My wife's hometown has a 4th of July 5 mile running race every year. It is in Bay Village, a suburb of Cleveland. The course is flat and fast and is often used as a tune up for high school cross country teams. I did not get to run in it last year because I was in Kabul, so it was nice to get back in the race again this year. The race starts and ends at the high school, a short walk from my in laws house. During the 5 miler, there is a kids 1 mile race that three of my kids participated in too.
I like to use this race as a barometer of my fitness level. I also am trying to stave off going slower than 40 min for as long as I can. My best time in the race has been 37 min and my slowest time was just under 40 min.
The morning started cool on the water but was warmer a few blocks off of the lake. The race is smallish, about 550 runners, but has a lot of fan support along the route. I started off a bit fast, with a 7:11 first mile. I knew I couldn't maintain that pace, and slowed a bit for the second (7:34) and third (7:50) miles. I was struggling in the fourth mile, with an 8:04 split before finishing slightly faster with a 7:57 final mile. Overall, I had a 38:31, which I am pretty happy with. (the winner was a blistering 25 min!)
That put me in 152nd place and in 8th out of 28 in the male 45-49 year old age group.
Here I am, in blue, finishing behind captain america.
My kids did great and had a lot of fun. My 9 year old ran a 7:05 and finished 3rd in his age group. My 6 year old ran a 9:33 and my 5 year old ran a 9:22. He said that he could have run faster but his sister wanted him to walk part of the way with her then he had to sprint to catch up.
9 year old finishing
6 year old finishing
5 year old finishing
So, a few of their cousins ran the race with them. The 10 year old boy cousin kept bragging to my son about how fast he was and that he was going to win and beat my son. Fortunately, my son kept quiet and did not brag to his cousin. He ended up beating his cousin by about 8 seconds. :) The cousin kept it up after, trying to convince him that he beat him, though the timing and the photos clearly show that he didn't.
No more races coming up on the horizon. Probably a 10k in August and something in the fall though.