Minnesota Half Marathon 5K and Chili 5K

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Early this morning we ran the Minnesota Half Marathon 5K. It was a pretty nice morning it wasn’t too hot at 70 degrees but it was a bit humid. I didn’t expect much for this race as I’m nursing a sore calf muscle from the Torchlight 5K a couple weeks ago. It has been bugging me a lot the last couple days. I wore my compression sleeve to keep my calf stabilized. I think it helped. The race was an out, turn around, run back past the finish line, turn around and then finish. You know how much I love out and backs so this was just so much fun…NOT! It was an interesting race as the half marathon is either run or skate, as in rollerblading. I think the rollerblading part would be fun but I’m not sure I’m up to doing 13 miles on rollerblades…although it would be much easier than running 13 miles. Ha!

The Start
The 5k was kind of small with around 780 runners. The start wasn’t that exciting and my first mile was around 11:40, much slower than the Torchlight first mile but I was smarter about this race and didn’t go out too fast and my miles 2 and 3 were faster because of it.

The Middle
We ran out to the turnaround spot and came back. The first water stop was just before we ran past the finish line. What is very discouraging is when you run past the finish line and the first 5K runner were already done. :( Right after mile 2 I had to walk for a bit. My calf was angry at me!

The Finish
After the walk I started running slowly again, right around 12:00 but the last quarter of a mile I amped it up. I was glad that I had enough “gas” in the tank to “sprint” to the finish; my finishing pace was around 11:00. At Torchlight, I had nothing left and barely ran under 12:00s. So I call that a win! My finishing time was 35:34…but it was a bit short of a true 5K.

We got our awesome medal and made our way to get some food and slowly walked to the car. After a quick stop at Starbucks, we were on our way to our second run of the day in Wisconsin.

The Chili Race
The second race was in Chili, WI. Last year I struggled with the 10K. This year I only did the 5k. Eric still ran the 10K and was the only runner and finished first…and last and won $50! He got an escort into the finish line by the ambulance. Ha! My run was slow but I wanted to make sure that Jesse, a girl that work for Mike could finish in 40 minutes. That was her goal. So I stuck around her, doing the run/walk/run method. I was tired from the first race so that worked well. The race had about 50 people. Most were walkers; the young kids were runners and were gone right away so it really was only me and Jesse for most of the 5k. There was a water stop at just over a mile. I didn’t drink much of the water, but poured it over my head. It was really hot at 5:30pm. The first mile was on grass and dirt, the next mile was on gravel country roads and the final mile was a mix of gravel and pavement.  I crossed at 39:38. Jesse was right behind me at 39:45. We made her goal of 40 minutes!

Pictures, Maps and Splits


Minnesota Half Marathon 5K Map

Minnesota Half Marathon 5K Splits
Chili 5K Map


Chili 5K Splits

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