Race package pickup was in Calgary the days before the race at the Tech Shop, so I went on the Thursday on my lunch hour to pick our race packages up. I was in and out of there in less than 10 minutes. The packages were pretty simple- just our race number and the buff.
I woke up on race morning and it was cold and rainy outside! I was so tempted to stay in bed, but Jen and her husband Tom were coming to pick me up. They picked me up just after 7am and we were on our way to Canmore. We found parking pretty close to the race start and went into the school since it was raining. We pretty much stayed in the school until the last minute and even joked about going for breakfast instead, haha. Jen and I had agreed to run it together for fun, so we lined up towards the back and before we knew it, we were off! It took a while to get across the start line, and when we reached the front we quickly figured out that there was a HUGE puddle across the start line.
The race course winds through the town and residential area before heading onto the gravel pathways. It wouldn't have been bad on a dry day, but it was raining on and off, so the pathways were pretty soggy and puddle filled. The second half of the course is filled with way more hills that don't seem to end. Good thing we agreed to walk them! The rain quit for a bit and then picked up all the way until the finish. We were soaked by the end!
|at the start line and wondering what we signed up for!|
We ended up finishing in 2:12, which is totally fine with me. We were having fun chatting, jumping across the hundreds of puddles and not caring about our finishing time. Thanks again Jen for running with me!