Monday, August 20, 2012

Race Report: 2012 Edmonton Marathon 5k

I decided to try something different with my hair to keep it off my neck in the heat...it was a bit wonkadoo, but felt like it would do the trick...I am so not a fancy hair gal, but this seemed to be easy enough for me, if not a bit tight.  Basically 2 braided pigails wrapped around each other in the middle and then secured with a ponytail elastic and a zillion clips. So not a hairdo gal...


The forecast was for hot...

The car said hot... 
 
This evening 5k was going to be a hot one.

The Expo:

I headed into the expo to get my stuff late Saturday afternoon.  I'm not a big fan of evening races so I figured I could hit the expo, grab dinner and then run...

The Expo was in a different location than past years and, if anything, I thin the new location made it less obvious how small the expo is for this event.

They even tried to make the entrance look special...



First thing I did was spin the wheel at the Running Room booth and won a prize...a lovely neon orange running hat.

 I decided to go through to the end and pick up my race stuff - bib, shirt etc.

The shirts are so much better this year...no more lame-oid horseshoe...

The bibs had the foamy chips again...annoying...what I wouldn't give for a shoe chip...

On the way back, I visited The Stick booth and bought myself a foot wheel to deal with my foot issues.  Then I went to the TNT booth and spun their wheel...and won a bear...


Then I had wasted all of the time I could at the few vendors so I figured it was time to grab dinner...when I got back to the car, I noticed this beside my wheel.  I figured it was the universe telling me I was nuts to race in this heat...


So I grabbed Subway for dinner and then went back to Northlands Park. 

I had an hour to gun time and I needed every second.  I discovered my hydration belt bottles were in the convenient location...of Langdon.  So I was suddenly going to need to race without water.   Then I was milling about the start area and realized I had to run to the car to get my garmin.  My brain was so not in race mode.  It was the heat.  I had been trying to hydrate for 3 days and was just not feeling hydrated.  I knew this was going to be trouble, but I wanted to try my best.  My legs felt good.  My feet felt good.  I figured if the stars aligned, I could come in under 31:30 and that would PB for me, even if it didn't meet my ultimate goal of sub-30.

I decided I had to sparkle it up...

 

Finally, with 15 mins to gun time - I had my garmin in place and I was as ready as I was ever going to be - so I lined up.

The Race:


John Stanton was there to send us off.   We sang the national anthem and then we were on out way.

As I started running, I felt like I was going slow.   But then I looked at my Garmin and it told me I was going about 5:15/k and it was feeling easy.  Really easy.  So I kept at it.  I passed the 1k mark in about 5:28 and then hit a shaded street and felt my body completely dehydrate...and I cramped.  Just like I did in Vancouver.  The heat got me.  So I walked a bit...and panted a bit...and ran and cramped and panted.

When I got to the turnaround and the one water stop, I grabbed 2 cups - one to guzzle and one to pour on my head and then I grabbed a third to pour on my head.  I had to cool down.

But the water was evaporating off of me too fast.  I needed my hydration belt but it was too late for that.

So I tried and tried to run again and again...always keeping up a quick pace when I was...but I ended up walking at least a third of this and finished in 32 minutes

Official time: 32:13

Not a PB, but not a PW either...and at least I got one of these...it's really nice...and the centre piece swivels.  My first spinner medal


The Garmin Geekery...



 

Reflections:
 

 I am melancholy on this race.  It is the third year I've raced it...I've done the 10k, the half and, now, the 5k.  It is always incredibly hot.  Always.   As nice as it is to have a race I can do while having a visit with family...I'm kind of done with this one.  On the other hand, I think this would be a fun one to have the kids do next year...I watched the kids race and it was so fun.  I think the twins would love it and we'd be going slow enough that the heat wouldn't matter for a 1k...and we could do it as a family...


1 comment:

  1. Things we do as a family are worth it! Great job on the race despite the heat.

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