So funny story, I initially signed up for the RBC Race for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon as part of a race series so I could get a sweet half-zip for doing the series. Said by no runner ever, right? 😉

I think I even registered before I knew I was doing The Golden Ultra, so at one point, I was gunning for a half marathon PR but I changed that once I got into ultramarathon training and decided to use it as a training run. I usually am terrible at using races as training runs because I am immediately like ooh, maybe I can PR? which is a terrible idea when you aren’t in PR shape. 

Anyways! Back to the RBC Race for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon (definitely a mouthful!). The race is on the smaller side, there was no expo — just a packet pick up at a local running store. My friend Neha was in town and decided to stay an extra day to run this race, so we hit up packet pick up together + grabbed dinner. 

I was struggling with allergies all last week (seriously, they are THE WORST) and so all I really wanted to do after dinner was chill at home and go to bed early, and that was a success! I think I was in bed by 10 p.m. (I never thought I would be happy about that bedtime on a Friday night… oh how things change after you get out of your teens and 20s… ;))

The next morning, I was up at 5:30, picked up Neha and we headed over to St. Paul.

RBC Run for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon Recap | Crazy Running Girl

 

The race started with the inline racers (fun fact, Rollerblade was invented in Minnesota!) and then we kicked off just 15 minutes later at 7:15 a.m. (on time, I like it!). 

The race started with a slight uphill and that ended up being the theme of the race, some lazy rolling hills that weren’t too terrible — I actually kinda liked them.

RBC Run for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon Recap | Crazy Running Girl

The thing I didn’t like about the course was that you went out 4 miles, turned around, went on the other side of the road and ran to mile 8 or 9, which is where the finish was (on the other side), continued down to mile 10.5ish, turned around, and ran on the other side of the road to the finish. I really don’t like these type of courses because I hate staring at the runners going the opposite direction AND seeing the finish line when you still have a good chunk left? Not my favorite. 

However, there were some good views along the way (that’s St. Paul in the distance!):

RBC Run for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon Recap | Crazy Running Girl

 

RBC Run for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon Recap | Crazy Running Girl

 

And this sign gave me some things to ponder for a mile or so:

Goat rental? RBC Run for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon Recap | Crazy Running Girl

 

Why in the world would you need to rent a goat? Still don’t know. 

So, I was targeting a two-hour finish time… but I was feeling good, so I pushed the pace a little bit. When I hit mile 11, I saw the 1:50 pacer just ahead and was like hmm maybe I could pass him? I ended up doing so right before I hit 13 miles and it was such a good feeling.

1:49.20

It’s such a difference not feeling like death at the finish line! I hope that this is how I feel after next weekend’s training run, aka marathon. 

RBC Run for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon Recap | Crazy Running Girl

 

To be honest, I am not sure if this will be on my list to run again. I do like that it is one of the only summer half marathons and that it starts really early in the morning. I didn’t mind the course from an elevation perspective, but I hated the going back and forth part like I said before. It just felt like the race organizers got lazy. 

It’s a super little thing, but something else that bothered me was the hard plastic cups they used for water + electrolytes along the course. It made it really hard to drink out of without having the ability to fold like you can with the paper cups. Again, a super minor thing, but it did get annoying. 

That being said, I think this was a relatively cheap race for a half marathon, and we did get a pretty sweet finisher medal + tee. 



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