Hartford Strawberry Run 10k

This past weekend I had a brief reunion with some of my Chicago crew in southwest Michigan. 

The Venados captain is ready for the race to start

One of my awesome couple friends who live in Chicago, also have a house in Southwest Michigan, and last year my friend Margaret had told us about these races that are part of of the fruit belt series, and we agreed that if we could make it work we would all sign up for some of them this summer. 

It just happened that this race worked out for a few of us, and we all came in Friday evening, raced the 10k the next day, then all went back home. 

The race itself was pretty cool, it was a flat course, the cost was $20 that included a shirt, and a pancake breakfast (yes, there were strawberries on the pancakes), which is pretty nice. If you place in your age group or overall then you are given a medal and basket of strawberries!!! How awesome is that?!?!

There was only one downside: the heat. 

It was 82 at the start, and 86 at the finish. There was very little tree coverage so you pretty much had the sun beating down on you the entire race, there was also some head wind at the end (however the breeze was welcome). 

I had been sick earlier this week, and only getting back to normal by Friday night, and then even Friday night I wasn’t feeling that hot. Then when I felt how hot it was I just trying to not panic. 

I had also been experimenting with some pre run nutrition ideas to help with my acid reflux. All in all I was sure how things were going to pan out but I was really motivated to go out at my goal pace and just see how it felt. Goal pace felt good, the heat did not, by mile 3 I needed to dial it back, by mile 4 I need to do so a little bit more. It was not my best race by any stretch of the imagination. I haven’t been running a lot in the hot weather, and I have only been steadily back running for a few weeks now. 

It was easily the slowest 10k I have ran in the last 2-3 years. 

Taking that into consideration, I was pretty surprised when I placed second in my age group. In fact all of us placed: Sasha and I were 1 and 2 in our age group. 

Sasha was first in our age group, and I was second

And Margaret was Third Overall Female

It was a lot of fun, and again the race was really well organized and you really got a lot for $20. 

I would definitely do this again, and I will try to do a few more of the races in this series (The Fruitbelt Series) this summer!!

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