We had an amazing weekend away! I really wanted to run the Crim 10 Miler again this year, mainly for mental reasons, but also for the cool bling!
Earlier this month I signed myself up for the 10 Miler, but also signed up the rest of the family (me included) for the Michigan Mile run that was on Friday night and the 5K that started an hour and a half after the 10 Miler took off.
Last year I ran the 10 Miler followed by a slow 8K with the family, but I was not dealing with the PF and was in a bit better shape mentally to tackle it. I am not sure what I was thinking when I signed myself up for the 10 Miler but the 5K right after this time. The 8K started only an hour after the 10 Miler this year, so luckily that was out of the picture for me.
I have posted a few times here how I have been struggling with my running due to my PF. I have really not felt like an athlete most of the summer even though I have been averaging around 80 miles a month for both June and July. Mentally, I have been struggling and this has had some negative consequences in my diet as well as stretching and core workouts. It has been tough. I knew I needed to do these races to kick my butt and wake me up for the fall.
We actually left the house on time on Friday, right around 5pm when I wanted to head out. My husband was actually looking forward to the weekend away. The summer is his busy time as he runs several construction related businesses, so I am happy he realized that he needed to get away for a bit and relax.
We made it to the Expo a bit after 6 and had a really easy time getting all of our bibs (12 in total) as well as our race shirts. The expo hall was packed but we walked through a bit and then took a quick run back to the truck to get a snack and put the shirts and extra bibs with our other luggage.
It worked out really well as we left the house ready to run so we just pinned on our Michigan Mile bibs and took a nice warm up jog from the truck back to the starting area on S. Saginaw Street.
While we were waiting to start our run at 7:30 pm, the elite runners took off and the announcer stated that they would finish just on the other side of the bridge. Well, just on the other side of the bridge was about 600 yards away but we all decided to run over there to see if we could get a glimpse of these amazing athletes finish.
We arrived at the finish line just in time to see the first runner come in! It was amazing to be a part of all of the excitement! Number 19, Ben Blankenship, ran the mile in 4:05:59!!! WOW!
After watching the other elite runners finish, we high tailed it back to the starting line just as the high school runners took off.
As we were waiting, someone approached me and asked if I was “RunFastMama.” Lol, I LOVE meeting other bloggers in person and this time it was Jackie from RunShamelessly. We chatted for a bit and before we knew it, we were off.
Baby Girl and Monkey really wanted to run this entire mile. We always run/walk around the sub and they usually complete it in right around 12 min/mile so I knew I could push them a bit. The four of us took off and kept at a good pace, cutting down from 12. As we got closer to the finish line, Baby Girl gave it all she had and finished in 10:25 with the rest of us falling in behind! My PF was acting up from the get go ;(
Both kids were really proud of their times and loved their new M medal!
I must admit though that Monkey really wished it was a Michigan State medal instead. We took a nice, slow walk back to the truck and headed to Frankenmuth.
Last year when we ran the Crim we just stayed at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth Friday night only. This year though, we decided to make a weekend out of it and head back to Frankenmuth on Saturday after our races to relax and have some fun.
When we arrived at the Bavarian Inn, the kids and I ate a few of the snacks I brought with us as it was already 9pm and we needed to head to bed soon. Hubby, on the other hand, wanted a chicken dinner. Let’s just say he paid for that later and had a pretty restless sleep eating so much before bed
We woke up bright and early at 6am for our 30 minute drive over to Flint and I managed to put on my Glycerin 11’s though as soon as I got out of bed, my PF was nonexistent an I was hoping it was going to stay this way all day.
By the time everyone woke up, we ate and left we actually didn’t get on the road till 6:45. This really delayed us and we had to park on the other side of 475. I left the family in the truck to play iPads and chill while I high tailed it over to the race start to find my coach and give him his bib that I picked up for him the night before. I really wanted to use the restrooms, but the line was beyond packed so I gave up that idea and hoped for the best.
This year the Crim did starting corrals based on your estimated completion time and it worked out pretty well. I was in Corral C so we took off about 10 minutes after the initial start. Besides a handful of walkers right off the bat, it seemed like most people managed to get themselves into the appropriate corral.
The course changed this year and we looped around the Flint U of M campus first as we headed out. I was surprised how good I was feeling, no PF and I was right around a 9:30 pace. I knew from the get go that this was going to be a training run for me, not a race. I knew, with all of the hills coming up that I would need to take it easy so as not to cause any further issues that would prevent me from racing in the fall.
The easy feeling continued throughout most of the race but I knew from running the 10 Miler last year, it was not an easy course. The Bradley hills are not pretty to say the least, but the crowd support is amazing to get you up and over them.
I kept it consistent until mile 6 with the hills and ran up them in 7:37, not too bad I guess. I struggled a bit after but just reminded myself to relax and chill. This was training, not a race. I was still on track to beat my 10 M PR from last year anyways.
I kept on, eager to reunite with my family during the 5K and felt strong when I finished.
I made my way though the finish area to find that the 5K walkers were about to take off. I made my way to the front and started to run. I was so sore, I kept up a 9:20 pace for almost a mile till I found them and I was finally relieved to walk a bit.
My quads were screaming at me so I was kind of happy to find out the kids just wanted to walk and run just a bit as it was getting really warm outside.
This year, the Crim 5K was changed to an out and back course away from the 8K and 10 Miler. This really relieved me as I would not be seeing the Bradley hills again!
We walked on and the turnaround point took us through a lovely estate which had beautiful gardens and several porta-poties. I hate using them but considering the last time I went potty was at 6:30am in our hotel, I decided I better take a quick break.
We continued on and as soon as we saw the finish line the kids were off. All week Monkey was saying how he was faster than Baby Girl, it all came down to these last 100 yds, lol. They took off fast, I was in no mood to catch them and my quads would have probably stopped working. My husband and I laughed as we watched them battle it out with Baby Girl and Monkey finishing at the exact same time! I sure wish I had a photo of that one.
The kids enjoyed a popsicle and water while we had some bananas as we walked to the truck.
After showering and cleaning up we decided to hit the town of Frankenmuth and take a nice walk to dinner. Well, the walk turned out to be 0.6 miles one way, up a hill along a river. It was actually quicker for us to walk behind the shops then in front of them to get to the Brewery.
We had a decent lunch and decided to walk down the main street on our way back stopping in the toy stores along the way back to the Bavarian Inn.
Once we got back to our hotel, we visited the arcade for a bit then all fell asleep for a few hours before we headed back downstairs for a great dinner.
All of the restaurants at the Bavarian Inn do an EXCELENT job with allergies! They have a standard Gluten Free menu, but the chef’s are more than happy to come out to discuss your particular needs with you to create a yummy and safe dish that you can enjoy.
After dinner we headed to the River Shops and walked a bit before going back to our room to chill with some TV.
Sunday we woke up early, had breakfast and headed to the Birch Run Outlet mall so we could get there right at 10 when they opened and avoid the crows.
I had success at Ann Taylor, my husband found some nice golf shorts at Adidas and the entire family is now set for fall after our visit to the Under Armour store! If you ever head to an outlet mall be sure to stop by the information center first. We were able to get a nice coupon book that gave us additional savings on top of the back to school sales that were in full swing.
When we got home I ended up pinching a nerve in my back and was in major pain. I could barely walk and luckily both my husband and our wonderful chiropractor got me back up and around. I was shocked how sore my legs were as well, but it felt good.
It was actually good to be sore these past few days and recover; mentally it has put me back in the game and I cannot wait for the fall races! Accomplishing the races when I was not prepared for hills, keeping my PF at bay and getting an 8 min PR even though this was a training run and running on sore legs the last two days has really helped me mentally.
I am looking forward to the Romeo to Richmond race. It will be my first half in a new age bracket! EEEK! Bring it on!