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Bay Days Race Today - 5 miler for me, 1 miler for the kiddos


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!
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MERRY_XMAS 7/6/2013 4:58AM

    Congratz for you and your children! These races are becoming a family thing!

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JESSIKA_56 7/5/2013 7:42PM

    Wow great time! Sounds like your enjoyed yourself

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COOP9002 7/5/2013 7:35PM

    Nice job!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/5/2013 4:04PM

    Great job all of you. Consider doing Achilles strengthening exercises heel raises and drops. Two legs and single legs ...it does help

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KELLIEBEAN 7/5/2013 3:20PM

    Great job on the time and what a great family day.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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MARGARITTM 7/5/2013 1:07PM

    Very jealous of you ! Must be great to have the family participate.

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THINRONNA 7/5/2013 1:04PM

    Soooooo Great!!!! I love runs with the family! It sounds like you and a wonderful day!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/5/2013 11:21AM

    How fun! And so good to get the children involved! Running is a lifelong sport. My girls were all in cross country. My oldest swore she would never run again, the coach must have been pretty tough on them, but running get's in your blood and she ran (outran me by a lot) in the Missoula 1/2 marathon last year. My 2nd DD is doing it with me this year. (I don't run fast, I just started 2 years ago at age 53 -- not fast at all, my goal for a 5 miler is to do my age in minutes)

Congrats! Sounds like it was a wonderful time!

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LISAINMS 7/5/2013 10:57AM

    What a fun event for your family. You are a smart dad to anticipate and guide your son's competitive nature so that he has a happy outcome instead of focusing on not being first. Good to see that you are healing well and taking your recovery slowly.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/5/2013 10:06AM

    Congratulations to you and the children. You're a great role model for them. So nice to have active family activities to share together.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/5/2013 9:49AM

    emoticon all of you!!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/5/2013 9:47AM

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WILSONWR 7/5/2013 8:21AM

    Sounds like you and the kids had a great time! Glad your Achilles didn't get any worse!

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MOBYCARP 7/5/2013 7:02AM

    I'm glad you had a good time, and your kids did too! A race on a holiday is fun, and maybe next year I'll be healthy enough to do one on the fourth.

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FITFOODIE806 7/5/2013 6:48AM

    What a great event. You are such a good dad. What an important thing to tell a child about running, and life in general.


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FANGFACEKITTY 7/5/2013 1:44AM

    emoticon a great way to celebrate the 4th! Congrats on your time, and congrats to your kids for their finishes!

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GOING-STRONG 7/5/2013 12:37AM

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Your kids are little speed demons! Hope you are able to post some pics

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DOUGDC 7/5/2013 12:35AM

    Such a cool day with the kids in the races! Your own racing sounds sane and measured. Behavior like that will get you a full return to activity. Keep up the good work.

Hope you had a great Independence Day.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/4/2013 11:46PM

    Awesome day! Congrats!

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