Race Recap: Boogie the Bridge 2018

Nothing like a cold, wet day for a fun, family event! After a week full of warmth and sunshine, of course the weather had to take a turn for wind and rain yesterday for the 21st Annual Boogie the Bridge. *le sigh* Regardless, we got up, ate some pancakes, and braved the elements for a wonderful cause!

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We met up with Kyle’s mom and stepdad at the park and eventually made our way to the start line! Kyle was doing his first-ever half marathon and I’m so stinkin’ proud of him for finishing. There is seriously nothing he’s afraid to tackle.

Shortly after the halfers left, Isla lined up so she could do her 1km Mini Boogie! She ran with grandma and they both did awesome! Next year Isla claims she wants to do the full 5K run, and Kyle and I are both so proud of her for wanting to tackle that.

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Then, of course, it was my turn to get going! It’s always such a slog to get through the first few hundred meters of the race because there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE, but once found my stride and got to keep with it, it was pretty smooth sailing. I thought for sure that tackling a spin class the day before was going to be a very bad idea, but I felt pretty good! My ankle was giving my a bit of grief at the beginning but it calmed down and I managed to get myself a PR both for this race and overall – 28:20! My FitBit app clocked me at 28:00 flat, but I’m more than certain that the bib time is more accurate.

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Once I found Kyle’s mom and the girls, we hung around the park and waited for Kyle and his step dad to finish, and then we headed home to refuel and rest before celebrating our day.

I’m glad we toughed out the cruddy weather and Boogied the Bridge. It’s always such an amazing event and I’m proud my city hosts it every year. We’re already looking forward to next year’s race!

 

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Race Recap: The Spring River’s Run Off 5K

I wouldn’t say that this past Sunday’s run was the race that I was training for, but with it being the first of the year I suppose that it is true!

This would be the first “competitive” 5k I’ve participated in and to say I was anxious about would be an understatement. I mean, I had a look at how many people had signed up and I instantly got nervous. I perhaps will have to not pay attention to that in the future so I don’t psych myself out, but regardless, I ended up being pretty damn happy with how everything went.

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Obligatory pre-race photo, courtesy of Kyle’s mom.

The sun decided to come out and DEAR LORD THANK YOU, because it was so cold otherwise! I’m glad I decided to wear a long sleeve and grabbed a sweater to wear before the race started. Spring may be in the air but winter is definitely still lurking about like a creepy uncle. So, yay for sun! I was also thankful for the nice, flat course because hills are actually the devil and I haven’t trained for them at all. (One day I will, I swear.)

There were about 20 participants in the 5k portion of the race and we started about 20 minutes after the 10k runners. (Which included Kyle and his stepdad.) Three runners immediately took off flying and I lost sight on them by the 1k mark, but I stuck with my plan on just pacing myself and not burning out too soon.

My feet were freezing and I couldn’t feel my toes for a bit, but I felt pretty good up until about the 2km mark when my knee started bugging me a little and my side started cramping up, so I slowed myself down for a few metres. By this time a lot of the 10k runners were also coming through to finish, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, the running community is amazing and had nothing but encouraging words as I trucked along.

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Somewhere between around the 2km mark, clutching that cup of water as if my life depended in it, haha! (Photo by David Graham)

Nothing was sweeter than seeing that “1km to go” sign and I managed to keep my pace going and felt strong heading toward the finish line. My Fitbit clocked me at 29:59 but my official bib time was 29:04, a new PB for me! I ended up finishing 5th in the 5k and 2nd in my age group. (Hashtag: Humble brag, lol!)

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All that technical stuff

We hung around for pizza, door prizes (I won a toque and Kyle got a restaurant g/c), and awards because Kyle and his stepdad both medaled!

So, overall, I’m super satisfied with how I did. I wasn’t sure if my early morning treadmill sessions would be enough but I suppose I proved myself wrong! Now I plan on taking a short break from training to let my poor legs recover before I start training for the next one!

Oh, and a huge shout out to the Kamloops Ridge Runners for putting on this event! I cannot imagine the logistics behind organizing a road race, so thanks to them for doing such an amazing job! I’m looking forward to the Blackwell in May!

Race Recap: Boogie the Bridge 2017

What a day!

While it was only the second year we’ve taken part the Boogie the Bridge, it was the 20th annual event! It’s amazing to think about how far it’s come, and I’m glad that our family was able to take part in such an awesome community event.

After a whole bunch of running around like a crazy person in the morning trying to get the girls organized and ready to go (I swear they eat slow just to drive me insane), we picked up my mom and were at the park with plenty of time to settle in and use the washroom before the races started.

Isla got to run in the 1km Mini Boogie this year, which she has been excited for since February! Kyle ran the race with her and she did great; it turned out to be a great warm-up for Kyle as well since he was running the 10k race afterwards.

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After the Mini Boogie we all split up, with my mom watching Isla and Norah while Kyle and I ran our races. I opted to do the 5k run again with the simple hope to just better my time from last year. I did manage to train a bit better than I did last year, doing a couple short (2k) runs on the treadmill per week since mid-March. If anything, at least I wouldn’t feel like dying as soon as I crossed the finish line, right? Riiiiiight …

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Pre-race photo!

I actually felt really good up until the turnaround point, where I made a quick pit-stop to use the washroom. I sprinted to make up some time and that’s when I got a big ol’ cramp in my side, so I was a bit slower heading back to the finish line. Regardless, I pushed myself through the homestretch and managed to finish with a time of 30:07! And holy hell, I thought I was going to throw up. My mom and the girls found me and gave me a big hug; I guess they were cheering for me at the finish line but I had a serious case of tunnel vision and didn’t even hear them. I found some water and a snack and then we went and waited for Kyle to finish his 10k!

Kyle finished strong with a PR of his own, 52:29! He was super stoked on that and I’m a pretty proud wife ;)

We rewarded ourselves on a job well done with some greasy breakfast from McDonalds, and Isla hung up her bib and ribbon with pride! She can’t wait for her next race at the end of the month, the coveted “Ice Cream Race.” (A.k.a the Blackwell Dairy Run)

I cannot thank the organizers of the Boogie the Bridge enough for putting on such a great event! It is truly one of the best family events in town :)