I headed down to the expo on Saturday afternoon to meet up with Becky. I had no issues with parking minus the parking lot being super because due to other events going on. When we got there, there was no wait to pick up our race packages, which was nice. The race packages included: a t-shirt, Kind bar, race guide and a bag for the bag check. Definitely nothing special, but the medal was worth it! After we grabbed our bag, we wandered through the booths but didn't stay long as I was pushing the stroller and it was pretty crowded.
I was up bright and early at 5am (well, I was also up a couple times before that thanks to Amelia). I quickly got myself ready, had breakfast and then went to wake Amelia up and get her into her car seat. Once we were all ready, we headed to the train station around 5:40am and took the train down the Stampede grounds. There were people on our train running the ultra, full and half which started at 6:30am..they were definitely cutting it close! When we got down to the grounds, we met up with Becky and Brie. I made a quick trip to the bathroom and we took a pre race picture before it was time to line up!
|Thanks for the picture Brie!|
I will admit going into the race, I was a little nervous about the logistics of bringing Amelia down to the race start with us and how she would be while I was running. I kept saying to Mr.D the night before that it would just be easier if I didn't run, but he said no way as he knew how much I wanted to run. Such a supportive husband!
I lined up with Becky and Brie, but asked them if they minded if I went ahead :) Going into the race, I had no goal time in mind but rather just wanted to finish and have a fun race.
I can't remember much about the race - it's almost like my brain and legs went into auto pilot! I do remember the Elvis impersonator singing on the side of the road, the band playing in Bridgeland and how awesome it is to go through East Village. That section is always so much fun! My first kilometer clocked in at 5:22 and I felt good. The rest of my kilometers were between 5:10-5:20. After I finished 4kms in that range, I knew that I could keep it up for the rest of the race. I was tempted to stop at the water stations, but knew that if I did then I wouldn't get running again so I just kept going. As I was coming into the last stretch of the race, I kept my eye out for Mr.D and Amelia but couldn't spot them. My finishing time was 52:57. My PR is 52:46 from 2011, so being 4 months post partum I am super happy with this!
After the race
Once I crossed the finish line, I grabbed my medal and bag of food and then headed back through the grandstand to find Mr.D and Amelia. We had arranged to meet outside and I couldn't find him for awhile. Turns out he underestimated my time and was on his way back still from grabbing breakfast. We headed inside to meet up with Becky and Brie again to see how their race went and to get an after picture.
Mr.D was a trooper and we hung out for a bit so I could see Kaella (great to see you by the way!). We headed home shortly after that as Amelia had fallen asleep in my arms.
Overall, I am super happy with my race. Great weather, great race and got to see blogging friends - perfection! I also owe Mr.D a HUGE thank you as he was up at 5am with me so I could run the race while he hung out with Amelia. I definitely couldn't have done it without his support!