First I have to say THANKS for keeping the Loop alive. I had not been on much since April when I had a really miserable race at Toledo and finally admitted I needed to take some time off to let an injury heal. Since then life has been a roller coaster ride of emotion. My son enlisted in the Army about two weeks after he turned 18, just signed himself out of school (with a fake parent note) and enlisted. I thought I had talked him out of but I should have known - he is the most stubborn kid. He then graduated high school and left for basic training. Now I am a very emotional mama so between graduation and leaving for basic I have kept Kleenex in business, I am pretty sure they showed a pretty good profit because of me. To add to that, shortly after he left for Basic we found out my Dad has prostate cancer that has spread to his bones. He is 86 years old so it has been rough on him. He had surgery but at his age and health that is the extent of treatment. My running really suffered because I wanted to spend every minute I could with my son before he left because I knew things will never be the same and I am trying to help my parents as much as possible. All that to bring you up to speed in my little world. Now on to the race report.
Our LRS revived a local race from the 70's called the Wooster Brick Run 25K. The race got it's name because of a paver company that used to make bricks and you got a brick as a prize. I got talked into running it by my running buddies - they know all they have to do is call me a wimp and I am going to sign up. So I signed up to the shock of my more sensible RB's, I really need to hang with them more, they aren't as fun but I probably wouldn't be injured. I have only had one long training run of 10 miles since April. Everything else has been 6 or less. I "ran" the Akron Half Marathon a couple weeks ago with a friend but barely beat my Toledo time. This is a very small race(54 participants), I knew probably 90% of them and that makes it so much more fun. I found the girl I promised to run it with but told her to feel free to leave me because I know it isn't going to be pretty and I have Columbus Half Marathon next weekend so I am not going to push it. We start off and there are 5 of us running together and it just feels like our regular Wednesday night run, the conversation is fun and the pace is very comfortable. After about 2 miles there is just 3 of us left together and I am so thankful that the two guys hung back with me. We hit the first aid station and I eat a chocolate donut hole because I didn't eat anything before the race because my stomach wasn't feeling good but I know I need to eat something so why not something chocolate. We re-fill our water bottles with the guys putting Nunn in the bottles to try. About a 1/4 mile later they are both getting sprayed from their water bottles because that stuff is fizzy - to funny. We make a turn and we see the monster hill ahead of us. Call me a wimp but I had decided before the race even started that I was walking this sucker. I am not in shape to run it. It is about 3/4 of a mile long and the first .4 is between 9 and 12% grade. Maybe next year but not this one. The guys walked it with me and we hit the aid station at the top for re-fills and some pretzels and M&M's. I am liking the easy pace because I can eat this stuff without worrying about getting sick. We roll on down the other side and across the street and into a little park. It has a short steep hill that I run to the base of and start walking. The guys are sticking with me and we are having a great time just running and chatting. Halfway up the hill my phone starts ringing - starts ringing with THAT ring tone!!! I am frantically trying to get my belt off, phone out and answered before it stops ringing. It is my son!!! Their company had lost phone privileges so I hadn't heard from him in 3 weeks and it's not like they get their phones that much - only when they phase up. I start crying as I hear his voice, you see there had been an accident on base and several recruits were killed and several more badly injured. His battalion page had posted that none of their recruits were involved but quite frankly I don't always believe the information we are given. He sounded a little shook up but he is ok and has passed everything so barring anything stupid will he graduate basic on 10/18. I try to keep walking slowly as I am talking because I notice that my RB's are not leaving me. They are up ahead but walking slowly. These calls are the fastest minutes of your life! I put my phone away and start running to catch up with my RB's feeling a whole lot lighter. I thanked them profusely for waiting for me - I really have the BEST running buddies in the world! The rest of the run is flat to downhill and we run/walk it as we feel. The extended walk break has allowed another running buddy to catch up and we all finish up together. 3:20 minutes - LOL so bad but hey it's a PR because that is the first time I have raced that distance. Here is the elevation chart from Garmin.
Sorry, I don't know how to make that picture smaller, still learning the new Loop. Pretty decent hills but a lovely downhill.
I certainly didn't mind the interruption mid-race to get to talk to my son and next week I will be in SC to give him a hug after he graduates!
My running mileage is about half where it was last year but my cycling is more than double which is why I think I have been able to keep a decent amount of fitness.
Next up is Columbus Half Marathon this weekend and I am hoping to get closer to my normal times. I know I don't have the training in running but I am hoping the cycling will help me have a decent race.