Today was great for a run, overcast with perfect temperatures. Lucky for me I was signed up for a race around Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Lake, MN (link). This was a 20 mile race, and my previous farthest run was only 18. This was going to be a real test. Lucky for me Pacer Sam from the Minnesota Pacers was leading the 3 hour group (9 min miles) and that is exactly what I wanted to do.
This was also the first race that I was going all out on Hammer Nutrition products. No details, but to summarize I skipped solid food for breakfast and only took Hammer supplements. At the 1 hour and the 2 hour marks I took more Hammer Supplements, and along the way I drank Hammer Perpetuem.
So how was the race? Awesome. Unknown to me, my alarm clock was set 10 min behind, so I was running late from the start. Then construction on the drive blocked the road (yes, the ENTIRE road was blocked with no detour signs). The internal compass worked fine and I was back on track in a few minutes to arrive at the parking lot. And it was EMPTY!! Most people parked on the other side of the school, so I had plenty of spots to choose from. The T-shirt was very nice, in a light blue color. I took care of business and was in my car resting in no time. But first I ran into Blogger Julie and had to say hi.
I lined up with Pacer Sam and what would turn into a group of about 15 runners, all going for 3 hrs. It seemed most people lined up by pace as only a few times did we need to pass or be passed by other runners. The course is fairly flat with about 5 miles in neighborhoods before the two loops around Bald Eagle Lake. I was excited as mile 10 grew close because just after the mile marker my wife and kids were waiting. They all yelled when they saw me and I swapped my Fuel Belt bottles for new ones. The rest of the race was good till about mile 16. Then it became a real challenge to stay with Pacer Sam. He was very good a motivating everyone to pick up the pace till it was just Sam and I at mile 18. I stuck with him till mile 19 when he all but pushed me to finish strong. Over that last mile I had spurts of strong running but was able to really dig in as the finishers shoot appeared. That last mile was 8:16. It helped that my wife and kids were all yelling for me.
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