I ran the Run for the Lakes Half Marathon on Saturday! I never actually got around to training, there were a couple weeks where I ran once or twice, but never more than 3 miles. My 3x per week Yoga Sculpt classes are the backbone of my workouts. I also have been taking the occasional spin class, or swim session, but even those haven’t been very consistent the last couple weeks.
Start: Feeling good, saw a lot of friends, happy to be out and moving!
Mile 2: Left Ankle starts to hurt. Remember this pain from when I did the Long Course Indoor Triathlon, and am afraid I won’t be finishing.
Mile 4: Long Mile. At one point I thought I saw the relay exchange (which wasn’t until Mile 6). Took a Gu. Didn’t feel like I needed it, but didn’t want to tank like I did at Monster Dash.
Mile 6: Hard to believe I have to do it again. Remember what I told myself last night. Get to Mile 8, then bite off the course in 2 mile chunks.
Miles 7-11: Chat with runners I meet up with them. Discuss how the weather isn’t as warm as we thought, but it didn’t rain, and feels pretty good. Discuss other races around Minnesota. Realize I have done a TON of races, but there are still so many MORE out there. (and take another Gu)
Mile 12: Longest Mile ever. This is my problem with this course. There’s small hills throughout, but Mile 12 is a long stretch that plays tricks on you. Multiple times you think you’re “almost there” only to find that you’ve got another stretch to go.
Mile 13: Realize I have PR’d. At the start to the race I didn’t know what I would be capable of, but knew that Miles 7-11 felt good, and Mile 12 will always be too long for my liking. I had taken a few walking breaks, but ultimately caught up to someone I had started the race with, blew past him, and finished strong!!
Post Race: beer and pizza with my bestest run buddies!