2014 Edmonton Marathon Weekend - 10KM Recap

Sunday, August 24, 2014
I considered writing a nice long, detailed post about my 10K race today but I can't do it; at least not yet.  I was in bed Saturday night at 5PM, asleep by 530.  As a result I was up at 2AM on Sunday.  Six hours before I started.  Needless to say, I had plenty of time to gather everything together and be completely prepared.  Was I?  Nope, I forgot my toe caps and paid the price afterwards.
Ok, highlights:  I got the 2nd best hug ever from a volunteer around the 2K mark. I started dreaming of FatBurger around 3K.  At the 5K turnaround (cruelly situated right across from Vi's for Pies) I felt like crying.  There was a fabulous volunteer there who high-fived me and told me I could do it!  This race was difficult for a lot of reasons - I'm about 40lbs overweight; I decided to try running every kilometer marker when I haven't been running; and I was alone.  Mom saw me off at the start and caught up to me a few blocks down the road.  I had no one to look forward to at the finish line and no one to meet up with who may have finished before/after me.  This was a new experience and I didn't like it.  More than once I wanted to give up - who would know?  I would but pfffttt. Who cares. Somehow though I ended up at the finish line, running the last few blocks. Truthfully, all I could muster was a wounded shuffle - feet, back, and knees (both) were screaming at me to stop.  I heard Mark Connelly from CBC (our host for the day) call my name, raised my hands in the air and found just a little bit more.  I booted it to the finish and the tears started  to flow.  As I slowed down to get my medal, the wonderful volunteer who was handing them out saw me and gave me a huge hug.  I may or may not have left salty tears and a little snot on her shoulder.  As I made my way down the chute to the exit I kept crying and another volunteer put his arm around me and asked "What's wrong? You FINISHED!". I just smiled, nodded and kept crying.  Somehow I managed to  pull it together enough to snap this completely unflattering photo.
Other highlights:  I saw Batman, The Flash, someone doing the full marathon in a gorilla suit (yes full marathon = full gorilla suit), and at the expo where I was volunteering the day before, a mini-me version of Captain America, including helmet but no shield.  Love.  The results webpage will not load properly, keeps coming back with internal errors and timing out.  Somehow I managed (I think) to find my results using their app (which is also crapping out regularly).  Here we go...
So, it looks like I was the very last 40-49 year old woman running the 10K to finish.  Finally got through on the website: the results keep changing.  I am now 380/383 - I beat two 20somethings and a 30something.  And if I'm reading it correctly, former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan beat me by just over 10 minutes!

I'm very glad I did it although I have no idea how I'm going to manage the half in October.  My knees could be a big problem... 

4 comments:

Heather said...

Congratulations!!

Eugene Knapik said...

Wow, good for you!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well done! I have only ever run a 5KM race, so you have me beat by miles and miles!

Susan W said...

You finished a darn tough race, congratulations! That takes so much willpower, strength and guts. I wish I had seen you out there, there would have been extra hugging :)

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