Spoiler: Sometimes things turn out better than you expect.
I’d signed up for the Minneapolis Halloween 10k for one purpose: to get a documented proof-of-finishing time that *might* get me more favorable placement for the “real” goal races I was planning for early 2020.
November 2nd is the last day to submit a proof of time, so racing on October 26th was pushing the envelope a bit.
Especially since it already snowed last weekend in Minneapolis.
My plan was simple: Finish.
Treat the race more or less like a regular weekend run, except with more people.
I was relieved when the forecast suggested low 40s but no precipitation at the start.
It’s the small things, People.
The reality: 41 degrees F. Sunny. Crisp.
Considering that my comfort zone is a limited 71-73 F, my teeth were chattering at the start.
I bought a coffee solely to warm my hands.
Ok, I had a few sips.
The race began.
The start of the race was pretty loose, meaning that there were no corrals and you could step off the curb and cross the timing mat at any point. All 5k, 10k and half-marathon runners started together.
I was fine with that.
Many, many faster people passed me in the first miles. This was not surprising since I started the race fairly early.
Their energy propelled me.
I’d concocted a killer playlist the night before and figured that I would divide the race into 15 songs, 5 for each third.
The race signage was limited, but after 5 songs I thought I would be about 2 miles in.
Turns out it was 3.
I kept running.
Then I noticed a sign that said 4 miles. I checked my watch for the first time.
It said 34 minutes.
This just got interesting.
All I had to do was stay upright and I could finish in under an hour, which would potentially put me in a very favorable position for my 2020 races.
I stayed upright.
Final tally: 147th place. 68th woman. 8th in my age group.
Great start to the day.