Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon Race Report

Sunday, May 5, 2019

We ran the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon this morning. The weather was perfect and I was hoping for a great run. Unfortunately I wasn't ready for the VERY HILLY course. I should have known since I've ran the first half a couple years ago. Eric ran the second half and said it wasn't bad. He was a liar! I hope I never run this course again. LOL! Normally I'm ok with Hilly courses but the ups were a little too long that I couldn't make up for time lost on the downhills. I need to train hills more often now. UGH!
At the Start!
I started out a little too fast but the first big hill at the end of mile 1 took care of my great start. It really didn't get any better from there. Mile 2 and 3 were about what I expected time wise. Mile 4 was awful the only highlight is giving a high five to a fell Back of the Pack friends on Facebook. 

I saw her post to our group on Facebook later and she said I was looking strong as hell. LOL! I wasn't but thanks! Miles 5 and 6 were right at what I said they would be. But I was struggling. I do great training on the treadmill but I get in a race situation and I run faster than I should and it hurts me later. ARGH!

Miles 7-10 were pretty crappy but the scenery was amazing!  We ran right along the shore of Lake Minnetonka and amazing big beautiful house. So jealous!

Mile 10-ish
DJ surprised me just before the end of mile 10. I was looking pretty crappy and tired by this point. It was a very lonely race. Not many people were running around me and the spectators were few and far, very far between. This is my best race photo ever!  LOL!

Mile 11 wasn't great. I saw DJ again somewhere along the way. This part of the course is on a busy road that they don't close. We are running on the narrow shoulder with dead raccoons, turtles and frogs. Not great! The views of the lake are kind of non-existent here. Finally, about quarter of mile before mile 12 we hit the gravel trail. I was so relieved to get off the busy road and on to the trail that I didn't care it was gravel.  Some random woman in jeans came running towards me on this part of the course. She stopped when she reached me and said she was going to "help me". She thought it was my first half. She was a little disappointed when i told her this was #27. But she was "proud" of my accomplishments. Thanks hon!
I finished!

Mile 13 was great. I'm not sure where the burst of energy came from but I was having a great mile. I had optimist goal of 3 hours. My realistic goal was 3:10. Since mile 6, I thought my realistic goal wasn't attainable so I got down on myself. But half way through mile 13 I realized that if I could keep it up I will beat it. I was shocked. We finally got on the streets of Excelsior with less than half a mile to go. Thankfully there were almost only downhills from that point. I ran across the finish and beat the 3:10 time...3:09:17. Woo hoo!

DJ managed to get a fairly good picture of me. Yay!  I think I'm looking at the announcer dude but not really sure. I was so happy to be done! I found my other friend, she ran the relay. 

I got my finisher photo with Eric.

After grabbing a few bananas we walked to car and stopped at the ice cream shop on the way. I had raspberry chocolate chip waffle cone. It was so delicious. If you know me, I don't really like ice cream but this hit the spot. Yum!

Unfortunately my medal detached from my ribbon. :(
my medal broke :(

Overall I feel pretty good!

I hate HILLS!

Hot Chocolate 15K & UW Band Concert

Thursday, April 18, 2019

We started Saturday morning in Minneapolis running the Hot Chocolate 15K. This is the 5th year we have ran this race. Year 1...perfect weather. Year 2...blazing hot. Year 3....RAIN. Year 4... BLIZZARD! This year....COLD. We have literally seen it all with this race.

I was faster than the last time I ran this course but slower than year 1 and 2. Considering I'm dealing with knee pain, I was happy with my results.


After the race we jumped into the car and headed south to Madison. We got there at 4pm. We quickly took showers and meet the family for dinner at Olive Garden. My friend, Jenny and her daughter joined us. It was good to see them again.

The purpose of this whirlwind weekend was the UW Badger Varsity Band Concert. I have watched this concert every year when I was a kid. I've been a band geek for a long time. This year was extra special because it was the last year of Mike Leckrone. He is the famous band director who has been at the helm for 50 years!  It was great!


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

We spent the last weekend of March in Philadelphia to run the Love Run Half Marathon. We got into town very early on Saturday morning. We checked into the hotel and made our way down to the Convention Center. After wandering around for a while we eventually found the expo. Man that place is confusing!

After some burgers, we walked down to the Liberty Bell and stood in a very long line to see a broken bell.

We walked back to the hotel, bought a pizza and sat in the LOVE plaza. It was so nice outside. It was a beautiful day.

The race very wet and mostly flat. I did well in the beginning. I met a couple new friends and got them to finish line. Again, not my best race but I had lots of fun.

 After a mile walk in the pouring rain to the hotel we took a shower and a nap. We ventured out to a tall building to take in the view.

Hot Dash 5K

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Another race is in the book for 2019 and finally I was able to run a decent race! The January one was extremely cold and icy and the February one I had strep, cold and pink eye.

I wasn't sure how it was going to go today. I have increased my mileage this month but it has been a lot of long, slow runs. I have done some speed work but speed work for a half is slower than 5K speed work.

My goal was to finish under 40 minutes. That is roughly a 12:30 pace. I know this course as I have ran it numerous times with various races. Miles 1 and 2 were consistent at 12:18 and 12:21.

Mile 3 sucked but there are some hills on that mile and I was just done with the race. When the finish came into the view, I sprinted down the final hill and finished at 39:34. Yay!  I made my goal!  I'm happy with it!