It had been a couple years since I ran in one of the Millarville events, so what better way to get back at it than do a relay with my husband?!?!? I signed us up some time back, but had always planned that I would run the first leg of the half marathon and he would run the second leg. We stuck with that plan as race day approached, since I would be over 20 weeks pregnant and the first leg was the shorter distance. Having just come off a good race time at the Lethbridge 8km Ladiesfest I knew I could pound out a good time for the 9km portion of our relay.
Our alarms went off at 4:15 am that Saturday morning. We would be driving up to Black Diamond and do our race pickup before the event. The drive took about 2 hours, so we arrived with about 45 minutes to spare. There was another reason why doing the relay was the better option for us—we had to bring our dog Snoopy along for the trip. I’ll be doing a blog post at some point this summer about what has been going on this June, but the main point is that Snoopy has bad arthritis and has been going to Calgary for doggie acupuncture appointments. We booked an appointment strategically for after the race, since we’d already be almost to Calgary. Doing the relay allowed one person to stay with Snoopy at all times while the other person ran!
I was off at 7:30 am with the other runners. All relay and half marathon runners started together. The 9km portion I was running winds through Black Diamond neighborhoods, past golf courses, and onto paved trails. It offers some rolling hills and lots to see. Being the first leg of the relay had the benefit of having lots of other competitors around you as your ran. This always pushes me more!
I had my phone with me, so I voice texted Dan when I had less than a mile to go. I wanted him to be prepared at the transition area. I crossed the relay transition with a 9km time of 48:26.08. My splits were 8:01, 8:55, 8:56, 8:59, 8:28 for miles 1-5. The distance on my watch clocked in at 5.65 miles and I had an average pace of 8:35 a mile.
I went to the car (where Snoopy was patiently waiting) and we drove the short drive to the finish line at the Millarville racetrack. After parking and walking to the finish line, we didn’t have to wait too long for the first half marathoner to come across. It was then pretty quick having other finishers for the various distances come by. Dan came by with a half marathon finish time for our team of 1:43.50. His split for the 12.1 km he ran was a 55:24.57. This works out to a team average pace of 7:55 minutes/mile. Not bad for a pregnant wife and a husband who still doesn’t really like to run!