Sunday morning I was up at 7:30am and ready to run again! My Ohio race was the Panerathon 10K/5K – I had opted for the 5K in light of all the running and driving happening this weekend. The race was only about a mile from the hotel, so Kat and I walked there to stretch my legs and avoid having to park.
When we arrived at the race start, my immediate reaction was “best.race.ever.” They had Panera coffee and bagels available at the start, real bathrooms available (yay, no portapotties!), and lots of vendors and fun games like “bagel tic-tac-toe” for the kids. I was also pretty excited about the gender-specific tech tees, which I thought were really nice for a smallish, fairly inexpensive race.
My legs felt so good when the starting gun went off, I almost wished I’d signed up for the 10K instead. The course was a simple out-and-back through a neighborhood behind the shopping center, with a steady decline on the way out and an incline on the way back. I knew we had a big driving day ahead of us on Monday and I’d regret it if I pushed too hard, so I kept at a comfortable, steady pace with a finish time of 31:07.
After the race we stuck around long enough to grab coffee refills and a couple of the finish line Panera sandwiches (like I said, best race ever) and headed back to the hotel.
Meanwhile, Ryan had planned another day of rafting, but the friend leading their weekend’s adventures had hurt his back the day before and they decided to cut the fun short. He enjoyed another Cracker Barrel breakfast with the raft crew, then headed our way. Kat waited until he arrived, then she headed home to Illinois.
Once she left, Ryan and I used the evening to prep for the next day’s drive. We ran a few errands, got a car wash, and had a just-okay dinner at Abuelo’s, a Mexican chain restaurant. Tired from the weekend’s activities, we headed to bed early, excited to hit the road for real the next morning!