Race Recap: Fish Festival 5K: 21:09
June 20, 2011 by mollyberries
Saturday I finally was able to participate in the Fish Festival 5K in Vermilion, Ohio. Kimi has tried to get me to do this race for the past few years but it just never lined up with my schedule. Finally, the stars aligned, and I even convinced Mommaberries to pay a visit and participate in the race as well!
The morning started out with Mommaberries and I arriving early to the race, so we could register her for the 5K walk. After scoring our shirts, I headed out for a 30 minute warm-up. The race was to begin at 9:00am and I knew, during my warm-up that I wasn’t going to run my fastest race for multiple reasons:
- I still haven’t gotten back into weekly speed-training
- My legs were a tad tired from my 1 hour of yoga + 1 hour of running + 1 hour of cycling that I completed the morning prior
- I race terribly in any kind of heat, humidity or a combo of the two – no excuse, 100% fact
After thinking about what I wanted to get out of the race during my warm-up, I decided that I just wanted to have fun and push outside of my comfort zone, really challenge myself when the heat started to take its toll instead of backing off like a wimp. After I crossed the finish line, I was going to do my usual cool-down of running back out on the course to cheer for others, and eventually find Mommaberries so I could finish her 5K walk with her.
After my warm-up I found Kimi and the rest of the recruits she brought to the race. It was nice to stretch and chat with people that you know, instead of either sitting alone, or talking to total strangers.
Before we knew it, it was time to toe the line. The race has recently been renamed as the Jay Hershey Festival of the Fish 5K in memory of a man who passed away in the last year, who had been a big supporter of the festival in years past. His sweet little widow was given the opportunity to officially start the race, which personally warmed my heart, what a cool way to honor her.
As soon as we started, I just didn’t feel quite like myself. I know my running form was totally off as I have been in denial about how bad my plantar fasciitis has become in my right foot. Whoops. After a few minutes of cursing myself, I found the best groove I could muster, and just tried to hang on. I know my first mile was 6:25. Second mile? no clue, I was too busy feeling sorry for myself because of the heat and humidity to even look at my watch. The second mile is always a kick in the pants, it has been for years, and is consistently my worst mile of every race. The majority of the race wound through residential streets, but the last mile we ran along Lake Erie which was a nice little treat. It may not be the ocean, but Lake Erie does have its moments of beauty, and it sure was a nice distraction from how cruddy I was feeling. The next thing I knew, it was time to turn left onto the final stretch to the finish line. I somehow managed to finish in 21:09, 6:48 pace. Not my best, but definitely not my worst. I honestly was just happy to be done so I could rehydrate and cheer for everyone else.
Before I could do that, I had to fill out my place card and turn it into the registration desk. Yep, we didn’t wear race bibs, so the only way to keep track of the placing was when you came through the shoot, you were handed a card with your number placing in the top right hand corner. It reminded me of my high school cross-country days, where we were handed either popsicle sticks or place cards. I seriously love me some low-budget small-town races! I managed to place 9th overall, and was the first female to cross the finish line. But that is small beans compared to some of the other stellar performances of the day!
After filling out my card I was able to get back out on the course and cheer, and what do ya know, I saw Kimi
speeding towards me! She managed to break 28:00 which was her B standard goal for the day. She did so flipping well, I was super pumped for her!
After running Kimi into the finish, I turned around and headed back out in search of my mom. She was walking so speedy herself! I ended up meeting up with her right before the 2 mile mark, and we were able to walk and chat the final mile of her race. She ended up with a 4 minute PR!!! I seriously am so proud of her and couldn’t be more thrilled!
With Mommaberries rockin' our Bondi Bands & post-race glow!
Me & Kimikay! Muskies 4 Eva
Photos courtesy of Kimi at http://asliceofkiwi.com/
Virtually everyone that Kimi invited to participate in the race had success stories, hop on over to her race recap to read about those.
All and all it was a great way to jump-start our weekend, and I am so proud of everyone who participated and pushed themselves. Mad props to those who don’t melt in the heat and humidity like yours truly.