Well, the 2015 CoxHealth Medical Mile was interesting to say the least.
The competitive men's mile went at 7am with the competitive women heading out at 7:07. Nick, Joy, Heidi, and Jody raced the 1 mile (a few others used the course as a warm-up), which ended up being closer to 1.1 miles. This may not sound like much, but over the course of a short race like the mile, it adds about 20-30 seconds to your time. For example, Nick went through the mile at 5:01, but his time reads closer to 5:30. Same for Joy. Her mile time was 6:28 but her time reads 7:02. That being said, we need to remember that not all courses will be perfect, and that's part of racing as frustrating as it may be.
Moving on to the 5k - most runners only ran 2.4 miles. Now, you have to laugh at this because the lead bike went the wrong way and everyone followed. Problem is, was the bike actually part of the race or was he just some dude out for a bike ride? Unfortunately you cannot count a course that short as a PR, or Jamie would have a 5k PR of 14:57 (Helllooooo, Olympics).
To remedy this, Ridge Runner Sports (the timing company) decided to add 3 minutes to each of the first 105 finishers (are we positive 106 went the right way???) When you think about this, adding 3 minutes really only works for the first couple runners. Not everyone can complete the remaining .7 miles in 3 minutes. Perhaps the first few can, but what about the last few? So, this did not really remedy anything either and left most people feeling even more confused.
That being said, all our runners had great races. We are still waiting for Ridge Runner Sports and CoxHealth to post results, and we will post times as soon as we can find them.
Nick (3rd Male Overall)
Joy (3rd Female Overall)
Jamie (Overall Female)
So, what can we learn from our experience on Saturday?
1. Long courses are just as frustrating as super short courses
2. Race day doesn't always go your way
3. Winning a race on a course that is really short can make you feel like you didn't really earn it
4. Do not follow a random guy on a bike - if you do, hope he leads you to a doughnut shop.
5. Look at the course map before you start. Ask questions if you have them.
6. Speedwork is working - your times were great and we are really proud of the work you have put it.
Thank you all for participating. We had a fun time supporting Children's Miracle network.
We will pick another race to do as a group soon!
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