Monday, November 16, 2009
Good morning! It has been nearly a week of picturesque weather in central Ohio. More than perfect for running, with temps in the low-mid 50s most of the day, and I think it was in the mid-60s yesterday afternoon.
(I wouldn't know for sure, I was asleep!)
Sunday was the Buckeye 10K. My sister and I ran this race last year, and Highbanks is one of my favorite non-urban places to run. Last year the temperature at race time was 29* (and we both nearly quit in the first mile); this year it was 42*. They moved the start/finish lines a little bit, but the general course was the same I think.
M3S Sports, who has taken over several Run Wild Racing events, along with Nationwide Insurance were the race sponsors. The race shirt was a long-sleeved tech with the buckeye guy and on the back "Go Bucks". We got an Ohio State hat and a towel. Everything ran smoothly from the administrative side; we had water at mile 2/5, Panera bagels and bananas at the finish, lots of race volunteers along the course and free towels.
On my side things weren't quite so smooth - I forgot my chip & bib at home and had to hang a ewee and get them (which was a blessing because I found a packet of Hammer Gel when I was flying through the house). I had about 20 minutes to warm up & stretch. I started off WAY WAY WAY too fast - the first and last mile of the course is flat - and hit mile 1 at 8:20. (Hello, is this not the first rule of racing?! Arrgh.)
I hit the first hills on a low ebb and ended up posting in the high 11s through the middle 4 miles. :-( Not that that's horrible, but I LIKE powering up and down hills and I'm skeeved that I burned myself out on the most boring part of the course.
ANYWAY. This is a challenging course, both with pacing those flats and keeping up stamina for the longer ascents and controlling the descents. Also challenging is the narrower parts of the course seem to be the ones non-racers are stopped on! There was a lot of jumping over tree roots and skidding off the path to avoid hikers/walkers who refused to move from the center of the trail. I also saw a former employee of mine, but obviously we didn't have a chance to chat.
The last mile was agony, with the finish line in clear view most of the way around a long arc. It was a warm and humid finish, and I made it in 1:03:20 (10:15 min/mi).
I typically grab lunch and a nap when I'm done with a hard race (and make no mistake, my heart rate averaged 161 or 86% of my max, I was wiped). I did my wake-up stretches, then got out of bed.
Or, I tried to get out of bed. There was something wrong with my left leg. My entire IT band decided to pull taut from hip to ankle, pulling my foot left and then up. I couldn't figure out how to stretch/turn it to get it to release and I couldn't put any weight on that leg. Finally, I threw myself onto the bed and pulled my knee to my chest and it eased off. OWWWWWWW. It took me a good ten minutes to work the darned thing out enough to be able to walk (and with a bum right hamstring I wasn't going to start hopping around on my right leg) and another ten to stop it from tightening when I did put weight on it.
My foam roller and I got super-close last night. There was a lot of moaning and groaning and panting and I think we might be going steady. My yoga mat isn't speaking to me, I think there's some jealousy there (but we'll have quality time at lunch today). :D
As one of those "last race of the year" things, this one is a favorite of mine. It's quite a challenge and if you're lucky, you can pretend to be an ultra-marathoner in the mountains, LOL! The rest of us will be trying to catch our breath.