I was so lucky to have so much support from all of you for this race – your calls, comments, texts and tweets were SO wonderfully encouraging.
I ended up finishing it in 2:13:58. They didn’t have pre-organized pace groups for the race, but they did have pace leaders. I pretty much glued myself to the 10:17/mile pacer (goal time = 2:15) to keep me on-track. My strategy was to stick to the pace until the end and then increase my speed depending on what energy I had left. Really, what ended up happening at the end of the race is that I upped my pace and broke away from the group so that I could make sure that I made it in below 2:15. That last mile was hard, but the experience was just incredible. I can’t believe that four months ago, I was just finishing my first 5k and agreed to this on a whim!
I also got a new goal-time out of the deal. Since I’m running the Twin Cities 10 Mile in October, I figured I’d peek at the clock when I got to the 10 mile marker. My time there was 1:43:58 so, that’s my time to beat!
Beyond the 10 Mile, I have no other colorful racing plans for the next year. To that end, I’ve re-arranged my Workouts page because I want it to reflect more of what I do on a day-to-day basis rather than when I’m preparing for a race. If you want to check it out, click here.
Did I mention that running for cupcakes was totally the right idea? Sweet Retreat did not fail me. And I would highly recommend this motivational technique to anyone.
I ended up devouring one of the coconut ones once I got out of the finish-corral. It was exactly as good as I had imagined.
And post-race, we hit Famous Daves’ Blues Brunch in Uptown. Erica and Justin came along with Mads and Dik. I can honestly say, I’ve never been so hungry in my entire life. BBQ chicken wings, cheesy hash browns and french toast with pecan syrup, whipped cream and strawberries were a salve to my soul. I haven’t been to a proper brunch buffet in AGES and this was exactly the way to do it up
EDIT: The formal results went-up today. My chip time was 2:13:03. I finished 501/1147 for the women and for my division (20-24) I was 67/164.