As promised, I am here to share my race recap from last Friday’s Backshore 5 Mile road race in Gloucester, MA. This was the first time I ran this race but not my first 5 mile road race. I thought it would be fun to check out some OLD results of 5 milers I have run in the past
May 2009 Ring Around the Neck 54:29 // 10:54
May 2010 Ring Around the Neck 46:49 // 9:22
August 2010 Firefighter 5 Mile 45:01 // 9:01
I know that I ran the Firefighter 5 mile at least 2 other times but I couldn’t find my results anywhere. I love that course (Note to self: Run it more often).
Backshore 5 Mile
This race is put on my the YMCA is and part of their road race series (so it the Gorilla race). I convinced SL to run it with me and even offered to buy him a beer at the post race party! My bribery worked!
Night time races always pose a conundrum when it comes to food. I opted for a Italian sandwich for lunch (yay carbs!) and a few Cadbury mini eggs as SL and I headed out the door for the race. My stomach was very happy for all of the race so I think this worked for me.
- Mile 1 – 8:49 min/mile
I love love love running this stretch. This section of the race was also part of the Twin Lobster Half Marathon and was probably my favorite part of that race as well. This was also the part were SL took off like a rocket and I didn’t even come close to catching him.
The whole mile is along Gloucester’s beautiful shoreline. The waves were crashing in and the breeze was perfect. I even saw a bride and groom taking their wedding pictures.
- Mile 2 – 8:59 min/mile
The second mile continues on this stretch of shoreline before turning into a neighborhood. The second half of mule 2 was a little boring but I had a great playlist so I kind of zoned out while also telling myself that I was already halfway done!
- Mile 3 – 9:24 min/mile
The hills. OMG the hills. This section of the race was also part of the half marathon and I part I must have blacked out. These hills were more rolling than steep but they were never ending. Thankfully I ran by more gorgeous shoreline.
- Mile 4 – 9:02 min/mile
Despite still being in a neighborhood, I knew the second half of mile 4 would bring me back to the shoreline (this is an out and back course with a loop in the middle). I chugged along and eventually made my way back to the aptly named Atlantic Road (aka the backshore – hence the Backshore 5 mile if you were lost).
- Mile 5 – 9:19 min/mile
Never has a 9:19 min/mile felt so slow to me. My legs were pretty tired at this point but I knew I was almost done and just enjoyed the views and my music for the rest of the race.
Total (net time) – 45:34 // 9:07 min/mile
*I started my RunKeeper a little bit too early and stopped it a little bit too late which is when my splits might not add up right.
I didn’t PR but I did come close. I hadn’t run this far in ages and was glad to see that my legs could handle it. I really enjoyed this race and would absolutely run the Backshore 5 Mile again.
There was a post race party with free food at a venue in Gloucester so after a quick stretch, SL and I made our way there. I didn’t know what to expect food-wise but was pleasantly surprised with the spread.
I enjoyed pulled pork, corn on the cob, rice and beans and watermelon. Because it was FREEZING, we left right after eating and headed home to shower and warm up.
You know you are getting old when a 5 mile road race is your idea of fun on a Friday night.
My next race is a biggie, my 7th running of the JCC Triathlon by the Sea! I will be swimming, biking and running this Sunday and we be back on the blog tomorrow to chat about some sprint triathlon essentials as well as my goals for the race.