the PIP/CIC game plan for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5K

A MEMO FROM THE CEO OF PIP: I’m so honored to have my “success story” be featured over at Healthy Tipping Point today! A huge thanks to Caitlin for including me and my crazy journey through my recent “adult sabbatical”!


With all this yoga-ing going on, you may have forgotten that I’m registered for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5K.


Boy, I haven’t. I used to be the cardio queen!! What has happened to me?! Okay, we all know the answer to that…

As the weather continues to warm up, I get so excited to see all the tweets and Facebook status of people PRing and running their first 5Ks. But I also found myself getting a bit bummed that I wasn’t doing the same. So I did what another other twenty-something female would do. I complained to one of my good friends – one that also happens to be signed up for the same race.

Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland and I were walking out to our cars after the Emerging Chefs event, discussing how busy this Spring has been. I thought I had a packed calendar until she shared her non-stop schedule. With so much going on, she too was having trouble finding time to sneak in cardio workouts to prepare her for the May 19th 5K.

So together, two time crunched bloggers made a pact. What could they do when they had crazy schedules, many commitments and a looming 5K? They let go of their expectations and opt for a fun run!

I remember running the 2010 Race for the Cure and feeling like I was taking a tour of downtown Cleveland as I did my best to jog the entire 3.1 miles. While running, I had a blast enjoying my hometown on foot – running by the sporting venues, the skyscrapers, my favorite hot spots. Why not do it again, but this time with a friend?

The 5K course starts and ends at Cleveland Browns Stadium. We’re both concerned about that uphill start on West 3rd but are already looking forward to the downhill finish ℅ East 9th Street. Amanda does have a time goal in mind which is the reason while I’ll still plan to wear my Garmin. That said, we’ve already promised one another that we’ll run as much as we can, but if we need a walk break, we’ll take one. And no matter what, we’ll end together on the field at Browns Stadium as our husbands cheers us on from the stands (& grateful that we didn’t make them run it with us!!) I haven’t run a 5K with someone other than Hans, so I’m really looking forward to having this experience with her!

Speaking of other runner friends, Christian over at Training 4 Autism – Cleveland Style is hooking us up to run the 5K in style with Run For Autism singlets. Not only is he running the 5K on Saturday the 19th, he’s also running the marathon on Sunday the 20th! He’s doing it for more than just his love for running – he’s the Cleveland chapter president of Train for Autism. He’s an amazing advocate for the cause – and one hell of a guy and dad. If you have a few bucks to spare, maybe you’d consider supporting him and his son Cal by donating at his T4A fundraising site. At the very least, check out his recent post on remembering why he’s running the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. It’s a great read.

So we have a strategy planned, our race day attire picked out and our expectations set. Next step? Get my yoga booty on a cardio machine to prep for race day! May 19th, here we come!

How have you adjusted your expectations to reach your goals?

Disclosure: This post is part of my participation in the 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon blogging series. Read my disclosure here.

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  1. jobo says:

    Woohoo! This sounds great and totally achievable. You got this!! Congrats on the spotlight! you are amazing, didja know that?!

  2. Amanda says:

    I’m so happy to have found a running buddy for this 5K (by the way — just registered!). I was starting to feel like backing down on doing it, but after sharing how we were going through the same things, a fun-run sounds just like what’s needed.

    Looking forward to it and my only goal on May 19th will be to have fun!

  3. Holly says:

    Fun races are great. That’s what I did for St. Malachi and even better – you can actually take time to snap pictures along the route!

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