On Saturday I ran the Run at the Ridge 5K in North Ridgeville, Ohio for the third year in a row. It’s a nice flat course with decent post-race food and fun. The husband really likes it because over the past two years he won age group awards. The race is becoming more popular and unfortunately he did not win this year.
Run at the Ridge 5K
I ran the course (which is flat) about a minute faster than last year, which I will attribute to the nice weather. But I was still slower than the first time I ran the course in 2012. Frankly, I’ve been in another running funk lately. I’ve been running two to three times a week but have felt sluggish and anything but fast.
I hope the funk goes away soon because I am looking to run two 5-Milers later this summer. Oh, and I ran this in my Vibram FiveFingers. Injury-free for three years now running in these. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about but just don’t train stupid, OK?
Official Time: 33:47
Overall Placing: 146 / 247
Age Group Placing (F 21-30): 10 / 15
Mile 1: This was my fastest mile around 10:00 flat. As usual I was excited to be running in the first mile and also warming up at the same time. So for me, 10:00 was a great pace. I was passed by many people but there were also some walkers and slower runners at this race so I had confidence I wasn’t bringing up the rear. Always good.
Mile 2: This mile was around 12:00 so I obviously slowed down a bit. It also included a water stop which I walked through briefly. I don’t remember much else exciting about this mile except that the course is in full sun and I realized once again I really need a good racing visor and sunglasses.
Mile 3: I picked up the pace again in the home stretch. I didn’t have any cramping or discomfort during the race which was great! At this point the course looped around a second time and I realized I was FAR from last place. Woohoo! I had a little more energy to sprint at the end, of course.
Run at the Ridge 5K
Post-race I realized that I clearly did not win any age group awards. But I rarely do, so it was not a big loss. Refreshments included bottled water, fruit, cookies and candy bars. I admit I had both a cookie and a candy bar. Usually I would not but there wasn’t any other post-race fuel available.
I appreciate they always have good quantities of refreshments at this race but I would love to see some bagels and cream cheese or peanut butter, or something else carb-heavy that is healthier than a candy bar. I actually felt kind of ill when I got home. I think part of the sugar crash and also dehydration.
The race T-shirts were moisture wick. While mine does fit, it’s sort of that old men’s sizing. The sleeves go down to my elbows. Not exactly flattering for a woman. I’m not sure if I’ll run this race again next year. I don’t want to wear it out. We’ll see!