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Saskatchewan Marathon

May 30, 2010

Today was race day. My first half marathon (and only 4 weeks before my A race).  I managed to get out and run all winter, I went from dreading the twice weekly lunchtime runs to looking forward to actually seeing the sun and using it as a good excuse to get out of the building for half an hour. Since the snow melted we’ve been including the ‘long sunday run’ well until the snow came back and life started getting a bit too much in the way. My longest run was 15 km and about 6 weeks ago. Not perfect preparation.

All week the weather has been 70% chance of flurries or rain for race day morning. Flurries at the end of May – that just doesn’t seem right unless you’re in the southern hemisphere and even then it is a little early in the season. It has been about 5 and raining for the last week, occasionally we’ll get a clear break sometime during the day but it has been cold!

Package pick up required running through mild flooding in downtown Saskatoon and a very heavy downpour! Lucky I had my sandals on so I could play in the rain. I headed home and had to try to figure out how to attach my timing chip to my shoe, not as easy as it should have been! I laid out all my clothing last night expecting to wake up to snow. After my alarm went off, I went through the process of getting ready, including checking outside the window – not only was the ground green, there were dry patches on the pavement. It had finally stopped raining, it was 4 degrees and down to 30% chances of rain this morning.

I picked up Lisa my running buddy, made it to the start line with just enough time to get make it to the bathroom as O’Canada started to play (lucky for me since I haven’t yet learnt the words). The gun finally went off and we waited for people to start moving, about three minutes latter we made it across the start line, and we were off. The first 4 km were just about all down hill, we had people planted all through the course including a bike marshall who was a personal escort for a little while and accepted excess clothing as we no longer needed it.

The run was going really well until we hit the 15km mark and my inexperience at the distance started to kick in – it may also have been the same time when Lisa decided to push the pace since we were so close to done. The final 2km of the race is up hill, I am proud to say I took three people on the hill and two more people in the finishing shoot (I didn’t want to miss out on a medal), we hit our fastest pace for the last 2 km, we blew our expected finishing time for 2:45, 2:30 if it is a perfect day out of the water and came across the finish line in 2:23!

The count down to the A race has started – Mark July 4 in your diary

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. DavidV permalink
    May 31, 2010 5:52 am

    Nice job!! It was 30 degrees (celcius) here in Toronto, I’m not sure which I’d rather have. It’s the rule of racing that the weather is always an extreme.

    If there are flurries on July 4, then we’re all in trouble!

    • Sheryl permalink
      May 31, 2010 12:49 pm

      I’d rather run in the heat any day.

  2. Lisa S permalink
    May 31, 2010 6:17 am

    Way to go Sheryl!! You are going to kill it on the 4th of July! Sounds like you have had some interesting weather, hope it warms up for you soon!

  3. christymcb permalink
    May 31, 2010 10:36 pm

    Sheryl – awesome update, congratulations, you’re going to do awesome in July!! Can you send some of your running mojo to me? 🙂

  4. Brett Ringger permalink
    June 1, 2010 8:35 am

    Awesome, and good job! I am ever impressed by runners.

    • Sheryl permalink
      June 1, 2010 2:44 pm

      I’m not sure I actually want to be a runner – they are crazy people!

  5. marycycle permalink
    June 1, 2010 12:24 pm

    Sheryl, you inspired me to get my butt out of bed early this morning to beat the Arizona heat, and go for a 3-mile run. Congratulations on finishing the half marathon!

    • Sheryl permalink
      June 1, 2010 2:43 pm

      I’m going to have to head to a desert sometime because it doesn’t look like it is going to actually get warm here anytime soon. Although we are up to 16 today.

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