This race was more than just striving for a PR (personal best) and connecting with new friends. The run was about raising awareness, and funds, for mental health programs in Southern Alberta. As I mentioned last week I've been seeing a therapist to deal with my separation. It's nice to know there's help out there and that you're not alone.
Sunday morning, I was up early to pick up Jarod and London. I pitched the idea of driving the two hours as a family since we've been trying to make a zoo trip work for weeks. Thankfully, J was on board.
We were running a little behind schedule (I like to be really early) but managed to score a really close parking spot and I made it to the race area with about 15 minutes to spare. The race was actually running about 15 minutes late so it worked out great! I met up with Ange and Laura and grabbed my bib and race swag (thank you for picking that up Ange) and we posed for a few photos.
Classic Ange head tilt ;)
At 9:30, we were off! Ange and I lined up near the front as it was self-seeded (Laura was doing the 5K which started 10 minutes later.) I didn't want to start too fast but I didn't want to waste energy weaving around people either. The race was held in Edworthy Park in Northwest Calgary. It was absolutely gorgeous running along the river. I tend to run faster in unfamiliar surrounds (Step 1 to a PR for me.)
I ran with a pack of girls for the first 3K. When we hit the first turnaround point I distracted myself by looking for Ange. Sadly, I couldn't find her. I'm not going to lie, at this point, I was struggling. At the 4K mark, I wished I had signed up for the 5K. At the 5K I wondered how I'm going to run that same distance AND a half marathon next weekend!
I haven't been running as much, or as fast, as I would have liked to leading up to my goal race next weekend (Step 2 to a PR for me.)
I got exactly what I needed around the 6K mark. I ran into Laura as she was finishing up her 5K and she was looking happy and strong! We both managed a quick wave, and "hey" before continuing on our way. I just hit the second turnaround when I heard a "YAY, go Kaella"and looked up to seeing Ange's smiling face. It was exactly what I needed to push through the final 2K and finish strong! (Step 3 to a PR for me.)
Thanks Laura for the photo!
I rounded the final corner and forced myself to speed up. I was trying to look around for London but couldn't see him. They're actually right behind me in the photo above! I crossed the finish line, stopped my watch, and knew I had PR'd! What an awesome feeling!!!
FINISH TIME: 51:39 (previous PR 54:13)
I walked a few steps and ran into the beautiful Nicole from Haute Runner which was SUCH a nice surprise! I was completely out of breath, and a sweaty mess, but I'm glad we found each other! She's so sweet and beautiful-- pretty much exactly how she is on her blog.
I only chatted for a few minutes because London was waiting to see his mommy. The first thing he told me was that I was really sweaty and that he saw me "run, reallllly fast!" That was awesome. One of my co-workers, and friends, Jacquie surprised me by showing up to cheer me on too! It was great to have so much support.
We spent a few minutes playing on the playground before I headed back to the finish line to cheer on Ange. She thought she would finish around 1:05:XX but, because she's awesome, she came in wayyy earlier! I missed watching her run but I did get to chat with her and Laura about our races for a bit after. BOTH ladies smashed their PR's!!
You can read Ange's recap HERE AND Laura's recap HERE.
There were lots of stuff onsite to do before, and after, the run but I decided not to stick around. London had been a trooper so it was time to take him to the zoo.
I did quickly check my stats before we left though and was pumped to see that I placed 28th overall and 9th in my age group!
Hi, I'm Kaella, a single mom, reporter and avid runner. I love sharing my workouts, race-recaps, and experiences in group fitness class, with you. I also talk about my four-year-old son London a lot. I'm slightly obsessed with NYC, Starbucks and 5 Cent Candies.