I ran this race with blogger AJH 2 years ago and it was a tough hilly one but still fun.
AJH is running it again and I was looking forward to seeing her.
Racing and training are difficult to coordinate. This weekend should be 8 miles for me. So I can add on 4 after the race (which is doubtful) or do 8 tomorrow (Hmmm 2 days in a row???)
I had no expectations for this race. It is my 3rd time racing 4 miles but I am in no way as good a shape as the two previous times (40:11 & 38:02). So I just wanted to have fun and feel good. An AG award would be a bonus!
It was about 18 degrees and sunny when I left the house. I had about an hour drive. As I drove north, the temps dropped and the clouds rolled in.
I got there early and was surprised at how crowded the parking lot was. I immediately found a spot in the cafeteria to leave ALL my stuff, picked up my bib & headed to the restroom (a real one) and there behind me on line was AJH.
It was nice to run a race with a familiar face. AJH brought her hubby which was convenient for taking photos.
The race is pretty informal…no timing chips. The sun came out as we started so I decided to take the sleeves off my jacket and wear a windbreaker over it and my turtleneck. (I was actually perfectly dressed, the only things that were cold were my feet & I was wearing smart wool socks.)
The race started with a hill right off the bat. I was discouraged cause it was tough but then things got better. I tried to run a consistent slow pace and if possible NOT WALK.
I know that from the last time, there was a long hill between miles 3 & 4 and I had to walk.
This time, it didn’t seem as bad and I ran the whole time. I even had enough gas to sprint through the finish line.
According to my Garmin, I crossed at 41:37. Officially 41:40.
And it was good enough for 3rd place in my Age Group
AJH also won a Road ID as a raffle prize.
The food was pretty good – chocolate milk, soup and lots of homemade desserts. I will definitely do this race again next year (& try to keep the AG award streak going… in a new AG)
As far as the race, I was happy with my performance.
Mile 1: 10:24
Mile 2: 10:29
Mile 3: 10:38 (the hill)
Mile 4: 10:16
I was under 11 min miles but of course, when I was running my best, I was under 10 minutes.
It was not even close to a PR but then again I didn’t expect one.
I didn’t run 4 more miles. I changed my clothes and headed out on the road. I drove north along the lake to Bolton Landing.
Then I headed back to village to see some friends who were working at the Winter Carnival.
There were outhouse races on the ice, pony rides (not on the ice), chili cook-off, etc.
I was too cold to hang around long. The wind had picked up and it seemed a lot colder than in the morning.
So I left and on my way home, I made a quick stop at the outlets. I only bought 2 baseball caps that were on sale at the Reebok store.
Tomorrow there is another free race. I may do the 4 miler or I may just run on my own.. We’ll see how these old legs feel.
Happy Running! Did you run or race this weekend?