|Pre-race view of the finish line. |
Photo Courtesy Fleet Feet SportsColumbus
Distance: 15K (options to do 10K or 5K)
Date: March 24, 2013, 8am start
Finish time: 1:54:47, Paced the 1:55 Finish
What sets this race apart: Part of two part training series to get runners reading for Spring Half Marathons. If your registered for both events early enough, free pair of shoes included.
|My medal and t-shirt. Loved the red of the women's shirts!|
The course is a 5K loop. For the same price, all participants can run any of three options: 5K, 10K or 15K based on the number of times you looped the course. I did see one person who did the 15K even go back out for a bonus lap as part of her training.
|The course included some of downtown, and the "Scioto mile" along the Scioto river.|
Some of the views were just cool!
Nonetheless, I am part of the pace team that paces most of the local races put on my Premier Sports or M3S sports. As a result, I ran this race as a pacer. The pace team did the 15K, which meant that everyone had the option of utilizing pacers regardless of how many of the 3 loops they chose. I paced the 1:55 finish with my friend Celeste. (That's about a 12:20 min/mile).
|MIT pace team pre-race|
|Me and Celeste just prior to the start|
|Just after the first 5K loop|
|Bringing them in!|
As we got ready for the dash to the finish line, he told me that I was awesome. I laughed and told him that was why I did this, to hear such wonderful compliments. HA. Then I said, "Go, go, go, you can finish this FAST." Holy moly did he pull some speed out of the air. He dashed to the finish line. I pulled off to the side just short of the finish arch to let him have his moment. Then met him on the other side to congratulate him on a great job. He just gave me a huge hug. Has to be one of my favorite finish line moments ever! He was so happy to finish his first race! (And, he beat his goal by an entire minute.)
Before pacing this race, I'd been talking to my husband about whether or not I wanted to keep pacing. Usually, I pace at a speed well below my training pace (for obvious reasons), and I was worried about potential injuries for something that was fun, but not necessary. These moments on Sunday, celebrating with these first timers made me realize the FULL value of pacing a race. You get to help people reach new goals, and YOU get to remember what it was like the first time YOU ever ran a race. That pure joy of accomplishment can sometimes get lost when you start thinking about PRs, etc. I cannot fully explain how much I enjoyed re-living those first race highs with these awesome people.
I am definitely not done pacing. Not even close.