Blizzard Breakfast Run 2015

I have not been to a Toledo Roadrunners Club race that had poor planning, a poorly marked race course or bad volunteers. And the Blizzard Breakfast Run was a great race, as expected. This is a fun run, it isn’t timed and it offers an amazing breakfast after the run. There were two race distances to choose from, 3.5 miles or 7 miles. I chose 3.5 miles because Emily and Carah ran as well and I wanted to be able to eat breakfast with them. No matter the mileage, this is a great training run for The Glass City Marathon on April 26, 2015.

Prepping for the race and leaving the house was a small CF for me. I forgot to charge Greta and I left my camera on my desk at home, so I have no pictures from the race course and didn’t get to see my splits.

This is another race where I wore my Glass City Marathon Ambassador shirt…and no one could see it due to some cold ass winter weather forcing me to wear multiple layers.
2015-02-07 08.00.37The three of us started the race together, Carah took off at her own pace, and Emily and I generally ran at the same pace. All as usual. Just after mile two I see Carah about a quarter mile ahead of me…and she’s walking. Bad sign. I catch up to her and she had a tiny twist of the ankle on some ice when she was moving to the curb for a car to pass. Her ankle wasn’t swollen but hurt when she ran. It was tender when she walked, but it was the only way to get to our breakfast, so she pushed on. I walked with Carah until Emily caught up with us. And Emily was having some hip pain, so she walked with us. I am happy that bad things didn’t happen in three’s here, because I did finish the race unharmed, luckily. I ran on ahead as the girls continued to walk.

We ran on two-lane residential streets that seemed to be bustling with traffic. There were large groups of runners on the other side of the street, heading out for their second lap. On my side of the road (running into traffic of course) it was just me blazing the trail. The cars WERE NOT MOVING OVER AT ALL!!! I repeat, the cars were not moving out of my lane at all. The other lane was three or four deep with runners towards the yellow line, so cars were coming straight at me. I literally stepped off of the road three times to avoid becoming a hood ornament. After that I ran across the street to the other lane, the one that wasn’t getting driven into and guess what? A runner had the balls to yell at me and tell me I was running on the wrong side of the road, “You have to run into traffic, stay on the left!” I said that the cars weren’t moving out of the way at all and she said that I should have stayed in the other lane and that I was in the way. WTF!
Believe me, I would have if I didn’t have a fear of losing a limb.

As soon as I ran out of the runner-heavy area of the race course it was only minutes until I hit the finish line. I ran the 3.5 miles and finished in the 43:00 area. I walked a lot with Carah, so I’m not surprised by my slow time and this was a fun run, so I really don’t care what my finish time was.
I finished and didn’t break anything = success!

We all enjoyed breakfast and Carah ended up having two FULL plates of food. Girl was hungry! And good news, her ankle was much better after she was off of it for a little bit. She is not in pain at all now.

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One of the good things about running the shorter run?? First dibs at breakfast without a line! There was no one in the room when we got back, I love stepping right up to the food!

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Tomorrow is my long run and the weather looks like it will be rainy and 40*. I am worried about the rain, but I need to bust out these miles! I felt really good during the run. My knee didn’t hurt at all, but my heart was giving me some issues. I slowed my pace even more than normal (if that is even possible), and it seemed to help a little. I need to tell my heart to get its ass in gear and let me run without issues!

Have you ever had issues with cars not moving over at all for you or other runners?
Do you think they should move or is it the responsibility of the runner?

Comments

  1. Definitely running into traffic, because you just never know if the driver is paying attention or not. Some drivers might think they are moving over enough, but in reality they have probably never been in the situation of running/walking on the road and don’t realize how much space is safest/comfortable (I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt here). And then again, some drivers are just plain jerks! 😉
    Hope your long run went well. It was dry here!
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    • 100% of the time I run into traffic. I didn’t this one time at a small race and I was yelled at. I would rather get yelled at I guess instead of jumping into a snow bank every five minutes!

      I haven’t done my long run yet…my body is a little angry with me right now and I need to wait until we are friends again.
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  2. I’m glad that you are able to run without any knee pain.

    I wish cars would yield to runners/cyclists, but they usually don’t even really “see” us. I prefer to run/ride on trails that don’t have car traffic for that reason.
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    • I am know that I am really lucky that i don’t have knee pain when I run. After 5 surgeries, I would think the opposite for sure!

      I live in an area that is extremely runner-friendly for the most part.
      I understand that the drivers had issues this Saturday knowing where to go since the whole street was full of runners, but it made me angry that the other runner treated me like I was an idiot.
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