Monday, November 29, 2010
I'm a little late posting this report, if only because dang I've felt good the past couple of weeks and have been outside or hitting the gym as often as possible, taking rest days here and there on a normal schedule.
ANYWAY. It's been a bit warmer here in Central Ohio than normal for this time of year, and the 14th was no exception. Race time in 2009 the temps were around freezing. This year, it was closer to 40*. That makes it a lot easier to layer up when you only need two and you don't feel like Ralphie in "A Christmas Story."
The Buckeye 10K is a trail race at Highbanks Metro Park, featuring some beautiful scenery and fairly challenging hillwork. I trained for this race by running the course backwards, and it worked out very well in the end. No boredom with the trails, lots of good hillwork and no shredding of the knees on the stairs.
According to the race announcers, there were more than 550 people signed up for 2010, compared to less than 300 last year. The race did start on time and it wasn't as crowded as I'd feared on the trails. I saw familiar faces.
Last year I made the mistake of coming out too fast on the first mile and tanking in mile 2. This time I made sure to keep a moderately-fast pace & gutit out (and up, and up and up) through miles 2-3. Miles 4 & 5 have a series of rolling ups and downs that seemed to go by quickly. That last mile - the same as mile 1 and the mile where you can see the finish line from across the field - I broke that down and blasted through at 8:20 (pretty darned fast for me). My final time was 1:03:52. Yay!
M3S Sports has gotten their races down to a science, thankfully outdoing the previous sponsor, Run Wild Racing, by a long shot. Plenty of water, food and sports drinks for afterward. I grabbed a Power-G2-whatever but forgot about the benzoates and ended up with wonky eye for a day or so. My bad.
My hip and knee held up perfectly; what a relief! The power of appropriate footwear & listening to your body!
Any of you all have race plans this winter?