What a weekend! I can safely say I never regret a weekend in the mountains. I come home to a mountain of laundry, an empty fridge, and probably more “things to do” than I can list, but I wouldn’t take back a weekend with friends and family in Canmore for anything!
The Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon capped off a solid week 14 in training for the Chicago Marathon. I used the race as my “long run” for the week and will be completing my last super long run next weekend before the taper!
I didn’t do as much strength training as I would have liked this week, but I included a Barre class and a full upper body workout so it’s better than nothing I guess? Including the walk/hike I did with my mom on Saturday, I wound up with 38.56 miles this week. I cannot even fathom the idea that I’ll be running a full marathon in four weeks. AHH!
Yesterday was such a great race. The course was incredible and gorgeous and had some fun challenging hills that made for an awesome long run training course. My mom and I started to get nervous the morning of the race but I just told myself, “It’s just your Sunday run, get over it.” I think it was the fact that we woke up and it was pouring rain that made us a little worried. We left our hotel to walk to the start (~1 mile) and we were soaked by the time we got to the race.
I started off running with my mom at about a 9:00min/mile pace but I was about two feet in front of her the whole time, so she told me just to “GO!” and I took off just before mile 2. I just let my breathing and body tell me how fast to go, keeping in mind that I didn’t have unlimited time to recover from this race and really needed to keep it controlled. I felt GREAT the whole time as far as my cardio and fitness went, and with only minor aches in my shins. Luckily, as the race started, the rain eased off and it was even sunny for a portion of the race! Good old Alberta weather changes.
My comfort pace ended up being about 8:30min/mile. It was a slightly hilly race, nothing too strenuous and I actually really like the switch back hills, it gave me a chance to practice my pacing on inclines and declines and I think I did really well with that. I am definitely not a sprinter by nature and long distance running, while no where close to easy, is more my thing. As I warmed up I got a tiny bit faster and more in my zone, passing people left and right which is a huge mood booster. My final mile was 7:57, my fastest mile!
Chip time: 1:50:42
Average pace: 8:27 min/mile
Category Place: 6th /156
Gender Place: 31st /487
My mom finished just after me in 2:03 (WOOO!). She did awesome! I also caught up with Sam on the course and she finished just behind me in 1:52:07, a PR!! Jen also grabbed a PR on this mountainous course! Ladies, you are all wicked inspiring.
I definitely recommend this race! There was some good swag in our race packages (Buff toque, Clif bar, snack size granola, beer coupon, and some other coupons), the course is AMAZING, it is well organized, you get ice cream after the race. Need I say more?
Only four more of these CMT recap posts! My goal is to get my 20-miler in this weekend, my maximum distance run, and then the taper will happen in the three weeks after that before race day. I have a lot going on before Chicago so as long as I keep my stress levels in check, my strength training up, and my stretching on par, I’ll be cruising onto the start line. 🙂
Do you ever use a race as a training run?
Did you grab a PR this summer? I think a lot of people did!
What is your next race? Any awesome fall ones coming up?