Date: June 12, 2o11
Location: Olentangy Liberty High School, Powell, OH
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 38:40 (PR!)
Gimmick: Fundraiser for Ellie, a local girl with mitochondrial disease. For more information about Ellie and mito disease, read this.
I have to admit that I have absolutely no pictures from this race. Sorry. My husband didn’t want to go and the rest of my friends were kind of busy running. I hope you all will forgive me.
Race for Ellie was the first race in the Fleet Feet Columbus Race Club schedule. I was actually not in the mood for this race at all, but if you do 7 of the 10 races, you get a free jacket and you all know how much I love free stuff. It was super cloudy and blah when I left my house, but the sun came up so I slathered on the sunscreen and got ready to run.
Before the 5K, there was a kid’s fun run, which was kind of amusing to watch. The kids seemed to really enjoy it, but I just wanted to get the darn race over with and the kids run started when I had been told the 5K would start. Luckily, the kids run was very short.
The race started and ended on a track at a local high school, but we actually spent a lot of time in the neighborhood. People did not seem happy to see us (this seems to be common at most of the races). The volunteers in the neighborhoods were great, though, and very encouraging.
I started the race out with Sara, but she was not having a good day, so I ended up finishing by myself. I always feel bad leaving someone, but I just wanted to be done so badly that I took off. I was a bit more restrained in this 5K than at Rescue Run, so my splits were more consistent and my fastest was actually my last 1.1 mile. I think I finished a little stronger, although it was hot and the last 0.75 was around the track, which made me miserable. I hate track running because it feels so far from start to end because you can see the whole way around it.
I finished in 38:40, which is technically a new PR. My feeling on this is that I’m not yet pushing myself as hard as possible during 5K races, so I’m hoping to really see what I’m made of at some point this summer. Thanks to race club, I’ll be doing a lot of 5Ks this year. Like Kara said, 5Ks are the run until you puke distance.
The best part of the race was the post-race food! There was Jet’s Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rita’s Italian Ice and the usual bananas and water. I grabbed wings before I saw the pizza, but I convinced someone else to eat them so I could devour a slice of delicious pepperoni. I also had some green apple Italian ice, but resisted the rest of the food.
After the race, we went to MILF’s house for breakfast. Note to self, always bring change of clothes after summer races if not going straight home. I was grr-oss! I felt bad for MILF’s husband because he had a house full of stanky runners and had to make us pancakes. The food was amazing, for the record.
Next up, Westerville Rotary 5K on July 4. Should I hope for another PR?