Get in Gear 2013 was a success! 54 degrees and not a cloud in the sky at race start.
First of all — happy birthday to my dear Jen who turned 30 and got a lovely group of ladies (pictured above) together to run the race.
So I think I forgot what it is like to run in warm weather. Luckily, at least I was dressed appropriately. I used the What to Wear Tool and decided on a tank, shorts and a hat (my new Shamrock Shuffle hat!) I also went with compression socks and my Saucony Guide 5s.
Each year, this race only gets bigger. There are 5K, 10K and half marathon distances, and the 10K (the only distance I’ve ever done) is Minnesota’s largest. This article talks about the race’s growth.
So as you can imagine, the beginning of the race can be quite frustrating. It’s actually kind of difficult to know where to line up for your appropriate estimated finish time. But with past experience running this race, we lined up a bit closer to the front than we would normally have.
Besides the weaving and dodging, I felt pretty strong starting off. I hadn’t run much at all during the week before, so my legs felt refreshed and my foot didn’t bother me at all. The only big issue I had during the race was that right around mile two my left shin started to bother me. That went on for about two miles or so and then it must have just worked itself out.
Mandy and I were keeping a steady 9:00 min/mi pace for the first few miles — just as I had planned. After mile three, I decided to pick up the pace and go for the negative split I was trying for (and a sub-55:00 time!).
The first (and only) water stop came right after the 5K mark and right before the big hill. I realized that I have a hard time taking more than a few sips of water at water stops. I think I need to work on this, because for the rest of the race, all I could think about was how thirsty I was — not good.
Miles 5-6 felt awesome. Besides being thirsty, I felt good and was able to easily hold the pace I was shooting for. I turned the last corner and saw my husband and our pup, Tony, and Mandy’s mom — and then I saw the finish up ahead.
But nearing the finish line, I started feeling a bit light headed and my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. Is this that uncomfortable feeling that everyone talks about? Do people run with that feeling for entire races? So I decided to keep my pace steady, rather than kicking for the last .20 as I had planned.
I ended up achieving my goal of running the race with a negative split of roughly 27:26 for the first half and 24:56 for the second. And PR’ed beating my previous 10K PR of 1:02:09 with a time of 54:51 — also making my sub-55:00 goal!
1 – 9:23
2 – 8:57
3 – 9:06
4 – 8:33
5 – 8:12
6 – 8:11
7 (0.32) – 7:53
After the finish, I concentrated on not throwing up by grabbing a bottle of water and walking back to where I saw J near the finish line. I watched the rest of my group finish (sorry I missed you, Andrea!). It must’ve been the beautiful weather because everyone had fantastic race times!
Congrats to everyone else who raced this weekend! How’d it go? Is the weather improving wherever you live?
Thanks again to Tony for taking these awesome shots! You’re the best race photographer ever!