HALF MARATHON # 7 IS IN THE BOOKS!
The first time I ran the LMH was my first half marathon, I got a PR (which has since been crushed) and runners high than I rode for MONTHS. It is such a beautiful run! It weaves around Lake Minnetonka and through neighborhoods with gorgeous houses. There is crowd support everywhere on the course. The weather was nearly perfect. It was supposed to rain but luckily we made it through the course dry! It was mostly overcast during the race, but the sun did come out here and there which made it HOT.
Before the race, I wasn’t sure how my body would react since this is the weekend with back to back HMs. You don’t realize how much that takes a toll on your body until after the fact. I had a great run the weekend before and always get nervous if I’ll be able to maintain the same level of physicality the following race.
I had a rushed morning and felt really out of sorts. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of time to think about the race. A high school friend found me in the start corral and we decided to run together. This saved me! I wasn’t particularly excited to run so it was nice to have some company and conversation. It was smooth sailing for the first 8 miles of the race; 817, 746, 752, 745, 753, 752, 749, 745! Great conversation, great company- we ran into another one of my friends. It was so nice and it kept my mind off of running because I was not really invested in this race mentally. I felt pretty good physically during these miles. I could feel a blister forming on my right foot though. I haven’t gotten this level of blisters since I started running many moons ago. They’re sooo annoying.
I’ve ran this course 3 times and every time it has surprised me how hilly it is! I could really start to feel it around mile 9. I remember thinking that I was ready to be done. We were running fairly close to a pacer who did and AMAZING job of keeping everyone on track. We slogged out an 808 mile, woof!
The last couple miles were FLUID; 746, 749, 744 and 752. I was in my zone during this segment! I was really feeling strong. I was able to block out everything around me and just focus on my running. I love when that happens-it really is a feeling of accomplishment and praise for my body.
I finished in 1:43:03. Which was surprisingly about 20 seconds than the weekend prior! I didn’t really take any time to rest. I ran 16 miles in-between races..yikes!!
After the Lake Minnetonka Half, I took off 3 days of working out. It felt great to relax! Towards the end of the week, I have been slowly getting back into running and some tone up! My next race is in 21 days-Lola’s Half Marathon!
There is still time to donate to the Lung Cancer Alliance!!!!!!! We have raised nearly 1000$ in honor of Uncle J!
While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, only 6% of federal research dollars spent on cancer research are spent on lung cancer. Uncle J always said that good things will come from his cancer. This is my small contribution to that something good!
Lung Cancer Alliance is the leading and highest rated nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting lung cancer in the nation. Since 1995, we have played a critical role in every major advance – changing how we support, talk about, detect and treat the disease – and turning those impacted into survivors. Our mission is saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer.
“Cancer is not the worst thing that can happen to you. In fact, other than having cancer, my life is better than it was before. … It’s taught me that there’s no amount of love that you can’t give, there’s no amount of relationships that you can’t build.” -Jeff Yue