I Finished! 15K 1:23:27
Here's a pick of my friend and partner-in-crime Heather and I at the finish! Did I mention the medals are AWESOME!!! These medals were a new addition this year for the 15K finishers. Being that I'm a "bling-whore" I absolutely LOVE IT!! In case you can't see all it's beauty on the above picture, here it is!!!
Another great addition to my race day was this amazing sign that my Instagram friend Amanda and her daughter made for me! I saw her at mile 8 - just when I needed that little extra boost of energy to get me to the end. I've never had a sign made for me so this was extra special! It is going to hang on the wall next to my treadmill. It makes a nice memory for me!
Below is Amanda and I after the finish. Believe it or not... we had never met until yesterday. We became friends and motivators for each other on Instagram. She came down to the race just to see me and to meet me. I felt like a million bucks! Here's to hoping I can support her in a few short weeks at her marathon debut! This just shows you how amazing the running community is. Support can come from anyone and I am so thankful for the support I receive from my Instagram and Facebook Community.
This race is a MUST-DO for anyone in the Minneapolis area. It will for sure be added to the list of my favorites.
My only disappointment on the day was that I ran 9.48 miles. I need lessons on how to cut the course so that I am as close to the mileage as possible. My Garmin clocked me at the same finish time, but with my mileage it was 8:48 / mile. Hot Chocolate Ram Racing has me at 8:58/mile. I realize that to most people this is peanuts of a difference. I attribute some of the extra mileage to dodging runners at the start of the race - it was crowded the first 1 1/2 miles. I feel like I could have been placed one corral up as well and that would have made a slight difference.
This race inspired the start of my season. I cannot WAIT for the next one. In two weeks I will be completing my 2nd half-marathon in La Crosse Wisconsin.