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Note that this proof is short-sleeved, but the race shirts are actually long-sleeved.
The race is this Saturday at Presque Isle State Park’s Rotary Pavilion. There’s a 5K at 9 a.m. and a 10K at 10 a.m. Run one or run both and earn that “distance festival” on the race shirt.
Day-of-Race entry is $20 and you’ll have to buy the shirt separately (if available). Remember to bring cash or check because the ERC doesn’t take credit/debit. (Please, please, please, ERC…..invest in a little cell-phone credit card swiper or something, nobody carries cash these days!)
Race details & application here.
When I poked my head outside at 7 a.m. on Saturday, it was shaping up to be beautiful race day weather. By the time we left at 8 a.m., however, it was raining and the temperature had dropped.
Good thing I had packed several clothing options — I had everything from shorts (yes, that’s the optimist in me) to a hooded sweatshirt. Ended up opting for a t-shirt, windbreaker and tights — just right.
The 5K was wet, but fast. I was surprised it was over so quickly. I ran it at a pretty consistent 8:05 pace. I can do 7:30s in the 5K, but…knowing I had to do a 10K a half hour later …I decided to stay at the 8:05…which was fine for me (been struggling lately anyway).
When the 5K was done, we grabbed a snack & some coffee and waiting for the 10K to start. Now…THAT race FELT like the full 6.21 miles, particularly when we hit the turn around at Beach 1 and ran full-out into the wind. I was swearing…I thought to myself, but….a friend running next to me confirmed that she heard a few choice words out loud.
I ran the 10K harder than I meant to or planned to — keeping an 8:07 pace — but all intentions of “taking it easy” go out the window in a race situation when the competitive side of me won’t be denied.
I am still sore today which, frankly, makes me crazy. It’s hell getting old. I used to be able to race on a Saturday, run 10 the next morning and run on Monday, too. Now…I’m “recovering” for at least a day or more. Ugh.
As I told a friend earlier…I can handle the gray hair, wrinkles and sagging body parts, but….the fact that it takes two days to recover from a run is completely unacceptable.
If anyone has any ideas how I can shorten that recovery time…I’d love to hear them. Am I missing some vital nutrient? Are my mostly-meat-free ways to blame? Did you notice that, with age, you required more time to recover from hard runs?
If you’re interested….
The St. Pat’s Day race results can be found here.
Winter Series results here.
Tomorrow’s the day for the ERC’s St. Patrick’s Day races. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the 10K starts at 10 a.m. You’re more than welcome to challenge yourself and do the “Distance Festival” and run both the 5K & the 10K. (I am!).
Not only is this a fun event…and not only can you punish yourself with not just one but two (count ‘em, two) races in one day, but…this is the final race of the ERC Winter Series. So, you’ll be getting a special prize after you complete the St. Pat’s race if you have completed BOTH the Turkey Trot and First Day races, too. (NOTE that you must have preregistered for the winter series to get the goods on Saturday….so if you neglected to do so, it’s too late now).
I heard the Winter Series prize is a fleece blanket.
…which is good…cause you’re going to need when you cool down from your run tomorrow because it’s likely you’ll be soaked.
Yep…they’re calling for rain tomorrow. The good news, however, is that it’s going to be a fairly warm rain with temps up above the 40s, so… it will be fine (albeit sloppy) running weather. And…let’s face it, it could be 3 feet of snow… It’s happened before.
So break out the green and plan to have a little fun tomorrow and…when you’re done running, hit the showers and then head over to State Street for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It kicks off at 2 p.m. at 18th and State and marches all the way down state to Hamot on Third Street where it turns east and makes it’s way to St. Patrick’s Church.