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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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Hermes 10 Miler 2017

For years the Hermes 10 Miler has been a favorite of mine. I’ve been running it off and on for the past couple years and even remember when they held this race downtown! Now I run it for a fast and flat 10 miler but also to help with spring marathon training.

This year I struggled with injuries and illness so I knew a PR was out of the question. However, I still had high hopes for a good race or at least a training run. I mean, either way, this race pace would be faster than if I was running on my own so it would be good for me.

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Hello awkward race photo

I started this race off pretty conservative for the first 3 miles. My hope was to have something left around mile 8 to push the last 2 miles. However, very quickly, my hamstring decided that it didn’t like running. The first 3 miles were ok but still felt like a struggle. At mile 5 I just started to feel tired and burnt out but at mile 6 I got a second wind and tried to pick it up.

 

Unfortunately, that second wind was short-lived as I struggled through miles 7 and 8 as well. In 2017 I ran a 1:13 on this course, I knew I wasn’t in that shape yet but was hoping for a 1:17. Looking at my watch, I saw that slowly slipping away and I was doing everything I could to not get passed by the 1:20 pace group.

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The pacer for the 1:20 group is a running friend of mine so it was nice to see a familiar face after a bad race.

As much as I kicked on the way to the finish line. I still ended up finishing right with the 1:20 pace group. I ended up running a 1:20:04. I was and still am very sad about my time. I put in a lot of work and training and a 1:20 doesn’t show half the work I put in. But I keep telling myself, you have to have those bad runs to get a good run. So I think those good runs are coming, just have to keep hanging on!

 

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Towpath Half Marathon 2017

Yes, once again I am very behind on blog posts. I am trying really hard to get caught back up!

I really wasn’t planning on running this race but after being really sick, I decided to do this one to see where my fitness level was at so that I could predict a goal finish time for the Cleveland Marathon. Spoiler: It wasn’t in a good spot.

I warmed up for the race and felt fine. I was aiming to try and run about a 1:45 half so it could be a goal time predictor but also a solid workout with out totally destroying my legs. As the race started, a nice downhill start, I focused on not going out too fast. Easy to do on a downhill start of a race when you are excited.

Unfortunately, I noticed right away a sharp pain in my hamstring/adductors. Sharp enough that I instantly thought about pulling out of the race. But not sharp enough to change my gait as long as I slowed down. Ryan came to spectate this race so I was trying to think where he would be if I wanted to drop out. But I also knew he was probably going to grab coffee and a newspaper so he would be gone awhile.

I eventually decided that maybe my legs had gotten too cool after the warm up and once they warmed up they would be fine. By mile 3 I was in so much pain but knew I couldn’t drop out where I was but promised myself I would drop out at mile 8. I was pretty sure the race looped close to the finish line around then and I could be done then.

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The pain came and went most of the race and I was constantly slowing down to accommodate my cranky leg. As I neared the spot I thought was mile 8, it was actually mile 9 so naturally I talked myself into running the rest of the race. I mean it was “only” 4 more miles at that point.

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This is what I call being “Over Doxied” Doxies in both arms and Doxie pants on!

 

I ended up finishing with a 1:50:11. Which was really hard for me to accept considering I ran a 1:40 in 2016 there. However, this race told me I wasn’t in the shape I thought I was in and this injury was holding me back more than I thought. Without this race, I probably would have continued training for the full marathon which would have been a horrible idea.

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Half Marathon #31 Complete

I have a feeling I will be back to run this race next year as I have some unfinished business in the half marathon.

 

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2 More Weeks of Training in the Books

It’s been a pretty uneventful 2 weeks of training. Which is my favorite! Uneventful means I had no injuries or craziness and could just follow my plan. Speaking of my plan, I am still very undecided on it and making changes to it as I go. One thing I do like is running a high mileage week one week and then running less the next week.

55 Mile Week

Sunday – 5 miles treadmill
Monday – 7 miles treadmill
Tuesday – 5 miles treadmill
Wednesday – AM – 4 miles treadmill
PM – 3 miles outside with the HealthSource Brewery Run
Thursday – AM – 9.5 miles treadmill
Later in the AM – 5.5 miles treadmill
Friday – 3 miles treadmill
Saturday – 13 miles
Total – 55 miles

 39.2 Mile Week

Sunday – Yoga at 2nd Sole
Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday – AM – 6.1 miles treadmill
PM – 7 miles treadmill
Wednesday – 3.1 miles treadmill
Thursday – 8 miles treadmill
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 15 miles outside
Total – 39.2 miles

The past couple weeks the Cleveland Marathon has been coming out with some pretty awesome news/perks for the 40th anniversary of the race. Here are just a few BUT the race route is announced next week!!!!!

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Coming up: This weekend I have a 17 miler and then next week I have a 20 miler! I don’t know why I get so excited for the first 20 miler of the training cycle.