On Saturday I ran the Jonathan “A.J.” Schroeder Memorial Run 5K in Cleveland, Ohio.
This was my first time running this race, in its 4th annual year, which commemorates Jonathan “A.J.” Schroeder, a Cleveland Police detective killed in 2006 in the line of duty. Proceeds from the race help fund a scholarship in his memory.
We arrived around 5:20 p.m. for a 6 p.m. race start and were able to find parking on a side street. At race start it was about 80-degrees and the sun was still out in full force. The course had more sun than shade — contributing a great deal to how I felt during the race and my performance.
Official Time: 34:01
Overall Placing: 130 / 166
Age Group Placing (25-29): 12 / 14
Mile 1: The start was rough. I felt as if my body was just lumbering around. I was passed by quite a few people. My legs were in slow motion. At the mile marker my pace was 10:34/mile.
Mile 2: By now I was feeling more warmed up (no pun intended) but also very hot. The heat was intense, along with a lot of sun on the course. I just kept hoping for some shade. I saw the top finishers at the turnaround and while they were going fast, they didn’t look as fast as “normal.” It was like they were in slow motion due to the heat as well. Hit the water stop and ran through it like a pro. 🙂 At the mile marker my pace was 11:06/mile.
Mile 3: I thought I kept the same pace during the last 1.1, but apparently did not, with a pace just over 12:00/mile. I did manage to “chick” a few guys near the end if that helps explain how bad it was! I didn’t have much left in the tank. Usually I like to sprint to the finish. Instead I watched the clock tick past 34:00.
Overall I was disappointed with my time, but not overly shocked. I knew I wasn’t going to be as speedy as I was last fall — having grown accustomed to slower long runs, and having not done very much speed work at all lately.
Even still, I had the feeling the whole time I was running faster than I was. To see the clock in the 33:00 range when I approached the finish was definitely a letdown. I had envisioned a time more around 30:00 or 31:00. This tied my time at the Glass City (Toledo) 5K, and was my second-worst 5K time since I started racing in 2008.
Until the next race.