Woody's Red Deer Marathon

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #089
  • Date: Sunday May 23rd  2010
  • Course: Woody's Red Deer Marathon
  • Run time: 4hr 37min 41sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 119 BPM
  • Temperature C: -3C
  • Distance covered to date: 3755.8km (2331.8ml)
  • Total number of runners: 1200 plus

On Friday afternoon, Sue and I headed up to Red Deer . I was entered in the Woody's Red Deer marathon, but I had several commitments on the Friday and Saturday. We had a Right To Play booth in the race expo, which started at 4.00pm on Friday, and I had been asked to talk at the speaker sessions on both Friday and Saturday. The race and expo hotel was the Black Knight Inn and we made it by 2.30pm. After setting up the booth, we chatted to several of the other groups who were in the expo. One of the booths was Fast Trax Run and Ski shop. This business is owned and operated by Jack Cook and is located in Edmonton. Through my introduction to Ultra running over the last couple of years I had heard about Jack. He is one of the top Ultra runners in Canada and has represnted his counrty in the sport. I explained to Jack what I was attempting and he was gracious enough to give me two pairs of New Balance 1062's.

Sunday morning, 7.58am and I was at the start line wearing a pair of brand new 1062's !!!!! It' was chilly, -3c and all 1,200 plus of us were bundled up. I heard 5-4-3-2-1 and we were off. The half and full people were all mixed together. I was feeling scary good, so I went off like a bullet. The first half I was crazy fast (2hr 13min), dodging around people and flying along the trails. This was not the plan. I was meant to be steady, all planned, all under control. The trouble is races bring out the worst of me. I felt great, so why not pick the pace up a bit. Maybe today would be a 4h 10min or 4hr 15min? It would not. My enthusiam started to wane around the 28km mark. I thought "there's no rush", "don't get injuried', "you've got another one tomorrow". I started to be sensible and dropped the pace down. I came in just over 4 1/2 hr, that's fine. Other Runner friends who were in the race were Earl, Linda and Paul. Also, Runner John kicked a 2hr 55min and came in third. Now that's moving.

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Sue at the Right To Play stand at the Woody's Red Deer Marathon Race Expo

089 Sue RTP booth

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