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St. Albert Road Race 10 Miler (2022)

April 25, 2022

There is an interesting phenomenon that happens during shoulder season races here in the Canadian Prairies. Four days ago we had a blizzard, and the streets were covered with five centimeters of snow, and a biting cold wind reminded us that any kind of weather was never a guarantee around here. As I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning, race day, there were traces of that cold lingering in the air, tho nearly all the snow had melted again. I stepped out my back door and I could see my breath and the chill was obvious.

[Virtual] Personal Peak Summer Race Series (2020)

The race format is pretty simple: just run as far as you can in the allotted time.

After I gave the Quarantine Backyard a whirl a couple months ago, I found myself on a fortuitous mailing list. Last week I got the notice that the same crew were hosting a second race, this time a summer series, in a different format. Rather than looking to long-term endurance for the measuring stick, this time the race is a time trial.

I signed up for three of the four races this summer:

[Virtual] SeaWheeze Half Marathon (2020)

The day I registered for a couple virtual races was the same day that I found out -- officially -- I'd be working from home for the entire summer. At least. With a minimum of three more months of pandemic not-quite-lockdown facing me down and getting me down, I figured one of the only solutions for my personal health and fitness was to lockdown some real goals. Challenges are one thing but an actual, paid-for, medal-in-the-mail virtual race is another.

The rules I put in were simple:

[Virtual] Vancouver Half Marathon (2020)

The day I registered for a couple virtual races was the same day that I found out -- officially -- I'd be working from home for the entire summer. At least. With a minimum of three more months of pandemic not-quite-lockdown facing me down and getting me down, I figured one of the only solutions for my personal health and fitness was to lockdown some real goals. Challenges are one thing but an actual, paid-for, medal-in-the-mail virtual race is another.

The rules I put in were simple: