Took my time signing up for this run. Since I’m running another marathon on June 20th, I thought if I could race this race, it would be a good indicator of where I’m at in my training for Grandma’s Marathon. That’s if I decide to race Grandma’s instead of taking my time to enjoy the scenery of Duluth,MN.
As last week progressed, I lost my running mojo, taking 2 days off, running a 6 miler, walking the next day, running a 9 miler (not caring how close it was to race day) and capping off with an easy 3 on Saturday. Sunday was the Hall of Fame Half Marathon. I figured I’d play with this run a little bit, experiment and
half have fun with it.
The Experiment. The Race. The Run
As I stood near the starting line with other runners, my thoughts began turning to race mode. I knew I would try to push the pace because that was the frame of mind I was in. We started running and I was heading out at what would be my 5K pace. Knowing this was way too fast for me to hold on for long, I simply decided to see what happens if I ignore the conservative and run a little out of control. Soon the pace dropped to about a 10K pace and I wondered how long I could hold it. As it turned out, 7 miles into the race my legs began to tingle and the heat started to get to me. It was bright sunshine and about 70 degrees. The course does have a lot of shade but those sunny spots get to you when running faster than you should.
After 7 miles, I started walking the water stops and a couple of walking paces in between. There was no reason to cross the finish line feeling sick and over heated so I dropped back. The toughest part to hold on, even though my pace had slowed a lot, was that last mile along Genesee Street. It was off the canal trail, hot black top, no shade, bright sunshine. I was following a relay runner who had made a couple of walking stops as well. She was hurting as bad as I was so I told myself if she could hang on so could I.
Finished in 1:45:43. Not a PR but a good prediction run for Grandma’s and a first place age group win.
After The Run: Favorite Things
Such a beautiful day! The sun was bright and the temperature was perfect (when not racing). The dogs were desperate to enjoy the day. So we played…
until Zoey got tired which takes quite a while
and Shane wanted more because he is very good at pacing himself (not like the “girls” in this family)
While I got the camera for some sunny day photos, Zoey decided to break my FIRST glass of wine. I naturally went for a SECOND and decided to shoot 3 of my favorite things…
Wine, wine, more wine plus dogs.
What are your favorite things to do on a beautiful sunny day?