On Saturday I ran the Cleveland 10-Miler, which was my first ever 10-Mile race.
This was also only the third time I have run a full 10-Miles. Period. The race took place on Cleveland’s west side, starting and finishing at Edgewater Park. The temperature was predicted at about 35-degrees at race start, with some 10 to 15 mph winds. Fortunately I think it was warmed than that and the winds were barely noticeable.
This is the race the husband agreed to run with me. While we had intentions of sticking together, some hamstring pain left him walking a few times. He would then run faster to catch up to me. This went on a few times until we reached about mile 7. Then the distance between us continued to grow but he gave me the go ahead to continue ahead. What a sweetie!
Official Time: 1:52:36
Overall Pace: 11:16/mile
Overall Place: 1421/1536
Age Group Placing (25-29): 165/178
Here’s the breakdown. We arrived about one hour before the race started, which was ample time to find parking, scope out the surroundings, warm up and take a restroom break before the race start. There were probably close to 2,000 runners there to run the 10-Miler and also a 5-Mile (10-Mile total between two people) relay race. With a chip start and chip finish we were not concerned about starting at the back of the pack.
Mile 1: The first mile was COLD. We saw a beautiful view of the Cleveland skyline from the park, but I was too cold to appreciate it much, plus we were running away from the city, not toward it at this point. Our pace was pretty slow, I think around 12:30/mile.
Mile 2-5: Our pace quickened and we began to warm up. By about mile 3 I wanted to take my hat off. After seeing a number of runners also wearing hats and keeping them on I decided to stick with my wardrobe as planned. The gloves, however, had to go. I felt really good during this time and enjoyed seeing the faster runners on the turnaround. This was an out and back course. The overall winner finished in about 52-minutes so it didn’t take long at all for him to come back our way.
Mile 6-8: These were the most challenging miles for me. The turnaround folks had mostly passed. My left hamstring felt tight and from time to time I felt small aches and pains in my ankles and knees, but nothing major. Compared to the IT band pain I experienced during almost the entire Cleveland Fall Classic, this was a welcomed reprieve.
During this time I had the one GU I brought with me. I took it with water but was eager to reach the final water stop at mile 8. It seemed to take forever. Around mile 8 the road became a bit slanted as we left Lakewood and entered the city.
Mile 9: I continued to pass people, to my surprise. In a longer race like this I like to start slow, keeping some energy in the tank and then hope to pass people near the end as they become tired. There were also portions here that were going downhill so that helped too.
Mile 10: The last mile, of course, was the best. Here I entered back into Edgewater Park (on the east side entrance) which included a rather large downhill. As I neared the last 1/2 mile I could hear the announcer at the finish which gave me that extra push. I was running on adrenaline and felt great! I had enough kick to sprint the finish and wave my hands like a goofball when the announcer called out my name.
I received my finisher’s medal, grabbed some water right away and met up with the husband a few minutes later. He wasn’t too far behind me but reassured me I was OK not to have held up for him. We enjoyed some post-race fare and made our way back to the vehicle which was probably 1/2 mile away. That forced us to walk our legs out quite a bit.
My post-race knee pain is now completely gone. I enjoyed the Cleveland 10-Miler, and this distance. And it didn’t hurt to garner an automatic PR either! I was really pleased to finish in under two hours. That helped solidify my confidence in my long run and to keep a positive outlook for my upcoming half-marathon.