The Get Lucky is a pretty big event with a half marathon race and a 7K - it draws a lot of runners and this year happened to actually fall on St. Patrick's Day. Melissa ran the 7K along with 8,700 of her closest friends over in Minneapolis. I ran the half with about 2,500 of my closest friends in St. Paul! I told you - it's a big event.
|Ready for the big race!|
I decided before the race that I was going to try and stick with the 9:09 pace group as long as possible and then fall back if I needed to. That plan lasted for about 5.5 miles. According to my Garmin splits - I ran the first 5 miles in 45 minutes and the race group was in my sites the entire time. One thing about Saturday that I will remind you of - it was warm, borderline hot, and it was humid. I don't typically run races with my fuel belt - I really wish I had on this particular day. It was hot and humid on March 17th and I personally don't feel like they accommodated the race course with enough water stops for the weather situation. But, I am not going to dwell on that. I learned a valuable lesson on this race day - sometimes you just need to carry your own water so you can make sure you properly fuel yourself.
I hit the turn around of the race (6.55 miles) and was actually still keeping pretty decent pace. My time at the turn was 1:01 - so, if I had been able to keep that pace - my time would have been PR crushing - but alas, that was not the outcome. I will tell you that miles 8-11 were rough. As in I had to take a few walk breaks rough. There were a few reasons I think that I struggled - the course is hilly, it was hot and humid and I was not properly fueled. These are things that I had some control over and some that just happen. I am not going to dwell on this race - it actually taught me a lot. My finish time was not what I was hoping for - I ended up coming in at 2:14 (which was 8 whole minutes slower than my first half). But, the fact remains that I finished and I finished strong. My legs were tired - they felt like they weighed about 100 pounds a piece at times during the race. I would be lying if I said I didn't think about just quitting more than once. But I didn't - I ran, I didn't stop. As my good friend Ann says "I can do hard things!"
|Mere feet from the finish! Thank goodness!|
I will admit that my immediate reaction to this race was not a positive one - but then my mom reminded me that I finished, I made the most of the situation and finished strong - she is right. I didn't PR like I was hoping to - but I did finish, my girls got to see my cross a finish line of a half marathon on a really rough day.
|My support system - My Mom behind the camera too!|
|The best reasons to finish a race!|