Saturday was my first race of 2010 – the Calgary Roadrunner’s St. Patrick’s Day 10K. This was my fourth year in a row doing this race. I like the route through the University of Calgary, seeing everyone dressed in green, and the Irish stew and beer at the end of the race. Plus I keep hoping that one of these years I’ll win my weight in beer!
The weather seemed pretty indecisive on Saturday morning. It was about –2C and sunny, but just as I was trying to figure out what to wear I saw a few snow flakes floating around in the air! I opted for tights, a long sleeve and a short sleeve shirt. I also brought along a vest and an extra long sleeve layer just in case.
I met up with my teammates and we headed out for a quick warm up – just a simple 5 minute out and back, followed by a few quick pick ups. I decided that I’d be best off just wearing two shirts otherwise I thought I may get too warm on the race. By now the flakes had stopped and it was back to sunny but very windy. It wound up being the right choice for me though! As I headed back to the start line to chat with my friends Keith came up and said hello. Keith, it was nice to finally meet you! Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to chat as the race was about to start.
If I made one mistake at this race, it was right in the beginning. I didn’t push my way to the front, and instead I started far in the back of the pack. I then started the race too slow and had to push my way up along the crowded first few kilometres of the race. Eventually I found my space and I settled into my pace. Honestly I didn’t look at my Garmin too much, I just ran. I was afraid to push the pain barrier and ran just below the line between comfortable and uncomfortable. Oh well, it was what it was! I felt like my effort was pretty steady throughout the race, but next time I’d like to try and push things a bit more.
I had no visions of setting a PR at all, I just wanted to come in under and hour. I feel like I haven’t been that speedy lately, so as long as I came in under and hour I would figure that I hadn’t lost too much speed. I crossed the line in 58:29. Mission accomplished!
Chip Time: 58:29
Overall: 441 out of 653
Women 30-39: 65 out of 117
After grabbing my stew and a beer I hung out to watch some of awards and wait for the draw to win my weight in beer. Sadly it was not to be my year again though! Maybe I’ll have better luck next year? :) All in all it was a great day racing with friends!