It has been a few years since I have had a chance to run this race. I always enjoy it because I love supporting the Achievement Centers/Camp Cheerful in this area. I also enjoy a good challenging 10K race to support them!
I had been looking forward to running this race because there are very little 10Ks in the area. You can run a 5K on any Saturday or Sunday during the summer in Cleveland but for 10Ks there are only a few the entire year.
I made 2 mistakes when signing up for this race. 1) forgetting how challenging the hills are and 2) forgetting that my legs needed to recover from the half marathon the week before. Perhaps runners suffer from memory loss and that’s why everyone keeps signing up for more races. And here everyone is all worried about runners having knee problems when they are older.
Anyways, the temps were quite perfect for the race, usually it can get toasty for this one. After a 1.5 mile warmup I was confident I was ready to run a decent race. Perhaps even close to my PR!
At the starting line, I talked to a few runners and even a fellow blog reader, Dina! Thanks for the new blogs to read Dina! I’ve been trying really hard to start off conservatively at races. I’m not very good at it but I’m trying. The first mile went by quickly and I think it was in the 7:20s. This race is a double loop and has some long stretches of uphill so I was trying to plan my attach for the second loop.
I’m not sure what happened but I swear this race had some down hill/flat areas and then some uphills (blame runner memory loss). Maybe my legs were still recovering from last weeks hilly half but man did I start to struggle early on! To my tired legs, the entire race felt uphill.
The second half did not make me feel any better. Especially seeing all the 5K runners head into the finish and knowing I am heading out for another lap. However, I had to remind myself that it was one awesome training run and to take advantage of it.
I got passed by a couple girls but just tried to run my own race and not get down on myself. My pace didn’t drop much after the first half, I ended up coming in 7th female and 1st in my age group with a time of 48:43 a 7:51 pace (about 3-4 minutes from my PR time).
Next on the radar is the Avon Run for Hope 5K!