This past Saturday was the first road race of 2011. It was put on by Hermes Cleveland and Tower 230 Bar. It was a very well run event and a big a thank you goes to the all the volunteers who braved the conditions for us runners. The good news is that I 5K PR'd by 1 minute 21 seconds, but I had hoped to run a little faster.
If you missed it on Twitter Saturday. A big congratulations go to @Shellsruns as she gave me good butt kicking in our bet with a run of 22:04, which was 2:44 ahead of me. I wish I could have made things closer, but I was not match for such an outstanding runner.
My goal for the races this year prior to the Cleveland Marathon is to gain as much experience and practice as I can. I want to run my marathon pace, get used to running in large packs, and work on hydration. I feel like I succeeded at all these on Saturday. I also learned what I need to work on to improve as a runner, including longer intervals on speedwork and the need to continue loosing weight.
Finish in age group: 32/67
Overall finish: 287/952
Average pace: 8:00
Next race is the Shamrock 15K on March 6th.