Distance: 15K (9.3 miles - I think the course was short though, I ran 9.23)
Date: April 22, 2012, 9:00am start
Finish time: 1:39:28 (10:46 min/mile avg) - Garmin time
What sets this race apart: The options. Racers had the option of doing a 5K, 10K or 15K. Plus, for me, the race was free. I won the entry in a fun run drawing at my favorite running store: Fleet Feet Columbus.
This course was essentially a 5K loop along the Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus. I think the course was short of the actual distances though. I typically run a course rather poorly, on the long side. This time, I came up short.
I made the mistake of failing to observe the elevation profile pre-race. Most of Columbus is pretty flat. This course was not. My excuse? They only posted the 10K course map anyway. Hehehe. (yes, I know, same loops. Then again - you can't tell it's a 5K loop from the profile).
I started the race out way too fast, again. I tended to run about a 10 min/mile while I was running. (which for me, is way fast). I had to walk during the 2nd loop both times I attempted GU. (I can't GU and run apparently). I almost threw up trying to take the Mint Chocolate GU, which would have defeated the purpose. That one is definitely off the GU list! (I tried two new GUs today in violation of the nothing new on race day rule - my excuse is I was testing them pre-Cap City which is actually my goal race this season). I also walked the uphills on the last mile when I started having left foot pain. Note to self: my older pair of Brooks Launch has seen it's last miles.
I've never run a 15K before, so this was a guaranteed PR. Nonetheless, this was ALSO the fastest average mile pace for me at a race for any distance. WOOT!
Problem. I currently do not show up on the official results page. I have to go with my Garmin time and distance.
|My Garmin says 1:39:28 - so I should be near this orange spot, but my bib# was 1417.|
|I'm in the middle, right behind the girl in the light grey shirt.|
|I'm to the left of the girl in the bright yellow vest.|
|This looks like this was one of my walking moments - it's not far from the water, so I was probably GUing|
Fun race, fun post race eats, the line was long for the massage, so I didn't get one, but I assume they were great. Not real thrilled with the course, it was extremely narrow in parts (as in single file) making it impossible to pass. I'm glad I raced it, although I hadn't known I was going to until I started running. My mental freak-outs over how fast I was going during this race made me realize that I need more practice over long distance with faster paces.
I knew going in there was no medal, but it still makes me a tiny bit sad. I know, I'm materialistic. Hopefully, I'll show up on the results though, because that does bother me. Several others running the race have stated that there are a lot of problems with the timing and results though, so that makes me feel better.
This is probably one of those races where it's a "one and done" thing for me. Unless I win the entry again. HA!
Update: Emailed the Race Company this morning, and they fixed it...I'm all official! YAY!