Holy Buckets, this run was awesome! OK, the weather sucked and the course was icy in spots, but I was awesome. (Sometimes it’s ok to toot your own horn)
On Friday evening I went to the Team Ortho Warehouse and helped fill thousands of post race goody bags with snacks. When I got done volunteering I walked outside and saw snow. Lots of snow. I knew it was going to snow, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but I was still shocked. I was really hoping this was one of those many times the weather man was wrong.
I got my race outfit together and planned to go to bed early–that didn’t happen! I was running around all evening trying to figure out what to wear since the weather had changed a lot since I had originally picked out this outfit. Right before bed I realized I was out of peanut butter (my pre race breakfast is always toast with peanut butter), but luckily Brian picked some up for me on his way home from work. When I woke up it was pretty cold out–colder than I anticipated. I put on my race outfit and grabbed a few extra layers to throw in the car. After breakfast I headed out. When I got near the Ford plant traffic just stopped. Holy cow, I felt like it took forever to get into the lot since people were blocking the intersection I had to sit through 3 lights before I got to turn (mini rant–What is wrong with people? Why must you block the intersection–just because you have a green light doesn’t mean you get to go! What if there had been an emergency vehicle trying to get through?—ok, rant over)
Once I got parked I sat in my car and debated about my outfit. In the end I took off my super sweet shirt that I had ordered for the run and put on a fleece instead. Overall, I’m happy with this decision. I was cool to start with, but was mostly comfortable through out the race.
The race itself started on time and I got across the starting line pretty quickly. Not like the 7K runners over in Minneapolis that had to wait for 30+ minutes. I started between the 2:20:00 and 2:25:00 pacers with a goal of sub 2:40:00 and a stretch goal of sub 2:30:00. I felt really good the first half, but the course had way more hills than I was anticipating. The turn around was a little icy, but they had people there letting you know before hand, so I slowed down and made it through without falling! At mile 7 I knew I was on track for an amazing PR–even though it was pretty slushy/icy for mile 6 and 7.
I really don’t remember a lot about the middle of the run. I know I took a hammer gel around mile 4. I know around mile 9 I felt like throwing up, but then I saw the camera man so I smiled my way through it.I saw the 2:20:00 pacers ahead of me, but I just didn’t have it in my catch them. In fact, I stopped and walked for about 30 seconds around mile 11, I think. Then I yelled at myself and told myself to stop being a wuss. (I may or may not have said this out loud, I don’t really remember).
Finally I came to the straight away and saw the finish line. I picked it up the best I could and tried to smile for those finish line cameras. My lips were frozen though and it looks more like a grimace.
My official chip time was 2:23:04!
Overall, I give this run a 8.5/10. Team Ortho races are always fun. I liked: the hoodie, the close parking, the post race goody bag, the amount of people.
I didn’t like: That the medal didn’t say 21K on it (the lanyard did though). Paying for parking–I don’t mind paying for parking when it’s in a ramp, but I felt cheated paying for parking in an otherwise empty lot (unless of course team ortho was renting the lot, then I would be ok with it).
Min Elevation: 699 ft
Max Elevation: 825 ft
Feels like 5°
8 mph N wind