(Wow. I debated if I should recap my recent races because it has been so long since I competed. But this is a running blog and I have yet to not recap any race since I started blogging in April 2010. So I present a brief recap…)
On Saturday, June 16 I ran the Run @ the Ridge 5K in North Ridgeville, Ohio.
This race took place at Pioneer Ridge, an older adult living community. It seemed like an odd location for the race, but it was sponsored, in part by the company that operates that location. I think the purpose was to showcase the facility.
I didn’t mind because I just wanted to run a 5K nearby that would fit into my busy summer schedule. The facility provided bathrooms on-site and air conditioning, which was an added bonus. I took advantage of both post-race, using the sink to wash my face with cool water.
The race took place on a Saturday morning, on what has been one of many 90+ degree days this summer. Once again, I knew the heat would play a role in my performance.
Official Time: 32:17
Age Group Placing (F 26-30): 3/4*
Overall Placing: 55/143
*Awards were only given to first and second place per age group
Mile 1 – As usual, I tend to start off too fast. This was the case at this race too. That set me up thinking I might PR or at least come in under 30:00. The course was flat and had some shade, but overall mostly sunny. It was all paved and weaved throughout the housing development.
Mile 2 – By the second mile I was really wanting some water. Again, despite hydrating well pre-race I couldn’t seem to make up for the already scorching temperatures. There was one water stop about half-way through and I chugged the whole cup of water I received.
Mile 3 to 3.1 – Here’s where the race became tough for me. The back stretch had a portion of street without any homes or trees, leaving runners to bake in the sun. Bake I did. In the last mile I lost whatever momentum I had going at the start. The race seemed to last forever. I just wanted it to be over.
In Summary: I had no major logistic issues with this course, outside of the full sun stretch. Like many races this summer, this could have benefited from an earlier start because it’s been so incredibly warm. Global warming anyone?
The swag was a technical T-Shirt (too big for me of course). There were also door prizes and decent post-race fare. There was such an overabundance of bananas after the race that we took a few extra home with us. Overall, I would be open to running this race again. It was simple and reasonable in cost. The entry fee was $20 pre-registration. It was, however, a shotgun start, chip finish.