Beautiful morning for a run in downtown Cleveland. I know this area well as I walk a good portion of this course to get my steps in at work.
Five records fell this morning…fastest 1/2 mile, 1K, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5K. I went out quick…probably too quick as I was a bit slower climbing back up from Lake Erie. I finished fifth in my age group with an 8:29 pace. I was fifty-fifth out of 111.
Once again I started in the middle of the pack. I’m going to try to move up to the front in these single start multiple distance races. I get caught up in the 5K runners and the longer distance runners get an easy minute on me while I weed through the pack.
I’m happy with the run this morning. I have the #BernieShuffle 5K next week with almost the same course. I’ll be ready…decide to dominate!
Yesterday was my first 10K race. I’ve run lots of 10K’s prior to yesterday, but all of them were on my own. I didn’t know what to expect from a pace standpoint, plus the weather was cold and windy so I had lots of questions before the race even started.
The 5K and 10K runners went out together. I couldn’t tell who was running which race and didn’t know if I was pacing off of people doing the 5K or the 10K. I was hoping it was the 10K people and they wouldn’t break off at the turn, but to my surprise most were in the 10K group and they were keeping a very good pace. When the two closest people I was pacing with turned off at the 5K it left me in a bit of a dead zone with a number of people ahead and no one close behind me. This was when all that training I’ve done alone would pay off as I just found my pace and focused on breathing and my stride. At the 10K turn I could tell I was in the front portion of the field as the runners were coming back past me. I knew I wouldn’t catch the front of the pack with no one to pace off of so I kept to my game plan of keeping my times below 9 minutes.
I crossed the line at 54:32 (unofficial) with an 8:47 average. This gave me my fastest 10K by over 2 minutes. I also got my second fastest 5K at 27:04. I went in with questions and didn’t get many answers until half-way through. I could have let this get to me as all the other races I’ve been in I’ve been able to judge pace vs. distance, but being my first 10K I wasn’t sure. I’m happy because in the end I ran my race…all of my training on my own paid off when I found myself in the middle of a race with no one to judge my effort off of.
I learned yesterday that I’m getting smarter at running while still getting stronger.
Decide to dominate!
I trained all week for my first race over 5 miles. Yesterday’s race was 5.5 miles, which is about my normal training distance. I thought it would be simple, but I forgot about one key item…we were running in the zoo and the zoo isn’t flat.
I started quick (downhill)…I saw paces as fast as 7 minutes flash up on my TomTom. At the bottom of the hill, which took about a mile to truly level out, I reverted back to my 8 to 9 minute miles. I looked up and saw the Fulton road bridge, where we started, and come to find out it was almost 300 feet above the valley I just ran into. The course was hilly the rest of the way and I realized at the turnaround I was going to have to run out of the valley I was in. I was averaging in the mid-8’s by that point and I pulled back knowing the hills were going to be tough. The first few hills back weren’t a problem as I shortened my stride and pushed up them. The last hill was a gasser. It was winding with a steady incline from the zoo floor to Fulton Road. For those of you familiar with the Cleveland Zoo…it’s the hill to get to the primates area. There were three people running ahead of me and I could tell they were hurting. I passed each of them about half way up and pushed hard the rest of the way.
I finished in 50:31 (unofficial) with a 9:07 average. I’m very pleased with the race. Only downside was the person directing us at one of the last turns left their post which forced me to stop and those people I passed up the final hill caught me…I still felt good passing people on the steep incline 🙂
I’m becoming a smarter runner. I wouldn’t have slowed my pace to the terrain in the past. I would have pushed the whole way and probably had to walk up that last hill. Training pays off…physical and mental.
Decide to dominate!
One of my goals this year was to run 1,000 miles. I’m happy to say that happened earlier this week.
I did two runs Thursday as I had to take my car in for some repairs. I ran home from the shop in the morning and back to the shop in the evening. That gave me almost 9 miles for the day and 1,000 miles for the year. Funny to think that I ran as far as I drove my car that day.
This goal wasn’t easy, but has been very rewarding. I’ve run through 4 pairs of shoes and broke pair number 5 out last week. I ran in the blistering cold, the sweltering heat, the pouring rain and the blowing snow. I’ve run in the early mornings and late nights. I’ve run all over the US and on foreign soil.
I’ve been running because I love it. I’ll keep running because I love it.
Decide to dominate!