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Inland Trail 5K

When I was planning my year of races, I realized that for the first time in years, I would be home the first weekend in November so I could run the Inland Trail Marathon. Although “trail” is in the name, don’t let that fool you, it’s a road marathon. The plan was to run the Akron Marathon more as a long run and not for time since it is so hilly. Then I would run Inland Trail as the marathon I would race.

However, I felt really burnt out after Akron. I don’t think I over trained, I just think it was too humid. We had a very humid summer and fall so I felt exhausted all the time. I slowly decided I should probably do the half instead of the full because of this. Then I had this great idea to try a new workout class. As a runner, there are many other areas of my body that get ignored because I just want to run. I thought this new class would work out those muscles, get them sore but also stronger.

I made sure to do this HIIT workout a full week before my race just to be safe in case there was any soreness. The class itself was fun, hard and I loved it. The next day, Monday, I was so sore I could barely walk and that is not an exaggeration. I felt pain with each step I took. Tuesday, I was even more sore, major DOMS (Delayed On Set Muscle Soreness). I was so sore Monday and Tuesday that all I did was foam roll and stretch and tried to keep moving. Wednesday I attempted a 4 mile run and was extremely sore. Thursday I did my tempo and was extremely sore.

Now this whole time I mostly planning on running the half and then I thought maybe the full and then the day of, I decided to do the 5K. Talk about indecisive.

I have ran this 5K in the past so I was very familiar with the course and hoping for a pretty good time since it is flat. I knew in the past that this race was very small. Probably about 40 people for the half. However, this year was about half of that! It was crazy.

Needless to say, I didn’t go out too fast because I would feel really dumb going out too fast and dying out at a small race. I did take the lead for the females from the start and kept it the entire race.

Mile 1 – 7:19, Mile 2 – 7:40 and Mile 3 – 6:42

Official time – 21:41 and first overall female

Now I had the course at 2.91, others had the course around 3.05. However, something funky happened because I was cruising for mile 2 and I definitely did not run a 6:42 for my last mile so not sure what happened with my Garmin but definitely weird.

I didn’t take any photos apparently so enjoy this old photo from the last time I ran the 5K at this race!

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Lake Erie Waterfest Splash & Dash Sprint Tri

After the Huntington Sprint Tri I contemplated retiring from triathlons. This may be the first time I have said that out loud. The swim was so bad for me that I couldn’t imagine swimming 1.2 or 2.4 miles in open water. I was going to throw away my Ironman dreams. The entire drive home I was very disappointed and Ryan and I had to have a conversation on what to do next. I decided I could either give up OR get back out there and train harder.

Obviously I got back out there and kept working. I also signed up for another race as soon as I could so I could get back out there and prove to myself that I could swim in open water.

I got to this race early and set up my transition area while trying to remain calm. I was doing good until I saw the water. There were a lot of waves. Fairly big waves, at least to me but it looked like the big waves were close to shore and where you could still stand. The farther out you went the water flattened out. I think that’s probably the best scenario I would have hoped for.

The Swim – 14:54

The swim  was a literally straight out and back course. I’ve never seen that in a triathlon before but I actually really liked it. I did good for the first couple strokes and then I started to freak out. I did a really good job of staying calm and just doggy paddled til I calmed down enough to start putting my face back in the water. After I put my face in the water I just tried to breathe on every stroke. I did ok but still had to doggy paddle to remain calm. When I got to the turnaround buoy, I told myself I had to swim normal all the way back. And I did! Finally felt good on the swim! Minus the fact that I had a full sleeve wetsuit on and it was a little warm.

T1 – 1:37

I’ve never worked on my transitions but I really good at getting ready quickly and especially  changing quickly. Seriously, if you ever go shopping with me, I am really fast at changing in the changing rooms.

The Bike – 41:12

My goal was to do the bike in under 40 minutes but I came up just a bit short. This was the first time I really hammered the bike. And by hammered I averaged 17.5 mph. Really not that fast but I was happy with it. I probably lost a little time going through the cud-de-sacs and close to an intersection I had to wait to pass some ladies to avoid drafting. I don’t even know if there were draft rules in place but better to be safe.

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T2 – 1:19

Another fast transition. Not mad about it.

The Run – 24:15

My watch timed the run at 23:20 but I’m happy with a 24:15so I won’t complain. Plus who knows where the timing mats were and I may have started my watch late. After hammering the bike I was pretty sure my legs would be useless but I was still going to try for a 25 minute 5K. It took my legs less than 1 minute to find their running legs but after that I took off and picked off runners as I went. The best part about triathlons is with a running background I get to pass a lot of people during the run. It’s nice to be able to make up some time in the sport you excel at. Especially when the swim and the bike are so bad.

Look at that stride!
Look at that stride!

Overall Finish Time: 1:23:20

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In case you need a reminder, I did the Huntington Triathlon just a few weeks before this in 1:37:19. Took well over 10 minutes off my sprint triathlon time. It was exactly the confidence boost I needed to continue with Ironman training. Felt good to be back on track and even better to place 1st in my age group! This was my first time placing in a triathlon.

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2015 Huntington Sprint Triathlon

I had not planned on doing a Sprint Triathlon this summer because the focus was all long course stuff this year. Also, triathlons are expensive, even sprint ones! However, I sucked it up and signed up for NCN’s Huntington Triathlon. I wanted to do the Fairport Harbor Tri but it’s almost an hour drive and Huntington was only 15 minutes. I also heard really good things about the Huntington race so I was excited to finally race it.

When I got to the race, I was surprisingly calm and felt ready to go! I felt like I had enough training under my belt and I could totally do this. Plus it was only a sprint. I swim, bike and run more than twice the distance multiple times a week this should be a breeze.

The Swim – 400 meters

The swim was a run into the water start. When the gun went off I ran into the water, got out of breath and when I went to swim, I freaked out. Not like flailing my arms or anything but just couldn’t get a breath or put my face in the water. The swim doesn’t go too well when you a going back and forth between a sad butterfly/doggie paddle stroke and flipping on your back to do a back stroke. I wanted to flag in a kayak to come save me and just quit all together. I didn’t though because I know I can swim much farther than 400 meters. I got passed by almost the entire wave of swimmers that started 4 minutes after me and was pretty sure I was the last one to get out of the water. Ryan has assured me that I wasn’t but I think it was probably really close. I finished the swim in 25:49 and 6th or last in my age group. There was a current so we actually ended up swimming .41 of a mile instead of .25

T1 – 2:09

Coming out of the water I really wanted to quit and just call it a day. However, seeing Ryan when I got out of the water immediately gave me a confidence boost. I could also tell I probably freaked him out since the swim was not supposed to take me that long.

The Bike – 12 Miles

I have been working hard on the bike this summer and was really excited to race on the bike on closed roads. Well somewhat closed roads. I got passed by 1 person early on in the bike when I was going 15 mph. After that I kept picking it up and before I knew it I was at 17 mph and was passing lots of people. I had to make up for that horrible swim so I was doing my best on the bike to make up for it. I think I passed about 8 people on the bike. I finished in 42:01, averaging 17.1 mph and was 3rd or 4th in my age group.

T2 – 1:21

The Run – 3.1 miles

Now the run is where I excel so I had one more chance to redeem myself. The entire bike I had to convince myself that I was ok and that I could do this. The swim really messed with my mojo! The run has some hills in it so it’s not ideal and no one runs amazing coming right off the bike. You need that couple of minutes to get your legs in running mode. About 2 minutes into the run I was able to get a good pace going and slowly started picking off runners. I picked off 4 runners right off the bat, then I just focused on pace and tried to increase every mile. And I did! I have no idea ow but I kept picking it up and continued to pass more and more people. Before I knew it I had passed 10 people! I was at a sub 7:30 pace at this point and I usually aim for 8 minute miles for tri stuff. I ended up doing to run in 25:53 an 8:22 pace.

Yes, that is an uphill finish!
Yes, that is an uphill finish!

Overall I finished 4th in my age group with a time of 1:37:19. To be honest I was very disappointed in myself, mostly the swim. I actually had to have a long talk with Ryan so that I could figure things out and decide if I wanted to continue on with Ironman training. In the end, I decided the swim had to be a fluke and I just need to practice more. I signed up for another sprint tri later that day.