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The Big Run - May 1, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Last Saturday, I ran my 14th half marathon. It was the second time that I ran this route. The route is pleasantly flat for the first almost 15 kilometres and then it goes to heck in a hand basket... the next three kilometres were uphill. The kind of uphill that crests and makes you think you've reached the top and then starts to climb again... good thing I was mentally prepared this year. Last year I wanted to throw myself off the ridge. The good news is that I finished in 2:13:36 which is just a little less than two minutes faster than last year. The GREAT news is that all my runners finished (I "teach" a HM clinic) with a PB for this course. Except, unfortunately, one. My best bud, Howard took a spill at the 2 km mark. Despite the fact that he had blood running down his leg and his knee and hand were road rashed AND he had a heckuva bruise starting on his shoulder, he finished in 2:40. He's my hero.
It was an amazing day for a run, too. BEAUTIFUL! I couldn't go stop for photos on Saturday so I went back and walked some of the route on Sunday... here are some pics.

I can't wait to run this one again next year. Maybe some of my H2C peeps will come join me emoticon How about you Suezette? You like hills, right?
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    Penny-great job on your (oh my goodness) 14th half! Beautiful pictures too. So as soon as I am cleared I am going to start back at the hill running! I want the great butt AND be as excited as you about hills...don't know if that will ever happen! Maybe I will join Suezette and come run with you all.
    3861 days ago
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    Woohoo Penny on your improvement, in time and mentally!!! The course looks gorgeous, and that blue sky would be wonderful to run under. Great shots.

    emoticon Congrats on #14.
    3861 days ago
    Penny---congrats to you and all your runners...course looks awesome!!!

    Feel bad for Howard.....looks nasty!!!
    3862 days ago
    I did that run also. I injured myself about 3 weeks before the run. I did it...I crossed the finish line, when I wasn't sure I would make it. It was my first 1/2 marathon and I was upset about being hurt, but still glad I finished, regardless of my time. The second half of the run was tough.

    The course WAS beautiful until the latter part. Hole-Y!!!! LOL

    Next year I will know what I am getting myself into, at least.

    You made great time...congrats. I aspire to have 14 1/2's under my belts someday. Only 13 to go.....
    3863 days ago
    Penny, those are some gorgeous pictures...well, except for the last one...I'm not a fan of blood.

    I'D LOVE to run this with you!! I am in the process of getting my passport. Wonder how long it would take me to convince my DH I HAVE to do these hills? Guess I got a year to work on him,huh?

    Oh yeah, and WAY TO GO on #14!! You are my hero! Gosh you are such an inspiration to me!
    3863 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2010 10:10:18 PM
    Congrats on your 14th HM! And kudos to your friend who continued on despite his fall. What an inspiration you both are.

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    3863 days ago
    Congrats on #14 and a PB for the course :)
    3863 days ago
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    Congrats on your half!!! I wasn't even aware of this race until you mentioned it, I obviously have lots to learn about the race season in Calgary! I live somewhat near this area and I do lots of my training in and around Bowness Park, I'll have to keep this on in mind for next year.

    Great pictures!
    3863 days ago
    Looks like a gorgeous day for a run! And Mike ought to come run with you since he likes hills so much.....

    Howard is a machine! If I took a spill like that I would want to sit on the edge and cry for the rest of the race. WAY TO GO HOWARD!

    And speaking of machines - 2 minutes off of your time is AWESOME! emoticon
    3863 days ago
    Thanks for the comment :) And congrats on your 14th half! Thanks for the pics, it reminds me that Alberta can be nice... emoticon emoticon
    3864 days ago
    Penny, I love the pictures thanks for sharing them with us. You did great asnd congrats! Your 14th half! WOW! You are my hero congrats to your friend for sticking it out.

    3864 days ago
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