I don’t know how Hermes Cleveland does it but no matter how big or small a race is they always do an amazing job. I’m always so proud that we have such a great running company in Cleveland.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous for the race Saturday. First race of 2013. First race of off and on IT band problems. First race after some awesome speedwork. I really had no idea what to expect.
I had hoped for some warmer temps but got about 19 degrees. At least there was no snow. I still did a good job of not overdressing. Trust me, I wanted many many layers on but I resisted…but I still had hand warmers in my gloves (which I gave to Uncle H’s kids after the race.)
So you know how I always start out too fast. Well I tried really really hard not to. My first mile was a 6:35. I’m perfectly ok and happy with that. The next mile is tough though. You go uphill, then hit the turn around. head downhill then up and around the Browns Stadium. It’s a rough little patch but I still hit a sub 7 mile. Magical.
Once you get up the Browns Stadium hill it is all flat from there. I admit the whole race I felt pretty good. I never really pushed myself and I’m ok with that. Usually I am huffing, puffing and tired but I felt pretty good the whole race. It wasn’t til the end of the race where I finally started calculating what my finishing time would be. I had a feeling I would be close to 21-22 mins.
I crossed the line in 21:52, a 7:03 pace. Ended up 5th in my age group. No matter how fast I run I never place at the Chili Bowl. There is some good competition at this race but still 12th female overall.
When I crossed the finish line I felt like these guys. LOVE this pic. (That’s my man in the middle). They all finished around each other and were trying to catch their breath.
But really after the race, I took maybe 3 mins to catch my breath and then headed out to start my long run. Sucked because I didn’t get to see and talk to all of my runner friends.
Anyone race this weekend? What do you wear to keep warm on cold race days?