|Chick Chaser Awards|
|Early in the race with Lindsay Winters (photo cred Jordan Bryden)|
him in my sights all the while thinking about my goal of 39 mins. I caught back up to him around the 7km mark and the two of us worked really hard together ( and deeply in the pain cave) to try and hit our goals. He edged ahead of me at the very end and I was thrilled to come away with a small PB and a time of 38:57. This also gave me 3rd place overall for the ladies! It was a great race early season race for me!!!
Up next was the Calgary Police Half. I was feeling really good going into this race and had set a goal to run it in 1:29 despite the tough course and uphill finish. Off the start of the race I was running in 6th place and settled in behind Andrea Glover, a super speedy marathoner. I kept her in my sights and passed a couple ladies to move into 4th around the 7km mark. I was feeling really good at this point so decided to pick up the pace and try and catch up to Andrea. I caught her around the 9km mark and settle in at her shoulder. We caught second and first place and the two of us had moved into the lead around the 16km mark. I was still feeling really good so at this point decided to stick on her shoulder and see what the rest of the race would bring. With about 3 km to go a found myself a few steps ahead of her and decided to make my move at this point. This is also around the time the course starts a climb to the finish. I dug in and worked really hard to not slow down in the final kms. I was able to hold pace and win the ladies division of the race in a time of 1:27:57 just two seconds off my half marathon PR. I was absolutely thrilled with this race! Everything clicked.... you could call it a zen race!
|Leoni, myself and Hillie after the race|
Just one week after the Syvlan Lake Du was the Calgary Marathon 10km. This is a flat and fast course and was a PB for me last year. I knew I was faster than last year based on my times from the Police Half and Glencoe so I set a pretty lofty goal of under 38:30. I went out too fast (again) and may have burned my legs in the first km. I struggled! It might have been the effects of the du the week before had taken their toll or having had missed some key run workouts while the ankle was healing. Either way my legs were not happy during this race. I struggled to hold my goal pace and decided to modify my goal for a 39 min run. I struggled to hold that pace as well. It was a tough day for me and finished in a time of 39:18, good enough for 4th overall and first in my age group.
And that catches me up to end of May! Up next race reports from Wasa Lake and GWN!