On Saturday, October 12 I ran the MidTown Cleveland Healthline Classic 5K race in Cleveland, Ohio.
This race took place in downtown Cleveland on and around the campus of Cleveland State University. This was my first time running this race which includes both a 5K and 10K. Initially I had wanted to run the 10K but as my IT band pain flared up at my last two races, I realized the 5K was the safer option.
Enter the Saturday morning of the race. It was in the 30s that morning, which was unseasonably chilly for October. Needless to say my body was not up to this challenge. I did little to no warmup before race start, only some light stretching and I have to be honest that I was griping about the cold the whole time! Yikes.
Official Time: 37:46
Average Pace: 12:11/mile
Overall Placing: 222/248
Age Group Placing (Female 26-30): 22/22
Mile 1: I don’t remember a whole lot I did experience some initial excitement knowing I was finally moving and on my way to finishing this race on an especially chilly morning. My chest felt tight as I breathed in the cool air.
Mile 2: Again much of this race was a blur to me. I remember feeling like I was running smoothly, with no pains, but that I was going extremely slow and hoping to pick up pace at some point.
Mile 3-3.1: During the last leg I realized there were hardly any runners behind me. The 10K runners had split off onto a separate route at this point. At the end my left knee (not IT band) began to hurt. I was really frustrated to encounter discomfort on such a short race. I was ready to swear off all races by the time I finished.
I think the MidTown Cleveland Healthline Classic 5K might be my worst 5K time ever, although I’m terrified to even look. Also I’m pretty sure this was the first time I was last place in my age group! Yikes again. Well all I can say about this one is it’s over, it’s mentioned here on this blog for eternity and I’m moving on!