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Race Report: Cleveland Premier Race-The Cleveland 10 Miler

I don’t care what others may say about The Cleveland 10 Miler, I think of it as the premier road race of the area.  I know others may think that the Cleveland Marathon may be it and rightfully so.  Marathons attract the gazelles and thousands of people.  They are well organized and have expos and the like.  Others may say it is the St. Malachi’s run because it kind of signifies the beginning of the race season.  The 2 and 5 mile events are a favorite of mine and I love running them.  There are others that I am sure could be argued for the Title.

Still the Cleveland 10 Miler at just 4 years old could beat them all.  Hell, the motto for the race is “Run Like a God”  It seems like the elite runners of the area come out to this race to put a good stomp on and be our very own gazelles.  The course show cases Cleveland even though I have run it for three years and have had three different routes.  The medal at the end is odd for a race less than 13.1 but I cherish those as much as any other.  Perhaps more.  It is also the perfect timing after several 5k’s and the Bedford 5 miler that makes for a build up of races.  This can even lead to the Cleveland Marathon.  The start at the House of Blues adds the the mystique and fun.  Either way you now know my opinion on the Cleveland 10 miler.

This weekend could have been the biggest mistake of my training.  I was about to go and do a 10 mile race 7 days before a marathon.  This was at race pace.  I had told myself to keep it steady and not run a race of sorts.  I evidently have not sway over … myself.  I told Space this and I got one of those snorts/laugh things that indicated that I should know me better than that and she did.  The bell went off and I was on the race path.  It did not help that I was lined up too close to the start line.  I was caught up and running hard.

This happens every race.  I run fast the first mile and once I get the time I calibrate and back it off.  Okay, so I am feeling good but I know there is too much effort.  The mile marker is due to come real soon.  I see the water table.  I know the first mile has gone and past.  I must have missed it.  Oh well.  So I just kept the pace.  10 miles is a long way.  I could just run a fast pace for two miles and slow it down after that.  No I missed the mile 2 marker.

It was finally the 3 mile mark where the kind girl with the stop watch yelled out 23minutes and some change. I was going way to fast.  That was not far off of 5k pace.  I need to settle down and race smarter.  So I did.  By this point we were running in front of the Airport.  The course had changed and usually this is much further along on the race.  Either way I was expecting to see the leaders come racing the other direction in the next mile or so.  I was wrong.  Mile 4 went by and I missed the time again.  Good water though.  I needed it it was humid and kind of warm.  That winter training never prepares you for summer heat.  Either way, I hit the 5 mile point and was in at 39 something.  Slower but still to fast.  I may be paying for this later in the race.

I was getting real worried that the course was going to reverse the back half of the Cleveland Marathon.  I thought about it for a while and realized that it would be too long.  By the way, math while running.  Not as easy as it my sound.  Mile 5 plus 1 is 6 miles.  3 miles in 24 minutes is an 8 minute pace.  Those are easy.  I is like multiplication tables.  More memory than math.  But stuff like I am 5 miles in and at this point in the Cleveland marathon it would be about mile 18 and the half point is still about a mile and a half away from the 10 miler start then that would be … 6.5 more  miles.  Try that while working on pace, form, other runners, and pot holes (this is Cleveland).

Then I figured out why I did not see the leaders.   They were on the other side of the highway.  We crossed over I-90 and went back via the South Marginal.  This was the first time I had ever been on the South Marginal.  I kind of cool.  I could see other runners on North Marginal.  The route back came back around Browns Stadium.  I had come down to the pace I wanted.  With a few miles left I was able to pick up the pace and kick.  Around the corner and there was the finish line.  I had a lot left and put it into sprint mode.  1:21:03, another PR and I haven’t felt better.

Afterward were the best post race snacks ever.  Popsicles.  I had a great run and this was no mistake.  I am glad to have run Cleveland’s Premier Race the Cleveland 10 Miler.  I cannot wait for next years.


3 Responses

  1. Hello! I was googling Hermes 10-Miler and your post showed up. I was googling it because I too ran the 10-miler and was trying to find out if the pics were up yet. Anyhow, I’m glad you had a great race! It was my first time running it…in fact, it was my first race at any distance over a 5K and I LOVED it! So glad to have found it. I wish there were more 10 mile races around here. Oh well. Glad I found your blog and also glad to know that I chose a great race to start the season off with! 🙂


  2. Hi again! I just saw your post on my blog about another 10 mile race — The Perfect 10-Miler in August. Thanks for letting me know about it! Have you run this race before? In your opinion, how does it compare to the Hermes Cleveland 10-Miler? ANY input you could give would be extremely beneficial. I would really love to run this race, but with it just 3 weeks before the half-marathon I want to run, I have to decide carefully. (The race is also the same day as a family reunion and the day before school starts back up for me — I’m a teacher. AHHH!)


  3. I have not run the “Perfect 10 Miler” but I have heard nothing but good things about it. With the Perfect 10 miler being just three weeks before your Half I would suggest waiting till next year on that one.
    There are usually NCN races earlier in the summer that are usually good tune up races with small groups. Makes for good chances for medals.
    Good Luck.


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