Here we go. It’s the fifth day of the year, and I haven’t run once this year. In fact, I haven’t run since November. I just can’t seem to get the motivation going to get up and out there. Maybe it is the single degree temperatures (not single digit, it is literally one single degree outside), maybe it is the busyness that was the holidays. Who the hell knows? All I know is I am out of shape, and suffering from a bad case of the lazies.
That being said, I’m going to run a full marathon in four months, and an 8k the day before. What could go wrong?
Once again, I’ll be in Cleveland that third weekend in May and am proud to be an Ambassador for this race. It was my first full marathon four years ago, my fifth full marathon last year, and has given some of the best friends I could ask for in the other Ambassadors. (Yes, even you Ralph Staph – Race Director)
I don’t have any idea what the future holds for training, but for this event it doesn’t matter. My goal is always to finish it, and that is it. If you haven’t run the Cleveland Marathon before, and are looking for an awesome race in the spring, you should be here in May. Sure, we have been known to have crazy weather, even all four seasons in one race. But this race takes an unbelievably awesome tour through the city of Cleveland.
Last year they did some major upgrades to the route, and my opin
ion is that they found that balance. They really showed off the best parts of the city, while still keeping the community involved, and the course relatively flat. One of the reasons I keep coming back is to see what happens next with the route, and to find something new I love about Cleveland. Running around First Energy Stadium, through the Flats, and the great out and back on the west side, it was just a tremendous job by the staff to create an awesome course. If only the weather had held off so we could have enjoyed the party in public square more. I look forward to that changing this year, as I’m guessing weather will be PERFECT. (!) (we deserve it)
Apart from absolutely loving this course, the race itself is special to me. It is my first full, and I currently hold the 2nd and 3rd place crowns for the first two 8ks (held on Saturday). I think the Challenge Series is absolutely something that you should try. It’s a way to spice it up a little but from a typical race weekend, but more than that, I love how it removes all pressure of expectation for Sunday. May is such a crapshoot for weather, and knowing you put on 4.92 miles the day before at race pace, certainly helps you cope with that mentally. And if you’re anything like me, you hate winter and training in winter, so you probably aren’t going into race weekend with the base you want.
So come join me! Let’s have some fun and tackle 32.02 miles together! What could possibly go wrong?