April 30, 2012: Get in Gear 2012
Last Saturday was the annual Get in Gear race. They have a 5k, 10k and a half marathon.
Due to my schedule with training for Grandma's, I opted for the half marathon. I have done Get in Geat the past three years. It is fun to do a few races a year in the twin cities. I always get a few positive comments about my Duluth Running Co. shirt. I have decided that it is because Duluth is a popular vacation destination for the city dwellers and I am lucky enough to get to live here.
The weather was better than last year, no pouring rain at the start. It was cloudy, drizzling and chilly.
At the start I looked around for Clint, as he had wanted to start the race together, but I was unable to find him.
I had twisted my foot/ankle running the Chester bowl trail on Wednesday, not real bad, but it was stiffer than usual. I started slower than I wanted to, hoping to shake things out. Clint passed me just after mile 1, and he was running faster than I coulod at that point.
Between miles 3 and 4 I picked up a bit of speed. I passed fellow blogger Randy at mile 4. Randy was running the 10k.
Miles 6 to 9 were a bit of a struggle. I downed a gel and pushed on. At the turn around I got my second wind and started to pick up speed. My pace dropped from a 7:29 to a 7:18.
I managed to get across the finish line in 1:36:54, not to bad considering a sprained foot/ankle and the cold conditions for the day.