Perfect 10 Miler

When there’s a 10 miler in your back yard, you’d be crazy not to sign up for it.  I found the Perfect 10 Miler in Lyndhurst, about 15 minutes from me.  I signed up Wednesday thinking it would be a good race for time.  Come Thursday, I was invited to the Steelers- Giants game in Pittsburgh Saturday night.  So, Saturday at 4:30, I headed off to Pittsburgh for a 7:30 PM game.  We ended up not leaving until after 11 PM and I ended up not falling asleep until after 2 AM.  That’s an issue when a race has a 7:30 race time.

I woke up around 6:30 and was out the door by 7.  I was in the mindset of “the only reason why I’m still running this is I need a long run and I paid $45 for the race.”  I got to the start about 2 minutes before the gun went off and started off ok.  Luckily, Lyndhurst is on the relatively flat side of things in Cleveland.  The effects of not enough sleep were felt starting 3 miles in.  I would have done the 5K, but $45 seemed a lot to pay to switch to a 5K, so you keep on chugging.  around 4.5-5 miles we were on the part of the course that was out and back.  A runner in front of me kept yelling and cheering for everyone she knew coming the opposite way.  The sleep deprivation was making me grumpy and I was annoyed every time this happened.  As we wound back through the side streets of Lyndhurst, the thought of one more mile kept me going.  As much as I hate tracks, I was glad to get back to the high school track to the finish.

Today’s race was the 10th anniversary of the Perfect 10 Miler.  They got something going for them because you don’t have a lot of them out there.  The weather was perfect and the route was well marked for a smaller, local race.  You also have to love the amount of police out helping with traffic control.   Best part of the race: the smiley face cookie at the end.  Next time though, I’ll plan on more than 4.5 hrs of sleep before a race.

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About drrunner
6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

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