|Posted on 14 February, 2017 at 20:40|
This is one of the few road races I compete in each year. I love the anticipation of the weather, the brunch after is amazing, a small crew from Cold Lake Rum Runners usually competes and the race goodies are pretty awesome. I'll have to remember to take a photo of the breakfast next year .
The event takes place all over the country, but there are two dates in Edmonton always at the Highlands Golf Course, usually about two weeks apart in February. Picking up the race package is a breeze and you can grab all your friends’ packages too, to save them time and the urge to shop at the Running Room on 109th Street. Luckily, I had to be somewhere at noon, so I wouldn't be tempted to buy a ton of running apparel, I really didn't need. The weather was perfect this year, it was just a little below freezing and the ground was still hard packed and there were not many slippery spots. Parking is an issue usually so, I tried to show up a little early and parked a few blocks away and walked to the start. The washrooms for the ladies is always really busy, so if you can get that business done elsewhere it will be better!! Men’s washroom usually aren't too bad, yes...I pay attention to the details....
There is water provided on the course, which you will pass by 4 times if you are running the half marathon distance. Volunteers line the streets to direct you and there is never confusion on where you should be headed. If you aren't a watch person, there are km markers along the way. This is a loop course, so you will be doing two loops to finish. If you are running with friends it's nice because depending on your pace you will pass by each other several times and it gives you some time to cheer each other on. The course is very flat, so there is no issue with hills, if you aren't into that type of suffering.
This year, I decided not to look at my watch and let it pressure me. So, I flipped it over and ran by feel and it was great to take away that element of time and just focus on what my body was doing. My aim was under 1:50 as I had run in 1:56 the previous year and would feel comfortable with that number. I finished in 1:46 and worked hard to get there, I wouldn't be able to say if I had much more in the tank to push harder. But, I felt joy the entire time I was running and just made the smile a little bigger when I started to hurt and it seemed to help. If you haven't tried it out, you should!! There is a 5km and 10km option and it's a great way to motivate you to run through the season and stay in shape.
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