Strongsville Super Saturday 5k Recap

In the beginning of the year, I put the Strongsville Super Saturday 5k on my tentative race schedule. A few months passed and about two days before the race I realized I hadn’t registered, which meant it was time to make a decision if I would run or not. Knowing I would have a long run Sunday, I didn’t want to burn out my legs, but I’ve been missing speed work lately and I really wanted to test the waters of the 5k since my last one.

I woke up early enough to eat, relax and try to settle my nerves. You’d think by this point I wouldn’t get so worked up about a race….nope! I got there with about 15 minutes to spare, registered and got one more bathroom break in before the race started. Because I registered day of, I didn’t get a shirt, but really, I don’t need another short sleeve cotton shirt. (I did love the green color though!)

I didn’t have a goal for this race, other than beat my previous 5k’s time. I would go out and run how I felt, hoping not to embarrass myself after the lack of miles earlier in the week. We were off, and everyone sprinted ahead. I tried not to get caught up in the crowd, but couldn’t help quickly dropping into a sub 9:00 pace. I knew there was a hill coming up at the half way point, so I tried to keep my pace consistent. About a half mile in, I was easily cruising at an 8:30 pace. I felt comfortable at this pace, so decided to stick with it. The first mile is pretty flat and wraps around Pearl from the Strongsville Rec Center into a nearby development. Mile 1-8:32.

The second mile went through Falling Waters and lead through a housing development that reminded me of an old route in Medina I used to run. The road had slight curves, but knowing it was leading up to the hill, I focused more on my pace than the surroundings. I dropped a bit to an 8:38 pace, but was keeping it pretty steady. At about the half way point, the hill was finally in sight. Knowing I had almost no hills under my belt this year, I was a little concerned with how it would go. It was steep and it was a half mile long. Yikes!

I charged the hill, slowed my pace, and told myself to focus one step at a time. I had some chest pains mid hill that made me nervous, but I think it was my body letting me know it was angry for running quick and throwing in the giant hill. I finally made it to the top, and my pace slowed to 9:10. Not awful, but I wanted to stay under 9:00. I grabbed some water at the water stop and started on the last mile. Mile 2-9:08.

By mile three, I was started to get tired, but still had enough energy in me that I stayed under a 9:00 minute pace. We headed out of the development and back on to Pearl. My pace at this point was all over the place, ranging from 8:34-8:58. I started to pick off a few people, and my legs started to get excited we were almost done. We turned into the Target shopping center and were met with a small incline. At this point, any incline was tough and it was the last thing you wanted to see before the finish. We went towards the back of the shopping center and no matter how fast your ran, it felt like the finish was never getting closer. Mile 3- 8:39

The final stretch had a slight downhill and I could see the clock once I turned the final corner. I gave it everything I had and hoped for the best. Finish: 27:32.

It was faster than my last 5k, but slower than I thought I would have done. It wasn’t until a few moments later, I noticed my Garmin showed 3.17, a long course. I heard another runner say they got 3.2. Overall I had felt really strong, even with the hill, and had it been a flat course, I probably would have hit the 3.1 mark somewhere around 26:xx.

I was definitely bummed with my time, but I ran a much stronger race, and my pace was where I wanted it to be. I can tell that I’m getting faster and getting my speed back, but I still need to work on hills. I’ll for sure put this race on my calendar for next year, and get revenge on the hill.

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Official Results:

Time: 27:32

Overall Place: 119/270

Female: 43/133

AG 25-29: 4/13

 

 

 

Medina Half Training: Week Six

This week turned into a roller coaster for training. I started out with high hopes and had a great plan of attack, but mid week things fell apart. Luckily I was able to turn things around over the weekend.

I started Monday with a short run before Body Fusion. Knowing I was going to be busy Tuesday night, I wanted to try to get some miles in before class. I only had time for two miles, but it was a nice change of pace and pretty refreshing.

Tuesday I was busy, so I was looking forward to Wednesday’s run. It was supposed to be a track workout with about 6.5 miles total. All day I had been excited to get some mile repeats in, until the rain hit hard. I set out on the journey to find an outdoor track, because mentally I couldn’t run the indoor track anymore. The first track had a soccer game, and the second track was rained out. By this point, the other two available tracks weren’t worth the drive and I was just frustrated. I headed home and attempted to get in what I could.

My body wasn’t having it, and I could barely get 2.5 miles in. I tried to brush off the feeling of disappointment, but I couldn’t. I failed at getting my speed work in, and I couldn’t even make it three miles. So I had to remind myself that each run is it’s own. No two workouts will be the same and I have to take the bad workouts to really appreciate the good ones. Take training run by run and move on to the next one once the Garmin stops.

Monday: 2 Miles + Body Fusion Class – 30 minutes of lifting/abs/squats & 30 minutes of yoga

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 2.5 Miles

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: Strongsville Super 5k

Sunday: Spring TRAINing 10 Miler

Total Miles: 17.5 Miles

So despite my rough patch in the middle of the week, I had big plans for the weekend. I had the Strongsville Super Saturday 5k on my radar for a long time, but after I struggled all week I wasn’t sure I still wanted to do it. I did it anyway, and I was so glad I did. I’ll have a recap later this week, but it was just the thing I needed to boost my confidence.

I also had 10 miles up for my long run this weekend, so I decided I would run long on Sunday. I had been back and forth between a group run or the Spring TRAINing 10 Miler, but decided last moment that if I’m going to run 10 miles, I might as well have fun with it. I’ll have a recap on this race later on as well.

I may have had a bad day this week, but my three other runs were great. I focused too much on Wednesday’s run to enjoy the others. But looking back, I’m exactly where I need to be. I’m just about two months away from the race, and my times are close to where I’d be on a normal half marathon. I’m bringing my 5k time down, cross training and I’m still injury free. I still have time for improvement over the next 10 weeks, and I know I can do it.

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