Almost quite literally.
We got to MN and picked up our packets (Dad and I did the 10k, my mom RAN her first 5K) and then hit a brewpub for dinner. The food and beer at Great Waters Brewery were quite good and then we hit Candyland for a serious chocolate fix.
We all went to bed early and I actually slept pretty good for pre-race. Saturday morning I got up and it was warm, but rainy. I ate one of my mom’s super cookies for breakfast. It was yummy, but I will never eat one before a race again. It cleared my system like one of those Fiber One granola bars. Ugh. I guess it just had too much fiber for me to handle on race day.
We all headed to the race and were there in plenty of time. It was chip timed, but there was no mat at the beginning. Wish I’d known that as we lined up pretty far back in the pack. The course was nice, but after about the first half mile, my cookie started talking to me. Also, it was really humid and I could not get my breathing to settle down. I felt like I was panting for almost the entire 6 miles. So, while it was a decent enough course and I enjoyed running with my dad, I felt like I spent the entire 10K alternating between thinking about finding a portapotty and trying to catch my breath, even though we didn’t run it that fast. Our official time was just under 58 minutes, but that was the clock time. Garmin said we ran it in 56:45.
Mom did a great job on the 5k and ran the whole way and finished under 40 minutes!!! WTG MOM!
Add Minnesota to the finished list. Maine and Illinois are coming up in August. Tomorrow I’ll share some pictures and stories from our mini-vacation.