Last weekend was the Cleveland Marathon and associated races. This was the second year I’ve participated in the 5K, and I think I’m going to make it an annual event.
Last year I had four goals:
- Not be the last one across the finish line
- Finish under an hour
I accomplished all three. I was pretty damn proud of myself, to say the least. It was my first race and I was as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof.
I knew I needed to set some new goals for this race. I decided to keep my previous goals and add two more (in no particular order).
- Not to be the last in my age group
- Beat my previous time
I was really unsure about beating last year’s time. I didn’t really seriously do any training this spring. The weather was crappy, I was still battling fatigue from COVID and the associated crap that goes with losing a loved one. The Sunday before the race, I did a practice 5K. My time was virtually identical to the time of my race last fall. It was fairly hot (low 80s, if I remember correctly) and I went in the middle of the afternoon. I was anxiously watching the weather for race day. As the week progressed, the start time forecast temperature went from the low 60s to the low 70s. I was praying it wouldn’t get much higher. Luckily it didn’t. And it was cloudy. And there was a breeze. Together, it made the weather pretty nice for a run (well, walk/run).
So, to make a long story short….
I finished. Was not the last to cross the finish line. Did it in under an hour. Beat my previous time by 4+ minutes. And was 24th out of 30 in my division (Female 45-49).
This is the route we took. I forgot to hit stop right when I crossed the finish line. And I think going around people and crossing from one side of the street to the other inflated my distance.
And here I am at the end of the race.
I’m already looking for another race this summer. I might see if Parma is doing their pierogi race this year. And I plan on signing up for the Cleveland Marathon 5K when that opens up.
My name is Kathryn. I live in suburban Cleveland. I have 2 cats, who are my kids. I work in early childhood education, specializing in infants at a local childcare center. I’ve also worked with preschoolers and school aged kids there. I used to be an ESL teacher in South Korea.
I love to bake. My coworkers get to be my taste testers. I enjoy coloring, and I even participate in a coloring Meet Up group. I’m a fan of all kinds of music, but country is my favorite. I started taking a tap class at a local dance studio. Ginger Rogers, I’m not. But I’m holding my own after *mumble years* away from it.
My kitties, Gidgette and Ivory, are my favorite models for my photography. I play around with photo editors to create what I call “Works of Art”. I’m not very good at it, but I do it anyway.
Please visit me at Mighty Kool Kat. You can find my links to social media there.