Monday, June 04, 2007

Running.... and running... and running...

Yesterday was the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon. I ran the 1/2 Marathon. 13.1 miles. And I finished! My goal was to do it in under 2 hours. I ran it in 1:58:41, which put me at 397 of 1139 racers. I'm pretty happy about it. It was in Deadwood, so we hung out and threw away some money the night before the race:

Kyle & I with Deadwood Main Street in the background.

Then it was race day. I had to get up at about 5am to make the trolley that took us to the buses, which took us to the race start. I was nervous, but excited and my mind was taken off the race because I kept running into people I know. I started the race near Andi, a friend from grade school and then ran the first part of the race with Kari, a friend from college that now lives in North Dakota. It was pretty exciting! I hurt my knee at about mile 10, but my running partner Jenni would not let me slow down. She was a good motivator and kept me going at the pace we needed to finish in under 2 hours. It was a really fun, really pretty race. If you're looking for a 1/2 marathon, this is a good one. And, it's mostly downhill and on a nice trail. But, it makes for really sore legs after the race. I only have one picture and it's not very good, but here it is:

I'm pretty much in the middle of the picture.
This is at mile 12, so we're almost done!

I'm so glad that it's over and I can just relax and do fun runs for the rest of the summer. I've heard that running a 1/2 sometimes makes you want to run a full marathon. That is not the case with me. I'm happy with just having run a 1/2.

Link to Race Results:


Stephanie said...

You are a true inspiration to me!!!! I need to get my butt in gear and start running outside. I am afraid to get shin splints that I got in high school. Ouch- so painful even thinking about it. I want to do a 5K in October, but I am afraid of it!

Gina Marie said...

Great job Mandy! My asthma's been kicking up lately so until I get that under control I can't run. My goal this summer is to get better at running.

Is the Kerry you ran with Kerry Ruane? I've been wondering what happened to her. Do you remember Alex Downs? I ran into her in Mpls two summers ago. She has two adorable little kids. She gave me Kerry's phone number but I never called.

Miranda said...

You can totally do it. Ask Andi where I was a year ago. Or maybe two. I was a huge slacker. Literally :) If I lived closer, I'd train with you!

No, it was a different Kari, I can't remember her last name. She was in school to be a dental hygienist. Really cute and bubbly. Shoot, I wish I remembered her last name.

Chase said...

i remember Kari! how fun. nice job on the half :)