Last Sunday I finally participated in Fifteen’s 5K, a race hosted by Glen and Alisha Perkins in support of Cystic Fibrosis. For those who aren’t aware, Glen Perkins is the closer for the Minnesota Twins and was voted into the MLB All-Star Game this year!
I have wanted to do this race for last two years but have always had something going on. This year I made it a priority and made sure not to schedule anything for the weekend. I can say I am so happy that I kept my schedule cleared for this race, it was a great race!
The race was in downtown Minneapolis. Thank goodness I work downtown, because I was running a little late and had to totally rearrange my plans for parking. Fifteen’s 5K is a point to point race and my plan was to park near the end and walk to the start, but as you probably guessed I had to flip flop that. It’s a good thing I did because I made it to the start of the race with about 4 minutes to spare before the start. However, it was enough time to stand in line to get my picture with TC!
After the picture I lined up very close to the back of the pack. I was still (and will be for a while) heart rate training and thought being in the back was the best way to start, less pressure to start out too fast. One thing my coach decided to do different for this race was to disregard my heart rate for the first 8 minutes of the race, after 8 minutes then I needed to keep it under 168 beats per minute. This approach really helped because, I was able to run most of the race as opposed to walking like the race on the Thursday before!
The thing about Downtown Minneapolis races and that often they follow somewhat of the same course. However, that wasn’t really the case for this race and I really enjoyed that. We ran through the Warehouse District which is one of my favorite areas of downtown. It might have helped to distract me because my heart rate didn’t get over 174 beats per minute. Yes, it is higher than we wanted but it wasn’t as high as it typically gets.
As I got closer and closer to Target Field, I started to wonder how we were going to make on to the field for the finish. Where I thought the end would be we actually turned and ran away from the field. But soon we rounded a corner and there was the entry to the field.
When we entered the field, we ran along the warning track. As I rounded the corner to run down the third base line, it became visible to me that Alisha Perkins was right in front of the finish line! Now, I am not going to lie, I got a little, okay a lot, fan-girl when I realized I was going to run right past her. Alisha Perkins is obviously married to Glen Perkins but she is also a local runner and blogger. I have been following her blog for the last year and love reading about her what is going on in her life. So as I approached her I decided I HAD to ask her if I could take my picture with her. Remember I mentioned the whole fan-girl thing, yep, I was so nervous that I was shaking when I tried to take my picture with her. I tried taking three pictures and none really turned out but I got to meet her and it totally made my day!
I continued on the last 100 feet to the finish line and was pleasantly surprised to see that I finished in 46:32. It is much slower than what I have run in the past but with the heart rate training and not letting it get to high means that I have to cut back on the speed. However, if it goes as planned, I will be much faster down the road!
I proceeded to get in line for my finishers metal. One of the draws of this race is that Glen Perkins and several of the other Twins players give the finisher medals out.
I stood in line until I reached the top of the stairs, then I found out if I just wanted to get my medal I could just proceed to the end. As much as it would have been cool to have one of the players give me a medal, I wanted to get going since I had a bit of a walk to the vehicle.
After getting my medal I headed out to get to my vehicle but along the way I saw Harry and Shelly, the Twin Cities in Motion‘s mascots. Of course, I had to take advantage of the picture opportunity!
Then I saw the Twin Cities in Motion photo station with all kinds of props. Again, I couldn’t pass up that photo op! Also, I needed a picture of my outfit. I didn’t think much of it when I got dressed in the morning, but I got so many compliments on how awesome it was! Yay me! Maybe I should try not trying more often when I pick out race outfits.
Fifteen’s 5K was an amazing race! I will be doing it again next year! It was well organized, fun, and benefited a great cause, all things that are very important aspect of a race for me! Thank you Glen and Alisha Perkins for hosting such an amazing event!