Sunday, August 29, 2010

2010 Calgary Women's Race

It was a cold (6c or so) and drizzling day, but hey, it's August in Alberta, any weather is "normal" here and we try not to let it stop us!

There was a kid's race, so Eric and Leah gave it a try. There were maybe 12 kids all together, and mine came in dead last, of course. They got a cookie medal for their effort, which was quickly eaten! Note that they are wearing winter coats.


Then it was my turn. I'm in the blue jacket, setting my watch.

At the finish, stopping my watch.

My results:

Overall: 28/135
Pace (miles) 08:45
Age category result 5K30-39: 7/29

That beat my last 5k time, so I'm happy enough with it.

I bought that blue Asics water resistant jacket just two days before - at the Tech Shop's Women's Night and race package pickup. I'm very glad that I got it! I barely got warm enough to be comfortable.

There were people here and there along the race course to direct you and cheer you on! My favorite was the Lululemon group, of course! They had a vehicle with the red manifesto print all over it! I was wearing lulu socks, underthings, headband, silverescent tank and the white run top (along with the Asics jacket and Nike pants). The run took you down the road, under a bridge, then on the pathway along the Bow River, so there was some nice scenery, but also potholes and loose gravel to watch out for!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rock the House Run

For my second race ever, I ran the 5k Rock the House for Ronald McDonald House on August 8. The kids also did the 1k walk (their very first "race")!

Eric and Leah, waiting for their "race" to begin. They were running late, so I didn't stick around to watch them - I didn't want to be late for my race. They had a great time and were thrilled with all the "goodies" they got to pickup while on their race.

My goal was to be under 30 minutes, and I did that easily, finishing at a chip time of 27.54!! (27.38 by my watch). Either way, my best time ever! I normally run alone, so it's fun to run with 600+ other people!

Approaching the finish line, the woman in purple behind me is doing the 10k, and is only half done.

After the race. There were lots of free food items - coffee, ice cream, bananas, water/sports drinks/juice and even muffins & scones.

It started to get pretty wet, so we didn't stick around for much longer.

For more pictures of the event, visit the barefoot runner's blog.

And thank you to those who sponsored me (family & co-workers). It was appreciated!