I’m going to skip the talk about the expo, pre-race and post race for now (saving that for later this week), but I’ll tell you all about the race instead! As you may remember, I was slightly undertrained for this race due to hamstring and glute pain I’ve been having since… oh, years now! So by the time we were getting ready to line up for the race I was feeling truly nervous since I haven’t had a successful (ie, pain free) long run maybe at all during this training cycle! Haven’t even run more than 6 miles in a few weeks. So yeah, getting a bit nervous about cranking out 13.1!
The night before the race I gathered up my race gear. I decided to wear my water belt because it just gives me comfort knowing I can drink whenever I want, and it holds my phone. I was a little concerned about overall comfort when I pinned all of my bibs on – a half marathon bib, a team relay bib, and the relay bib with the timing chip! Not a great look. I investigated different options when I got to the race.
Race day weather could not have been better. I know 37 degrees at the start sounds cold, but after an hour of running, my arm sleeves came up off and I was working up a sweat. Temperature was around 50 by the finish. I felt sorry for those people who overdressed in long tights, long sleeve shirts and vests!
Even though the Glass City course is technically “flat”, it’s got far more inclines (I’ll call them inclines because my husband laughs at me when I call them hills!) than I ever see in my training. Note to self: I need to work on hills!
I decided that I was just going to run by feel, and was hoping to get a sub 2 hr. Early on I was happily surprised to mostly 8:30’s on each mile. It wasn’t easy, but faster miles than I expected. Around mile 6.6 I handed off my relay bib to my team mate and continued on my way. I was happy to be rid of that relay bib! I had to much gear on and it was annoying me.
As the rest of miles clicked by, I was feeling more of a struggle. Did I even train for this event?? Good news was that I wasn’t completely in glute and hamstring pain in the later miles. It bothered me, but I was able to continue.
Finish time: 1:56:56. Best day guess was 1:58, so yeah, I’m liking that time!! 22nd place out of my age division of 163 women.
In the meantime, my relay team was still running. Other legs of the relay were 6.2 miles (my friend Kristen), 3.1 (Alan), 4.9 (Zachary) and 5.3 (Sydney). I hung out for awhile and waited for our relay time to arrive. I knew my husband had handed off to my son….
…and he had passed the bib over to my daughter after he was finished. We were down to the last few miles!! My team joined me over in the Relay Reunion area and soon we saw Sydney coming. Yeah!! She was looking strong!
We tried to all cross the finish together, but our different running paces was becoming quite apparent in the chute. Kids = fast speed, me = pokey speed! We settled for adults in the back, kids in the lead. Can’t wait to see if we all got in the picture together!
Even though we weren’t doing our relay for a fast time (I just wanted everyone to have fun). when we added up our times, in the back of our minds we were hoping to get sub 4 hrs.
Official time = 3:37!! Woohoo! We crushed our goals! 11th out of our division of 95 teams.
We all got hefty medals, shirts and mugs to remember our day. A very good day indeed!!
Q: Did you run Glass City? How did it go for you??
Q: How many days do you take off after a hard race?