Hello from Calgary! Well, I made it through the second weekend of my original goal of running back to back marathons, but because of injury that goal has had to be postponed. Instead of not running at all, I decided I’d go ahead and run the 5K so that I could experience the race and celebrate alongside others.
The Calgary Race Weekend was celebrating 50 years of running through the decades and encouraged its participants to dress up from the 60s through to current day (50 years of running). I decided that although I could not run the race I had hoped to, I would still be involved and have fun. So I put together a running outfit and got out of my comfort zone 🙂 (I’m not usually one to dress up).
When I hit 4K on the run, I was so thankful for running the 5K event. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, lots of sun and HOT! I really felt it–the lack of training, the heat and the elevation change (approx. 3000ft.) proved to challenge me more than I expected.
My daughter and I had a great time volunteering on Friday imputing the last minute distance switches that were coming in. I personally love volunteering for races–seeing things come together and seeing the excitement in the faces of the racers. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that racers experience the best the day can offer! Calgary did a fantastic job of providing an experience where memories were made!
It was a great race and Calgary celebrated new course record holders in both the men and women’s Marathon. (Kip Kangogo 2:19:47 and Emily Chepkorir 2:46:21).
Here is a video highlight of the marathon: Calgary Marathon Highlights
I’m still in Calgary visiting with family. My eldest boy, Ryan, is out here pursuing his own goals and dreams and I’m thankful I’ve been able to spend so much time with him. We are off to camp today! Lows of 3 in Calgary could mean below zero in the mountains–brrrr!
I get back to Ottawa on Monday and then the real serious training begins for a fall marathon! So excited to get focused and back into a rhythm. The new summer running clinic starts in a week and I look forward to the routine that it will bring.
My heel fracture (stress) has me a tad concerned about putting in the extra miles, so I think I will set up an evaluation of my running and make sure I’m in the right shoes. It’s funny how life works out, through my injury I’ve made some great connections with a group of guys that are helping me run healthy. I’m also focusing a lot on “diet” this time around. I’ll be very intentional on what I eat and how I fuel my body. I’ll be posting recipes that I try in future posts.
If you have a favourite recipe, I would love for you to share it with me!
I’m currently loving the Oh She Glows Cookbook – great recipes!
‘Til next time,