I ran my second 5K of this year on Saturday.
It was the Run @ the Ridge 5K in North Ridgeville, Ohio. You might recall I ran this race in 2012, which was its inaugural year. The field definitely grew since the year before, to more than 250 participants this year. I have one goal going into this race: “survival.” I’m really trying to get back into running shape but it’s been a slow journey. While I’m still a long ways from my PR (28:09) I was pleased I ran faster than I did at the 5K in May. Small steps.
Official Time: 35:58
Average Pace: 11:36/mile
Overall Placing: 175/277
Age Group Placing (Female 21-30): 9/14
The course was the same as last year which is double loop around the Pioneer Ridge 55-and-older adults community. The course is flat and has one water stop halfway. I would say most of the runners were there for the casual and fun atmosphere. It wasn’t a hardcore competitive 5K like others I’ve been to.
Mile 1: This was obviously probably the best mile because I wasn’t hurting or hating my life at any moment. Ha! There was good crowd support and a lot of residents with their pups out for support!
Mile 2: Things got crummy around Mile 1.5 and my right shin began hurting. I’ve been debating if my shin pains were from my shoes being worn out or because I’m out of shape. I’ll see if this continues. I did take a walk break at this point because I pretty much yelped “Ouch!” out loud over the shin pain. Later I was able to continue running.
Mile 3: I was ready to be done with the race. I was trying to remind myself this was only a 5K. I mean I’m a half marathoner. I run like double digits. But somehow a 5K was now HARD WORK.
Mile 3.1: I had a tiny sprint to the finish, just enough to finish in under 36:00 which felt great!
Prizes were not as lavish at this race as they were the year before, I think because there were a lot more participants this year. I still enjoyed the race and course and the post-race refreshments are excellent. However, the awards did take a while to start this year so if you wait for awards be open hanging out for quite a while at this one.
Do you ever have “I hate my life” moments while running a race? I can’t be the only one!