One of my favorite races of the entire year. This grassroots race is at a great price ($12), great time in the year, pretty scenery, challenging hills, lots o' prizes and "has the friendliest spectators around". In fact two years ago I won the main raffle prize - a pocket bike.
I was not nearly as scared or nervous as my half marathon a few weeks ago. The weather was brisk (good for me), sunny and I had already completed a half...no biggie. I was joined by a lot of the ladies from work. 1 student, 2 graduate assistants, aquatics manager and me - GREAT turn out. 4 of us are all around the same speed, so there was a healthy competition going as well. I wanted to 'push' it a little harder this year and having some ladies to keep in mind was a good choice.The race started in the potato stomp traditional manner with all of us running over potato chips. The first 1.5 miles are down hill and I found myself cruising 9:40(1), 8:50 (2). The next 2 rolling miles were 9:45(3) & 9:50 (4). All of a sudden I got a side cramp, not just a little annoying one, but a take- you- down side cramp. I was frustrated as all of my girls passed me, but I did not stop for long. I managed to finish out the race at 1:31:20, which is not bad - but I would have been around 1:26 if I could have stayed with my pace.
This weekend is the Air Force 10K followed by the Akron Marathon in two weeks. Phew, I hope that the weather stays cool!