I have to admit race recaps are hard for me! I am fairly certain I blank out in races and most times barely remember where I all ran, but also enjoy sharing my thoughts on the race afterwards.
Going into this race I did not have a PR goal, but rather a range (1:43-1:48), I knew there was some hills so that is why I was not hoping to PR as that was from a flat course.
I opted to stay in Calgary the night before with a friend to catch extra zzz’s the morning of. We were up at 5am, at the course for 6am to pick up our packages, we had to arrange prior to for out of town package pick up. However, when we got there they were not ready and we waited 15 minutes to get our packages. The race start/finish area itself was good, at the Glenmore Athletic Park and parking was easy to find and close by. I would say it was on a medium race for attendance, maybe 300 people in the half marathon. I like this size as you are not dodging people for the first 2-3kms but large races also add to the whole experience!
I kept a steady 4:40km/min pace for the first 5km where we went over a pedestrian overpass (a good climb), through some residential with a couple more hills and eventually along the river. Being an out and back everytime I went down a hill I reminded myself I would be going back up it! I want to say there was 4 decent climbs (so 8 total) but again – foggy memory! Once along the river it was fairly flat and I regained some speed for the mid-section of the race, either keeping with the 1:45 pacer (who was a very inconsistent runner!) or just ahead of her. Between 14-16kms I slowed a bit to over a 5:10min/km pace as my legs felt heavy but after the last climb/hill after that I was able to get under that 5min/km pace again.
Route wise is was a really pretty course – by Heritage Park, through trails, residential, and along the river and being that I am not from Calgary I had plenty to look around at!
I won’t even complain about the hills either! As I did not find them bad – who I am?! I felt really strong on them, passing most people on the hills!
I finished at 1:45:28 and the 5min/km pace and felt great. Now truth time! I signed up for this race for the end – the pancake breakfast! And it did not disappoint. Even with an intimidating line-up it went fast, they had David’s Tea, Cobb;s scones, pancakes, sausages, juice and Stoked Oats! We enjoyed our post race eats before hitting the road.
Other things to note – they had a kids race – added bonus! And the medal’s are unique:
Oh and they put first names on the bibs:
Post race photo with my friend Heather!
There was no free race photos which I am okay with – while they are nice, it is not a must have for me.
Recovery has left me confused. After last month’s 10km (48 minutes & a PR) I was sore and I would say the courses were similar for hills etc. So I thoughts I would be sore after this one but was not. So I did something right! This also makes me doubt that I gave the race my all though.
Overall, it was a great race, I had fun and was really happy with my time.