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My long training run - before Marine Corps marathon.

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
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  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    My 18 year old grandson was just home after completing his marine corp basic training and your title caught my eye. WAY TO GO on completing your run even though you were in pain. Hope some rest and relaxation will help. Take time to take care of you. Best of luck on the marine corps marathon.
    Blessings and hugs,
    1366 days ago
  • v BRIAN36
    Sounds like a nice run and a well deserved nap.
    1367 days ago
    Jan - Awesome run - I can't imagine even running that far. You are amazing. Sorry about the hip - rest and recover.
    1367 days ago
    Sorry about the hip. Maybe you can see a chiro about getting it feeling better. Congrats on the race. I ran Akron 2 years ago and I remember all the bands and choir groups along the way. I look forward to seeing you at MCM
    1367 days ago
  • v GYMRAT_AT44
    Wow! Good luck on your Marine Corp run - the title of your blog caught my attention. My 19 year old son is a Marine, and one day we just might run it! For now, slowly working my way to a 10k and overall triathlon. Hope your pains begin to heal!
    1368 days ago
  • v JEREMY723
    I was there to, running the Half. I had a great time and thoght the weather was awesome. My wife and son enjoyed it to since they could see me multiple times with only walking a couple of blocks, and they took photos too:)
    1368 days ago

    I ran a 20 miler on the Blue Line a few years back- actually 2 yrs in a row- and I did the HM last year- I actually LOVED running Akron. It is not as tough as people say and not as easy a flat route- the hills can be tough, especially coming out of the Metropark section--- where people crowd you and whatnot. I remember Sandy Run Metropark hill really well- that hill just keeps giving :-) That said, I still think the rolling hills at Millcreak are overall tougher - but that's my opinion.

    As for your experience- sorry you were in pain- but you did toughen it out and it sounds like it turned into a solid training run after all- take care of that adductor- mine has been giving me grief again lately too :( message seems to be helpful!

    Again, congrats on a great training run today! And happy taper!
    1368 days ago
    That sounds like a tough way to get your long run in! Glad you enjoyed it, and I assume now you are into taper mode - be good to your self!
    1369 days ago
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