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My first 22k - Melissa's Road Race - Banff, AB

Monday, September 27, 2010

So just a quick blog to tell everyone how my first 22k run went.

Previous to this past Saturday I have only ever ran 18k, twice. My goal race for my current 1/2 Marathon Training Clinic is technically Victoria, on October 10th. Way back in February, or whenever the registration for Melissa's was, I had intended to sign up for the 10k run, as I had heard it was lots of fun, (read: free beer at the finish). Now its is a very very popular race and it sells out in minutes, or an hour or so, something like that. Was having no luck trying to get online on the computer so I tried to register with my blackberry, lots of timeout and fat fingers later, I find I am registered for the 10k AND the 22k. Remember at this point, I don't think I had ever even ran 10km.

The nice part of Melissa's is that they are really good at letting people buy and sell and exchange bibs, so I wasn't worried about getting rid of the 22km bib. I pretty much just forgot about it as the race wasn't until September 25th.

Fast forward to September and I find myself in a 1/2 Marathon clinic AND I find that the weekend that the 22k race is, is also a 20km LSD training run.

So my logic goes something like this: If I run the 10k on Saturday, I have to run a 20km LSD on Sunday, for a total of 30km over 2 days. Now if I run the 22km race on Saturday, I can call it my LSD and save myself 8km. So out of pure and simple laziness I ran 22km on Saturday.

I finished the race with a chip time of 2:40:35, and since my target for this race, as I wasn't going to push too much (hah!) was 2:45, I am super happy with my time. I had a really strong first 10km (tying my record 10km time ~ 1:07:00) and even felt really good til about the 18km mark. At this point it was all new territory, and the course was 1km uphill, 1 km downhill, 1 km up, 1 km down for the remainder, which I had to dig really deep for. I ran my 10:1's (run/walk) for the entire race, no more, or less. BUT the last 3km I did walk through the water stations as I was out and wanted the little 15second walk breaks, oh and some water, LOL.

Anyway, DONE, DONE, DONE! Next up Victoria :)

Oh and did I mention the free beer? I got my 2, one from Penny and I think a 4th... I don't remember, kinda sad huh? Well worth it, I can't wait to kill my time next year ;)

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    Explain to me again how you ran 22k out of laziness? Sounds like some crazy "boy logic" to me. lol

    Good job Paul!
    3878 days ago
    Does your running instructor know of your laziness? emoticon

    You did good honey. Very good. I'm proud of you.
    3879 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    nice run paul! maybe it was karma that you signed up for the 10 and the 22 by accident. guess we'll meet up at HTC next year.
    3879 days ago
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    Awesome! So glad it was a positive experience for you! I really wish I hadn't sold my bib but I've learned my lesson and I'll be there next year :)
    3879 days ago
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