The Rattler Run was the first race I have done where I officially made it known I was pregnant! I had “pregnant-raced” in secret while 7.5 weeks along (Moonlight Run 6km) and at 10.5 weeks (10 & 4 Mile Road Race 2017) but this would be the first weekend that I had made it public knowledge to all our family and friends. I was 13.5 weeks along and feeling good, so I knew I would still have a respectable time. Mainly, I just wanted to have a great day with my husband at this event!
Race weather was perfect for late April and the 11 am race start time is perfect for us as we travel in from Lethbridge. Dan and I both started near the front of the pack, as I wanted to make sure I had room around me right away. He went off ahead of me and I wouldn’t see him until the finish. I got myself settled into a comfortable pace and hit my first mile in 7:32. I was very happy!
I started to slow immediately the next mile. The biggest change I have noticed in my body while running is how heavy my legs feel. Probably due to increased blood flow and all. The heaviness caused me to automatically slow down, and that’s ok. 8:13, 8:30 and 8:37 were miles 2-4. These were all down below Medicine Hat College on a really pretty route next to some coulees.
The route was different for the 10km compared to the other two years I had ran it. We had to run up the hill at Kin Coulee Park this time. I would describe it as a mini-Moonlight run….mini because the hill is only about 1/4 of the Wendy’s hill you need to run up at moonlight…but still a pain this late in a race! My heartrate went up as I started climbing up, so I immediately took it easier up the hill to settle my heart rate back down. Ran mile 5 in 9:34.
The last mile was a struggle mainly because my legs were just beat by the time I got to the top of the hill. Had to do another loop around the college and in to the finish line. I finished mile 6 in 8:53, and then kicked it in for the last bit in with a final time of 52:40.
I had set my A goal for this race to be a sub 50 minutes. I knew by 5km in that wouldn’t be happening, nor would it be worth it. My B goal was to run between 50-55 minutes. So I made that! C goal was under an hour.
Dan’s race went pretty well too, but he was a little frustrated because of a cramp he got really early on. With all the speed work he has been doing I know he can run an even faster time, so I think he is looking forward to some redemption down the road. He finished with a 46:47.
Final results/placings weren’t available immediately, so we hit the road because Dan had a meeting to get to. As we drove away from Medicine Hat, I realized I had placed 3rd in my age group! Luckily, my friend Heather was still at the event because her son was waiting for his award. She picked my medal up for me. I had thought my placing days were done until post baby! My stats were 3/25 Age Group, 13/83 Gender, and 52/152 Overall. Dan was 7/15 Age Group, 17/69 Gender and 21/152 Overall. A great day for both of us!