A year ago, Tim and I were going to run this race as his first ever half marathon. Unfortunately, due to extreme heat, the event organizers called off the half marathon and changed the race to a 5 mile course instead. We were really bummed, but it was probably the right call, given the conditions.
Fast forward 12 months. Tim still hasn’t run his first half marathon. In an effort to appease frustrated runners, the Red, White and Boom people gave everyone who was registered last year and coupon code for $25 off of this year’s registration. We registered early and I think it ended up being one of the least expensive races we are doing this year.
I wrote Tim a training plan and he has been following it relatively closely since April. He got in his long runs. He may have missed a few midweek shorter runs, but I’m pretty happy with the way his training has gone.
For his long runs, he has used the run/walk method that I used for my marathon last year. He was a bit skeptical at first, but when he saw how well it translated with his pace, he became a believer. We will be using a 4:1 run/walk ratio for the race.
Our plan is to head over to Minneapolis as soon as Tim is done with work on Wednesday. We’ll pick up our packet, get a bite to eat and head to the hotel. It will be an early bedtime because the race starts at 6:30. Unlike last year, we weren’t able to find a hotel within walking distance of the start/finish line, so we will have to factor in drive/parking/walking time into our morning. And, my nervous bladder usually requires that we arrive at least 45 minutes before the start!
Our race strategy is to run the first mile or two and then start into the run/walk pattern. Tim will be in charge of the interval times, since it is part of the app he uses when he runs. We will continue that pattern until mile 10, when we have agreed to reevaluate and see how he is feeling. If things are going well, we may decide to run in the last 5K. If things are not going well, we we continue the run/walk pattern and reevaluate at mile 11 or 12 and see when we want to run it in to the end.
I feel like this race is so much more about Tim, but I will put a couple goals out there.
C Goal: Get Tim to the finish line.
B Goal: Get Tim to the finish line with a smile on his face. (After all, he is already signed up for another one in October!)
A Goal: Get Tim to the finish line, with a smile on his face, in under 2:21. That was my first half marathon time. With the pace he has been able to maintain for his long runs, this is doable.
The weather looks to be warm, but not nearly as bad as last year when it was over 80 degrees and really humid at the start of the race.
Who else is racing on the 4th?