This is a guest post written by my husband.
I chose to run the Bay Days 5-Miler in Bay Village, Ohio. Because this race is a 5-Miler, I thought it would present to me a challenge that I would find satisfying to overcome. I thought about running a 5K but decided it would not take me outside of my comfort zone.
The Bay Days 5-Miler is a race that is held every year on July 4. This is one of my favorite races because the course takes runners through neighborhoods surrounding Bay High School. The real treat is when residents sit out in front of their homes and cheer on the runners. Some residents will put out their sprinklers to offer runners a brief reprieve from the summer heat.
Bay Days 5-Miler
I used Hal Higdon’s running regimen for training for an 8K (4.96 miles). Higdon’s regimens come tiered – novice, intermediate and advance. I elected to use the intermediate regimen as this fit my current running condition. The training program is broken out into a eight weeks of training. Each week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.
I did make a few changes to the program. Tempo runs or speedwork were scheduled on Wednesdays. I elected to change the days designated for speedwork to tempo runs. This was done so I could focus more on building my endurance running at a quicker pace. The other change I made was to flip flop Saturday (60 minute cross training) and Sunday (mileage) for convenience.
The day of the race the weather was milder than it had been in years past when Holly and I had ran it. As a result, I felt pretty good. I was able to maintain a sub 10-minute pace and a decent kick during the last mile which netted me a sub 9-minute pace. During the race, my Garmin Forerunner 10 watch recorded my data:
Distance: 5 Miles
Overall Pace: 9:18/mile
Calories Burned: 586
Mile 1: 9:29
Mile 2: 9:30
Mile 3: 9:24
Mile 4: 9:22
Mile 5: 8:40
Aside from the Mile 5 time, I kept a fairly consistent pace. My goal was to run the Bay Days 5-Miler at a sub 50 minute race. Being that this was first race in more than 18-months, I was very satisfied with my time. Holly wishes she had run the race this year as she liked the neon pink Brooks Short Sleeve Running Shirt that participating runners received.
I am hoping to register for the 26th Annual Celebrate Westlake 5-Miler held at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio. This race is scheduled for Saturday, September 3. This race has been one that Holly and I have enjoyed running several times. We both ran it in 2012 and 2013. The free post-race massage is always nice.