Official Time: 2:34:12 (Garmin distance 13.26 so 11:38 pace)
A couple months ago my sisters tried to convince me to run the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon … again. If you remember, that was my very first half marathon. It did not go as well as I had anticipated. When I finished that race I was in tears and stated that I would NEVER run that race again.
So guess what I did this weekend? Yeah, I’m a sucker.
I had 13 miles on the schedule for today (which, yes, I know I’m WAY behind in my training logs AND I’m way behind in race recaps. It’s been a busy spring!), so the thought of a supported long run was tempting. Plus my sisters were running the relay, so just as I would want to start to fade, I’d get fresh legs running alongside me to push me along. So I figured, why not?
The week leading up to the race wasn’t great. I’d started strong, have just run 13.1 miles on a treadmill the week before (with stops at 4 and 8 miles to break up the monotony a bit) so I was feeling pretty confident. Then I got pink eye, and it rained an entire week and I just didn’t feel like running. So I didn’t. And when I tried to run my scheduled 5 miles on Saturday I only managed 4.5, wondering how in the hell I was gonna get through the race on Sunday.
Spoiler alert: I PRed. And not just a little PR, either. I took over 5 minutes off my time! AND my fastest miles came in the 2nd half!! I may have missed a few of my training runs this cycle, but the ones I’m hitting are paying off.
I felt pretty good through the whole race. I took it nice and easy on the first half, continuing my run/walk intervals of 1:30/:30. Even with all the hills, it was nice to know that I’d only have to run for 90 seconds of the hill and then I’d get a walk. My 17 week pregnant sister ran that half with me and kept me from going too fast.
By the time I hit mile 7, my plan had me speed up slightly. Thankfully that was past the relay exchange, so I had my other sister with fresh legs running with me, pushing me to hit those quicker paces.
I kept thinking about the last time I ran this race and how the wheels fell off and I walked a lot and had some major issues with cramping. This time I stuck to my run/walk intervals and didn’t take any unscheduled walk breaks (other than water stops). I had no cramping whatsoever. It was a wonderful race! The runner’s high I felt afterwards lasted a LONG time!!
Looking ahead, I don’t have any more races until Garry Bjorklund in June, but I do have a few more LONG (for me) runs. As in one more 13 and TWO 14 milers! I just have to actually do my scheduled runs, which seems to be a problem for me this cycle. On the plus side, there’s still time to increase my fitness before then, I just have to stick to it!
Oh, and it wouldn’t be a post about Lake Minnetonka without any mention of Prince, so here ya go: