Thursday, July 04, 2013
My wife's hometown has a nice 5 miler every 4th of July. The town is Bay Village, OH, just west of Cleveland, and the event is part of a week long celebration called Bay Days. This is the 3rd time I have run it, it is a really pleasant race. There are a ton of younger runners with a lot of HS cross country teams that use it to gage where they are going into the fall season as well as a lot of, well more seasoned runners, we will say.
After they start the 5 miler, they corral up the 14 and under kids for a 1 mile fun run around the high school. They finish on the HS track and get a nice little finisher medal. My two oldest, Heidi (7) and Paul (5), plus a few of their cousins ran the 1 mile and had a lot of fun. (Paul beat Heidi by a few lengths, BTW). My SIL and on of my DW's cousins ran the 5 miler. We were able to get some pictures of the kids and I will try to add them if I can get them off of the camera and onto the computer I am using while we are on vacation.
The race started at 8:30 and it was cool and a bit damp from the rain the night before. I started out way too fast, getting caught up in all of the excitement, and had a 7 min split at the first mile. I slowed down, partially deliberately and partially because I was going to run out of gas, and settled down into a more sustainable 8 min pace. I managed to stay on that pace for most of the rest of the race and finished in a fairly respectable 39:20. That time put me in 10th (out of 35) for my age group and 200th (out of 624) overall. (The overall winner came in at 25 flat, for a 5 min/mi average pace!)
I just realize that they posted the kids results too. Paul had a 9:34 mile and Heidi had a 9:37. The fastest kid was an 11 year old girl who ran a 5:50 mile! I knew Heidi was OK not being the fastest, but I thought Paulie would have a hard time with it. He has seen me race a few times and knows that I am no speed demon. I talked to him about the race a few times and explained that there are is only one who is fastest, and it will usually be someone else. He probably won't be fastest and probably won't be slowest but if he tried hard and ran fast then I will be proud of him and he should be happy with how he did. When we met up after I finished, I asked him how he did. He was super excited and told me that he just kept following the runners in front of him and kept running hard! That's my little boy!
I was a bit nervous running this race. Since irritating my Achilles in mid May, I have mainly been focused on recuperating and resting. The runs I have done lately have been slow and labored. While I have done this race below 40 before, I was convinced I was going to finish about 45 min or so. I kind of surprised my self that I still managed to get in under 40. I don't think I am fully recuperated yet, but have begun to slowly start to rebuild my running. Hopefully I will be able to start swimming again soon too, that has been a really nice cross training for me.
Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July!