Monday, October 23, 2017

OSU 4 Miler 2017

The OSU 4 miler is one of our favorite races and we have ran it the past 4 out of the 5 years. This is one you don't want to miss if you are local.

It is typically one week from when the Columbus Marathon is, so we have something to look forward to once the marathon is over. This past week, I didn't run Monday, ran a very slow mile on Tuesday, didn't run Wednesday or Thursday. By Friday, I was ready to see how I was feeling. I had a nice 3 mile run and it felt pretty good! I didn't run Saturday, as I wanted to see how I would do on Sunday.

One of our run club friends met us at our house and we drove down to OSU together. I like to get to places early, and not have to mess or worry about traffic. We found an awesome parking spot next to the stadium and we were parked by 8:20am.

Carl, Brenda and me

The race didn't start until 10:00 but they were expecting around 15,000 people to participate. We headed towards the stadium as we had some friends from our run club running and we had planned to get a group picture!

What a group!

The morning was BEAUTIFUL and warm enough that we didn't have to pack anything for gear check. The sun was shining and I knew it was going to be a good race! Carl and I headed over to our corral at 9:30, and he decided he was going to start with me in corral B. He signed up for corral A, but since he is the sweetest boyfriend, he wanted to start the race with me :-)

Former OSU player, Ryan Miller took this picture

They had played the national anthem then Carmen Ohio. It was time for the race to start and they let corral A start, then a few minutes later, we were off!

I forgot to look to see what my time was last year, but I knew I wanted to give this a good go. I was feeling really strong, even after running the marathon just a week prior. Around mile 3, the sun was heating up and I just don't do well in the heat! Once we saw the stadium, I knew we were close. The route took us around campus, then entering the tunnel at Ohio Stadium and finishing on the 50 yard line!
I finished and immediately looked for Carl. I quickly found him and we snapped a picture in the stadium.

We headed out of the stadium, grabbed water and a snack and decided to sit on the other side of the fence where the finishers were at, to look for people we knew. It was a sea of runners and they all either were wearing scarlet or grey! We were able to find some of our friends from the crowd.

I found Brenda and we headed out. I was anxious for my official results and when they weren't posted,  I had emailed M3S and they told me that they were working on it. A few hours later, I looked and saw this:

1st place!! ( I wish!..ha!)

I knew they were still working out the bugs, so about a half hour later my time was posted: 

I shaved off 40 seconds from my time last year! I definitely recommend this race to anyone who lives in Columbus, even if you walk! It's just a fun, family oriented race that supports Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.

So, who is going to sign up next year with us!?