Monday, April 27, 2009

Get in Gear 1/2 Marathon Race Report

The Get in Gear is a very popular race in the Twin Cities and many look forward to this event no matter the weather. Coming into this race the weather report looked very grim and unpleasent. Rain and possiby a chance of snow in the morning -YUCK! However, it actually turned out to be a great running day, minus the gusts of wind every now and then. The sun started to come out just as the race announcer told everyone that it was time to line up. The Elite 10K racers would start first - WOW are they ever fast. You could tell they meant business by the way they were warming up and preparing themselves - glad I wasn't in that group!

The morning of the race I thought back to what I didn't like about the 10K race I did just a couple of weeks ago and changed up a couple of things. I was definintely more prepared for this race and was able to get to the race site with plenty of time to warmup. I didn't have to worry about Owen this morning as I knew I would see him sometime during the race, because Derek was going to meet me at mile 9 and cheer me on.

My goal was to run 7:00 minute miles and I almost got there. I ran 7:03's but think I could have pushed myself a little harder and finished faster. I know at the last mile I was slowing down because I wasn't sure if I was going the right way. I asked some people if this was the 1/2 marathon and they said yes but everyone around me was walking and then there were people walking toward me - I was really confused. As it turns out it was the right way and the walkers were part of the 5K walk that started after the 1/2 marathon and 10K. I finished second female overall so I was happy about that - I swear I am champion of second place! I need to get over that hump!

1 comment:

GP said...

You are NOT the champion of second place. You are #1 to us and always will be! We love you. G&P