#TeamOrtho Minneapolis Half Marathon Race Recap

Half marathon #13 went off without a hitch. I was very surprised it went as well as it did. Clearly, the physical therapy and acupuncture has been paying off, but unfortunately, I may have pushed it a bit too hard because by Monday, I could barely move.

This was a Sunday race day. Typically, I don’t care for them. But in this case, the extra day of rest was probably a good thing. I worked the expo the day before, and was assigned to the Information Desk.

I was a little intimidated as I really didn’t know much about the race to begin with. But, I was well trained by my partner, Lisa, in the morning. As long as I didn’t tell anyone the wrong thing, I was happy to help!

The shift began at 10am and ended at 3:30pm. And let me tell you, I was not used to talking SO MUCH. I was hoarse and had a scratchy throat by the end of my shift. I wondered how that would affect my run the next day, and began to worry a little. Not only that, but answering all those questions made me regret my decision not to run the full marathon…well, somewhat. I wished I had been able to run for the full 26.2 but I knew, deep down inside, that it was best I didn’t at this time. I’m still not near 100% and I don’t want to ruin my training for Chicago.

On the drive home, I realized how unprepared I was for this run and that I’d have to catch up when I got home. I picked up my bib at the expo and was pleasantly pleased to see the number 5229, considering my birthday is May 29th, and I had just turned 49 the previous day. It just HAD to be good luck, right?

Lucky Bib Number!

Lucky Bib Number!

I checked the weather forecast, decided on shorts and a tank, despite the cool temperatures that were forecast, and pulled out something super neon both for me, the fans, and my new #IRun4 running buddy, Delaney! Then, I gathered my gear and made my hydration mix, doled out my EnergyBits, and pre-prepped my Bulletproof coffee for the morning. All this while preparing dinner for the family. Yes, multi-tasking is my thing.

I opted for an early bedtime since I had to get up by 5:15am to get everything done before heading out at 6:30ish for a 7:30am start. Thank heavens, I slept well.

Ready to rumble!

Ready to rumble!

It was amazing weather for a run! And, I was fortunate enough to have my husband join me. It was cool, though, and since I had my husband with me, I packed a bag with a throw away jacket and other essentials that I could bring along to the start line. We took a secret route to the start line (thanks to a fellow at the expo who gave ME some information), and parked with no problems. Passing the portapotties, my husband commented on the lines. I was grateful I didn’t have to go. If there were less in line, I may have double checked, but it was chilly and I wanted to keep moving and find some sunshine to warm up in.

Start Line Photo

Start Line Photo

The start line was empty when we arrived, and there was 15 minutes to spare. The race photographer was there, and he took a start line photo of my husband and me. I can’t wait to see how it turned out! At this point in time, my husband was cursing because, he, himself, did NOT bring a jacket. Yeah, it was that chilly…at least in the low 40s. It felt colder in the shade. I stayed as warm as I could and bashed myself for not bringing arm warmers. I wore my throw away until the last possible second and then tossed it to my husband.

And were

And we’re off! Waving to my husband…

I was prepared at the start line with my podcast, Garmin, and RunMeter. I was one of the first out of the gate, and I knew I’d fall behind quickly, but that was OK. I had no particular goal for this run, except to finish it. I’d have to gauge how I felt in the first few miles.

#IRun4 this sweetie! Delaney Skye!

#IRun4 this sweetie! Delaney Skye!

And to be honest, the first few miles weren’t easy. It was immediatley up hill to start. I had to dial back a bit. And then we leveled out onto a park trail soon after. I settled into a 7:50 pace and decided if I could maintain that, I’d be very pleased with the run. Somewhere around here, I heard from Delaney on Runmeter, and it made me smile and made me more determined to finish strong.

Since the run paralleled the river, there were many steep mini hills that took us onto overpasses and bridges,and in and out of neighborhoods. So, it was challenging. I backed off on the uphills, as I have been doing recently, and picked up pace on the downhills. In no time, I was at the half way point, and I felt I had enough to pick up the overall pace.

I took my second dose of Energybits just before mile 8. I probably could have used them a little earlier. The course got tougher towards the end. In fact, I ended up on that dreaded hill that I battled in the April races…the one that weaved through the Nicollet Island area. I wish I knew the exact location of that hill. I’ve now tackled it 3 times in 2 months. We crossed the water 4 times in total. With the brilliant sunshine, it was a stunner run, except when we ran through the crappy end of town.

Coming in at the end, the last 2 miles or so, I was able to pass up a few runners. Not nearly as many as I did at New Prague, but still…I was impressed with myself. I ran side by side with a young lady from mile 11 to about mile 12.5, until we made it up the final hill. To be honest, I don’t know if she re-passed me or not. At that point I didn’t care. I heard a volunteer yell “This is your last turn!” And I was grateful to see the finish line up ahead. I poured it on as best I could, and when I glanced up at the clock, I saw 1:40:25 and was pretty damn happy with that.

Minneapolis Half Marathon Results

Minneapolis Half Marathon Results

After crossing the finish line, we were lead to the volunteers handing out the medals. I stopped and asked if I could have an extra for Delaney. YAY! They said yes, and I wore my two medals for the finish photos. I ended up finishing first in the 45-49 age group…but not the 40-49 one. I don’t think I’ll get a place award, because I think they go from 40-49. But I like how it looks on the stat page! 😉

Finish Line Photo: One for me, one for Delaney!

Finish Line Photo: One for me, one for Delaney!

My husband found me soon after, and we didn’t waste much time getting out of the city. An early start means an early finish, and we were headed home at 9:30am! Wow!

After a busy post race day of school lunches and cleaning the lower floor of my home, I pretty much just fell into bed at 8pm. I did have some residual leg pain after this run and it got me down, considering I felt amazing before the run and during it as well. But what was worse was the DOMS, especially in my quads. It took all I had to do P90X on Monday morning, and I forced myself to do a walk later in the day just to shake it out. Time will tell. I plan to relax again this week in hopes that it will just dissipate as time goes on. As it turns out, today, 4 days after, I’m doing OK. Not great, but OK. And I’ll take OK any day.

Lucky Half Marathon #13

Lucky Half Marathon #13

Team Ortho did a great job on this race. Everything fell into place. And I volunteered a lot of hours for it. The marathon would have been nice. I’ll be adding it to my bucket list. With all my hours right now, it should be a freebie for me next year!

 

This race marks my 12th for this year (including the walk). How many races have you run so far this year in 2015? 

 

 

2 Responses to #TeamOrtho Minneapolis Half Marathon Race Recap

  1. Ruth Thomas (Running in Reverse) says:

    YOU are an awesome runner. I love your recap and felt like I was there with you. I’m so glad I found your page as you are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for everything you do for the running community. Hope your leg pain feels better quickly!

  2. Great job! I’m sure you’re feeling much better by now.

    I’m not a huge fan of Team Ortho because no AG awards. I came in 2d in my AG at Get Lucky but nothin’ for that.

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