When I started planning my races for the year, the Towpath Ten-Ten was not on the list. Usually it is just too hot and I don’t like to race long distances in that type of weather. However, we occasionally get lucky in Cleveland so I decided to do it anyways.
Also, I already did the Towpath Half in April and was planning to do the Towpath Marathon in the fall so doing the Ten Ten gets me the Trilogy. I believe you get a shirt and glass for participating in all 3 events.
The weather wasn’t awful the day of the race. I knew it would get warm but just hoped I could at least get a decent workout in.
Unfortunately, I made a major mistake early on. I went out way way way too fast. I know I always say this but I was just being really really dumb. I was hoping my overall pace would be around a 7:20 for the race. I went out at about 6:55 for the first half mile but was able to slow the first mile down to a 7:09 but really wasted a lot of energy. After that I decided to play smart. The first mile marker I had really long so I hoped the rest would adjust themselves as the course went.
To be honest, I just didn’t feel ready to race 10 miles. I did a 10 mile in April that went very well and I did the Cleveland Marathon. However, I just didn’t feel like I was ready to race 10 miles. But there I was, racing 10 miles. I tried my best to zone out and run a good pace. I was also trying to ignore the heat as the race went on and it warmed up outside. I am pretty good at denying it is too hot to run until the race is over.
Miles 2-5, 7:24, 7:22, 7:35, 7:30.
For some reason, I was convinced this was going to be a long course from the start. I also felt like we were so far away from the finish and I kept looking for the turnaround. In reality, we were fine and I just didn’t realize where we were.
Miles 6-10, 7:36, 7:48, 7:49, 7:59, 7:52
On the way back, the only thing I kept looking for was to get back to the bridges. You go over these 2 bridges early on in the race so I knew once we got to the bridges I would be close to finishing. Like a mile away from the finish…maybe
As you can tell by my paces, I was slowly melting and the heat was definitely getting to me. It was getting to a lot of other people as well as I saw them slowing down. You know people are too hot when you are running when you pass them and they don’t even try to pick up their pace. You just get in that zone where you don’t care and just want to get to the finish.
I was most definitely looking forward to getting to that finish line. My watch beeped for mile 10 (I had 10.11 on my watch at the finish) but the finish line was still a little ways away. However, at that point, I didn’t even care about my time anymore. I completely missed my goal time but that’s my fault for going out too fast and for racing in the heat.
As I crossed the finish line, I was immediately dry heaving and running for the grass before grabbing my water or the finishers medal. I leaned over in the grass for what felt like minutes, waiting to vomit in front of all the people there. Luckily, I was able to get my stomach under control but it was not fun.
I ended up finishing first in my age group with a time of 1:16:54 a 7:54 pace. Well off my goal time but happy to place, especially after not feeling well in the heat.
I am really looking forward to the Towpath Marathon this fall and hopefully some comfortable temps.