|Posing with Brutus Buckeye|
Welcome to another Weekly Review linkup with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. This past week was nuts, so I'm going to use my normal weekly wrap up space to recap my most recent race.
The Buck-i-Run 5k took place on April 15, 2016 at 9:00pm on The Ohio State University campus. As always, I was waiting for official race photos, but I have no idea who the photographer was and where they will be posted! Too bad because we were in a ton! [Race Information]
|A portion of the OSU rec center (RPAC) before sunset|
Packet pickup was super quick We pinned on our bibs and visited the glow stick table to get a glow bracelet and necklace. They also had body paint, but we skipped that. We got our swag bag, too. It was an OSU tote bag filled with a nice cotton shirt, water bottle, and cushy socks. We didn't have anywhere to put our bags, but one of the student volunteers let us stash them under the registration table. Most participants tossed the stuff in their car or went inside the OSU gym and used a locker (you need an ID to get in).
Packet pickup went so quickly that we had about an hour to kill. We used the indoor restrooms, got our photo taken at the photo booth, Alex stretched, and we sat on the grass and relaxed. The weather was really nice at 64 degrees, but it was big change from the 30 degree days last week.
We lined up 10 minutes before 9:00pm and ended up in the very front. I tried to stay off to the side and let fast people filter in, but it never happened! So, there we were... on the front of the line.
Obviously, a bunch of people passed us at the beginning, but it wasn't more than 30 or so folks. They were going very quickly and I knew I wanted to conserve a little bit of energy and let those folks burn out. Coincidently, when the race started there were fireworks nearby. They lasted 5 minutes and I have no idea why, but it was pretty cool.
The course was lined with glow necklaces and there were taped arrows marking every turn. Every so often we'd come across volunteers who cheered loudly. Alex said he was super impressed by the course support from the volunteers.
The first mile had a sharp turn, then we headed down to the bike path along the river. We were going at a decent speed and passed some people, but I knew it wasn't going to be a PR day. Just before mile 1 we could see the leaders up on the hill above. There were three guys in the lead and Alex said they looked faster than him, so it was ok that he didn't go for the win. Ha. I said, "I can't believe you run a full minute and a half faster than we're going right now. This feels so fast." He did mention his legs hurt going so "slow," but I decided to ignore that comment. Our first mile clocked in at 8:04, even though it felt way faster (there were some hills). Once I saw that time I knew a PR wasn't going to happen.
Alex was cool and didn't try to convince me to go any faster. He probably knew I'd yell at him or something. ;) We just kept on and I was thankful for a short downhill near Mirror Lake toward the South Oval. We were also gaining on a guy in front of us. I think it helps to have a mark and successfully pass them. Even with that, I was simply trucking along. When my Garmin flashed 8:32 I was equal parts disappointed and happy it wasn't slower. (I would have killed for a pace like that last year, so it's all relative!)
We stuck behind two guys for the final mile. When we came around The Oval I looked at my watch and saw we had a half mile left. I asked Alex if there were any girls behind us and he said there was one in a tutu gaining on us. I hadn't seen another female since mile 1, but I knew there were at least 3 or 4 in front of us. I tried to dig deep, but lost speed after back to back sharp turns. Luckily, those turns led to the downhill finish. I kicked it up and sprinted in with Alex by my side. In the final .2 I took my speed from 9:25 (on the turn) to 6:38! I felt great. Tired, but awesome.
|Sprinting into the finish!|
We crossed the line side-by-side and I looked at my watch. 24:11! Wow!! BUT then Alex brought me back to reality. "The course was short. No way we just ran a half mile after The Oval." He was right. My Garmin had us at 2.9 with an overall pace of 8:21. Whoops. My slowest 5k pace this year. (But still faster than my longstanding 2014/15 PR.)
|Some automatic photos at the finish. Unfortunately, nighttime made them blurry. (Click to enlarge)|
After finishing, we retrieved our swag bags and got bananas, water, and granola bars. There was an after party at a bar in the Ohio student union (about a half mile away), so we started walking over there. Somehow we were the first to arrive! While we waited for food we redeemed our free drink tickets (we got tasty, local craft beers, but you could get wine or liquor. Pop and water were free.). Food started a bit later and included a nacho bar and pizza. Mmmm. Pretty sweet swag and after party for a race that cost $25. Shortly after, we walked home. I went to bed ASAP for my 6am wakeup for Saturday's long run...
|Grub and swag|
Stats and Thoughts
I wish I could have PRd this race because it was so well done. Of all our campus races, this was by far the best course. We went by many of the campus landmarks, but instead of running in the street we were able to run on the sidewalk which made the sections near The Oval and Mirror Lake much better. I also wish I would have PRd because look at these stats:
Overall: 28 / 489 (6%)
Gender: 5 / 326 (1.5%)
Age Group: 1 / 74 (!!!!!)
First off, my pace is totally off in the official results and ended up making me look more badass than I am. Someday... Second, obviously this was a casual event. (The top 5 guys were really fast, though. All under 19 minutes. Alex could have finished 6th or 7th.) I've never won my age group, but I'm sure it's down to the collection of student, alumni, and faculty participants. But whatever. It felt pretty awesome being in the front with a bunch of dudes!
|This may never happen again!|
Up Next: Rock 'n' Roll Nashville on April 30. I'm going with a 4 other ladies, so it should be a fun and relaxed race!