…were you part of it?
In my mind, it’s officially summer. Yesterday was one of the best days of the whole year (if you weren’t trying to drive north of 50th that is): the Calgary Marathon and the Lilac Festival.
My plan this year was to run the full marathon and then head to the lilac festival to eat brunch and drink beer. It didn’t go quite as planned, however.
I haven’t felt fully confident about running the full marathon, even though I trained and ran a solid 35km two weeks before. I know it technically goes against all professional running advice, but I do not like to run distances I have yet to reach, and I have never run 42.2km. I was hoping to run between 40 and 45km about three weeks before the race and it just didn’t happen, so I planned to downgrade at the expo.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t read through the website thoroughly enough and didn’t realize I had to downgrade my race Saturday by noon. I showed up Saturday at one. OH MY GOD! I thought, I am going to HAVE to run a full marathon!
Then I thought of a master plan; why wouldn’t I just take my timer off? It peels off easily, I’m certainly not going to win the half marathon, and I am unconcerned about my time, I just want to finish. And so that is what I did. I took off the timer, and looked like a lunatic running the half marathon in a full marathon bib. I fully expected to get yelled at by a marshall for cheating or just being a dummy who missed the turnoff, but luckily it didn’t happen.
And so I ended up with a medal and a bib that don’t match. (On a related note, if anyone finished the half only to discover there weren’t enough medals, please let me know, I guess I technically stole it, I always assume there will be some no-shows).
Anyway, after the race, I obviously headed to the Lilac Festival and drank all the beer and at all the burgers I deserved while sitting in the hot sun (seriously, yesterday was a perfect day). We wandered a bit first (the picture below was taken before 10am, when the festival was basically “dead”), then headed to Joyce on 4th.
I think Lilac Festival is also the day of the year in which the most Calgarians lose balloons. Or perhaps that’s sometime during Stampede…
Anyway, it’s official (to me): Summer is here and Stampede is a month away!!