This is a guest post written by my husband.
As as follow up to the Bay Days 5-Miler, which I ran in July, as my comeback race, I chose to run the Celebrate Westlake 5-Miler on Saturday, September 3 in Westlake, Ohio. This race has been renamed and was previously known as the North Coast Challenge.
This is a race that Holly and I have run before in 2012 and 2013. The Celebrate Westlake 5-Miler is held every year over Labor Day Weekend. Compared to the Bay Days 5-Miler, the course is a straight out and back with a pit stop in the woods between Miles 3 and 4.
As before, I continued using Hal Higdon’s training regimen for an 8K. Hal Higdon’s regimens are quite useful if you are looking to train for a particular race.
Race day weather was mild and clear, in the mid 70s. The course itself is mainly flat, with a few changes in terrain – starting on pavement, then going to gravel, grass and back to pavement – which has been typical of this course when I ran it prior.
This helped with my run overall. I was able to manage a consistent pace, although I did slow up during Miles 3 and 4. With a strong kick at the end, my overall pace was sub 9-minutes.
Gun Time: 44:45
Overall Pace: 8:55/mile
Mile 1: 8:51
Mile 2: 8:32
Mile 3: 9:48
Mile 4: 9:12
Mile 5: 8:13
I was pleased with my results. Going into the race I felt I was not going to beat my time from the Bay Days 5-Miler. As I neared the finish line, I knew my time was going to be faster, but did not realize just how fast. With that being said, I am very pleased with my progress throughout the summer.
I am always amazed at the post-race offerings at Celebrate Westlake. A major addition this year was the beer garden provided by Sibling Rivalry Brewery. My favorite part of the post race festivities is the food options.
Celebrate Westlake had huge spread – fresh fruit, wood-fired pizza, water, electrolyte drinks, cookies, energy bars and more.
As in years past, free massages were also offered to runners after the race and there was a small health fare on the campus of St. John Medical Center. There was also live music. Race swag this year included a dark blue fleece zip up jacket and several greeting cards (American Greetings was a sponsor).
I am going to try a 5K for the next go around. I have selected Roc the Croc 5K in Westlake, Ohio coming up on Saturday, October 1. The race takes place in and around Crocker Park Shopping Center.