It is a very popular race that sells out quickly. I decided that while I had a great race last year I would not do it again. And then I got the flier. After I tossed it out...I started thinking.
Then last Tuesday, registration day came. And at 6 pm after a quick chat with Crystal, I signed up.
So why the hesitation?? Let’s Back track a sec.
Melissa’s is a very popular race in Banff National Park. Registration is capped, since it is in a national park space. A lot of Alberta runners love it....it’s a nice time of year (though can be cool up in the mountains). It has two distances – 10km and 22km. Though in past years the longer distance has varied – due to Bears on course or aggressive moose, or construction.
In 2010, I ran the 10km. I was heavy. Probably about 2010 pounds. It was hard but I got thru it. I was just starting to do longer distances. And after running 10k in jsut under 1:25, I vowed to get in fighting shape!
In 2011 I ran the 22km, which was shorter due to construction. GONG SHOW! I was pissy about the poorly organized water stations. Seriously handing me a communal jug of water to take a swig outta at about 12km into a race doesn’t cut the muster. you know...And on a warm day, I think there should be more than 2 water stations. It taught me to bring my OWN hydration!
There was poor directional signs and last minute changes and poor course markings it was no where near 22km. I think it might have been something like 20km. After the race, I swore I would never do it again. All this despite this race standing as a personal best. But they never adjusted thee actual distance, so I cannot say I did a half mara in under 2 hours.Cause it wasn't really a half.
I took 2012, I broke it off with Melissa.
And then in 2013, I ran the 10km at Melissa's. I don't recall WHY I thought I would give the 10km another go. Probably because I wanted to prove to myself that I could conquer that hill. And It was GREAT. It was not a PB, but I ran it almost 20 minutes FASTER than 2010.
Since Melissa's in September, I have not had THAT same kind of race. No. Wait. The Banff Ekiden Relay in October was that kinda race! Apparently there is something about running in Banff ♥
But even still I thought that if I did in 2014 I would do the 10km again...still wasn't cool with the 22km. it's not the distance, but the race organization itself.
So on Tuesday, I clicked. I was was...aw hell. Why NOT?? Maybe it needs another chance. Aaaaannnd...the half doesnt have much for hills :-)
And...c'mon!!! This is a GORGEOUS place to run!
And I am excited to do it. The website says 21k. So I guess we shall see how far it really is. Looking forward to next fall!