Pre-Race: I had forgotten Spike signed us up to run this race but it ended up working out well since I took Thursday, my usual pace workout day, off and still needed to get it in to round out Week 1 of Grand Rapids training. I was however a bit concerned that running back to back tough workouts might not be the best idea; See Saturday Sun Runner and I hit a local "rails to trails" for a 10 miler that really kicked my butt. Between tired legs from my first full week "on" the training cycle and the horse hoof pocked trail, I struggled through the last 3 miles and had to stop multiple times much to my frustration. (Sorry Sun Runner! Thanks for hanging with me!)
After the run Spike and I trekked up North for a Spike Family reunion to celebrate the holiday weekend. We had an absolute blast during the day/evening, but when it was time to sleep, there was none to be had. When 6 am rolled around I was sore from the 10 M and tired beyond belief. Thankfully I hadn't planned to race but rather run my pace workout as prescribed only substituting the final length.
Start Corral: The "Start" was a rather informal gathering on Lake Street without much fan fare. Those of us running the 10k grouped together and waited for the signal while the 2 M group waited on the sidelines for a later start.
The Race: As you can see from the pic/race map below, the course was a simple out and back along the bay and although beautiful, it was almost entirely exposed on a particularly hot and sunny day.
Pace Workout Plan: 5 M - 1 M W/U - 3 M @ Race Pace (8:20) - 1 M C/D
Mile 1: 8:41 P (W/U) - I ran the first mile with Spike's cousin and tried not to let the crowd pull me too fast. Once I hit the 1 mile marker I said farewell to the cuz and picked up the pace...
Mile 2: 7:47 P - Way faster than race pace but the easy start had me feeling GREAT!
Mile 3: 8:13 P - That's more like it...
Mile 4: 8:10 P - Once I hit Mile 4 I was going to decide whether to push it one more mile at RP or run it in nice and easy, but then I saw Spike pulled off to the side of the course and went to make sure he was ok. He was having calf cramps and I decided to finish the rest of the race with him.
Mile 5: 9:53 P (C/D)
Mile 6 (.2): 10:39 P (Extra Mileage)
Finish Time: 55:29 / 8:55 P
Post Race: Speaking for myself only, I felt great and couldn't believe that I was able to get up to speed so easily after struggling so bad on Saturday's 10 miler. I really wonder what I could have done if I had raced the entire distance but I am happy that I got my pace workout completed and got a rare chance to run part of the race with Spike. I def wish I could run all my pace workouts during races!!!
Post Race Thoughts: The Boyne City Independence Run 10k & 2 M is a pretty small town race and seems to be a holiday family favorite. The course is an out and back on Lake Shore Dr. and has picturesque views of the bay and downtown Boyne City. It was a little too hot for a 7:30 am start but otherwise it was a great race. Listening to the age group results afterward, I def would've picked up an award had I raced, so I'm looking forward to running this again next year!
I hope ya'll had a wonderful holiday weekend and as soon as I get home from *WORK* I'll make the rounds and see how your July 4th races fared!
15 more weeks til Grand Rapids Marathon!!!