I met up with some of my friends beforehand and was able to deliver the Color Me Rad prizes to two of the winners right there:
|Anna and Amy - 2 of the winners of the Color Me Rad 5k entries|
Then, I colossally failed at the pre-race self portraits of me, Anna and V.
Well, I got a good one of me and Amy....
and of me...
For this race, I decided to give my new iFitness hydration belt a whirl. Overall, I liked it - but it did cause me a great deal of grief until I let it just rest higher. When I pulled it down on my hips - it would move around ALOT. Guess I just need to come to terms with my high-waistedness and it's relationship with fuel belts.
The race itself was great. I started out running just ahead of Anna and April and then my friend, Heather, found me on the bridge as we headed out. We ended up staying together for the rest of the run. Since we were both out for fun and had no time goals so we just chatted it up the entire race and had a great run.
The race course for this one was nice because it didn't start at Eau Claire..it actually started at South Edworthy Park and ran east along the river to Crowchild then across the river and west for a km before turning around and returning the way we came. So many races run the exact same route out of Eau Claire that you never quite realize how boring it gets until you change it up a bit. I really liked this one. It made me think I should maybe be starting more training runs out of Edworthy.
Heather is going to be running Vancouver half with me and JS in 2 weeks. We'd never run together before and it was nice to see that our paces meshed well for this. Makes me really excited for Vancouver! (well - everything makes me pretty excited for Vancouver these days - I just want to GOOOOOO already!)
Me and Heather - post race. Note how my long sleeve is trying to be an extra bra for me. (Note to self - tie the shirt UNDER the belt in the future so you don't look like a moron.)
The race was timed "old school" (ie. no chip) so my Garmin tells me this is what my time will be when they announce it tomorrow...hmmm, not quite 10k....
The Garmin geekery:
I went in search of post-race goodies, but they were completely out :( Guess the 5kers were super hungry when they crossed the finish.
Knowing Anna and April were not far behind me, I went back to the finish (sorry to the lady I nearly knocked over as I tried to get in to take a pic)
Big Finish! in around 1:08. Take that cancer!!!
I even "won" a door prize after (actually - it got to the point where they were just looking around and calling out numbers to clear the prize table so "winning" might be an overstatement... )
But, I did win SOMETHING today...I won the Punkeelove headband giveaway over at Yo Momma Runs. (Follow her - she's awesome!) So exciting since I don't usually win things and was pretty sure random.org had it in for me... But this headband looks too cool and I am excited to give it a try! Maybe I'll have to see if I can work the awkward piggies into twin buns like Yo Momma does...hmmm
My over all impressions of my first MEC race? I really liked it. It was a super small field (only 300 people) but it was super relaxed and alot of fun. And if they keep the entry fees at $10, these are going to become really hard races to get into once word gets out.
After the race...I went to pick up my race package at Gords for tomorrows race - the Spring Trio 15k. I was so excited to see that the race shirts were long sleeve. Then, as I wandered through the store - I noticed they had given me a small instead of a medium. Oy. So I went over to exchange and she handed me a short sleeve. I was so sad and I passed the comment that it was odd that the mediums were short sleeved. The volunteer just shrugged and me, assuming the shirts were the same print for all distances, went on my merry way.
Then, after I got home to Langdon, I shook out the shirt to show hubby and instantly noticed the 5k printed on the front. :( Luckily, I contacted the race organizer and she said I can exchange it tomorrow, no problem. Yay! I am much more likely to actually WEAR a long sleeve cotton shirt. A short sleeve one would just go into the pile to eventually not be made into a race shirt quilt...