Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Race Recap: Ladiesfest 8K

A few weeks ago, I ran Ladiesfest with a group of girlfriends. This is the fourth time I've done the event and my times have varied from 43-49 minutes. I haven't been doing a lot of speed work lately so I didn't have any goals going into it. I picked up my bib, from Runner's Soul, the day before. Pickup was fast, which I love about local races, and you can opt out of receiving the t-shirt (and pay a reduced fee) which I've started to do lately.

The race starts at 8am from the Lethbridge Lodge. I picked up Tawnya and we arrived at 7:30, used the hotel bathroom, and headed to the starting area a few minutes before go time. This year, I waited until the very last minute (probably about five minutes before the start) before deciding I wanted to run with friends instead of race. It was the right decision.

Our goal was to stick together, have fun, and just enjoy running. Oh, and survive Whoop Up (a big hill at the end of the race!) After one last shoe shot we were off....

The course starts by running downhill and then you spend most of the race running in the Coulees, next to the Old Man River, which I absolutely love. The path can get a little narrow at points, especially when racers get to the turn around point, but the race is capped at 750 so it isn't too crazy. We got to the bottom of Whoop Up and agreed to tackle the hill at our own pace. I didn't want to stop so I just put my head down and took off. I've been doing a lot of hill training (thank you Strength days at OTF) so I was actually feeling pretty good. I stopped for two quick walk breaks and before I knew it I was at the top. I stopped to wait for the other ladies but some guy yelled at me to keep going "you're almost at the finish" and, since I couldn't see them, I decided to take off. I finished in just over 50 minutes.

The other ladies weren't far behind. Tawnya CRUSHED her PR!! She's been killing it lately at OTF and it shows! 

I love running with June! She's always so motivating and makes it fun! 

After the race, Leighann, June and I headed inside for a free brunch. Usually they just have bagels, pastries and fruit but this year we were spoiled with a hot breakfast. It was AMAZING!

We stuck around for the awards (congratulations to all the winners) and then I headed home to complete another easy-paced four miles.

Overall, I really like this race. It's a great route (even with the hill) and well organized. I'll definitely be back next year! Just a heads up if you're local, and plan on registering, it sells out fast! Keep an eye on the Runner's Soul Website for details on when registration will open.

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