The race was on Sunday morning, so we headed up to Edmonton on the Saturday as my niece was also having her birthday party. I picked up my race package late Saturday afternoon, so the expo was pretty quiet which made it easy to get in and out of there quickly. The race packages included: your bib, a tshirt, and some pamphlets/coupons.
The race didn't start until 8am on Sunday, which was kind of nice as I didn't have to get up super early. My in-laws live close to downtown (the race starts and finishes outside of the Shaw conference centre), so my MIL dropped me off around 7:30am and had no problems getting me close to the start line. Because the other races (full marathon and 10k) started earlier, I had no problems using the portapotty without waiting. I slowly made my way to the start line and before I know it, it was time to run! You can find the route map here. I have never run this race before, so I had no idea what to expect from the course. It was pretty flat except for the one mean hill that you have to run down and then up at the turn around point. There wasn't much crowd support on the course, but I do remember Lululemon having a cheer section which was pretty good.
It was a gorgeous morning out although it got pretty warm fast! The heat definitely got to me shortly into the race. The first 3-4kms of the race I was feeling good and like I was going to have a great race. Shortly after that, it all went downhill. My legs and brain DID NOT want me to run at all. I took so many walk breaks and decided today wasn't my day. It was all about getting to the finish line. Around the 13km mark, I was playing leap frog with a lady and ended up saying to her that I was going to stick with her. We ended up talking on and off, and got each other to the finish line. I definitely would have been a lot slower without her!
|Smiling because I saw Brian and because I was almost done|
I ended up finishing in 1:57, so definitely not bad considering how much I walked of it.