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A Most Excellent Race

This past Sunday was the Most Excellent Race a 5K and 10K race to benefit the achievement centers for Camp Cheerful. Yes I realize that it is Wednesday and I am just getting to this now.

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The Guys=Ryan, Christian and John. The Gals=Moja and Steph

The lovely people above were all there to participate in the annual race, which takes place in Cleveland Heights and if you run the 5K it is a single loop, if you do the 10K, you basically do the 5K twice, yay!

10K is probably my favorite distance to race. I find it a tough race to run, you have to find a good fast pace in between a 5K and a 10 miler. Too bad there are very few 10Ks in the Cleveland area 😦

My PR for the 10K is ridiculously fast. How I ever ran a 44 minute (7:13 pace) I will never know but hopefully I figure that out soon. If I did it once I could do it again, as long as I don’t get fat or old. (shoot I can only control one of those).

The first 2 miles of this race are pretty much downhill so I was running just barely under a 7:10 pace and was laughing to myself thinking, hmmm if I keep this up I will PR. But then I hit the gradual uphill just after mile 2 and wanted to die and I had an awesome cramp in my side which slowed me down to a 7:50 pace (booooo). That completed the first 1/2 of the race so I just needed to do one more loop and would be done and the next 2 miles were downhill. For the next downhill part I ran at a 7:15 pace, take that cramp in my side.

The course got a little crowded at the end because of all the walkers but it wasn’t anything to slow me down, especially when they were all cheering, love that. I came in at a blazing 47:34 a 7:40 average pace. Good enough for 1st in my age group! Holla

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After the race me and my cousin-in-law, Mary-Pat took pictures…lots, because we are big dorks….and because she just started a blog! Check her out at Running with Lip Gloss. She was also the overall female winner, aka she’s a beast!

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Classic Sno-Cone pic

Of course I found my way to the sno-cone machine, I spot these things a mile away. However, they were out of sugary syrup 😦 so I improvised and added Gatorade to it instead 🙂

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Instead of medals the awards were mini backpacks!
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Who wears short shorts? Manchild wears short shorts!

Eat Your Heart Out Ladies! Manchild came was 2nd in this age group for the 5K. His time was 20:21, 6:34 pace. You should all be mad at him though since he runs that pace with ZERO training!

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Race shirt and award

 Next race I have scheduled is the Smiles for Sophie Birthday Bash 5K on July 4. Anyone else racing this weekend?

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12 thoughts on “A Most Excellent Race

  1. damn, your speedy ways apparently rub off on manchild! i’m super lame and haven’t signed up for any races this summer – i do most of my running during the week 😉

  2. first of all, GREAT job! some day I aspire to run that fast, although I’m not sure my legs will ever be okay with it 🙂 second, personally I blame Mate’s long legs for his ability to run a 20 minute 5k with no training…he just got lucky he’s got the long leg genes!!

  3. Nice job! I did that 10k last year and it kick my butt! Girl you are craaaazy, 10K’s and 400’s are my least favorite! Good for you though! I will mos def be at smiles for sophie on Monday! See you there!…With Mommaberries in tow!!! 🙂

  4. Nice job with that finish! I plan on being at Smiles for Sophie with the twins unles the wife gets called in for work. Surgery Nurse on the 4th, I’d put money on her getting called in for emergency hand surgery due to fireworks. But hopefully it won’t be till the afternoon & I can get my butt kicked by you & Molly.

  5. Nice job with that finish! I plan on being at Smiles for Sophie with the twins unles the wife gets called in for work. Surgery Nurse on the 4th, I’d put money on her getting called in for emergency hand surgery due to fireworks. But hopefully it won’t be till the afternoon & I can get my butt kicked by you & Molly.

    MC needs a flat brim hat to go with those shorts.

  6. I ran that race back in 2006 I think. Loved the course (I ran XC at Case so I have countless miles on those roads).

    I do remember it getting clogged up at the end as well, people never get out of the way.

    Great job!

  7. I hate that Race… The Midget Killed my left side…
    I am racing this weekend – Hope to PR again but just a 5k -as a 10k is not my friend

    YOur a Beast! In the good sense

  8. I am jealous of Manchild’s pace and that his legs look better in those shorts then mine would. It was a good race and congrats on getting first in our age group! Not sure if I am going to race this weekend yet. If not, I am all ready for the Run for the Pierogis and Shot in the Dark in July! 🙂

  9. Great job girl! This will be the first time I miss the Smiles for Sophie 5k as we will be in Myrtle Beach this year. Darn it….I totally could have met you in person at the race!

  10. I just came over to your blog from Jodi’s. Great job on your race and congrats for coming in first in your age group! I also find 10ks tricky, but maybe I wouldn’t if I had run more than two of them.

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