First of all, congratulations to my friend Patti who ran the farthest she has ever run before at this race! The main takeaway from this race: my legs just aren’t quite right yet post-marathon, but I surprisingly felt pretty good the entire time.
Alarm went off at 6 a.m. and I had a glass of water, a cup of coffee and a two-ingredient pancake with almond butter.
It was a brisk, but sunny morning. My husband fought the terrible traffic to drop us off just a few blocks away from the Cathedral of Saint Paul where the start line was. (Thanks, honey!) My first thought, as we approached the Cathedral was that I had never seen so many porta potties at a race start in my life. And there were still pretty long lines — there were just SO many people! And a lot of them were in costume.
My friend Aimee texted me her location and so we made our way over to the Cathedral steps to take a pre-race photo.
It was great to see Aimee. And Chris too — it had been too long!
Then it was time to line up for the start! My friend Patti and I squeezed in near the 10:00 min/mi pace group. There were SO many people. Looking at my results after, I realized that it took seven minutes to cross the start line!
It was a cold start — I felt cold in my joints and my legs felt heavy. We did both of the first two miles in 10:12 each. Patti and I weren’t sure if we’d be staying together the entire time and she didn’t have her cell phone on her, so she spent the first couple of miles memorizing my phone number in case she had to call me after she finished.
Miles 4 and 5 and then 7-10 were our fastest — all under 10 min/mi pace. At this point, we were warmed up and we were seeing some fun costumes and the miles started flying by. My legs didn’t feel quite as heavy and the weather was perfect for running. Nutrition-wise, we took water only at three of the water stops (not super well-organized water stops, in my opinion) and I realized at mile 8 that I hadn’t taken my GU and that I didn’t feel like I needed to.
As we neared the finish, Patti and I picked up our pace even more and crossed the finish line feeling pretty great.
After the race, and after some confusion about how the lines for the shuttle busses worked, we got on a school bus to take us the three miles to post-race finish area. It was fun to see the half marathoners finish!
Mile 1: 10:12
Mile 2: 10:12
Mile 3: 10:04
Mile 4: 9:46
Mile 5: 9:51
Mile 6: 10:07
Mile 7: 9:56
Mile 8: 9:45
Mile 9: 9:18
Mile 10: 9:15
Time: 1:39:02 — and a PR! I ran the TC 10 mile in 2009 in 1:43.