With A Little Luck – #GetLuckyMN 2015 Race Recap

Get Lucky Flat Me

Lucky? I’d say by all accounts, yes.

Everything leading up to this event was all wrong. I wasn’t feeling well. I was tired and achy. I haven’t been sleeping worth a damn. And my training runs were very forced. Last Saturday was the last time I did anything respectable as far as running goes. It was 10-miler that I pulled out of nowhere. With temperatures finally getting out of the single digits, it seemed appropriate that I try something a bit longer that day. It was a respectable run, although I realized that my left calf strain doesn’t seem to be healing as quickly as I would hope. So, I was sore the next day.

I decided that if this Get Lucky Half Marathon was going to happen at all, I’d have to seriously taper. I did a middle of the road length run on Sunday, a shorty on Tuesday and Thursday, and no run at all on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The rest was well warranted, and my sleep improved just enough that I was able to pull this sucker off.

Get Lucky Flat Me

Get Lucky Flat Me

It was another last minute decision as far as running attire went because despite the fact that they had been touting mild temperatures for this run, I kept seeing 30s. For me, 30s isn’t quite shorts and tank top weather, which is what I saw many folks wearing. I still have to don gloves, thanks to my Raynauds. And the back end of a half marathon even with temperatures in the 40s, means I’ll get chilled fast. So, I opted for the long sleeves and the long spandex pants, gloves, and my Get Lucky hat, which I probably could have lost halfway. I wore it mainly because I was hoping to get more photos taken in the field.

The logistics were off just a wee bit, since my husband decided to tag along and we had to get the girls off to their Speech Tournament by 7am. This meant an early start to the day despite an 8:30 am race time. I had to be sure they were ready and fed, plus get my own shit together at the same time. SO the day began at 5:30 am, and it meant no extra sleep.

While waiting for the girls’ bus to arrive at the school, I realized I left my Garmin behind…again. So, I took off that heart rate monitor. Made my boobs feel a little better, anyway. But I’d have to rely solely on Runmeter for this one and I wouldn’t have access to my heart rate as I ran.

Feeling crappy pre run. Still managing a smile.

Feeling crappy pre run. Still managing a smile.

We arrived early enough that we were able to park across the street, and get inside the depot to use the indoor bathrooms. Bonus! And a good thing, too, because I needed the pit stop. Steve really enjoyed seeing the renovated Union Depot building and we marveled at some of the architecture as we waited. We stopped and watched some Irish dancers and listened to the bagpipe music before we made our way to the start line.

Get Lucky Start Line

Get Lucky Start Line

I started up front and my husband asked if I was going to use a pacer. To be honest, I wanted to see if I could start off my way, and perhaps catch up with one later on. I have to retrain myself to start easy, and pick it up as I go, once I have established a nice, comfortable pace. And I did just that. I found myself counting miles early, and I had to focus on my podcast so I wouldn’t continue to do so. 13 can be the worlds biggest number when you are counting by the half mile. Quite a few passed me by, but at around mile 6 or 7, I was able to up it just a notch and find the 1:38:00 pacers.

Get Lucky 21K Elevation Profile

Get Lucky 21K Elevation Profile

It was a hilly course, which changed a bit from last year. This time, it was an out and back…twice…and ended with a net downward elevation change.

But the little hills in the middle of it all were brutal. I watched as fellow runners hit them hard and then were forced to take a pace hit at the top. I did the opposite, taking my time to ascend so I could have something left to descend with and make up some lost time. My strategy worked, and I was able to negative split the run, with the exception of mile 10…which nearly knocked me out.

Mile10Hell

That dreaded mile 10. I remember it at the Monster Dash Half Marathon AND the Women Rock Half Marathon, where it is more like mile 11. Either way, it sucks. Big time.

But once I got over the hill, I turned it up, and passed the majority of my pack, which remained a few dozen strides ahead of me up to this point.

Despite the fact that I wasn’t feeling it at all for this run, and all I wanted to do was get it over with, I fared pretty well. No, I didn’t PR it, but I came in under 1:40:00, and I found that terribly surprising. If we had run that Monster Dash Half Marathon route again for this race, I may have done exceedingly well.

Get Lucky Photo Finish

Get Lucky Photo Finish

It was nice to have my chauffeur, personal photographer, bag check guy, and head cheerleader along. He always makes crossing the finish line that much more enticing. He kept busy inside a local coffee shop for the majority of my run, and couldn’t wait to take me there after to get a cup of coffee and show me the banjo players that had taken up residence in the back of the cafe. I’m glad for that, because I really needed to walk it off. Normally, he just likes to get in the car and go.

The Black Dog Cafe

The Black Dog Cafe

Then, as we headed to get the girls, he couldn’t wait to show me that I was coming in at first in my age group according to the online standings, but I found that so hard to believe. Lo and behold, I was right, finishing 8th instead. But still, respectable considering the size of the race and the amount of supercharged runners that attend the Team Ortho events.

Race Results

Race Results

Since I have been spending so much time volunteering with Team Ortho these past few months, I was well aware of the medal snafu they suffered, with them being left on a loading dock somewhere in California while the strike commenced, so getting a replica didn’t phase me at all, but I could hear the snickers and snarls of fellow runners as they felt cheated when they didn’t receive a real medal. It even says on the back of the replica that it will be mailed to them (and I’m guessing one of my future volunteer shifts will be spent stuffing envelopes). I suppose there is just no pleasing some folks.

My only complaint this year is that the turn arounds seemed a little tight. I was up front, so there wasn’t a giant crowd of runners trying to make the turn at once, but I imagine back in the larger pack that a little personal space may have been invaded.

I didn’t utilize the water stops, as I typically carry my own, but they seemed frequent and well placed. And there wasn’t a ton of crowd support, either, so I’m glad I opted to listen to some podcasts along the way

I tried to imagine that it was just a well rehearsed training run and let it go at that. To my chagrin, it worked perfectly!

Posing Post Race

Posing Post Race

And, yeah, I’m sure I’ll return again next year. I’m working up to earn enough bones (points toward free races) so that I can do all of Team Ortho’s events in 2016. I like them. I like the attendees. I like the bling and the jackets. And I like the folks at Team Ortho. The events always make for a great morning run!

Today, I’m sore. My leg is pretty gnarly. I’m fairly certain it isn’t a stress fracture again, but it will require some TLC and rest. If it doesn’t feel better in a week or so, I’ll have it looked at and hope for the best. I’ve got a marathon to train for, after all! But, I went about my day as normal, meal prep and all, and settled down mid day for a bowl of bone broth. Time to rebuild the collagen!

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Yep, With a little luck, we can clear it up. We can bring it in for a landing

Did you have an Irish themed run this weekend? How did it go? 

10 Responses to With A Little Luck – #GetLuckyMN 2015 Race Recap

  1. Michelle says:

    Great job, as always!!!! xoxo

  2. petitepacer says:

    nice post! I’m glad Steve is there for you. That’s very special. You ARE lucky.

  3. Pam says:

    Nice race recap and congrats on running so speedy. There were lots of St. Pats weekend races, but I only did a long (20 mile) training run which was not a whole lot of fun. However, I know it will all be worth it in 35 days when I run Boston with my sister for the very first time!

  4. Great race strategy! I try to run slower the first half of my races but this one I couldn’t hold back. Luckily my legs and my heart cooperated. I need to work on that though, for my next half!

    • A Running Chick says:

      It is a hard concept to swallow…but it does have it’s merits. Congratulations to you, too! You are a rockstar, Wendy! Great run!

  5. Nice job! I agree that it seemed hillier than past years, but a lot of it was the same course. I hate the mile 10 hill, which I was also expecting at mile 11 as usual. I had a personal best and even better, my hubby ran his first half! He could have gone a lot faster than I was, but he pushed me and we finished together! I am signed up for the series, Minneapolis MARATHON, Women Rock Half, and Monster Dash Half. Hopefully we can meet up!

    Runnergal22~Jessie

    • A Running Chick says:

      YES! I’m doing all the SAME runs! Let’s meet up at at least one of them!! Maybe we can do a training run together? Are you running the Hot Chocolate?

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