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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Twin Cities In Motion
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 40m 24s
Overall Rank = 2882/5261
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 650/1098
  • 1h 40m 24s
  • 10 miles
  • 10m 02s  min/mile

*Overall is female only*

This was race #3 of the Loony Challenge. TCM offered this option to 250 runners - for one fee we ran the 5k, 10k (Saturday) and the 10 Miler on Sunday. I did this for the guaranteed entry to the 10 miler, which has a lottery. I tried not to push myself too hard on Saturday, but I know the 10k took a lot out of me and my legs were sore.

I was worried when I got up because I did feel tired, like going up stairs really raised my heart rate. I just forged ahead with getting to the race, waiting around for about a half hour, got in the corral and went with the crowd to the start line. This was my 10th 10 miler, so it was nice to not have the annoying race jitters.

I hit the start line and realized my watch had gone into sleep mode. I had babysat that darn thing for the last half hour, so that was really annoying. I "unlocked" it, and hit the start button, and fortunately the satellites synced quickly. Despite all this, my watch buzzed at mile 1 beFORE the mile 1 marker. Typical.

The first mile was rough. Just like in my training runs lately I struggled to loosen up. That never happens in races, so obviously the 10k and 5k the day before really took it's toll. Fortunately the first several miles are mostly downhill. The run up to the Franklin bridge was much harder than it was the last time I did this race (fully rested), but I did keep running after a quick gel/walk break on the steepest part leading up. Then I finally got into a bit of a rhythm, but I realized that basically my legs were too tired to push the pace my cardio system could handle. Fine with me, I didn't feel like pushing it anyway :)

I saw a friend at mile 4 and my husband was with two other friends at mile 5.5ish. That was a great boost and I stopped to do high-fives and complain for a sec. The stretch from there to mile 7 is the hardest, I think, so I just plodded away. I had a gel right before the mile 7 water stop, which tasted NASTY. Mocha Gu I think - yuck. Fortunately I seem to have a stomach of steel, so it got the job done. The last three miles are fairly easy and with the gels and some Powerade, I felt pretty good. Last time I did this race I died a bit during the last three miles so I was determined to stay focused this time. Since I had run the last few miles of the course two times the day before, I was at a mental advantage and the last part really zipped by. I crossed the finish line feeling VERY glad I had completed the challenge and had earned a short break from running. Yay!
Post race
Warm down:

Everyone has been really generous with their congratulations in completing this challenge. I don't think it comes close to running 19.3 miles straight and definitely not a marathon. It's more miles run in 24 hours than I have ever done with Ragnar, but I also had the advantage of a nice long break with real food and a bed, unlike Ragnar. So, I am most proud of executing the 10 mile race at a decent and consistent pace but i didn't want my friends who do much more amazing things to think I came even close! :)

Last updated: 2013-08-08 12:00 AM
01:40:24 | 10 miles | 10m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1098
Overall: 0/5261
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2013-10-06 12:19 PM

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2013-10-07 7:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Medtronic TC 10 Mile
Great job and way to complete the challenge! I've always thought that those multi day races would actually be easier if I could just run them all in one day, maybe with a 30-60 minute break in between! Otherwise overnight is just enough time for things to get a little tight.
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