Goldy’s 10 Mile Race Recap

Third year of Goldy’s 10 mile was a success! And it was FINALLY good weather! The last two years I’ve done this race it has either been snowing or raining. This year was sunny and gorgeous.

I donned my favorite black running capris, a tech t-shirt, and my Team Challenge arm warmers. It was a little chilly before the race, but I knew I’d warm up quick once we got going.

I met up with Ashley and Hyedi for a quick pre-race selfie.

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I stopped at the bathrooms before heading to the start line. The lines were super unorganized which was kind of disappointing. Feel like they need a different set up for next year.

In the start corral, I found the 10:00/mile pacer and lined up just behind her. I wanted to force myself to keep a comfortable pace for this race, so I figured I’d just try to keep her in front of me.

At 8 a.m. we were off. I found that I actually didn’t have to do a ton of weaving around people in that first half mile. Kind of a nice change compared to a lot of races. Even though this is my third year doing the race, they had to change the course so that made things more interesting. We weaved through campus and then headed toward the river and downtown Minneapolis. I kept the 10:00/mile pacer in front of me, but around mile 2 I lost her, so just tried to keep my nice, steady pace.

The new course still had some hills on it, but I felt prepared for them. The only part of the course I wasn’t crazy about was a section that brick road. It’s a bit uneven, so you kind of have to watch your step. I tried to run along the curb where the cement was smoother.

Before long we were on our way back to campus, and coming up on mile 8 I spotted the 10:00/mile pacer again! I kept up with her the rest of the way and even just passed her in the last stretch. I crossed the finish line in 1:39:23!

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The medal was ginormous! Almost too big, actually, but it has a new home among my other bibs and medals.

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After the race, I met up with friends and we headed out for a post-race breakfast. I pretty much devoured this plate of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and toast. So good!

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All in all, a really good race and a nice way to build up a base before marathon training officially starts this summer!

Goldy’s 10 mile training – weeks 8-10

Okay, I failed miserably at posting about my training the last few weeks. Even though the race has come and gone, I thought I’d give a quick and dirty update until I get my race recap up.

Week 8

Monday – 3 mile run (10:20/mile pace)

Tuesday – rest day

Wednesday – 45 minute elliptical

Thursday – rest day

Friday – 3.51 mile run (10/mile pace)

Saturday – 6.52 mile run (10:04/mile pace)

I got the day started with coffee and a bagel – the best way to start the day!

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I ended the day at the movies and saw Birdman. I hadn’t heard of the movie until award season. I actually really liked it!

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Sunday – 1.33 mile walk and 35 minute elliptical

 

Week 9

Monday – 4.03 mile run (10:01/mile pace)

Tuesday & Wednesday – rest days

Not a bad thing that Wednesday was a rest day because a thunderstorm rolled through. I’m not complaining though, because I love storms! It was the first of the season, so of course I opened the blinds and watched the lightning for awhile.

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Thursday – 4.01 mile run (10:12/mile pace)

Friday – 2 mile run, 10 min walk

I took my new running shoes out for a test drive!

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Saturday – 9.03 miles (10:05/mile pace)

A lovely long run on a gorgeous day to get ready for Goldy’s!

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Sunday – rest day

 

Week 10

Monday – 30 minute elliptical

This was a big day, not for running but for my other love: Duke basketball. Duke was playing the Wisconsin Badgers in the National Championship game. I’m originally from Wisconsin, but my allegiance will always be with Duke. And on this night, that worked in my favor. DUKE WON!

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Jumping around my living room at the end of the game could be considered my second workout of the day. ;)

Tuesday – rest day

Wednesday – 2.19 mile walk

Thursday – 3 mile run (10:20/mile pace)

It was a treadmill day. Man, I forgot how slow time goes by when running inside! So glad the weather is getting nicer and nicer for several months of outdoor running.

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Friday – rest day

Saturday – RACE DAY!

What movies have you seen recently that are good? Anyone else get new running shoes in time for spring/summer running?

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 7

I didn’t do so hot with the cross training last week, but got in some solid runs. Goldy’s 10 mile is 3 weeks away, and I’m feeling good about it. The coming week is a step back week and then I’ll pick things up one more time before race week.

Monday – 3.31 mile run (9:39/mile pace)

After a long run on Sunday, I wasn’t planning to run this fast. But I was running with a friend and we were chatting, so I was not paying attention to my pace at all. On the bright side, I felt great on the run and it was really nice to catch up with a running buddy!

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Tuesday and Wednesday – rest

Tuesday was a planned rest day. I didn’t necessarily plan on another rest day Wednesday, but plans after work made it too hard to fit in a workout.

Thursday – 5.05 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

I think the extra rest and slightly cool temps make this 5 mile run go so well.

Friday – rest

Friday afternoon/evening was all about NCAA tournament basketball. I watched a bunch of the games with friends — including watching my Blue Devils win in the 2nd round. Considering they lost in the 2nd round last year, I was quite excited. :)

Saturday – 8.53 mile run (10:06/mile pace)

Looking at the weekend weather, it looked like Saturday was going to be the best day to get in a long run since they were calling for snow on Sunday. I headed out planning to do 8 miles. Knowing that the Goldy’s 10 mile has historically been a bit hilly, I wanted to get in some hills on this run. There are a couple decent hills close to my usual route, so I made sure to add them in.

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I felt good enough to tack on an extra 1/2 mile to the run.

The rest of the day was about errands and basketball. That night, I met up with some friends for a girl’s night.

Sunday – 50 minute elliptical

I woke up Sunday morning and started sneezing. I was still able to get some stuff done in the morning, but the sneezing was non-stop all day. Felt good enough to finally get in some cross training for the week. Actually, it was the only hour all day that I wasn’t sneezing.

I watched some more basketball in the evening. My bracket is doing ok so far — I’m sitting somewhere in the middle of my bracket pool. We’ll see how things go in the Sweet 16!

Did you fill out a tournament bracket?

Are you gonna run a marathon?

“Are you gonna run a marathon?” I used to get asked this question and would say, “No way.” Well, never say never…

I took a big step toward my 2015 goal of Running the Twin Cities Marathon by officially registering last week!

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The registration fee was going up the next day and I realized now was as good a time as any to pull the trigger and register for this race that I’ve been thinking about and talking about for months.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao-Tzu

What steps are you taking to reach a goal?

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Weeks 5 & 6

I got a little lazy last week and didn’t get a weekly recap up, so you’re getting two weeks. :)

Week 5 was a cut-back week, so not as much mileage and nothing too eventful.

Monday – strength, stretch, foam roll

I took this day to focus on some strength training and foam rolling. I could tell I’ve been slacking on the strength training by the sore muscles that appeared the next day.

Tuesday – 3 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – 2.5 mile walk

Friday – 3.07 mile run (10:06/mile pace)

Saturday – 47 minute elliptical

I got up to meet some fellow CCFA volunteers at the Hot Dash 5K/10 mile. We were volunteering at the race on the “green team,” meaning we manned the compost and recycling bins at the finish line and after party. Luckily, the temperature wasn’t too bad and the sun was out, so standing outside for 5 hours was bearable. They also gave each volunteer a free scarf, so had a little extra warmth.

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Even though it was a nice day, I still hit the elliptical for some cross training.

That night, I took my sister to dinner at Brasa (one of my fav restaurants) since she had never been. Their Wine Cooler Brasa Style was pretty tasty!

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Sunday – 4 mile run (10:09/mile pace)

I soaked up a little sun after my run and took in the view of the river.

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Finally! The weather took a turn by the end of the week and I’ve been able to get outside for more runs and walks in week 6.

Monday – rest

Not having to run after work allowed me to try out a new recipe. I made this Easy Fajita Chicken Bake. It ended up being really easy and only requires a hand full of ingredients that I normally have around anyway. I think it will become one of my more regular recipes.

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Tuesday – 3.02 mile walk

Wednesday – 5 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

I set out on this run not sure if I’d end up doing all 5 miles that were on the training plan, but it was a beautiful day and my legs carried me through a solid run.

Thursday – rest

Friday – 3 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

Saturday – 4.61 mile walk/run

I got up and met a couple friends for brunch! So nice to catch up with them!

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It was a cross training day and the weather was gorgeous. I started by walking for 10 minutes, then ran for 15 minutes–nice and easy at about 10:30/mile pace. I took a break and walked for 10 minutes before running for 10 more minutes. I finished with 15 minutes of walking. It was a 60 minute workout in total.

That night, I went to a game night with friends. We made pizza on the grill and played a few card games. A really fun night, but definitely got to bed later than I have in a while!

Sunday – 7 mile run (10:17/mile pace)

It was a bit cloudy outside and about 50 degrees when I got up. I was kind of happy about that knowing I had a longer run ahead of me. The cool weather was perfect. I was running into the wind for the first two miles and the last 1.5 miles which was a little tough. But, overall it was a good run.

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 4

Feels like the weather continues to be a roller coaster here. Warms up a bit and then dips back down. I can’t wait for summer! Even with the up and down temps, I managed to get in two outdoor runs last week.

Monday – rest

Tuesday – 3 mile run (9:59/mile pace)

When I got done with work, it was sunny and the temp was above zero even with the windchill. I resolved that I was running outside! The wind was a little brutal, but I managed 3 miles and felt good. The cold definitely helped me pick up the pace, too!

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Wednesday – 4 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

On Wednesday, it was back to the treadmill. :(

Thursday – rest

I met some friends for dinner and hockey! I hadn’t been to a Gopher hockey game in a long time, so I jumped at the chance to go.

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Mariucci Arena is an awesome place to watch hockey. I’ve missed it! We had fun reminiscing about when we had season tickets as students. So many good times at those games.

The game started a bit rocky when Michigan State scored three goals in the first 10 minutes. But, the Gophers came from behind and won, making it a great game to watch!

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Friday – 40 minute elliptical

Saturday – 50 minute walk (2.7 miles)

Sunday – 6 mile run (10:05/mile pace)

A beautiful day for a long run. A bit windy, but manageable with the sun and temps in the 20s. I was happy with my pace, too. Again, I think the cold weather kicked me into gear. Mile 2 was the slow mile, but I’m going to blame that on some hills at that part of the run.

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This next week is a step back week, so will be taking it down a notch while heading to the second half of training.

Did you have season tickets to a sporting even in college?

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 3

Another week of training in the books! This week was much better for sticking to the training plan. It was a good mix of running and cross training.

Monday – 3.5 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

Tuesday – 35 minute elliptical

Wednesday – rest day

I had plans after work and then headed home to watch the Duke vs. UNC basketball game. It was a tight game at the end and went into OT, so of course I had to stay up to make sure my Duke Blue Devils pulled out the win. They did! This pretty much sums up my Twitter feed after the game…

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Thursday – 3 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

Friday – rest day

It was a rest day, but still had a running theme. I met some friends for happy hour after work and then we headed over to Mill City Running for their spring fashion show.

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It was a lot of fun! The models showed outfits for different spring running situations (e.g., trail run, rainy day, race day).

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Everything the models were wearing was on sale after the show, so of course we did some shopping, too. I picked up a sweatshirt that I’ll probably be living in–so cute and comfy. Seeing all of the spring running fashion gives me hope that spring will be here soon!

Saturday – 35 minute elliptical

I got up and hopped on the elliptical for a bit before some friends came over to watch the MN vs. WI basketball game. Our Gophers lost, but still fun to watch a game with friends.

Sunday – 5 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

I’ve been itching to get outside for a run. It was a bright, sunny day, but when I looked at the temp and saw this…

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…I knew today was not the day. It. Was. Cold.

I settled for the treadmill, but the time actually passed by pretty fast. I had HGTV to distract me.

Who watched the Oscars? What are you most looking forward to this spring?