I made a last minute decision to join a number of friends running in the Lacombe Half-Marathon as part of Lacombe Days on Saturday. This race is in the nearby town of Lacombe and starts off their annual parade, which is super cool. I had gave myself a goal of reaching a 30 minute 5k time by the end of July but hadn’t really been very committed to striving for that during my training but I thought I’d give it a shot and hope for the best.
I was kind of nice running a local race that started a bit later, so I didn’t have to get up super early. Liam woke me around 6 and I got him ready for the day as his dad was picking him up before I had to leave. I had my usual toast with nut butter but was out of bananas, womp womp. Mary picked me up around 8, just after Liam left and we hit the highway.
We arrived with plenty of time as we found parking right at the start line with no issues. We just hung around, chatting about our pre-race nerves and waiting for the other people we knew running to arrive.
I had two goals for this race:
A) Sub 30
B) Under 35 minutes
C) Have fun
I’ve only ran one other 5k before, it was a fun run and I had no idea what my finishing time was so this race was really to set the record for my 5k race time.
The start of this race was kind of weird since they had the half marathoners first, then the 10k runners and then they started the 5k and 3k runners a few minutes later. I went out with the 10k’s since most of my friends were in that group and I was hoping to keep them in my sights for the first half before their route changed. I loved that this race started along the parade route. Seeing so many people waving and cheering is such good motivation to keep going and I had a few friends watching with their kiddos along the way. I had really hoped that Liam would have been there too but for they didn’t end up coming.
I failed to keep my friends in my sights but was still running at a 6min/km pace which is a fast start for me. I completely burnt out by what I thought was 2km and ended up taking a break. This is when the negative self talk started. I was made at myself for stopping since I know I’m capable of running that distance without. I had a hard time keeping the momentum going after that and stopped again within the same kilometre. At this point I had given up getting that 30 minute PR and fought with myself to just keep running.
After the course left the parade route, we were running through residential streets. What made me made was that these streets weren’t closed off and there was still traffic driving by. It was totally distracting to annoying to me and I added it to the list of excuses about why this race was going so bad for me.
I rounded a corner before somewhere before hitting what I thought was 4k and could see the finish line. I was so confused because my phone hadn’t said it was even at 4k yet and I knew that it wasn’t more than 1k to the finish. Regardless, I picked up my pace and gave it my all to the finish line. Out of the corner of my eye I saw someone running on the grass beside me, thinking it was a family member of someone running close to me. Suddenly I see this person pointing their phone at me as if to take my picture and I was totally weirded out before I realized it was a friend of mine!! I was way too focused on that finish line, haha.
I was surprised with how much gas I had in the tank considering that last stretch felt like it was taking forever and I could feel my stomach burning like I was going to throw up. I sprinted the last 200m or so and saw 31 minutes on the clock as I passed the finish line. I was so confused at what happened since my phone said I had only done 4.5k.
I grabbed a much needed water and banana and headed back near the finish line to meet up with my stalker photo buddy and cheer in everyone who was in the 10k behind me. I have to give a major shoutout to my Sunday Runday buddy, Mary who finished her second ever race in 1:01! That’s a huge PR for her from Woody’s in the spring. She had her eye on a 1:05 finish and totally knocked it out of the park. I’m so proud of her. Another shout out to Lindsey who came in 2nd in her category in the 10k!
After most everyone was finished, I headed over to the results table to see what my actual finishing time was. I was definitely expecting something around 35-37, given how terrible the middle part of the race went for me and knowing what my normal 5k runs are. I was completely shocked when I saw the number beside my name.
I was ecstatic. It wasn’t exactly a sub 30, but it’s close enough that I’m crossing it off my bucket list anyways. Who knows that the heck happened with my Nike Run app to throw me off so much but it was enough to make me go out and buy a running watch immediately.
Well ok, Mary and I had celebratory brunch and mimosas first.
Then I bought myself a watch.
I think this was a really cool small town run for the most part. Given there was only around 200 runners in total, the logistics were pretty simple. I LOVED running the parade route and am really thrilled with the running hat that came with registration. The shirts were really cute too, but I registered too late to get one.
The only thing I didn’t like was running with cars driving by and turning in front of me, and the fact that there was no medal at the end. It’s all about the bling.