First off let me say that after this weekend I feel very lucky to have such great family and friends. Not only did I have an awesome 30th birthday which I celebrated a couple times over the weekend I also ran my 7th half marathon!
Chad took the day off and woke up to treat me to my favourite fast food (and guilty pleasure) breakfast…McDonalds! Egg McMuffin, coffee and a hashbrown Avery and Chad got me “Avery bucks”:
Good for a new phone, case and charger (which I got last week) and a spa treatment, now to decided what to get done, I am thinking a massage.
After lunch we hit the road to Lethbridge. Since Avery does not love long car rides (or any) we made a pit stop in Calgary to stretch our legs and give her a carseat break. She did really good and slept most of the way!
We got into Lethbridge, I grabbed my race package and then I freaked out a little…I had not run over 16km in 4 weeks and was running 21km the next day.
Tawnya and her husband were not only gracious enough to host a carb loading supper for us girls running but also let us stay over night at their house so we did not have to get a hotel. They are an awesome little family Now if only we lived closer!
The night was filled with yummy food, wine and it was really nice to chat to everyone and get to know them more. I feel like I know some of the girls so well from reading their blogs but nothing compared to actual conversation. Tawnya even got us birthday girls cupcakes:
Tawnya, Kaella, me and Becky all are September babies!
And a group shoot:
Such a fun night to end my birthday!
I woke up around 6:30am, got ready, we had breakfast and headed to the race. It was pretty chilly out (2 degrees) and I had one packed a tank top and t-shirt so layered both and hoped I’d be warm enough. Before I knew it we were at the start line and ready to run! I asked Kaella if she wanted to run together and thankfully she said yes. I did not have a huge goal in mind for this race and thought maybe we could get her a PR (we came VERY close!). The race flew by! I probably talked WAY too much but Kaella assured me it was okay (she was probably just being nice) and before I knew it we only had a few km’s left. I LOVED running with this girl, she is so sweet, and such a inspiration – she has ran five halfs in a year and ran one just SIX days before! I really wanted her to PR but we missed it by seconds, coming in at 1:54:42. I know that if I did not run with her I would have taken it easier and not have done as good. So thank you Kaella!
This race taught me a lot. It taught me that racing and running is not always about how often you run, how far you run or what your PR is but it is about a community of people that rally around each other no matter what. Saturday there were girls running anywhere from 5km-21km and each and every one of them had reasons to be very proud of themselves. Running and blogging have brought people into my life that I am forever going to be thankful for and all these girls are part of that group.
As for a race recap, I do recommend this run, it is small, a great route with a good mix of road and trails. No big hills but smaller rolling ones, the course itself reminded me a lot of the marathon we have here in Red Deer. The volunteers were awesome and there was tons and the route was very well marked, you had no opportunity to go the wrong way. Post race they had food, coffee and chocolate milk (also a bonus!) and even some draw prizes!
Since the start and finish were at different points we caught a shuttle back to the start line then headed back to Tawnya’s to clean up before brunch. Because yummy food after any race is a must! Brunch was delicious and we left stuffed, even Avery managed to eat 1.5 pancakes! Girl loves her food.
Our drive home was not too eventful, Avery slept for the first hour, we stopped at Tim Hortons and the last 30 minutes or so Avery was not too happy. 30 minutes in a car with an unhappy baby feels like hours!
Our evening was low key, Booster Juice was our supper, we unpacked, did laundry and hung out on the couch most of the evening which was perfect.
Our little alarm clock woke us up just before 7am, Chad grabbed her and brought her into our bed so we could stay in there a tad longer, it worked for 20 minutes then Avery was ready to get up for real.
I made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast:
I think pancakes are Avery’’s favourite, she ate a whole one again! Plus yogurt and fruit.
Since I was not working out like usual Chad went to the gym and me and Avery stayed home and played before she went for her morning nap.
Neither were into looking at me apparently.
Our afternoon was jam packed with a Costco (where we bought Avery’s Santa gift!) and grocery trip, house chores, and more laundry and a baby who was too cool for an afternoon nap (she did finally go down for an hour).
Later we got ready again to to head out and meet my family for a belated birthday supper. I picked Browns Socialhouse since Chad had not been there and the couple times I have its been good. Since Avery goes to bed around 7pm we got for early suppers now but they are the BEST. Since it is not the supper rush yet you get fast service. Oh and my (crazy) Grandma made me cake and brought it into the restaurant (she did ask) for us to eat…thank you Grandma
Thank you to all my family and friends who made this a great 30th birthday weekend! I cannot wait to celebrate again in a couple weeks when we have a belated party.