Sunday, October 2, 2011

Melissa’s 10K Road Race–Race Report

Can you believe it – I have a race report for you!  I have run Melissa’s every year since 2007 so it feels like a bit of a tradition.  I signed up way back in February and almost forgot about the race last weekend.  Truth be told, I also contemplated not running it this year.  I was almost ready to bail when my friend Kelly asked if I would run the 10K with her as a fun run.  Who can say no to that?

My friend Pam was swayed by the idea of a fun run and my mom also snagged a bib at the last minute.  IMGP1996It was a gorgeous day in Banff – definitely the warmest I’ve ever seen at the start of the race.  We met all of our friends at the start and grabbed a quick picture between trips to the porta-potties.  IMGP1998Kelly was awesome.  To keep things fun she brought Pam and I baggies of gummy candies as little rewards for each kilometer finished.IMGP1997Soon it was time to line up for the start!  We had agreed to run 3:1 intervals and to walk the big hill.  Gotta keep it fun!  We were on our first walk break when I spied my dad with the camera so we picked it up to run for the photo op.IMGP2011W10509The route was different from previous years with a different climb up Tunnel Mountain.  No matter how you slice it, the hike up Tunnel Mountain is a long one!  We agreed to run the downhill and to keep our minds occupied we started playing a game.  We all went through the alphabet, coming up with different foods we wanted to eat once we crossed the finish line.  Apples…burgers…quesadillas….x-tra crispy fried chicken!

Before I knew it we were down the hill and I spotted my husband and my dad.IMGP2037We had a short out and back section left to go, then it would be on the the finish line.  I was fading here.  How long has it been since I ran 10K??  A long time.IMGP2055The girls were awesome and we stuck together.  We would cross that finish line together!!W32410W42306After we were done we managed to find the rest of our friends, plus we found the beer line too…IMGP2061While I may be a long ways away from my 55:10 10K PR pace it felt great to race again.  In fact, I went home and signed up for a couple more 10Ks in October!

Thanks again for making this race fun Kelly and Pam!  I really appreciated the company and motivation along the way!

8 comments:

Katherine said...

Any race with beer at the end is a good race in my book! ;)

kristen said...

Beer at the end is always a good thing :)

Glad to hear you having fun with running again! I would really like to do Melissa's one year. I just have to figure out how to plan a trip at the right time!

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Congrats on racing!! Looks like you had a great time and the weather was perfect for a fun run!

Marlene said...

Congrats on tackling Melissa's! Sounds like a fun morning out there. And I LOVE that alphabet food game. I may need to try that some time. :)

lindsay said...

I lovethat you were rewarded with gummies thruout the race. Haha. And the abc food game would have made me ravenously hungry!

Deb said...

So fun! It was seriously hot that day. Much better for a fun race.

Wes said...

I love traditions! I've missed my 5K the last two years running :-( but I have my Super Sprint streak intact at 4, or is that 5? no matter!! WELL DONE!

audgepodge said...

That area looks gorgeous!!! Congrats on getting back out there :)