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the tale of three different Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon runners

On Sunday, three different runners ran three different races – all apart of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Sunday morning festivities.

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I knew it would be a good morning when I spotting Charles Ramsey on my way to the start line.

There was one common thread between the three of us: lack of consistent training. My crazy work schedule, my brother battling off the long lasting cold of 2013, and Hans’ absolutely hatred of running made for an array of lackluster prep, including random maintenance runs and much fewer long runs that normally advised. Even so, I had a plan for all of us for race morning.

I drove down with Hans, fellow yoga teacher Kevin and his friend Kristen, dropping off those three half marathoners at East 9th and Lakeside at 6:30AM. (Drew drove himself down.) Finding an open parking lot was a breeze, so I was down at FirstEnergy Stadium by 6:45 to see the start of the full and half marathons.

Within moments, the 10K runners were lined up and I started reviewing my plan:

  • Don’t line up too far forward in the line of runners at the start (AKA look for the folks with the 10K Walker bibs and place yourself a bit before them)
  • Don’t get crazy in trying to get up that hill of West 3rd right at the start
  • Power walk up any major incline
  • Run down any major incline
  • Otherwise, stick to running for a minute, walk for two… but listen to your body.

Mile 1 went by quickly – it was easy to be distracted by the downtown sights and the “oooh I’m running in a race!” excitement.

Mile 2 was an array of distractions: There’s No Place Like OM yoga studio, Indian Delight, the thoughts of that Silver Spoon tequila cocktail from Spice Kitchen + Bar, ice cream from Sweet Moses – apparently my pre-race breakfast hadn’t cut it

Mile 3 included a glorious downhill run along West 67 where I rocked the empty sidewalk to gain some distance in a short time.

Mile 4 was unmemorable – except for when a kind Detroit Shoreway resident offered me some of his mimosa.

Mile 5 felt like the longest mile I had ever walked. Yes, I walked the Shoreway. I think I was caught up in the views of downtown – and the fact I had a side stitch brewing. I wanted to finish strong, so I committed to power walking like hell until I got to the mile marker.

Mile 6 started with a glorious downhill patch into the Warehouse District, then flattened out in front of the Med Mart – which is looking spectacular BTW.  The 10Kers merged with the half marathoners on East 9th to run down towards the Rock Hall and then to the finish.

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My actual chip time was 1:14:50 – I was extremely happy when I finished, and was pulled aside by a kind woman with a video camera who wanted to interview me for being “the happiest runner” at the finish line that morning. I didn’t hit the stop button on my Garmin until after the interview, which is supposed to be on the marathon’s YouTube channel. Note to self: no more post-race interviews – you’re way too hyped up and say way too many goofy statements!

As pleased as I was, Sunday wasn’t about me. It was about the half marathoners in our crew.

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Speedy McSpeederson in the middle – my brother Drew – clocked at 1:46:36 in his first ever long distance race. He did run one 14 miler before the race and was anticipating a 1:45-ish finish. I think he was pretty pleased – but vowed to never run it again when the post-race soreness set in. We’ll see about that…

Kristen and Kevin (on the left) – even though having run many halfs and fulls themselves – opted to stick with Hans for the 13.1 miles and collectively came in at 2:20. That’s right: my weight lifter husband who sporadically ran since January sucked it up to bring home quite the respectable half marathon time.  I did get to watch them cross the finish line – I don’t think Hans could have been happier to be done, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.  Another huge thank you goes out to Kristen and Kevin for sticking by him to make it happen because accordingly to Hans, if they weren’t there, he probably wouldn’t have made it.  That said, we all knew he had it in him!

LONG STORY SHORT: Three very different runners, three very different races, but one common ending: crossing the finish line with big smiles. Now we had another half marathon medal added to our refrigerator collection of race bling… which has me jonesing to add another soon…

Disclosure: While I served as a guest blogger for the 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, this post or my race participation are not a part of my duties towards that role. I was provided with two VIP brunch passes for race morning that I gave away to two ladies at the start line.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

always running, always going: a plan for the weekend

GOOD FRIDAY MORNING CLEVELAND! Goodness, do I love my job, but I am seriously grateful for a Friday off – even if there’s a busy weekend in store:



  • enjoying my usual practice at Nishkama Yoga, but with my bud @KevinGregJo teaching
  • some downtime around the household
  • attending the 9th Annual Art Fur Animals to benefit the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel


  • running/walking/surviving the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K (I am incredibly under trained, but that’s a tale for Monday)
  • a post-race brunch at Touch Supper Club (they open early at 8AM on race morning!)
  • post-brunch napping
  • post-napping hot tubbing at my mom’s

…so that on Monday I can get right to work on this and this. Never a dull moment in the life of an event planner!

But until then, I get to hang with these guys:

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…which makes me pretty damn happy.

Anything going on around CLE that we should know about? Share it in the comments below!

race recap: 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5K

The 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5K on Saturday, May 19th snuck up on me. A few months ago, I had grandiose plans of getting in at least one run a week to help balance my yoga practice. Before I knew it, it was the week of the event. I managed a few elliptical workouts before heading downtown this past Saturday morning to fulfill my promise to travel those 3.1 miles around downtown Cleveland.

Hans dropped me off at Browns Stadium at 7AM where crews were starting set up for the races on Sunday. There wasn’t any signage for the 5K on the East side of the stadium so I took a guess and headed over to the Southwest corner. There I found packet pick up and my partner in crime, Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland.

I had my bib number ready via my iPhone so I was able to skip a longer wait - always come prepared, folks!! In a game time decision, Hans decided he was going to join us while Amanda’s husband Scott held all of our worldly possessions. God bless them both.

In the days before the event, Amanda and I finalized our plan for the race. We prepared to adjust as needed based on our lack of training and the hot temperatures. Knowing that the start up the hilly West 3rd Street tended to bottleneck, we decided to power walk until the crowd thinned out. When it did at the top of the hill, we started our run one minute/walk one minute strategy.

We got up East 3rd, took the right onto Lakeside and found ourselves in the Warehouse District. We were joined by some familiar faces as Christian from Training 4 Autism – Cleveland Style and his son Cal were along side us. Thanks again to Uncle H for hooking us up with our Run for Autism singlets!

Quickly down East 6th, we found ourselves in the Gateway District, running along side Quicken Loans Arena with Hans playing photog & DJing us along with a recently created Hall & Oates playlist.

At East 13th and Euclid, we were stopped by a traffic cop to allow RTA buses and traffic pass. I realized quickly that we were going to be there for awhile, so I stopped my Garmin and we started a dance party to the 80′s classic “You Make My Dreams (Come True)”.

And so began the taking of ridiculous photos, like when I attacked the water stop volunteers on St. Clair:

…and when we stopped in front of Amanda’s employer’s building:

…and when we ran by the Rock Hall:

…and the Science Center, along the Cleveland Browns Stadium:

(I’m giving The Logo a run for her money for 2013!! Thanks Brightroom!)

…into an security access entrance and onto the football field!

As a part of our plan, I paced us run/jogging down East 9th (we were very grateful for the downhill pitch) and to the finish line with a few shorter walk breaks. Amanda did a great job pushing forward and putting up with my “we can do it” encouragements!

According to my official chip time, we ran the 5K in 40:39. Considering we were stopped at Euclid & East 13th for quite awhile, I’m sticking with my Garmin:

…which means we achieved one of Amanda’s goals of running a 5K under 40 minutes! Based on those photos, you can tell our “fun run” goal was so met!

Just past the finish line, I found the familiar faces of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon staff:

I can’t thank Race Director Jack (3rd from left) and our blogger rep Leigh (2nd from right) for all their support and for allowing me to participate as an Official Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon blogger for the second year in a row.

We stuck around an enjoyed our surroundings for a bit before heading out for a celebratory brunch. It’s very rare to see Browns Stadium this peaceful:

I should have busted out a few sun salutations! Anyone up for a yoga class on Browns Stadium field?

LONG STORY SHORT: I struggled when making the decision to drop from the half marathon to the 5K. While I knew I was doing the right thing, I felt like I was taking the easy option. While the 5K was the shortest distance, it proved to be so much fun and so worth adjusting my plans to participate. 5K is a great distance that almost anyone can do. If you’re looking for a new way to experience downtown Cleveland, I highly suggest putting on your running shoes and signing up for the 2013 race!

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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