Sunday, May 21
Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon – 10K
Wow – today was way different from last year’s race with thundersnow!! It was actually really pleasant this morning with a threat of rain at like 10am. The temperature was about 63 and sunny, but pretty humid. I was registered for the Half, but my training did not go as planned. My excuse this time was that we had a German exchange student with us the month of April and we were really busy every weekend that it cut into my long runs. Now, you and I both know that if I really wanted to get my long runs in I would have found the time!! I only got up to 6 this training cycle! So, I knew that attempting the half would probably be a bad idea. Thankfully this race also has a 10K option so that was the new plan. I didn’t bother switching bibs because there was a cost of $20 to do that. I was just sad I wouldn’t get a medal and worried that I wouldn’t be able to wear my shirt! I would not wear a shirt I didn’t earn and they would give me the half shirt at the Expo.
Well, the good news was two-fold. One – all the shirts were the same this year so I could legitimately earn it and wear it and two – they were giving out medals for all races!!! I think this was a special thing because of the 40th anniversary of the race. Sweet!!
I went to the Expo on Friday night after work (why have I never done this before!). It was nice because it freed up Saturday and I was already close going from JCU. I was just planning on grabbing my bib and scramming, but of course I had to add to my collection of bondi bands and buy three new ones. Here is the one I wore today. It cracks me up because it is so me!!
I always have fun walking around places that normally are surrounded by cars. It was actually quite a beautiful morning!! I felt good and strong the entire race. I only walked a teeennsssy bit up this one giant hill, but the rest of the time I ran. I used all three aid stations, but really felt good the entire time.
I ran into a couple of friends which was fun, but mostly had a solo experience and that was okay by me. Although I did not PR I did pretty well in my groups. My time was 1:10:00 with a mile pace of 11:16. I was 58/149 , top 38% in my division (women from 45-49), 602/1440 in my gender, top 41% and overall 1160/2304, top 50%. I’ll take it!! It was a very good decision to drop down to the 10K. My plan is to do a half, for real this time, in the fall. Now, I just need to find a group or a partner to train with!!