Wow, summer is flying by! I meant to finish this post last weekend, and here it is Tuesday finally getting around to it. Sigh. Here it goes – The OH / MI 8k race is a “battle for the border” race, where you start in Ohio, race into Michigan, and finish in Ohio. It’s a fun race that my family has run for many years now. This year the kids didn’t go, but in years past they have run the 8K and got age group awards. This year it was just Alan and I, with lots of our runner friends. The course is square, and along the cornfields and farm roads It does offer food and drinks with the race entry, along with a band afterwards and plenty of time to hang out with our friends.
Great race shirts, and a fun night! (beer, lots and lots of great beer!!) You even got to pick your color race shirt – OH or MI! (or whatever color looks best on you… like I did)
When thinking about a recap of this race, I was wondering if “sweatfest” or “suckfest” was the better description. “Strugglebus” would be also appropriate. Let me explain… this race starts at 7:30pm. And it’s in July. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this… it was hot. It was humid. I went out for my “warm up” mile and by the time I was done, sweat was dripping off my face. Not the best way to start a race! 81 degrees at race start, with the evening sun burning.
My overall pace was 9:12 – which doesn’t sound too bad for a hot night, but let’s break that down…. When the gun went off, I was just following the crowd – surprised when I looked down at my watch mid-mile and saw 8:03! It didn’t feel that fast. I also knew I wanted to be slower. First mile was 8:19. Last year I ran this with 8:28 overall pace. I haven’t been running that many miles so I figured I would be happy with any “8:” in my time, figuring it would be closer to 8:59.
The next mile slowed a bit at 8:50 which I was happy with. By the time I got to almost mile 3, I had to walk. You know that little voice in your head that says “this would be a great time to just start walking”? Oh yeah, I agreed with it. The heat was all consuming and I was flat out exhausted!! mile 3, 9:25
Then I played that little game… “I’ll keep running, and then walk again in the next mile.“ Which quickly turned into “I’ll walk at the next half mile” and finally became “It’s only been .2 of a mile? Good enough. I’m walking again.“ Mile 4, 9:49
By this time I had seen all of the people in my Dave’s PR5K training group pass me. Yeah them!! I gave them a word of encouragement as they passed. I saw ladies from my Moms Run this Town group passing me too. Yea, just go ahead. I’ll catch up. Oh sure.
Finally, it got to the last .25 miles and I could see the finish line. Yes, it’s now time to RUN!! Last partial mile came in at 9:35 (race was 4.9 miles).
I took look back at my Garmin data and my heart rate hit a high of 200 bpm, with 179 as the average. Even with the walking I was having a rough time so it was a good thing I was taking walk breaks.
My best race time for this course was 8:04, back in 2014. 2014 was pretty much a banner year for me in which I BQ’d and ran a PR in every distance. However, I was trained, and I was doing good. This year, I’ve only run around 13 miles a week for the last month. Nothing like those 50+ mile weeks I was logging during marathon training! It’s important to put it all into perspective.
Another positive – I did enjoy a “date night” with Alan, and got to hang out with a lot of friends from my Moms/She Run This Town group. That’s always a good thing
So another OH/MI race is in the books. I’m glad I wasn’t overwhelmed with hammy & glute pain, but I was bummed I had to walk so much. Feeling very under-trained at this point and wonder how I’m going to get back in shape for my upcoming Columbus half training. Something has to change. One step at a time I guess.
Q: Did you run the 8K? How did you do??
Q: Had any rough races lately?
Q: Do you ever dump water on your head during a race?
I would have, but I didn’t want to ruin my iPod Shuffle!!