Anyways, I was excited. Very excited, in fact. Ever since Beth of Shut Up and Run wrote about her experience at the Skirtchaser 5k a couple of years ago, I have been looking forward to this race coming to town. And this year, they finally did just that. Yay! Thank you, TransRockies Events, you're awesome!
To honour this special occasion, and remind me of how I got hooked on this race, long before it came to town, I made sure to put on my SUAR tee and pair it with my Skirtchaser swag, my new running skirt!
|Rockin' the SUAR and the skirt|
The timing of the race was perfect for me. After work It was at Confluence Plaza, in the East Village area of Calgary, which is just east of downtown. A lovely place for a fun race!
|At Confluence Plaza, at the race starting/finish line|
|Cori and I, we meet again - photo by Cori|
She told me that several of our blogger/twitter friends were running this race, and before I knew it, we met up with Tina of Fabulosi-T, who I had only previously met through Twitter. It was great to finally meet her after chatting on Twitter for a while with her. A photo was imperative!
|Me and Tina, so happy to finally meet an online friend!|
After that, friends of Tina and Cori also came up and we all introduced ourselves and chatted. It was such a comfortable group of women! Finally it was getting close to the start time, so I snapped a pic of their Skirtchaser arch at the start/finish line:
|The Skirtchaser 5k start and finish line - before we ladies moved up to it|
During my run, I did notice that a LOT of guys stopped to stare at all the women running in this race. It is, after all, a lot of eye candy that just happened to run by. I ran by this very questionable looking person who had 3 police officers standing nearby and chatting with him, and as I ran past him, he exclaimed: "Hey, I would do her!" Yeah right, thanks buddy.
The last km I did start speeding up again. The last few hundred metres I started sprinting like crazy. It was incredibly tiring at first and then suddenly my own legs took over when I heard that the girl ahead of me made it in 29 mins...and I was so close to the finish. They announced my name and said I was under 30 mins. Hooray! I jumped for joy across the finish line. I hope they have a professional photographer or something there who took my picture. I want it!!!
So what was my result?
|Skirtchaser 5k - May 2, 2013 - finally broke 30 mins. New PB!|
I wish I could tell you all about the party and stuff, but after giving Cori a hug and trying to find Tina (unsuccessfully, sadly), I just grabbed my stuff and went home. And on the way home, one of the guys who was cleaning up the race course, saw me walking home with my bib and said, "Hey, aren't you gonna stay for the party?" My reply: "Sorry, I got kids. Thanks for the race!"
It was a fun race but I missed hubby and my daughter. I hope they can cheer me on next year!