The Get Lucky Half Marathon Course Preview
If you’re running the Team Ortho Get Lucky Half Marathon this weekend, here is a warning and a few tips.
Two years ago, I ran the Get Lucky Half marathon and my excitement was high. I had been running all winter, and this was my first race of the season. When the gun went off, I bounded off the line, ignoring my training and what pace I had been running. I was running 15-20 seconds faster than I trained.
At mile 9 or 10, my excitement level dropped and I was spent. The last 3-4 miles were miserable; because I didn’t run how I trained and I let my emotions get in the way. Don’t let this happen to you on Saturday! Go out slower than you want and adjust your speed as you get farther into the race.
Pacing the Get Lucky Half Marathon
This Saturday, I will be pacing the 1:35 group. I have been sick for the last 10 days, so my training hasn’t been where it should be. Regardless, I wanted to share a few details on the course so you know what to expect. Please note this information is for the half marathon course in St. Paul. The 7k is in Minneapolis
The race starts near the Union Depot and snakes its way about 1 and a third miles towards Sheppard road. Once on Sheppard road, you begin a 12 mile out and back. You’ll travel 6 miles South on Sheppard with some rolling hills, but it is relatively flat. You’re going to want to be aware that the ‘out’ portion is has an incline to it, so don’t be surprised if you are spending a little more energy on this stretch.
The net elevation of this portion is about 150 feet, but you can plan on climbing around 200 feet. This is good news as the ‘back’ portion of the course is mainly downhill. It isn’t drastically noticeable, but you will be able to tell a difference on the way back. Again, expect some rolling hills, but a relatively flat course.
The course is run on the road and I am pretty sure the roads are concrete on Sheppard. You will have plenty of running room and the course is fairly straight so dealing with tangents isn’t really an issue.
One last piece of advice is to dress up a little bit. This race is close to St. Patrick’s Day and many runners come decked out in green. It’s fun to be a part of it. As a pacer, I will be wearing an Irish Kilt so you might be able to pick me out of the crowd.
Here is a picture of Sheppard road near mile 9. As you can see, there is a nice decline on the way back.