Gopher to Badger Half Marathon. This was my second half and I was ready for a good race. I'm a big fan of Hammer Nutrition products and have been using a few, before the race I took 2 Anti-Fatigue Caps, 2 Endurance Amino, and 2 Endurolytes. I don't eat solid food before a run. The plan was a gel at miles 2, 6, and 9, with 2 Endurolytes at mile 6 if it was humid.
Two guys from the St. Croix Valley Runners were doing the race too, and Tom offered to drive us. They were both 1:40-ish runners so I was hopping to hang on to the pace they set. Once at the start I ran into Julie from Julie's Running Blog. She was taking it easy (and a good idea since the weather turned out to be a challenge). I lined up with the 1:45 pacer but after the first turn never saw them again.
The race started with rolling hills and I was able to build up a lead on the 1:40 pacer as my downhills made up for any slowness in the uphill sections. I was actually feeling good until the mile 6 aid station. I took a gel and Endurolytes. Out of the aid station the 1:40 pacer passed me and I couldn't stay with them. This was a long, hot, lonely, and slightly uphill section (or maybe it just seemed that way). I settled into an 8 min pace but was slowing. Then Tom caught me at about 8 miles.
What a relief to have someone to run with. I pushed to stay with him and it changed my mental state from "just make it" to "this is like our Saturday morning runs". My spirits lifted and I didn't struggle as much to keep up. Tom knows I'm a bit faster on the downhill so he let me go first as we entered the sidewalk under highway 94. I pushed hard and waited for him to catch me. He didn't catch up till we crossed the finish line and we got the exact same time!
1:43:53 (7:56 per mile pace)
About 10 min faster than my Stillwater Half Marathon
91 out of 736
- Shoes soaked from puring water on my back
- Blister on little toe
- 15 min ice bath felt great, but still sore
- Did NOT wear visor, need to practice wearing it on runs
- Two weeks till next half, Rochester Half Marathon on August 28