|The race bibs for this race were sweet!|
This past Saturday I competed in the A Christmas Story 10K. For those of you who aren't from Cleveland. The movie A Christmas Story was filmed here locally and released back in 1983. The house used in the movie is actually located just outside downtown. A few years back, it was purchased by a fan and completely remodeled to look like it did in the movie. When the movie was filmed, only the outside was used as the rest was shot on a sound stage. Surprisingly, they have been able to get both inside and out to completely look like the movie.
|A Christmas Story house|
A Christmas Story is my favorite holiday movie. I still remember where I was when I saw it for the first time. Fun fact: My dad was a teacher and kids from his class where used as extras during the scene that Ralphie went to see Santa. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to run from downtown to the house and back. Plus, waiting for me at the finish would be a "Major Award."
Just like the rest of Fall here in Ohio. Temps were absolutely frigid Saturday morning. I met up with my sister, fellow Cleveland Marathon blogger Jessica, and the Heller's prior to the race. I hid out in Tower City while trying to stay warm. I made a pretty big mistake getting out the the starting line late. This race was vastly over-sold and the 10K and 5K were starting at the same time. Initially, I thought I had lined up correctly. Except, I was wrong on the starting line location. I ended up in the back and didn't cross the start line until 10 minutes after the start.
I had no expectations going into this race. I hadn't ran more than 4/5 miles this fall as I've been focused more on shorter distances and speedwork. My plan was to have an average pace around 9:20 and if I felt good, maybe average 9:10.
As the race began, I felt really good. The start was very crowded, but I was able to make up some ground on the outside. We hung a right turn and headed up the Superior bridge. I continued to feel strong and pushed the pace further. I made my next mistake as I saw my friends Steve and Jill. Yelling "do it for the Bacon", I knocked my headphones out of my ears. Unable to get them back in with gloves on. I had to stop take off my gloves and put them back in. Even with stopping, my first mile was 7:50.
Things began to get worse as my hands began to hurt. As I approached mile 2, they became completely numb. Blowing on them and flexing my fingers did nothing to help. I began to wonder if I should drop out or would I do damage to them if I continued on. I tried pulling my fingers out of the glove and clinching them in a fist while I left the glove on around my fist. Thankfully, this worked and I continued on.
I made it to the house and we split off from the 5K race heading back to town. The wind was brutal and it seemed to get colder heading back. I still felt really good and kept running as best I could. It was still pretty crowded until I got to mile 5. We headed back over the bridge and this is when things got interesting. Most were running the sidewalk, but I stuck to the road as it had more traction. I'm not sure who's bright idea it was, but we had to make a left at the bottom of the bridge on a sidewalk that was nothing, but ice. Sadly, a lady had just crashed in front of me. I frantically tried not to break pace as to not slip and headed straight for the grass. It was really a dangerous situation and I hope nobody got seriously injured. With a half mile to go, my shoe came untied. I kept going. At this point I didn't want to ruin the great run I was having.
|brrrrrrrrr....that was cold|
I crossed the finish line in 52:06. It wasn't PR, but this was easily my best running race of 2013. I never in a million years would have guessed i'd run a 8:28 pace for 6.2 miles. I was so excited to get my finisher medal and enjoy a well deserved Christmas Ale. The time was good enough for 38/102 in my age group and 294/1578 overall.
|Post race celebrating with Kelly Heller and her husband photo bombing us in the background|
|My favorite post race tradition....Christmas Ale.|