End of Summer Classic 5-Miler Recap

On Friday evening, I ran the End of Summer Classic hosted by Marathon Sports. The race was held at Bare Cove Park in Hingham (aka the “dog park” where we take Murphy all the time), and the event offered both a 3-mile and 5-mile option.

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I ran the 5-miler and picked up my bib right before the race. I waited in line maybe 30 seconds and everything went really smoothly: I got my bib, safety pins, race tech t-shirt, and I was ready to go!

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Even number. Meh.

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Both races had about 300 runners total, so it was definitely a smaller sized event, but I was surprised by how many sponsors were involved. There were all sorts of food samples and products to try before and after the race.

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Kerrie and a bunch of ladies from KFIT ran the race too, so I tagged along and hung out with them before the race. SUCK IT UP!

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The race kicked off at 6:30 PM and both groups of runners (3-miler and 5-miler) started out along the paths of Bare Cove Park. The course was entirely inside the park, so we ran along mostly paved roads (there was a tiny bit of trail running at one point), which were fast and flat. (There were a couple of rolling inclines on mile 4, but nothing too crazy””I wouldn’t even call them hills.)

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I loved this course. I take Murphy to Bare Cove Park all the time, but I’ve never run there””unless it’s a run-walk with the pug. I’ve thought about running there on my own, but I always feel guilty about going to Bare Cove Park without Murphy because I know how much he loves it. (I know I have issues.) Long story short, I was really excited for the chance to run along the paths at Bare Cove Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love running road races, but I didn’t experience that excited energy that I usually get before lining up to the start line. I had a really crappy run the day before, so I just wasn’t super pumped about this race. And, as you know, I’m coming off a bad flare, so I wasn’t feeling awesome. I knew I wasn’t 100%, so I didn’t set any time goals for myself, but instead I challenged myself to run all 5 miles without stopping to walk.

I started out slow and steady for the first few miles of the race. I had a great playlist (The Killers + Macklemore) on my iPhone, so I zoned out and appreciated the experience””the sights, sounds, and runners. It was a gorgeous evening (we had perfect running weather), and Bare Cove Park is such a pretty place to run.

  • Mile 1: 8:40
  • Mile 2: 8:30
  • Mile 3: 8:36

As I approached mile 4, I felt pretty good (with no potential digestive issues on the horizon), so picked up the pace. Before I knew it, I saw the sign for the final mile, so I continued to truck along and sped by all sorts of runners in the final 400 meters. Usually, I’m the person getting picked-off by other runners, so it was actually kind of fun finishing that way!

  • Mile 4: 8:19
  • Mile 5: 8:15

Total time: 42:55 (8:35 mile)

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Obviously, it wasn’t my fastest 5-miler, but I’m happy with my time and the fact that I didn’t stop to walk. Heyyyyy, I’m making a comeback!

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Questions of the Day

What non-time goals do you set for yourself on race day?

Are you superstitious about your bib number?

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33 Comments

  1. i try and just let go of any negative thoughts. i’ve trained, i’m here with my a-game, and my head’s in the game. no time to waste on self-sabotage!

  2. Great job on the race!
    When hubby & I go on a walk alone, we will never walk by a certain park because it’s where we take Sasha and we feel bad going there without her. At least I know I’m not alone in in dog-parent guilt!

  3. Great job on your race! I set goals to just focus on myself and no one else. I tend to get really distraced by other runners, especially when I get passed by an old man or a kid. It throws me off and it’s something I always try to work on.

  4. I’m with you- I set goals about running the whole thing, or Only take 1 walk break, or only walk through drink stations. I find that I do better with those goals than a time one! Congrats on the race though 🙂 That’s an awesome time for having all those problems leading u pto it 🙂

  5. I’ve never given my bib number any thought. Should I?! What are your superstitions? And I totally get the whole feeling guilty for going to your dog’s favorite spot without them. I run around Lake Patsy in Oxford, MS, which is my dogs’ favorite because they get to swim. I always feel guilty when I’m running around the pond and they’re sitting at home…

  6. Great splits Tina – and you are way too hard on yourself!! You are much faster than most people! Right now I’m just basking in the endorphins of doing my first and second triathlons in the same weekend (crazy I know!) Sprint tri on Saturday and Olympic today…was slow as molasses on the bike and run parts but who cares!!! Ha ha! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

  7. Incredible time well done! I’ve had an injured foot…pain in the ass or foot rather! Do you have any good rowing workouts I could try? I never use the rower and have no idea what I should set it at or aim for!

    1. There’s one on CNC under the ‘Workouts’ tab, but I’ll work on coming up with a new one soon. I’ve been getting requests for them lately!

  8. Great job on your race! 🙂 I love your headband in the last picture!

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Sunshine Award on my blog. Check out my blog for all the details! 🙂

  9. Great race Tina!!
    Honestly my goal with any race is to just enjoy it as much as I can, no matter the distance. Running is something that is always a challenge for me, 3 miles or 13, so I focus on the experience during races so that I don’t stress myself out or put too much pressure on the race.

  10. Great race and I adore Bare Cove Park – such a wonderful spot! I’m the same way and feel guilty going to places without my dog if I know it’s one of her favorites!

  11. In terms of non-time goals, I try and set goals to give my self a positive (internal) shout out at certain locations. For example, at the one mile mark I’ll make myself say “You feel fast and relaxed” and so on for different locations. This keeps me focused on the positive instead of the pain.

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  13. Nice job! The funny thing is, I run in this park ALL the time yet this is my first End of Summer race. I know Murphy would be sad, but you should mix in a run in there before the winter. Wompatuck is also a good park to run in, and has some decent hills.

  14. odd numbers = evil to me. that’s funny about the even race numbers- I am so with you (but think the other way around!)

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