Right before St. Patrick’s day, some friends and I participated in the Get Lucky 7k Run in the Twin Cities. This was my first 7k ever and my only second race since the Warrior’s Dash two years ago. I have to say it was a lot of fun. Even though it was a tad cold, it was still exhilarating and challenging.
Both of my other friends are better and faster runners than me. Leevie (the person to the far left in the picture) kept our pace. Initially, I had no issues with keeping up with them. It was faster than I am use to typically running. I can do about a 9:30 minute mile for a 3k and we would later learn that at the end of this race I was running about 8:41 miles. It is truly incredible what adrenaline can help you do.
A 7k is about 4.5 miles and at the pace we were running I was running out of gas around the 2 1/2 mile marker. I started to slow down to which Leevie and Jonathan (the guy in the middle) would spur me on. I would tell them to run on, but they would stay back and urge me to keep up. It was encouraging and I was fighting back the side cramps that started to inflict me.
When I run, I typically keep my head down and just focus on the task at hand. In fact, on the race path there were all different types of Irish themed bands playing, children dancing, people taking pictures…. none of which I recall because I was so focused. I remember looking and seeing Leevie waving happily to people. I didn’t have the energy to spare to give out a wave.
Near the end of the race, I heard Jonathan yell out to me. I looked up from my running and I searched for him in the crowd. He then pointed up in the distance and there I saw the finish line banner. It literally was all I needed to see. With that I pulled together all of my energy and exploded off in a fast sprint – passing by Jonathan and yelling at Leevie to get moving because we were going to end this run in style. I kept running faster and faster and faster. I just pushed myself harder and harder letting everything in me rocket me to the finish line.
My finished results. I finished the 7k in 37:43. Which was below our goal of 40 minutes.
Here is how we looked after the race.
It was a great experience and I look forward to the next one and even running this race again next year to see if I can improve my time.