Saturday, May 20, 2006

Marietta 5 Mile Race Report

Beautiful weather this morning for the race, about 55 degrees and sunny. This is the third time I have run this race right outside of Marietta, Ohio. It's put on by the YWCA and includes a 1 mile fun run, a 5K Walk, and the 5 Mile Race, and brings alot of people out. Luckily the 5 Mile race starts first!
I wear my Garmin 201 during races, and it helps to see my pace. I actually kept slowing myself down in the first mile-it was nice and cold out, and I just wanted to pound it! but I knew if I blew the first mile I would fade in the fifth, so I kept reining myself in.
Mile 1 in 9.22, good. Having run the course before, I knew it was flat, then we dipped downhill, and then kind of slowly crept back uphill again, then the last mile was pretty flat.
The two women pushing the baby joggers passed me. I just mentally sighed, because I have no frame of reference about these women-they might be 20 year old elites out there. Besides, I was there to run my race.
One of the baby joggers stopped on the downhill and I was able to pass them! (And they never caught up to me again.) Mile 2 was 9.11.
I did a really good job of reining people in. I picked off quite a few runners. Mile 3 was 9.02. I set my sight on the man in Black Shorts ahead of me,and gradually, I moved in on him. We started up the long slight uphill, and I just got closer and closer. He finally glanced behind him at me--it probaly was my ragged breathing.
I caught him on the crest of the hill and pulled away from him and never saw him again! M ile 4 in 9.35.
Woman in Yellow Shorts was ahead of me, and she actually stopped and I was able to blow by her. Some guys were yelling closer to the finish line to push it, which really inspired me to sprint it to the finish line mile 5 in 8.57, overall 46.25!
I knew I really pushed it at the finish line because I was thinking about throwing up!! LOL! Then that passed.
Only negative for the race was there was no food available, and the only drink was Cytomax or GUH20 in little Dixie Cups. There was bottled water and pizza available for sale. Luckily, I do not rely on races to provide,so I had my string cheese, apple, and ClifBar that I had brought (and my own water!)

I stopped and picked up some water and food for the run tomorrow. I hope to plant this before the run, at a spot where the trail will intersect. Of course,the maps of Mohican are not the greatest, and I am not all that familiar with the area yet.
I'm looking forward to the run tomorrow!


  1. kim, what a fantastic race! so strong and consistent. it's too bad they didn't have more to offer at the aid stations, but it is kind of cool that they had cytomax and gu h20 rather than the expected gatorade. i got such heartburn from the lemon-lime gatorade at my last race.

    you must feel great about your run. congratulations again and good luck with your run tomorrow. that was a good plan to plant some supplies out there.


  2. Awesome! I know if I don't feel like throwing up at the end of a race, I didn't give it all I have.
    : ) Great job!

    Hope you have a good run tomorrow.

  3. yay, great job! I always have to remind myself that I don't know the other people's stories - I have to run my own race! :)


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