Brewers Mini Marathon

Brewers Mini Marathon

2:04:24 

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I felt pretty freaking excited about the Brewers Mini marathon. I felt amazing compared to last week and prepared!!! Saturday rolled around and I was awake at 3 am, I stick to a pretty strict eating schedule so I could eat until 4 am. I decided to mumble through my phone and relive some old memories. 

 1st time running in 2012

1st time running in 2012

 1st husband's half 2013

1st husband's half 2013

 

Got out of bed at 4 am and felt pumped as hell. I was ready to go! Met up with some amazing friends before hand only added to my pre race excitement.

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I was in the starting coral and I was freaking pumped and ready to go!!! The starting gun went off. We started with the 5kers. One of my larger problems is always starting out to fast. I blow it all in the first 5k. I decided to stick with an old running pal, David. I banked on him because I knew he wouldn't push me to a 6 min pace, but would also keep me on track with my goal for a course PR. My half PR is 1:52, which on a really flat course in December, so I doubted a PR was possible for todays race. I had my eye on another goal. Getting the best time for this race, my previous record was 2:02:44 (2016). 

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 Although given some of the splits I've run recently I think someday I'll get a 1:45 on a half course. David was extremely good at keeping me level headed. He was critical to the first couple of miles without him, I would have completed blown this race. We came around to the Harley museum, David and I parted ways. I could see the 2:10 pace group and had enough energy to catch them. I caught them but they felt to slow for my momentum, so I left them. My goal was to find the 2:05 pacer and hang with them until the 10 mile mark and run a killer 5k.

At about Mile 10 I finally saw the 2:05 pace group along with my Aunt Therese and my cousin Joey. They were all about 1 and a half minutes ahead of me. At this time I decided to hunker down my time which was pretty close to my PR on this course I decided if it's meant to be it's meant to be. I really pushed my pace and decided this was my time to make my move. I swallowed hard fought back tears of joy. Placed myself mentally to a new place in the race. I pushed hard and made it down the road into Miller park, their was a water station right outside of Miller park. I saw My aunt and cousin. I told myself I could do this. I got them inside Miller park around home plate. I fought hard to be here and although I felt dead I was not giving up that easy. I finally caught up to my aunt. If I've never bragged about my awesome running aunt to you, let me break it down. She has run Boston eight times!!!! Been running all of my life and a giant inspiration to my running.  My aunt invited me to cross with them unable to speak I held her and my cousins hand and fell through the finish line. I felt so overjoyed! Looked at the clock and realized today wasn't my day, no course PR. I typically make a mistake physically or mentally. But I can honestly say today no mistakes were made. I gave it my all and I feel really good about my performance!

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So you probably want to know about this course. The course made some major changes from the  last couple of years, I really loved the changes made. Th only unwelcome change was that we started with the 5k. I thought this was a really poor decision. I thought the 5k/Half marathon split was really poorly marked. My mother ended up running a 5k instead of the half marathon because the signage was very, very confusing. The addition to the course of going through walker point/ third ward area was very exciting because I love purple door ice cream. So it gave me an extra motivational pump up. From running this race for multiple years, I know to expect to run up a large hill by Saz's. We ran up a steady incline through Jacobus Park back through Doyne park. I felt like this portion was hilly, and much hillier than I expected. I do a majority of my steady state cardio with my two year old- pushing her in a stroller. So therefore we don't do many hills because pushing her is enough of a challenge. So maybe in retrospect next year I'll make sure to do some heavy hill work. Overall I really love this course and will be back next year to chase that course time PR. Now I know 100% what to expect. This race gave me hope because I know I'm that 4:16 is coming for Lakefront!!!!