Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Medtronic 1 Mile Race Report...Did She Run Fast?
I just took this picture off of La's blog. This is me giving the new women's 1 mile champion a high five!! Anna Pierce was super fast and finished her mile with a final time of 4:34!!
Hi everyone! Yes, I am still alive...sorry for the long MIA session! We have been very busy with my daughter Kay's track meets and jazz band concerts. It has been so crazy that I have only been able to get out on one four mile run this week!! Everyone say "Slacker" because that is what I am! I am not proud of it either....I have been a little crabby lately too. I think it is because I have been missing out on my normal runs. Tonight I drove into Minneapolis with my hubby. I ran in the Medtronic 1 mile race in downtown Minneapolis. My hubby was a super stud and picked up my race packet last night. My bib number is 2759:) I like it because it has my lucky number seven in it.
We parked basically right across the street from the start line. It has been so cold and rainy here in Minnesota for the last few days. This sucks and I want my sunshine back:) I was freezing my butt off waiting for the first few waves to start.
Looking down into the street is where the people started to line up for the official start. There were several different waves and I was in the 40 plus or Masters wave. Yikes...Masters...I feel really old!
Target had a huge corporate team out tonight! Notice all of the white shirts.
This was right before the friends and family wave got started.
As I was standing there in the cold I met Tim who is also a Minnesota blogger. He was so nice...much taller than I expected:) We talked for a few minutes before our wave got started...yes, he is a Master too!
This was my view of the people in front of me. I really wish now that I would of moved up because the first part of the race really sucked...more on that later.
Here we have Tim and someone who looks so familiar to me...not sure why.
This is me just a few minutes before the gun went off. It is lightly raining now... and this is where I was wishing that I would of just given my jacket to my husband. Live and learn! I was chatting a little bit with the people near me wanting to know what kind of pace everyone was planning on running. No one in my area really runs:( One woman told me she was hoping to do a nine minute mile...I was planning on moving a little faster than that. When I was in the car I told myself that I would try like hell to do this mile under the seven minute mark. The gun went off and the hell began! I hate running when there are so many people around me and I can't pass where and when I want. I was feeling smothered and was frustrated right away! Grrr! Why and the hell didn't I start closer to the start line? The first 400 meters were terrible...I felt gross...my mojo was off! I was moving but not as fast as I wanted to be. There were people up the streets cheering and I could hear the cow bells ringing:) That part was great! The fans were awesome:) I really don't remember much other than wishing it was over. I know that a few people passed me at the 800 meter mark. I told myself to move faster and kick it into high gear! Oh crap, why and the hell didn't I run more this week? I hear cow bells and cheers...and finally I see a sign in the distance that says Finish!! Woo hoo!! Okay, Julie move your butt!! Yea, my little pep talk to myself wasn't working! It was where I saw the clock that I started to move a little faster...it was still in the 6:50 something area. When I crossed the finish line the time read 7:08. I had a little bit of hope that maybe my offical chip time would be just a few seconds faster than seven minutes. I would have to wait until I checked the web page. We brought my Garmin to Kay's track meet last night and my hubby must of left it on!!! My Garmin was dead when I turned it on...WTH! Just as I finished I ran into Dave who was one of my Minnesota Pacer Dudes. I met Dave back in January at the St. Paul Securian Half Marathon. We were both catching out breath. I spoke with him for a few minutes and then it was on to get my water:)
This is Arvid, one of my St. Cloud River Runner friends. He was there to cheer other runners on and take pictures:)
Shortly after seeing Arvid I ran into blogger Joe! Joe has ran in several of the same races as me this spring. He is just starting to train for the Twin Cities Marathon coming up in October.
A little later I ran across the street to get a picture with Arvid:) We were both taking pictures of the St. Cloud River Runners Teams as they were finishing. Here are a few...sorry so blurry. Renee and Molly, you were moving so darn fast that when I looked at my camera you had already moved out of the view. I had hoped to get a few more! Next time I will bring my good camera that is really meant for action.
As I was cheering for the runners this lovely lady came up to me and said hi! This is La who is also a Minnesota blogger:) She ran Get in Gear with me a few weekends ago. La was just there to cheer on the runners and to take pictures. I enjoyed meeting her and thought that she was very nice and so was her hubby!
These guys are great! They are so awesome and are most certainly an inspiration to me:) They are talented runners who really enjoy competing! They always share kind words and smiles:)
This is Anna Pierce the new women's 1 mile champion taking her victory run! Here is a picture of the men's champion Thomas Torrence! He finished with a time of 4:04!!
Okay, so I went home and checked the official results and this is what they look like. I got mad the second I saw my time....
Final time 7:00...Are you kidding me!! I was so sad:(
I placed 719 out of 2340.
I placed 152 out of 1226 women.
I placed 18 out of 138 women in my age group.
Did I get my goal time...that would be a big fat no! I will get it next time!
Have a great weekend everyone! Happy running, biking, swimming, lifting or whatever floats your boat! Cheers!
I will link giveaways tomorrow:)
Tara is hosting a Silver Maple Jewelry giveaway!
Rad Runner is hosting a Peaceful Mountain Products giveaway!
Genesis is hosting a very cute Pier 1 nesting/measuring cup giveaway!
Bobbie is hosting a Bondi Bands giveaway!
Running Diva Mom is hosting a Run Like a Girl pendant giveaway!
Molly is hosting a Bondi Bands giveaway!
Kovas is hosting a Gu giveaway!