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Keep Running For Susan 5K 2017

If you have been following along to my blog posts lately, you have probably noticed my rapid fire of posting a ton of race recaps this week. It’s been an interesting year and I haven’t really had a chance to physically post that much BUT I have been writing all my posts and saving them. Except for this one. This one I actually forgot to write and it wasn’t until I found a race photo on my phone from June that I remembered. And by remembered, I mean I texted Ryan the photo and said “what race is this from?”
Keep Running for Susan is a new race this year in memory of a runner who passed away suddenly last year. Now I didn’t really know Susan but I do know her husband. Now I say I didn’t really know her because I met her briefly for 2 seconds while at a memorial run for another runner who passed away. Susan passed a way not long after our friend Bob so I feel that is this odd strong connection and I always think about them running in heaven. If that makes any sense at all.
Since Susan reminds me of Bob and Susan’s husband is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, I feel I need to run this race and show my support. It’s not often that I feel that drawn to a race. Especially since this race is a bit of a drive and you know how I hate driving to run. The race is pretty much entirely ran on the towpath. It’s fairly flat but I don’t know if I would call it fast. OR maybe I just ran poorly.
Mile 1: 7:27
Mile 2: 7:30
Mile 3: 7:29
Ok maybe I just ran poorly there but those paces are pretty even and that is odd for me. Overall, it was a great race and there were a lot of people who came to show their support. I had the course at 3.11 and my official finish time as 23:13. Probably my slowest 5K in a long time. I hope they hold this race again in 2018 because I would love to run it again.

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Rock Hall Half Marathon 2017

When I signed up for the Rock Hall half marathon, I did so with the intention that this would no be a PR race and that it would be likely very hot. I figured a good hot August long race would be great training for a fall marathon that would likely be cool. However, race day was actually pretty nice and after running well at Hofbrauhaus I had hopes of running a good time.

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There are pace groups for this race so I decided to start right by the 1:40 pace group. I was hoping to stick with them til mile 10 and then likely slow down and run around 1:41. I’m not exactly sure what happened at the beginning of the race but the 1:40 and 1:35 groups were right by each other for the first 2 miles. For some reason that messed with me mentally. My watch was giving me a hard time and wasn’t trusting it so I decided to run by feel which meant leaving the 1:40 pacer.

Mile 1 – 7:42, Mile 2 – 7:50, Mile 3 – 7:59, Mile 4 – 7:54, Mile 5 – 7:59

I ran really smart at Hofbrauhaus so I was trying to tell myself to stay smart and not go too fast so that I could have energy at the end. Also, parts of the Hofbrauhaus and Rock Hall are on the same course so I was fairly familiar with it and was pretty sure it would be faster.

Mile 6 – 8:01, Mile 7 – 7:48, Mile 8 – 7:54, Mile 9 – 8:08, Mile 10 – 8:22

I’m not sure what happened but I dropped my pace between miles 5 and 6 but then when I hit MLK I started cruising with the slight downhill. However, I was pretty done at this point. Perhaps the humidity was higher but I just couldn’t hang on to my pace. I pretty much begged my body to push until mile 10 and then it could slow down but I started slowing down right after mile 8.

Mile 11 – 8:45, Mile 12 – 8:44, Mile 13 – 8:26

The last couple miles are on the marginal, in the sun and I was pretty much on a death march at this point. It took all that I had to tell myself to keep going and to hold on to an 8:45 pace. Which I did but it was not pretty. I ended up finishing with a 1:45:38 which was about 3 minutes off my goal. I probably lost at least 2 minutes the last 4 miles so I’m ok with it.

The best part about this race though was that Ryan won the whole damn thing!!!! I had no idea because I was kinda bummed after my race and he’s so humble that he didn’t say anything to me. I only found out when someone else came up to him after and congratulated him.

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Congrats Ryan! You won the whole darn thing!
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Hofbrauhaus Half Marathon

After training hard all summer and putting in some serious tempo miles, I was excited to take a stab at running the Hofbrauhaus half marathon. It would be the first half marathon since I ran the Cleveland half so I was excited to get some redemption on a half and also prove to myself that my training was working. My goal was to run a 1:45 half and to have it feel easy.
I wasn’t feeling so well before the race and took many trips to the bathroom so that added some extra nerves to my race. When the race started I was really careful not to go too fast and let a lot of people pass me. I wanted this race to feel easy and to run strong til the end.
Mile 1 – 7:55, Mile 2 – 7:54, Mile 3 – 7:57, Mile 4 – 7:45
I was really happy with how easy the first couple miles felt. I guy popped up next to me and we ran together for a couple miles. I was liking his pace so I was hoping he would stick around but he left me as we entered MLK.
Mile 5 – 7:50, Mile 6 – 7:44, Mile 7 – 8:07, Mile 8 – 7:50

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I ran through MLK the weekend before so I was pretty familiar with the stretch we would be running. I knew exactly where the hill was and was mentally prepared to pick up the pace on the way back. As you can tell by my splits, the hill was at mile 7. It’s short but steep and you turn around pretty quickly and get to come right back down it.
Mile 9 – 8:15, Mile 10 – 7:58, Mile 11 – 8:01, Mile 12 – 8:06, Mile 13 – 6:46
I was not familiar with the area outside of MLK and was taken by surprise by the hilliness of mile 9 and 10. I had to work really hard to get my paces down. The hills weren’t huge just seemed like a lot of small rollers or gradual incline that slowed my pace. I am fairly certain miles 11-13 were flat but I had lost my speed at that point. I held on as best I could and I am happy looking at my splits that I was not too far off and didn’t drop my paces too much.

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The course was a touch short, about 12.95 on most watches instead of 13.1. My official time was 1:45:12 and was lucky to snag first in my age group and 8th overall female. I’m very interested in running this course again next year to see how much I can improve. However, we did have great weather for an August half so you never know what next year will be.

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Escape on the Lake 5K

I have been wanting to run in this race for years but it has always fallen on a day when I was not free or was already committed to another race. However, this year, the stars aligned and I was finally able to run this race! Why this race though? Because it’s put on by my high school and my family lives down the street.

The weather for this race was perfect for July. Humid, yes but temperature wasn’t too high and there was a nice breeze coming off the lake. The race starts right in front of VASJ high school and continues to Wildwood park and back. As I was running this race it hit me, I have never raced in the neighborhood I grew up in! But also, I have not ran through this neighborhood since high school and I’ve become much more serious about running since then.

Mile 1 – 7:11

As the race went down Lakeshore towards the park, it’s pretty flat. However, once you turn into the park and start on the all-purpose trail, you start to get some rolling hills. Nothing major but definitely not flat. There is even a nice little climb at the turnaround point.

Mile 2 – 7:31

Mile 3 – 7:41

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I was actually okay with how I ran at this race, I felt that I ran smart. Hopefully next year I can run it a little faster….OR maybe I can get my sister to run in it since she now goes to school there!

Official Finish time was 22:26, 6th overall female and 1st in my age group. For this race they do 30-39 instead of 30-34.

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Bay Days 5 Miler 2017

One of the races you always roll the dice with the weather is the Bay Days 5 miler. A Fourth of July race in Cleveland is bound to be hot and humid. However, there have been random years where the weather was manageable or even one year I recall it being cold. This year, was not a cold year.

I didn’t have any crazy goals in mind for this race. Racing has been all over the place and with the heat I just wanted to run a race where I wasn’t dying from going too fast at the beginning.

The first mile of this race is always easy to go out too fast. There are some downhills and excitement from starting the race and you just can’t help it. I did a decent job of not going out too fast because I was really hoping to have energy at the end to pass people. I mean, that’s always kind of the goal, right?

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Mile 1 – 7:24 I actually felt like I went out faster than this but this is what my watch says I did. To be honest, that’s not a bad first mile, not too fast for once.

Mile 2 – 7:38, Mile 3- 7:43 It got a little hot for me at this point and I kinda just wanted to die. I was melting and getting nauseous. The one thing that got me out of my funk was seeing a coworker up ahead of me and I was hoping to catch up to her to have someone to run with.

Mile 4 – 7:37 I caught up to her. She was also dying and unfortunately, I passed her and didn’t have anyone to run with. But it did improve the last 2 miles of my race.

Mile 5 – 6:48 This mile was a little short, realistically it probably should have been around a 7:18.

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I had the distance for this race at a 4.91 with an official finish time of 37:13 a 7:37 pace. 5th in my age group.  This year they had awesome rewards where you got Mitchell’s ice cream gift cards as awards for placing. Unfortunately, neither Ryan or I placed at this race. However, I am already excited to run it next year and hopefully go sub 37. Baby steps.

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Race to the Maxx 5K 2017

A couple years ago I signed my little sister up for a 5K for Maxx Hayes. I’m pretty sure she hated it and has not done a 5K since. Which reminds me, I should probably start trying to get her to run again…

Anyways, I decided to do this race so I could get some speed on my legs but also so that I could finally race this race. Honestly, If I would have known the course, I might have changed my mind. When my sister did it, it was a flat race through some neighborhoods. When I decided to do it, it was a rolling hill downward to start but then you turn around and come straight back up that hill. Woof.

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This race had a ton of people who went out way too fast. There was one girl who sprinted out and was literally on Ryan’s tail, who was leading the race. She was tall and thin and I was like, maybe she’s really fast and I just didn’t recognize her.

About a ½ mile into the race, she was walking. I too went out too fast but was able to control it and enjoyed passing people who went out too fast. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. We all go out too fast and you have to learn to not do it. The only way to learn is to do it multiple times until you know to go out slower. I promise you, it will feel good to start slow and have the energy to pick it up as you go but also to pass people. It’s an awesome pick me up as you are running.

Mile 1 – 7:06 Actually exactly what I wanted, especially since I went out too fast.

Mile 2 – 7:31 We hit the turnaround and had to start climbing back uphill. Ouch

Mile 3 – 6:37 Yes this race was a tad short but even then it wasn’t a PR and I was using it more for speed on my legs and a workout than racing to PR.

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I ended up first overall female, it was a small race, with a time of 21:14. I will likely do this race again because as much as I dreaded that hill, it’s a great workout.

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Run Puritas 5K 2017

The Run Puritas 5K is a race I have looked forward to the past couple of years. It takes place in our neighborhood so I try to run this and any other races in our area. It is also just before the Cleveland Marathon so it is a perfect last minute speed tune up.

There were a lot more kids at this race than previous years which was great to see. Hopefully, they learn some race etiquette because I had the same boy barrel into me and almost knock me over, twice. The good thing about that was that I was able to quickly get out of the way and he didn’t keep up with me.

Mile 1 – 7:11

The weather was less than stellar this year and was more of a very cold rain. Not quite a down pour but it was very chilly and wet. This race thins out after the first ½ mile so I knew I was pretty much running by myself for this race. Which is kind of what I like. It helps me to push myself within my own limits and not go out too fast with someone else.

Mile 2 – 7:28

Even though I was in first for the females, it was hard to tell how close the next person would be behind me. So I kept pushing myself as hard as I could because it wasn’t about coming in first, it was about running a good time.

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Mile 3 – 7:11

There are a couple quick turns towards the end of the race which was nice to break up the course and gave me a quick peak to see that no one was immediately behind me and at this point I only had about .20 to go. I was pretty spent so I gave myself 10 seconds to slow down and collect myself before I picked up the pace to sprint it to the end.

I did end up finishing 1st overall female and 4th overall, it’s a small local race. My time was 21:54 and I was pretty happy with this and already looking forward to running this one again.

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