At the starting line. It was such a beautiful day!
Crossing the Finish Line!!
With my boy at the finish line
He only came for the cookies
Happy Friday!! I’m finally getting around to a recap of the half marathon that I ran a few weeks ago. I ran the City of Lakes half marathon in Minneapolis (my hometown), and I had the BEST time running it! YES, it challenged me both physically and mentally but it was amazing!!
We lucked out with the most perfect running weather. I felt really good for the majority of the 13.1 miles. My family was sending each other photos and updates on my pace and location, because they were spread out at different parts of the race, and after the race I looked through them on my phone and saw one that my Dad had sent with a photo of me “at mile 9 and she’s still smiling.” Seeing my family throughout the race helped so much! Seeing them and having them there for me definitely gave me an extra pep in my step. It was around mile 11-12 that I started to feel fatigued.
The energy and scenery at the City of Lakes was amazing! Any time I felt tired I just tried to take it all in, I looked at the lakes and just enjoyed the run. When I first got into running, especially long distances and began to have an interest in running a half marathon, I knew that the first race I wanted to accomplish was this one, the City of Lakes. It’s in my hometown, in the neighborhood where my parents live (where I grew up) and the race is run around the chain of lakes which is really pretty. My Mom ran this same half marathon 27 years ago. She’s such an inspiration!
People had some really funny and inspiring signs along the race. Some of my favorites were:
Pain is only temporary, race results remain online forever
Remember, you paid to do this
On a scale of 1-10 you’re a 13.1
If you hurry up I’ll buy breakfast
I went into the race wanting to finish around 2 hours. My net time was 2:01. So I’m happy! I’m also a perfectionist, so as happy and proud of myself as I am, I also wish I had been even just a tad faster and had finished under 2. Next time! This was my first half, so I’m happy. I learned a lot about what to do in training and on race day in the future.
A HUGE thank you to my family for getting up early on your Sunday morning to be there to support me and for cheering me on during the race!! And a HUGE thank you to my amazing husband for supporting me and taking on kid duty in the mornings so I could train.
If you have ever thought about running a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon do it!! Sign up and start training. If I can run a half, you can run half!
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