Our race weekend started on Saturday with a soccer game, drop off at Grandma & Grandpa’s house, and then we drove to Columbus. We zipped in to the expo with just a little time to spare. We did get to take this cool picture though. Love it!
We stopped by the Glass City marathon booth at the expo for a quick picture…
And then was off to dinner with our friends! That’s Coach Chris across the table from me.
We stuffed ourselves with lots of lasagna, and soon enough the 5am alarm was waking us at the hotel. We needed to leave at 5:45am to get downtown, and that left us plenty of time to meet up with our friends again at the YMCA. In the past it was a great place to keep warm, in addition to using clean bathrooms – but there was no need to stay warm this year. It was already 60 degrees! Usually it’s in the 40’s on race day. Big difference! Here we all are pre race…
Shame that it wasn’t cold out because I had these super cute arm warmers. That’s right, it’s all about me I pitched those after a half a mile.
I lined up near the back of corral A because my plan was to take it a bit conservative at first, and then pick up the pace half way through. So, start around 8:25 and then several miles at 8:15, and several miles at 8:05. However, looking back at my Garmin data from last year I realized that I needed to end with a pace of 8:0x to get a PR. That sounded fast, but I did run 8:09 a mile last year, so yeah, it’s achievable for me I think.
After the gun went off, I didn’t want to look at my watch. If it was too fast, I would stress out that I need to slow down. If it was too slow, I’d wonder why I’m not fast enough! However, soon I needed to look. My hamstring/glute was feeling sore and I wished I had done a warm up run. First mile: 8:31. Hmmm. Thoughts going through my head: “Holy crap, I’m sweating. Sweating big time. How am I so warm at mile 1. Oops, I didn’t wash my face. Maybe it’s my night cream blocking my pores. Hey, how can some people be wearing long sleeves and full leggings and I’m dying in a little tank top and shorts??”
Mile 2: 8:35 No more hamstring/glue pain, but Ugh. Still not fast enough. That first mile had a bit of uphill, now we’ve got some downhill I think. [In actuality, no downhill was recorded on Garmin. Maybe I was just hoping it was downhill!]
Mile 3: 8:27 Dang it. This is not getting any easier. Today is not my PR day. Just run it “easy” and maybe I can pick up later. This feels hard! Still so sweaty and warm. Is it 90 degrees?? [nope, only 64 degrees]
Miles 4 – 7: 8:38, 8:46, 8:46, 9:00, 9:05… I’m starting to see a trend here. My paces will not be getting any better than 8:30. Oh crap. I calculated a “worst case scenero” finish time for 8:30 average pace to be 1:52, but I never figured I would be running slower than that. Wondering what the finish time will be for 8:45?? I do know I have to be under 9:00 to get sub 2 hrs, so I now am focused on that.
Miles 8 – 12: 8:45, 8:51, 9:01, 9:08 Just running. I kind of have two race modes: “feeling good, all in” and “not in the mood, not trying”. I pretty much went into the second category. I wasn’t pushing it because I knew I wouldn’t be any where close to PR, so why bother? Slap some hands and cheer back to the crowd!
Miles 13-13.2: Columbus has a downhill finish for the most part. I tried to run fast and only got 8:40! Oh snap!!
Official finish time: 1:56:28 Phew, that was a tough race!!
My day could have gone better with some cooler temps. Out of our group, only 2 of us had races close to PRs. Everyone was a bit off. Even so, I ended up 34th out of 564 in my age group. That made me happy to see those numbers!
Alan ran the full, and if it was a better day, he might have been able to go sub 3hrs again. He finished in 3:17. A bit off of his goal too, but still, a BQ. Nice job Alan!
Funny story: as I was waiting for Alan to finish I was standing next to a man who had finished the half also. He asked who I was looking for, and I told him Alan, who was running the full. He looked at my bib and he said “Oh, you ran the half? That’s OK. I would have run the full but I’ve been injured.” WTF?, it’s “OK” that I ran the half? Like he was feeling sorry for me, that I was incapable of running the full, or I hadn’t chosen to run the half on purpose because I love it! I couldn’t believe it. Seriously dude.
Regardless of my finish time, I really love this race and I’ll be back again next year!
Q: What’s your favorite pre-race meal?
Q: Do you have a favorite race (full, half or 5K!)?
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