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