On Saturday I ran the Bay Village Heritage 5K in Bay Village, Ohio. From what I gather this was the second year for this race, which benefits the village historical society and is put on by Hermes Road Racing.
The race takes runners through the residential streets of Bay Village, and starts and finishes at Cahoon Park. The race had an early start at 9 a.m., which was pretty chilly for October. There was one water stop along the way and the course was almost entirely flat, save for a small downhill near the end.
Bay Village Heritage 5K
Post-Race Wearing the Race Shirt
Pre-Race: I had a piece of multi-grain bread with peanut butter for breakfast. I made sure to eat at least a hour before race start. I also began hydrating with water as soon as I got up. Determining what to wear was a debacle. I planned on just one long-sleeve but once I got to the race I realized I was going to freeze. I put on the race shirt (a first for me) over my long-sleeve and that worked out well. The parking lot filled quickly, so arriving early helped ensure we got a decent spot. I had an Espresso Love GU pre-race too for an extra boost.
Mile 1: The first half-mile of the Bay Village Heritage 5K was probably the hardest for me because despite doing leg kicks and a stretching warm-up, my legs were still cold. After the initial numbness wore off I feel into a really comfortable stride. I was pushing myself but not so hard I would exhaust myself early on. I repeated to myself “Mile 1 in 10:00.” When I saw the first mile marker and my time of 9:00 flat I gained more than a little confidence!
Mile 2: I held steady this mile and initially my chant was “Mile 2 in 9:00.” I lost a little steam, which is typical for me in a 5K, and found myself at 9:45 by the time I reached the end of Mile 2.
Mile 3: Here’s where I wanted to kick it into gear — but not too early. I held strong and tried to pick up my pace just a little. A downhill in the last 1/2 mile was a great help as well. I tried to enjoy the scenery — but found myself more focused on the runners ahead of me. Would I pass them?
Mile 0.1: The home stretch came upon me fast than I imagined. I had wanted to sprint the last 1/4 mile of the race, but by the time I realized the finish line was ahead of me (poor eyesight) I thought I had run out of time to PR. I sprinted as fast as I could and passed two people just before the finish.
Official Time: 28:29
Overall Pace: 9:10/mile
Age Group Placing (F 26-29): 13/21
Overall Placing: 179/305
When I garnered my previous 5K PR in May 2010 I wanted to stop several times, slowed down once or twice, and all around didn’t feel too great. I felt so good during this race — who knows what else I can accomplish! If I had only known where the finish line was I would have pushed even harder at the end. This also beats my overall pace of 9:12/mile set at a 3-Miler earlier this year. In all, my fastest recorded race to date!
Post-Race: It took quite a while before results were announced, perhaps due to no chip timing. I held out hope for an age group placing, to no avail. Finishers were determined by the order of our pull-off bib slips. I wouldn’t mind the wait except for the cold. Runners had their pick of bottled water, bananas, muffins and danishes post-race. I realized after the race my camera battery was dead so the only photo I have is from the cell phone camera.
Would I Recommend This Race?: I would run the Bay Village Heritage 5K again, so long as the October temperatures are not any worse. Be prepared to be cold this time of year with such an early start. On a side note, the two main reasons I picked this race had to do with the beauty of the race flier (I’m a sucker for the lake) and because Bay Village is somewhat known for it’s historic homes. While we didn’t run along the lake, I was still pleased by both. For $20 the moisture wick long-sleeve was also worth it.
*I wrote this post up before results were posted, and was going to discuss missing a PR by 6-seconds. Low and behold the clock at the finish was slow and the official results show I PRed!