Saturday, September 29, 2012
Well, today was going to me long training run before the marine corps marathon. So, I thought I would invite a few friends. About 15.000 of them showed up! ROFL. Joking aside (I don't have pictures either LOL) - I ran the bird as my long run before MCM, and I won't keep you in suspension - my time was 5:02 including a bathroom break. :-)
As I have said 'running the bird' (nick name for Akron - presenting sponsor is Time Warner cable and their mascot the road runner 'meep meep') is an awesome experience. They have a very nice Expo which I have never been able to really enjoy because of work - yesterday no exception, but that is another story I am not going to blog about (hint: it involves work).
This year was the 10th year of Akron, and you can almost count on it - the weather will be beautiful (famous last words if you are here next year LOL). Temp in the upper 40's - clear sky with a full moon - and the Goodyear blimp above.
As the bell ran to start the race - a huge firework was set off - nice start.
I kept looking for the 10:40 pacer - but no such luck until about half way through. So, I was maintaining a 10 min mile pace (not what I wanted). Every time I looked down on my Garmin - I ran too fast. Once I came to about the half way point I was getting my speed dialed in. (I wanted a 5hrs finish).
I keept running until we came to Sand Run (a mean a-- hill). I walked the majority of it, and at that point my orthotics on the left side was giving me issues. I ultimately ended up taking it out. Unfortunately I think this may have done something to my hip adducter on the left side - as the pain got worse and I ended up walking more than I wanted.
What I really liked was - it is just such a nice route. I am not too crazy about the first part, but the second half goes through the Summit County metro parks and some residential areas. Of course the weather today brought all a lot of people out to cheer the runners on.
I kind of had a thought when I wrote the title of this blog - it was my long run before MCM, and I didn't really run with anyone I knew. I met a few people along the way I knew from other events, and that was great. So, it was a training run with about 15.000 like minded people.
After I got home - I did something unusual (for me) ... I took an hour nap. I feel much better - still sore LOL