Time to Scurry!

If you're not aware, when I do race recaps, I sprinkle my blog with the names of the songs I listened to as I ran the race. If that's something you like to see, then enjoy!

This weekend marked the second time I ran the Seminary Scurry 5K, a race that takes place at our Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. My brother is in his last year, so I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we'd be there together!

"Elevate" by DJ Khalil

A difference between this weekend and two years ago was the weather. In 2017 it was cloudy and chilly. This weekend was gorgeous. People were saying that it was probably the best weather the Scurry has ever had! (It helped that it was the first weekend in May instead of the last weekend in April.) There wasn't a cloud in the sky, the breeze was light, and it was in the 50s when we started running.

"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

My niece was crawling back when I raced in 2017, but now she is almost three years old and ready to do all the fun kid activities that they had! She did the bouncy castle (with slide!) and got her face painted. When I was showing her all of my running gear, she got particularly attached to my sweatband that I wear around my wrist. She insisted on wearing it right up until I needed it for the race.

"Drive" by Ben Rector

The course was the same, so I wasn't surprised by any weird changes in direction this time. We started on the campus of the Seminary, ran around the nearby houses of the professors, went down the hill and onto the residential streets of Thiensville, took the bike trail that parallels the railroad for about a mile, then up the street and up the [very large] hill that leads back to campus.

I was running for about five weeks leading up to the race, and I was always feeling pretty good. Today was probably the worst I felt in a run all year. And it was that dumb hill that killed me.

"I Wanna Get Better" by Bleachers

As is normal in these kinds of races, the die-hard runners were up front, the rec runners (like me) were in the middle, and families took the back. This was a stroller race, but this time the strollers didn't bother me. In the past I think there were an overload of strollers, and in this race there were only five or six total.

The range of runners was very large - probably the largest range I've ever run with. There was a kid who couldn't have been more than nine years old, and there were ladies and gentlemen who were probably in their 70s. The body types were all over the place, too, so I didn't feel out of place.

"The Forest Battle" from Return of the Jedi, John Williams (appropriate for Star Wars Day!)

Unlike the last race I did in August, this run had a police presence. Granted there were only three areas that needed the Mequon police to direct traffic, but it was still nice to have them and not worry about random cars driving up next to you. All the other turns that we had to take were marked by Seminary students, so there wasn't any way to get lost. On campus, there were even students blocking some of the roads so you knew which fork to take!

"Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge

My favorite part of this race is definitely the chalk support. This is a community event, but it's not really known to those outside of campus or the churches involved. People don't line the streets like a Bolder Boulder with signs, so the students and volunteers write encouragement on the pavement. I think they could take this even further, but it's still really nice.

"Heroes" by David Bowie

One thing that still bugs me are the water stops. The water is not as full as it had been two years ago, which was great, but there are no trash cans (or boxes) about 50 yards away from the water stop! I don't chug my water, so it wasn't great to sip my water and then carry the crushed cup until I found a trash bin. (Say no to littering, kids.)

I mentioned that the hill is the sour point for pretty much everyone, and it's not because of the length. In hill standards, it's pretty short. But it elevates so quickly! I did feel like I was going to throw up as I rounded the turn and made it onto one of the parking lots. I did recover enough to keep my normal pace - 2 minutes running and 1 minute fast walking - and actually finished the race during the running portion!

"Clark Gable" by The Postal Service

We finished the race under the arch of the Seminary, and then were led to the refreshment area inside the circular drive. To my amazement, they not only had granola bars, bananas, Gatorade, and water, but they also had chocolate milk! Everyone knows chocolate milk is the best way to recover, and I gladly gulped down two cups of it. I'll take chocolate milk over Gatorade any day; Gatorade is just way too much sugar for me. (Back when I was training for my half marathon, I actually would mix Gatorade with water just to dilute it but still get the electrolytes.) This race definitely wins for "best food."

"Fool for Love" by Lord Huron

Overall the race was good. I finished in under 35 minutes (34:57, to be exact). The cool thing about the Nike Run Club app is that it also shows your speed on their map. The yellow portions of the route were my faster portions, and the red parts were the slower. To my surprise, the hill part of my race was not red, which meant I was pushing myself. The reddest portion of my run was the no-hill bike path! Clearly in the future I will need to make sure to keep pushing myself on those longer stretches of flat land instead of phoning it in.

"The Entertainer" by Billy Joel

I didn't have my phone on me at all; I used the Apple Watch for the first time. I'll have to blog more about that experience later!

Are you running any races this summer? How do you train? Are you as slow as me? Feel free to comment and encourage each other!

Olympic Channel Video of the Week

While last week's video was hard to pick, this one was incredibly easy. It features one of my favorite swimmers of all time who has the name to beat: the Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband!


Tokyo 2020 Prep

Tickets will be going on sale in Japan next week, while everyone else will wait until June 15. In the next month, I need to let my organizational skills soar and figure out my priorities for purchasing tickets. In my talk with my podcast friends Alison and Jill, it was mentioned that most events can be purchased on the day if they aren't high profile events like swimming or track and field. If I wanted to see some archery, I definitely could.

And I need to look into lodging. Any suggestions?

Speaking of Podcasts...

the latest Olympic Fever Book Club episode premiered this week! You can find it on all your favorite podcast platforms, or just listen to it through this link. If you lived through the 2002 Olympic judging scandal, this will definitely be worth your time!

I also recorded two other segments for the podcast, and one of them actually cover's last week's article! You can click here to see what I talked about.

Mini Blurbs

  • No, I have not yet watched the Diamond League track and field from Doha. I will try to get to that Sunday afternoon, because I want to dedicate all my time to watching the complete shot put event without spoilers!
  • I started Tianna Bartoletta's 21-day meditation challenge on May 1 and am liking the change of pace to my normal Headspace meditations. If you want to join in, I'm sure she won't mind new faces. Just sign up here - it's free! 
  • If I had a new job lined up, I could start training for my next race! I guess I'll have to wait just a bit longer. 

Weekly Cauldron Check

Is the cauldron lit????

...No.


I'm Claire Nat and you're reading Light The CauldronFollow me on Twitter and Facebook @CauldronLight and read my past Olympic articles! You can start with my daily recap of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics HERE!

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