I think the name of this race is actually “Cleveland 10 Miler” but I’ve been calling it the Hermes 10 miler forever…or the past couple years that I have been running it, so practically forever 😉 I have probably mentioned once or twice or many times how this is one of my favorite races. It also goes through one of my favorite areas to run through, Lake avenue in Lakewood.
Leading up to the race the weather was predicted to be cold and rainy so I was expecting the worst but wasn’t going to let that dampen my spirit. I was also gearing for a PR, or at least come close to it since I ran so well at the Spring Classic. The night before I picked up my packet and went out to a nice dinner with some first time 10 milers to “carbo-load”. Which basically means nothing to me because I live on carbs and eat them all the time, nom nom nom. But it’s always fun to go out with new runners.
We got an awesome and loud thunderstorm Friday night/early Saturday morning and although it kept waking me up I kept thinking I would rather it rain now than during the race. I tried my best to sleep in til my alarm went off at 6:30am, but was up and ready to go at 5am. Seriously, why don’t I sleep in on the weekends.
Before I got dressed to run I checked the weather, it said high of 67 and that it was currently 45 degrees. Slightly chilly for me, but I did my best to not over dress and put on capri tights, a tank top, a long sleeve and a thick wicking long-sleeved shirt. I know I know that sounds like a lot but I am a freeze baby.
I arrived at Edgewater Park at about 7:30 and planned to get in 2 miles before the race to warm up. After I was warmed up I decided to take off a layer and was wishing I had brought a back up t-shirt or something since it was looking to be a lot warmer than I had planned.
The race started and my goal was to run about 7:15 for the first 2 miles and then ease into a 7:30 pace. The first 2 miles I actually did at 7:00, a little fast but I felt good. By mile 2.5, I was convinced I had on way too many clothes and was melting. My pace slowed down a lot. I think from mile 3-6 I was a little delirious (dramatic) and kept telling myself to keep moving. I would have taken off my long sleeve but my bib was on the front and then there would be no way for the photographers tag me in pictures. J/K. The long sleeve was a little tight on the wrists and I would have had to stop running to get it off, so I kept it on.
At mile 6 something click and I grabbed 2 cups of water and dumped them over my head and down my shirt. Talk about a wake up call. This totally cooled me down and woke me up to start running closer to my pace again. Before I knew it I was at mile 8 and was pushing my last couple miles to be in under 8 min miles. At mile 9, is where you start to enter Edgewater Park and experience the wind that comes off the lake but I still managed a 7:30 mile to the finish!
Official Finish Time: 1:21:42, about 6 mins off my PR and 5 mins off my last 10 miler. Still good enough for 20th out of 193 in my age group.
Even though I didn’t have my best race and I didn’t PR, I still love this race and course and can’t wait to run it again next year!
P.S. Sorry about the pictures being formatted weird. WordPress hates me today for some reason.