Yesterday I ran The Biggest Loser Half Marathon in Eau Claire, WI. This was my 40th race, my 8th half marathon, and my 15th race state! In case you missed yesterday’s post about the race expo where I met 4 former Biggest Loser contestants, check that out here. Ok, on to the race recap…
Since I wanted to attend the expo and not worry about driving almost 2 hours the morning of the race, I stayed in a hotel in Chippewa Falls, WI on Saturday night. There was a lovely sunset from my room:
It was also nice to have two beds because I used one as my “race day” bed and laid out everything I would need for the race:
It was quite chilly when I woke up early Sunday morning:
Since this was my first race of the colder season, I wasn’t sure how to dress. I tend to under or overdress when the weather changes. I settled on a short sleeve Dri-fit shirt, a long sleeve shirt, yoga capris, and calf sleeves. And since I was flying solo on this race excursion, I brought my self stick and took a pre-race photo:
I had slept surprisingly well the night before the race (Fun Fact: I am a bit OCD when it comes to hotel rooms or anything public domain). It was nice to have full control over the room temperature so I set it toasty warm (I don’t get to control the heat in my apartment in Minneapolis – it comes and goes as it pleases). I ate breakfast in my hotel room – oatmeal, banana, 4 oz skim milk (from the hotel breakfast), and water. Oatmeal is NOT my typical pre-run meal but something warm sounded nice and it has more carbohydrates than bread! I filled up my water bottles in the hotel breakfast area and headed out.
I was more nervous than normal but not about the race, just race-day logistics (parking and such). Maybe because this was my first destination half marathon that I didn’t have someone else with me. I ended up getting to the parking lot around 8:15 so I sat in the car for a while to stay warm. As I was walking to the race start I quickly decided I should bring my gloves so I retrieved them from the car and then headed to the start line. I used the porta potty quickly and then it was race time!
It started off cold but by mile 3 I was feeling good and didn’t need the gloves. I was on PR pace and feeling good for the first half of the race. Around mile 7 my pace started to slow and by mile 10 I was having sharp knee pain that I couldn’t push through (I’m always afraid if I push too hard through pain I will cause a serious injury) so the last 3 miles were a struggle. This was super frustrating because the temperature was perfect and energy wise I felt great! I just couldn’t run because the pain was so bad. So I walked/ran the last 3 miles. I kept thinking of the motivational talks from the expo the day before and repeated some of the quotes in my head. I also thought of Hungry Runner Girl and how she repeats in her head, “I am comfortable”. I used that at the beginning when it was cold and I was trying not to be cold.
Overall, The Biggest Loser race was super fun and I highly suggest it! Everyone was so nice and encouraging. The route was an out and back so once there were people on both sides everyone was cheering each other on and saying “great job!” I joined in and it was quite fun. It kept me entertained and motivated for a while.
I ended up finishing (always!) and I love my new race medal!
I took a post-race selfie on the walk back to the car. This was my first time being in Wisconsin and it was a beautiful fall day!
Once I got back to the car, I headed back to Minneapolis. I stopped at the first place I saw to use the restroom, change out of my sweaty clothes, and grab a bite to eat. Then I hit the road. The drive back wasn’t too bad but my legs were starting to feel tight and sore. Ouch. Once I got back, I hung up my new medal on my lovely medal rack my boyfriend got me for my birthday back in June.
I love my pretty medals! My boyfriend doesn’t understand my race medal obsession so it was a sweet gesture for him to get me the race medal rack for my birthday.
And then this happened…
Domino’s Marbled Cookie Brownie OMG. Delivered to my door still warm! A little post-race indulgence if I may 🙂
Random Race Info:
Pretty early on in the race a group of people passed me and I heard them talking amongst themselves that when you pass someone you count it as a kill. Yikes! I can hear you people! Please don’t kill me.
I wore sunglasses during this race, which I don’t usually do, because it was sunny and I didn’t want to be squinting the whole time. Turns out they were even better at blocking the cold air from my eyes! Good to know for future cold runs coming up.
Hope everyone had a good weekend!