got to my dad's in the afternoon and headed straight to the nearby lake for some fun in the water and sand. I didn't bring a swimsuit but that didn't keep London from jumping right in.

We carb loaded with my favourite pre-race meal (spaghetti, Caesar salad and chicken) and then snacked on some popcorn while watching Draft Day (<GREAT movie!!) Before going to bed I laid out my race stuff and set my alarm for 5:30.

This morning, I hopped out of bed at 5:30 and quickly brushed my teeth and changed into my race day clothes. London woke up as I was getting my pre-race breakfast ready (peanut butter on a slice of bread) so we headed upstairs to wake Dad and Jo-Anna up.

We left for Canmore at 6:30 and I stared out the window the whole time. I haven't been to the mountains in wayyyy too long. 

Dad dropped me off at the starting line and I was able to meet up with Jen before we started, for a quick chat and a pre-race selfie (selfies?)

Before I knew it, we were off!

I went out way too fast at the Calgary Half Marathon so my plan was to run the first three miles at around 9:15-9:30. Of course, my Garmin died thirty seconds in, so I just had to run by feel. My first mile clocked in at 8:49. 

Miles 2-4 seemed easy but slow. It was a bit congested and we were running on some pretty narrow trails, making it impossible to pass anyone.

We hit the hills around Mile 6 and they didn't stop until Mile 11. It was pretty much non-stop rolling hills. I remember going down one really steep part and feeling thankful for the break from the uphill, only to see the lead runner coming up towards me. That's when I realized I was going to have to pick up my speed on the downhills to make up for what I was going to lose. I still managed to run the whole course which made me happy!

Despite the hills, the scenery was breathtaking!!  We ran along the river, next to the mountains and across bridges. The majority of the race was on a trail or a paved path. It was a nice break from the paved roads I'm used to running on.

I didn't realize how much the altitude would affect me. I wasn't alone. I saw a few runners laying down and leaning over to catch their breath. One guy was even throwing up at the highest point!

My goal for the race was to have fun but also get in under two hours. I knew I was going to be close and had to sprit the last mile and a half. 

It was awesome to see my family waiting near the finish line for me. London was clapping and it really pushed me to finish strong!!

(Despite what my dad says in the video, I didn't finish in 1:51!! Haha!!)

After the race, I posed for some post race photos, grabbed free ice cream (for London) and protein bars (for me) and we hit the road for the 3.5 hour drive home.

It was an awesome race and I definitely want to do it again in the future!!!

Finish Time: 1:59:23

Overall place: 223/783

Gender place: 87/369

Category (30-39) place: 32/138

Now, it's time to switch gears and get ready for Saturday's police half marathon!!


  1. Congratulations on a great race! Looked like a beautiful day for it :) What part of the city does your dad live in? (Just wondering where they have lake access). And since I've had to buy so many bras lately, I've had good luck at Winners. A comfy and good fitting one for $10.

  2. Awesome job! I love Canmore. The pics look awesome :-) I bet it was hard, was it on a lot of trails?
    Happy early birthday, can't wait to celebrate next weekend!
    PS do you have a goal for next weekend?

  3. Congrats! Looks like an awesome race! Happy birthday tomorrow!!

  4. Yay! What a great day it was. Definitely a harder course than I was anticipating but just ridiculously beautiful. I will definitely run it again. Great to see you!

  5. Congratulations!! Great race! I love that course but it is tough. You raced it well!

  6. Nice job lady! Great time!!! I bet the views were amazing! It'd be beautiful running in the mountains!

  7. Awesome job! This race looks incredible (although hard)! The views are breathtaking and you did a great job pushing through on tough terrain!!!

  8. Great job!!! A sub-2 is always worth getting excited about!