Race Recap: 2018 Sault International Festival of Races

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Date: September 29th, 2018

This run was particularly fun as both my wife and I attended Lake Superior State University together so it was great to be able to go back and see how the town has changed!

My wife ran the 5K and I did the half-marathon which included running over the International Bridge!

I woke up a little earlier than expected and it was probably a good thing I did. I left our shoes out in the car on accident so when I went out to get them I noticed we had this lovely issue:

Luckily there was a 24 hour Walmart across the street so I ran over and after some initial panic of not finding an air compressor I found one! I ended up over-inflating the tire some then off we went to the Norris Center at LSSU.

The half-marathon started at 7:15AM, Meranda’s 5K started at 7:45AM.  The half-marathon took off right on time and we were immediately running towards and on the International Bridge!

When in college we had driven over the bridge tons of times visiting Sault Canada and I had several classes there as part of my degree. It was nice to be able to take some time going over the bridge and enjoy the views as the sun was coming up over the Soo Locks!

After getting off the bridge it was a relatively flat run west of town towards Sherman Park. I had some issues with my left calf cramping, likely because of the cold. I kept running through it though as it was not enough to make me stop. Around mile 5 it started to rain which felt great since I was starting to get warm! Around mile six on the stretch towards Sherman Park there was a lot of wind coming off the lake, so I was happy to get back in the trees.

It rained again briefly around mile 9. I commented to another runner on how good it felt, regardless of the temperature (it was still chilly!).

Overall my legs felt pretty good for the entire run, I normally end up hitting a slump around mile 8 or 9 but today that didn’t happen!

Other than once accidentally while going over the bridge about a mile into the run, I didn’t look at my watch for distance or pace the entire run. I just went with how I felt.

My splits were not negative the entire time, but I was very happy to see the average pace being on the lower side for me after mile 8.

I ended up finishing the half-marathon with a time of 1:50:55. This was around one minute slower than my half marathon PR! So close, maybe next time!

I ended up finishing 19th out of 88 half marathon runners, 15th out of 40 overall for males and 3rd out of six in my age group!

My wife finished her 5K in 49:59! I am so happy and proud that she was able to participate and enjoy the run as well! She improved so much on her time from the Mackinac Island Five Mile run from earlier this year 🙂

Below is the half-marathon route from Garmin:

Lastly, the t-shirts and awesome handmade medals!

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