Thursday, June 10, 2010

Minneapolis Half Marathon Race Report

I ran my first half marathon a couple weeks ago. I am so slow at posting. It was an awesome experience! I can't wait to do another one. I ran this race with a great friend!

My friend picked me up at 6am. Side note: I had my alarm set for 6am. I figured that would give me plenty of time to get dress and eat breakfast before my friend picked me up. Well, I didn't have to worry about not having enough time since I woke up at 4:30. That is just too early. I still didn't eat breakfast until about 6am. The race start was at 7am so that may have been cutting it close but it worked out okay for me.

We got to the race at about 6:20, easily found parking and headed to the starting line to join the thousands of other runners getting ready for the race. I ran into another friend at the starting line so we started the race with her.

We decided we wanted to start out running 8 min per mile. We did a great job of holding that pace for the first few miles then I started to get excited and push the pace a little. We ran the next few miles at 7:30-7:45 pace. We hit a nice long hill and slowed down a bit. I was feeling pretty good but decided before the race that I wanted to run the whole race with my friend so I stay with her and continued to chat. We talked the entire run. Perhaps we would have run faster if we hadn't talked so much.

Here we are at mile 7.5.
Final time: 1:48:07
Pace: 8:16 per mile

Post race with our awesome new medals!

I am thinking about running the Urban Wildland Half Marathon on August 7th but a half marathon in August in Minnesota sounds kind of brutal.


  1. You got that awesome time and you talked the entire time!?! I was sucking air at a few spots during this race and found the hills challenging. tI would of been eleated with your speedy time:) Seriously, I would like to get my time down to 1:50 and then hopefully be able to run 1:45 by the end of the racing season. Good luck to you Julie! Do you have any other runs scheduled in the summer other than your half marathon in August?

  2. Julie-
    I agree those hills were challenging but I live about 1.5 miles away from them so I managed to train on them a few times before the race.

    Good luck with your time goals! My goal for the next half is under 1:40. Kind of crazy but I think it could happen. Do you have any more races this summer? I am doing the Boston Scientific 10k and the Team Ortho Duathlon.