Heartland Series: Ohio
May 28, 2017
Temp: High 60s to high 70s
What I wore: visor, tank top, a Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra, compression socks, and Altra Escalante
After two days of driving that included a some fun in Pittsburgh, Beer Geek and I rolled into small town Ohio. We stopped by packet pickup, where I couldn’t resist buying myself a new medal hanger, specifically for my Mainly Marathon medals. Then we headed to dinner at the local brewpub. We did a sampler of all of their beers, which prompted the owner to come over and chat with us. Then I proceeded to eat a bison burger as big as my head along with a crazy number of tater tots. (It was so big that a random woman actually stopped by our table to ask me if I ate the whole thing. Yes. Yes, I did.)
We retired early to our hotel. It was an old school “motel” (gotta love small towns), but was well maintained and our room was nice. Unfortunately, some of the clientele were heavy smokers and spent a good bit of the evening outside smoking. I’m not a fan of the smell and the smoke makes me stuffed up, so I didn’t get the best night sleep ever.
Because this race was in EST, the race didn’t start until 6am, but the 4:30am wakeup still came way too early. We got there with plenty of time to spare and I was happy to see that there was a real bathroom right on the course. The course was a flat one that required 8 laps.
For some reason, I always seem to struggle with the first race when I run one of these series. I purposely ran slowly because I knew I had more days ahead of me, but even so, I just felt drained the whole race. My legs were heavy, the bison burger felt like it was still sitting in my belly, and I just had a hard time getting into a good rhythm. It wasn’t my best race, but it wasn’t the worst I’d ever run, so I was just happy to finish under 2:30 and have another state to mark off on the countdown.
- I love Mainly Marathons races. It’s like coming home every time I see them.
- The course had a lot of “sections”, so it was easy to break it up into mental chunks.
- I was done before the weather got too hot.
- Feeling like I had an entire bison along for the ride. I didn’t have any digestive issues, but I certainly felt full the whole time.
- Feeling like I smelled like cigarette smoke the whole time I was running.
Would I run this race again?
I love Mainly Marathons and this was a nice course. I wouldn’t go out of my way to run it again, but I would definitely run it if I happened to be nearby.
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