Sun, Oct 25
So I never thought I would do a relay. I was very salty at the relay-ers back in 2011 running my first (and only) full marathon. They would jump right into the race with fresh legs to do their 5 or 6 mile leg and just had way to much energy for me trucking along at probably mile 16 or 17 or whatever. But when Alise (JCU alum) asked me to run the Buckeye 1/2 as a relay with her a few weeks ago, I was really interested! I’m so glad she did! What a great experience this morning. It was really nice because for that distance (just a smidge longer that a 10K), there is really not a lot of long run training to do beyond what I normally do. Plus, the price was very reasonable and you could not beat the SWAG!!
It was a beautiful morning for a run. The spitty rain petered out early and gave way to temps in the low 50’s. I almost hit a deer on my way to the race, but thankfully that was the only drama involved today! Oh, well we did have drama with the registration of our team name a little bit, but thankfully the race organizers fixed it and the JCU BlueStreaks were ready to take on the race! Alise was to run first, so after seeing her off at the starting line I made my way back to the car, via the bathroom, of course. The course was a double loop so the starting line for me was the same spot where Alise started. This was good since directions are never my strength area! I hung out in the car for just a few minutes, and before I knew it, it was time to go out and meet my partner to “pass the baton”!
I started out with my garbage bag on me, but that lasted for about 30 seconds! I wore capris and a long-sleeved shirt and that turned out to be a perfect choice. It was the most perfect weather for running!! This is probably why I love fall races! It was a smaller race with about 800 runners, sponsored by SARC (Summit Athletic Running Club). I felt really good and strong right from the beginning. I had been running some faster runs lately so I was hoping to turn it on and do the same today! I felt good because I kept passing people! This I never usually do! People usually pass me! I wonder if there were any 1/2 haters watching me jump in all perky??!!! I came upon the 2:20 pacer group and ran with them for a bit, but then passed them! The course was great with a few hills, but nothing too bad. I booked up them with no walking! It was weird to get used to the fact that cars were on most of the course while we were running, but I think that is usual for smaller races. I felt strong and good about my pace the entire time. Coming into the finish I pushed it and for the first time ever in a race, I felt like I wanted to throw up. Luckily I didn’t!
I met up with Alise and her boyfriend, Chris (who got a PR for the 1/2!), and we enjoyed the post-race goodies and awards ceremony.
We were really happy with our time! We beat my 1/2 marathon PR time by like a minute with a 2:18! Too cool!
Even though the only time that is registered is our team time in terms of my individual time here is what my watch said my stats were:
6.4 miles, Time: 1:08:13; Pace per mile: 10:35
Great morning with great friends!