Marathon Monday: Calgary 10K Race Recap.

I was thoroughly exhausted last night when I got home from Calgary. The state of soreness and tiredness I was in after the race means only one thing – I ran my heart out. It was such a good day, and overall a really great weekend meeting some fabulous Alberta bloggers.

Marathon Monday

In case you missed my posts leading up to the race, I wrote about my goals for the race HERE and I recapped the day before the race HERE. Long story short, my goal was to finish the race pain free and with a smile on my face. I should race 10K’s more often instead of those nonsense marathons and halfs because I was done by 8am, just in time for a morning coffee and there was a whole lot less pain! 😀

We got to the race grounds just before 6:30am and got to see the half and full marathoners crossing the start line. It was actually super cool to see and we tried to pick out the runners that started out way too fast. 😉 There were waves and waves of people and it made me just want to start running!

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My race didn’t start until 7:00am and I hate waiting around but it actually went by super fast and before I knew it I was lined up and ready to go. There were thousands of people running the 10K which made for a lot of dodge and weave at the beginning of the race. I thought I had situated myself close to the front but I had to pass quite a few people in the beginning which was actually for the best because it kept my pace in check and helped me not burn out at the start by going out too fast.

My foot felt great the whole time, it was just my lungs that were on fire. I hadn’t run that fast in months! I held a steady pace the whole time, which I am getting a whole lot better at than when I first started running, at around 7:30-8:10 min/mile. As you can tell, I had a little bit of juice left at the end, because obviously that will significantly improve my time to sprint to the finish.

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It was getting pretty warm out and I am glad I wasn’t out there for longer because I was HOT by the end. By the time the 5K rolled around at noon, it was close to 27 degrees in the sun. I finished the 10K in 49:03 (chip time; 7:50 min/mile average pace) with a smile on my face.

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I was really happy with my time and even happier with how I felt after the race – tired and stiff but not in pain. I waited around with my Aunt to watch my mom finish the race, as she was walking the 10K. She did great and although the sling gets tiring after a while, she didn’t further injure her broken elbow!

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I would run the 10K just for the medals and shirt… hello, PURPLE.

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I know this is going to sound barf-worthy cheesy, but I felt like a winner just making it to the starting line of this race. I was proud of myself even before I started running yesterday because I had come a long way since the beginning of this, what was suppose to be a “marathon training cycle.” Just when I thought I was on the right track with my training and figuring out what worked for me, I was knocked on my ass by a metatarsal stress fracture (I promise I’ll stop talking about this fracture soon enough) and it took a lot of sweat, blood, and tears to recover from it and bounce back to even remotely close to where I was with my running. There were a lot of days that I had to choose to be happy and see the positive in cycling workouts over track workouts and swimming over lacing up on the roads, because running doesn’t define me, despite the title of my blog. 😉 I learned a lot about my mental toughness and how my attitude can really affect the situations I am in. So yes, I was proud of myself for getting to the starting line, but once I crossed that finish line, I don’t think words can describe that feeling.

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2015 Calgary 10K

49:03 – 9th in Age Group

Congratulations to all of my fellow Alberta bloggers who ran yesterday, their race recaps will likely be up soon, so check out these sweet ladies and tell them how awesome they are:

Leana @ Runner Leana

Kaella @ Kaella On The Run

Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

Sam @ Better with Sprinkles

Jo @ Living Mint Green

Ashley @ Adventure to Anywhere

Did you race this weekend?!

Do you treat yourself after a race? Massage? Dessert?

20 Comments

  1. Congratulations on a great race! I ran the 10K as well, but missed out on the group picture. I think I saw you sitting in the stands as I was walking up to find somewhere to nurse my daughter or else I would have said hi 🙂

  2. You had an absolutely amazing race Kris and should be very proud – of not only the finish but the journey you took to get there.

  3. This made me smile so big. I understand exactly what you mean by feeling like a winner just for making it to the race after a rough go with a stubborn injury. I am so glad you’re on the road to recovery and I am excited we found each other! KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK! <3

    -Ashley

    1. I am so happy we found each other too!! I also can’t believe we didn’t cross paths before?? How did that happen?! 😀

  4. Kris, congratulations on your race! You were able to stay positive and be smart about rehabing your injury. That is definitely something to be proud of and an awesome 10K was the perfect way to celebrate. I’m proud of you…you are awesome!

  5. WELL DONE, friend! You did fantastic. You never know what’s going to happen when you show up on race day – some of our best runs happen when we’re least expecting it!
    Come back soon!

  6. You’re so sweet!!

    It was sooo nice to meet you!! You’re just as awesome in person as you come across on your blog. I wish we lived closer!!

    Congratulations on an AMAZING (and super speedy) race!! You went through a lot to the start line. I am so proud of you!

    PS I love 10K races too!! 😉

  7. I did the half yesterday – and yes, it was definitely warm! My time was slower than I would have liked, but what an amazing race – so well organized, so many bands along the course, just wonderful! The half shirts were blue… man oh man did I consider doing the 10k because I love purple too, haha.

    Treated myself to a blizzard on the way home – haven’t had one in years but it was well worth it! Getting a massage tomorrow 🙂

  8. Congrats on your race Kris! I don’t think it’s cheesy at all. You had to fight to make it to that 10km and you should be very proud of yourself. And I totally agree about the 10km. Every time I do one, I’m like man, these are awesome, why don’t I do these more!
    So great to meet you. I know we’ll cross paths again. It’s my mission to make it to one of your spin classes. 🙂

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