We just got back from a little family trip up North where I participated in the Servus Edmonton Marathon. I signed up to do the 10km as I wasn’t sure how my pregnancy would handle training for a longer run. But alas, it was a great success!
The day before
As soon as we checked into our hotel, we went to the expo where it was filled with athletes and so many great vendors. It was really well organized and easy to find your race number to pick up your race package.
I’ve said this before, but a big part of the reason I sign up for races is because of the swag I get. The race shirts, the water bottles, and yes… the medals 🙂 The race shirts at the Servus Edmonton Marathon were great – awesome muted colours, super breathable fabric, and it was a great fit!
The three of us enjoyed a carb-rich dinner that night and got to bed fairly early in preparation for the run the following day. The night before each race I:
Set out my running shoes, socks, tights, sports bra, and shirt
Pin my race number to my shirt (no one wants to fiddle around with safety pins early in the morning)
Prep breakfast (in this case it was ordering room service)
Hydrate with at least 1L of water before bed
The day of
The 10km run started at 7:30am and I know from experience that I have to eat around 90 minutes before a run. Too early and I’ll be hungry, and too late I’ll feel sluggish. So I ordered a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and coffee and had it delivered to our room by 5:45am. Oatmeal has always been my go to breakfast before a run. It’s so satisfying because it releases energy to your body slowly so you don’t get hungry too soon after. I slowly got ready and caught up on emails after that. I need this me time before I race to get in “the zone”.
I walked across the street to the start line on Jasper Avenue and started to soak up the energy. The music, the announcer, all the amazing athletes just buzzing with energy – it was all so contagious. I made a few friends at the start line and before I knew it, we were running! We had the perfect weather that morning – it was 11 degrees and by the time I finished it was about 14. I couldn’t imagine more perfect running conditions than that!
The course was perfectly flat with the exception of a teeny slope after the first kilometer. The route went out and back which I really enjoyed because you can use landmarks as your time markers. “Oh! There’s that diner I passed when I first started. That means I’m almost done!” Somehow it’s more motivating than kilometer signs 😉
I took it really easy with my pace and listened to my body the whole time. When I needed to slow down, I did, and when I felt full of energy, I kicked it up a notch. Running while pregnant is fantastic for you and your baby if you know how to do it.
The Finish Line
I like to crank it up in the last kilometer of my runs. I have this extra energy reserve that comes out when I start to hear the cheers and smiling faces towards the finish line. About 400 meters before the finish line, I spotted my little guy Henry and my husband and I don’t think I’ve ever run so fast. Those two lit me up and it’s like I had forgotten about the last 9.6 kilometers and I was running for the first time that day.
I sprinted towards the finish line and received that oh-so-glorious medal!
As you know, I set a goal for myself to beat a time of 1:20 for the 10km and I’m pleased to say that I did it in 1:05. BAM! I was also pleasantly surprised that there was a finisher’s brunch right after the race. I was thinking we would go check it out and see how much tickets were but it was free for us runners! How cool is that? They had an amazing buffet spread with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, English muffins, and ham. There were hundreds of round tables with gloriously sweaty people sitting all around them chowing down on the food. It’s the most glamorous ending to a race I’ve ever seen! It also gave people a chance to come together and talk about the run, the course, their times, and what races might be coming up for them.
I cannot wait until next year’s Servus Edmonton Marathon! I’ll definitely be doing the half-marathon… Hopefully I won’t be pregnant again. HA! I can’t even… I hope you’ll join me!
Love, peace & running
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