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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Twin Cities In Motion
35F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 41m 10s
Overall Rank = 3193/5398
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 712/1129
Pre-race routine:

Had my handy chauffeur drop me a few blocks from the gear drop at 6:30. I would have pushed it later, but the gear drop closes at 6:45 and I wanted some wiggle room for traffic. Right after I did that, Bryan found me - yay! I convinced him (he needed little) to drop back to corral 3 with me, so we walked over and chatted leading up to race time. I didn't realize we'd start at 7:12, I thought it would be 7:06 - boo. Finally the start.
  • 1h 41m 10s
  • 10 miles
  • 10m 07s  min/mile

*"Overall Female Only*

The race, we learned later, was about .15 short. Since I way overran it, I still ran 10 miles according to my Garmin. That's what happens when the street is wide, the crowd is thick, and water stops.

Bryan and I stuck together until the first big incline coming up to East River Rd from the No. 9 bridge (detour part of route due to landslide on normal route). I just can't run up those steep hills, I hate that gassed feeling. After that we were treated to a HUGE downhill. I have been doing some race specific work on running downhill and it's actually paying off. I passed a ton of folks, and I used to be the one getting passed. I am making better use of pushing off and gravity. Yay!

Miles 2-7, approximately, are tough with lots of hills. The last "big" hill is at mile 5, but even then there's an incline for a while. I finally saw Bob around mile 6. I was worried he would think he missed me with the later start time, but it turns out he was delayed too. I told him I was suffering from severe lack of motivation. If he had stopped and talked to me again, I may have cried and/or quit. Fortunately I zoned out until mile 7 and then the fun part starts. With some small exceptions, the course is overall downhill from there. I have struggled mentally on this part in the past (just boredom, really) but I kept at it pretty well this time. I got back a few seconds per mile here. One last huge downhill and then a flat run to cross the line. Whew!

Post race
Warm down:

The temp was under 40 still, I think, so "warm down" is not really accurate. Try not to freeze, basically. I shuffled through the finish line/medal hoo-hah and got my drop bag. I changed right away, which was really nice. Nothing like getting in a little tent with naked sweaty ladies. It was HOT HOT HOT in there! I grabbed my finisher's shirt, my "Summit Challenge"* medal and exited the area. They had a beer tent, and each athlete would get one CAN, but I passed. I actually forgot my ID, but I was way too cold and the thought of a lonely beer just didn't excite me. I walked up to the family waiting area to find Bob. I told him we're changing out last name to start with an A (it starts with a W) since I had to walk a lot farther than the Andersons, or whomever. Long walk back to the parking lot was enough of a cool down for me.

*This was the fourth race in a series called "Summit Challenge." I signed up some time before February and already did two untimed 5ks and a half marathon on July 4th. The 10 Miler is normally a lottery, so doing the whole challenged earned me a guaranteed spot. This was the deal of the century because I got 4 races, 4 great t-shirts, a special challenge long-sleeved pullover, 3 pint glasses and an extra medal. I can't remember the price, but it was under $200. I enjoyed the 5ks a lot more than I thought I would and they were great motivation during a really grueling winter. I don't think I'll bother with this next year, but it was really fun.

Last updated: 2013-12-05 12:00 AM
01:41:10 | 10 miles | 10m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1129
Overall: 0/5398
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