After about one month of training, I completed my first race of the season! I decided to start off with the Brew City Run, in Milwaukee, WI. This was my second year running this race. Last year, I was not properly prepared, but this year I did more to make sure I was prepared.
What happened last year
Last year, was the first year I got more serious about running. I wanted to run longer distances and improve my pace. My ultimate goal was to bump up from 5K runs and complete my first 10K. I did not have a specific run in mind, but I knew I had to start running more more miles to eventually be able to run over 6 miles. So I had begun my training, running about 20 miles a week, slowly adding miles each run until I was comfortable running 7 miles. One day I got a phone call from my aunt, somehow she registered for the Brew City Run twice by accident and wanted me to run it too. This was about three days before the race! After some convincing, I agreed to do it. It was my running goal of the year anyway, so I kind of felt like it was meant to be. It didn't hurt that I didn't have to pay for it too lol.
Three days later, race day arrived on a very cold, wet, and rainy day. One thing about spring in Wisconsin, the weather is very unpredictable. So although it was mid April, the weather was HORRIBLE. It did not help either that I had a slight hangover. I was keeping an eye on the forecast the night before and had it made up in my mind I was not going to the race anymore lol. But in the morning, I decided to not be a lazy bum and just do it. My goal was to finish in an hour and I had did just that! One thing I did not like about this run last year was the course. A majority of the run took place on the Oak Leaf Trail, making it hard for everyone to maneuver around.
this year i took a different approach
This year, I actually signed up for the Brew City Run 10K myself. My training still consisted of running about 20 miles a week, but this time I was teaching four classes a week. Teaching gave me less days to train, but the classes do help me with my running, I'll talk more about that in a future post. Check out my instagram where I post detailed updates about my training runs! I trained for about a full month, running close to 100 miles before race day. My pace has greatly improved from last year so my goal for this year was to finish in 55 minutes.
Race day brought beautiful weather this year! It was sunny, dry, and not as cold. I've learned how to dress better for colder runs, so I was definitely ready this year. During my race, I was focused on my goal, telling myself to "go faster" lol. I was also way more pleased with the course this year! This run includes a 5K and half marathon as well, all ran parts of the same course but they were timed perfectly where I was surrounded by everyone doing the 10K. And the lake view on this course was beautiful.
As I stated, my pace has greatly improved in the last year, and I am super pleased with my pace this year! I surpassed my goal of 55 minutes with 52 and a half minutes! I took 6th place in my age group, I was about 1:15 away from 3rd place's time. They sent me a text with my time as soon as I crossed the finish line lol.
At the finish line, I realized the medal was a little different than the one from last year. It was a lot bigger than this one. Apparently the medal for the half marathon is the largest in the largest finisher medal in Milwaukee. I also like that I was able to customize my name on my bib ;)
Of course, there was a big party at the finish line with a live band, beer, and brats. I do love beer, but I skipped out on the coors this year since I had an empty stomach. One thing I truly hate about the finish line goodies is there is rarely a vegan option. Well anyway I had this cup of unwashed grapes. I guess there is always the option to pack your own meal.
Or you can do like me and go to Beerline Cafe after your run and get the loaded nachos. These are the BEST vegan nachos, if you are in Milwaukee, they are a MUST TRY. I also loved the jacket you get when you register for this run. I got a x-small unisex and it fits me perfectly!
Overall I was much more pleased with the Brew City Run this year than last year. I am proud of myself for training hard and working extra hard to surpass my goal. I am also extremely happy to see that I am motivating others to want to run and exercise, that's amazing.
Now I'm onto training for my next 10K next month. Be sure to follow me on facebook and instagram to keep up with my training. Should I make it a goal to do the Brew City Half Marathon next year?! Leave me a comment :)