Half Marathon Success
On Sunday April 27th I ran the Calgary Police Half Marathon as an “I wonder how I’ll fare” kind of race. Last week I wrote about why I ended up with an entry slot in this race that sold out within a few hours of it opening. The route starts at Mount Royal College and proceeds to do a lap of the Glenmore reservoir before heading back to the college. It’s not flat but it’s also not particularly hill either. The one big hill that you could hear plenty of people discussing on race morning was less than 90 seconds long and was strewn with people cheering so it didn’t pose such a challenge.
Having received ~16 inches of snow in Edmonton the previous weekend and having three final exams and a massive paper to write before getting back to Calgary my grand total race-week mileage was zero. So, things weren’t exactly according to plan but I felt pretty good on race morning and the weather was great. I was in tights, long sleeve tech shirt, windbreaker, beanie and running mitts. I was lucky to have Dad coming along with a vehicle to cheer at different spots along the course. I was able to loose the beanie and mitts at 7kms and the windbreaker at around 10 miles. I kept probably a perfect temperature for the whole race which is something I certainly cannot say for any other half marathon race I’ve ever run. The Moose is Loose Half Marathon in Edmonton always tends to be above 30 degrees by the time I’m done.
So the grand total time was 1:42:17, which is significantly better than the 1:50:00 I was hoping to aim for. I also set a 10k PR of 47:17, but that is mostly because I’ve never run a 10k race, the only ones being triathlon 10k-run-splits that are typically not 10 kms. (Chaparral was 9 kms and summerside is around 10.5). I was poorly seeded (no one’s fault but my own) and got jammed in with a pack that ran the first mile in 8:55, well off my final average pace of 7:48 per mile.
My observations from the race are that I’ve been riding fixed gear A TON in the past bunch of months. Leg strength was never an issue and I cruised past loads of people on all of the uphill stretches while saying to myself “take it easy on the hills”. I also managed to really ache in the hip flexors already with 3 kms to go. I suppose I’ve been tending to ride lazy and doing more pushing than pulling on pedals in recent months… Something to remember in the next weeks of preparation for SeatoSea.