Distance: 13.1 miles
Date: May 5, 2012, 8:00 am start
Finish time: 2:26:48, 11:13 min/avg (official time/pace)
What sets this race apart: Being local
I finished it!!! No more will I say that I register for Cap City and fail to finish it!
All week long the weather was an issue because our temperatures were way above normal. A few days before race day, we received email warnings about the symptoms for heatstroke and the need to slow down and hydrate.
|The dog fountain is an excellent way to stay cool AND hydrate Mommy.|
Once again, this race made poor Sports Drink decisions. Last year, they served Ultima (I forget the exact name - but it was disgusting - everyone was spitting it out). This year, they served GU electrolye brew. I'd never had it. Thus, I'm glad I read the program guide the night I picked up my packet, and filled all 20oz of my fuel belt with power aide instead. Nonetheless, I wound up taking a couple cups of the Brew during the race - and it was AWFUL. Now that I've finally finished this race, I think I'm taking it out of the race rotation because of bad sports drinks.
The race was 65 degrees and 93% humidity at the start. I was thankful, that it was foggy and thus, the sun wasn't shining down on us as well. I'd intended to run with my friend Amy during the race, but pre-race she was saying that she was going to run with the 11:30 pacers for the first 6 miles. So, I moved up to join the 2:25 finish pacers. I stayed with them for about half of the race. I fell back from them because of the water stops.
|About 2/3 through the race, I'm the one in yellow. Photo Courtesy of Sarah|
Given the fact that I was sweating outrageously by the end of the FIRST mile, I didn't feel like it was a good idea for me to skip many of the water stops (I skipped the first one because it came before the end of the first mile). So, I waited. Honestly, I wish I had timed how long I actually waited!
This race brought home how awesome it is to run in a local race when you belong to a couple of different running clubs. The crowd support was AWESOME. My friend Sarah, who got injured a few weeks before the race, showed up on her bike and was that added boost I needed several times during the race. The last water stop was packed with my Run DMC (Daily Mile Columbus) group - and they had plenty of water cups ready! HA! On the course, I ran into two other good friends that were also running the race. Imagine that - out of 13,000 runners, I run into those two. Very cool.
|Some of the gang post race! From left to right: Me, Laurie, Amy, Deb, Suzi and Nita|
I'm sad to say that I saw more people down on the ground: in the street, on the side of the street and in the back of ambulances, than all the previous races I've run combined. Many were hooked up to IVs. I hope that all of them are okay today!
Despite the weather and the water stops, I still PR'd by almost 3 minutes, so I'll take it. Turns out my friend Amy didn't stick with the 11:30 group, and she PR'd by 13 minutes and beat me by 3 seconds! She also was prominently displayed in a picture in the local paper!
|Hob-nobbing with the Celebrity. (I was chilled post-race, that's why the extra shirt)|
|From Left to right: Amy, Andrew, me, Kumar and Lynne|
The goodie bag wasn't much. A bag, a chocolate and a lot of ads. The shirt was pretty awesome though.
I also got a few fun things at the expo. Some Super Feet inserts and some bondibands.
|Blogspot loaded it sideways - so annoying|
|The empty spot is reserved for my first full.|
Editor's note: I should never write race recaps when I am as tired as I was writing this one. Tired makes me focus on more negatives than positives. I left out a lot of great things about this race. It was a nice loop course from downtown to Ohio State and back. It was relatively flat. They had great post-race treats: orange slices, bagels, chocolate truffles and Snowville Creamery chocolate milk. Because I stayed to the end, I even got an entire carton of chocolate milk to take home with me and a bunch of extra truffles too! I will comment on these in my Rainier training update tomorrow as well!
Anyone else race this weekend?
Any other stories about heat or sports drinks at races?