Well, it’s 3 o’clock, Calgary time. I’ve made it home on the C-train, iced the ankle, had a long soak in the bath (Lavender – just right!) and I was kind of waiting for the results from Winning Times. If you scroll down to the very, very bottom – you’ll see my name! And if you check out this link and scroll down, guess what?
What’s interesting to me – is this: My pace is the same for both races. I’m pleased with that! So here’s a bit of a reprieve of the day, which started for me at 4:32 am.
I had my usual coffee and porridge for breakfast and walked to the C-train (It was walk or wait 20 minutes for the next bus!) The train was full and I had to stand, but I met a co-worker and we chitchatted. It was good.
The checking in of gear – went very smoothly at both ends of the walk. Of course I was one of the last to pick up my bag, but I’m glad I didn’t have to drag my stuff with me. Thanks to the “Inn From the Cold” staff for managing this so well.
This is the starting gate, and it was crowded with people. And the jostling for position. Not my cup of tea. Thankfully, by the time I got to the gate, most of the runners were already well away. Now I was being passed by walkers of all ages! That was okay.
Then I got lapped by the runners doing the 10K. But I did manage in all of that to get one picture of the scenery. But that was all. In the meantime I was texting my daughter and brother, letting them know where I was in the course: That was kind of fun. They were thinking of coming down to shout me into the grandstand. I figured if I let them know when I hit the 16 K marker they’d have enough time to get down to the grounds:
7:35 am: 3K coming up
8:13: 6 K and a PP stop.
9:25: 12K and another PP (Porta-pottie) break
10:54 : 20K
11:06: 1 K left to go!
And then the grand finale, when I had my medal. This quite surprised me. But, now that my blisters have shown up (At least two of them at this point) I’m going to keep this for a while. Later on my grandbabies can play “Olympics” with them. That will be fun!
There was a bit of time, just before and after the half way marker that I walked alone. It was nice having all those police officers holding up traffic, just so that I could cross the road. Thanks to the Calgary Police for an awesome job as well. I think walking alone slows you down a bit because there’s no one to pace yourself with. On the other hand, I had a lot of fun singing to the music from my Ipod!
The last few K’s were indeed hard. I could see the Saddledome but we still had to go two Ks before we were in – so close and yet so, so very far!
Thanks to everyone who supported me on this journey – Emma and Eric for coming down to meet me, even though I was done before you got here. I wish we had gotten someone to take our picture. That will have to wait for next year. To everyone who sponsored me – we raised over $200 for Inn from the Cold.
Have a good day – I’ve got some resting to do!