Today was so humid that at the end of my run my fingers were starting to prune up a little bit. At least it was relatively cool through the whole run! I picked a route that I’ve ridden before but never run and when I’ve ridden it is been 12 miles. So I thought it would work for 13.1. I was quite off and needed to add a good amount of trails at Wirth to get there.
I started out running from my house and ran to the Mississippi River. I haven’t run along the river in a long time. Especially this section. The run was a Time Trial, so I wanted to find the balance of going fast, but surviving the entire 13 miles. I set my Virtual Pacer for 9 minute miles and thought that would be good. I was a little shocked when I came through the first mile in 8:13. Ok, no problem slow down a little bit… Crap. I came through the 2nd mile in 7:52. That was not going to be a sustainable pace for the whole thing. I turned off the River onto Cedar Lake Trail and my pace finally slowed down to 8:37. I haven’t run on such flat easy places for awhile and my body wanted to move! The Cedar Lake Trail is pretty straight forward urban trail that turns into a prairie trail.. I did 8:15 and then 8:34 for mile 5.
I wanted to run the dirt trails on the East side of Cedar Lake and to add some distance I ran all the way to where they actually start on the southside and ran back around the lake. I never ran these trails enough to know what the best routes are or an easy way to add a nice loop. One time in there I had to backtrack quite a bit. I ended up running less than a mile in the dirt trail section. Mile 6 was 8:48. Running on the paved trails around Cedar Lake are so nice with the sun coming over the trees and downtown sparkling. I ran past all the beaches and extended the run by going out onto the points when possible. Mile 7 was 9:25, 8 was 10:23, and 9 was 9:38. I was definitely feeling tired at this point. I had been drinking some, but the food I brought wasn’t very good and was hard to eat.
It was right before mile 9 that I turned off the pavement and was on trails for most of the rest of the run. I knew that from Cedar Point beach home it would be about 3 miles on the Parkways. So when I ran past it before hitting 8 miles I would need to make up a lot of miles somewhere. I’ve not run around Brownie Lake, but I probably should have tried today!
Obviously being back on the trails at Wirth was going to slow down my pace unless I tried to pick it up. Feeling tried at that point wasn’t ideal, but I kept pushing on. I ended up walking some of the uphills. Mile 10 was 12:55, 11 was 12:19, and 12 was 11:20. Mile 11 was the end of the dirt trails and back on the parkway. I went past the Trailhead at around 11.5 miles. The Trailhead is only a half mile from home, so I had to keep going! It is always sad to pass my road and know I need to keep running! I hit Mile 13 at the top of the hill on Golden Valley Road in 13:31 and then knew it was all downhill from there on out! I stopped about 1/4 mile down the road and hit 8:33 pace again. I decided to stop my watch and walk the last few blocks home (uphill).
My plantar fasciitis foot was really hurting at the front of the arch. Hopefully it recovers quickly. I also need to get my nutrition figured out for the race. I did order some gel packets and will bring a bar or two to have during the race.
This was the first of two half marathons that I will run. I had looked at trying to do a race for one of them and actually almost signed up for the Bluff Tuff race or the Mendota Bottoms 10 miler. I probably should have but it was also nice to save the money and get to sleep in a little bit!
I’m actually writing this a week later so I won’t remember the details… I started out with the event trails at Wirth. I ran North first to get some distance in and then ran down to the starting point of Karate Monkey trails. And then did them, skipping the spaghetti loop. After exiting the Karate Monkey trails I ran along the cart path up the sledding hill and turned and kept going up to the upper stadium and jumped onto the trails there. From there I finished out the Area 36 loop with the shortcut through the Quarry and then ran the entire Area 36 loop with The Tube. This actually earned me the 8th overall time for the loop! The 2.5 mile loop has 80ft of elevation gain and took me 28:38 to complete.
After completing the loop I grabbed some water at the Trailhead fountains and then did my normal Wirth loop backwards through the Bog. I had to get a little creative on the Butler side of the park to get more miles in. I knew that when I left the park by Xerxes I’d have a mile to go straight home. I ended up hitting that point with about a mile and a half left. So I added on some extra sections and kept heading towards home. I passed all my normal cut thru’s and hit 13 miles just north of the main parking lot and finished out the run completing 13.28 miles in 2:23:07. I got about 1,000 feet of elevation gain for the entire run.
There were only a few flat sections so my pace never really got close to where my “goal” pace should have been. My mile splits were really all over the place with mile 10 being the slowest. I did walk some of the hills after the halfway point and I didn’t really take on much nutrition throughout.
Last year I did a 10k training plan as part of my training for the Square Lake Triathlon. I feel pretty good about tomorrow even though I’ve run a lot less hills – having 2 kids make slipping out for runs at Wirth harder. My plan is to go out conservative and see where I’m at around the half way mark and pick it up from there.
I think that means going out between 8:30 and 9 minute pace.
The Inaugural 13.1® Minneapolis took more than 2,500 runners and walkers on a course filled with festivities, beautiful scenery and live entertainment. Kicking off near St. Anthony Main and ending at Nokomis Park, the half marathon and Karhu 5K, proved to truly be where the party met the pavement.
Coming in first was Chad Ernst, 22, a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, with a time of 1:13:50. “I was pleased with
everything about the race, especially finishing first,” said Ernst, who has been running since he was ten years old
but had never won a race this large. Other top male runners included Christian Mihelich, coming in second at
1:16:32, followed closely by Jonathon Balabuck who finished the race at 1:17:38.
The first female to cross the finish line was Leah Thorvilson, 31, with a time of 1:26:11. Thorvilson recently
qualified for the Olympic trials marathon team and has run over 150 races in the past 3 years. “I’ve competed
in a lot of races and was really impressed with this one, particularly the turn out for an inaugural race,” said
Charity partner Team WorldVision has raised more than $150,000 and expects to top the $200,000 mark overall
for the race. The money will go towards providing clean water for more than 68,000 children and families and
I didn’t run the Get in Gear 10k this year, though I would have loved to be in shape to take part in this “Annual Rite of Spring.” It was a cool (low-50’s) and rainy morning (with a spell of lightening and thunder before race time), which was actually better than two years ago when it was in the 30’s with snow on the ground! See my race report from the 2008 edition.
As I mentioned on Monday a friend and I showed up to Minnehaha Falls fairly late, close to 10am or an hour after the 10k and 1/2 started and 40 minutes after the 5k. The 10k race is the main event, even though there is a 2k, 5k, and half-marathon. We got to see the back of the pack runners finishing and then the half-marathon leaders finish. It was sad to see that they haven’t fixed the finish area problem of runners from the longer races merging into the shorter ones and having to dodge runners and walkers. It seems it would be easy to setup cones for at least the last tenth of a mile to separate the races. I’m sure the leaders would appreciate that!
Below is a video montage I created from some of the videos and pictures I took. I’m not sure what the issue is with my cell phone’s video encryption but sometimes Windows Movie Maker doesn’t read the video, while Flickr does. So Kim Scheel, Women’s 1/2 marathon finisher, didn’t make it into the montage, but gets her own separate video!