Excited For Cleveland

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday. I hope you are all having a great week and running strong. Today, I wanted to share my experience so far with the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. However, I am not going to be talking about my actual training, I am going to talk about the people of Cleveland. OK, if you are from Cleveland don’t freak out!

Back in December when I was chosen to be a blogger for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, I was super stoked. This is a huge honor for anyone, but what made it extra special is the fact that I am not from Cleveland. I am from Chicago. If you didn’t know we have a pretty big marathon here too…like a really big one.

In the few months I have been training and blogging for this race, I have come to see the LOVE the people of Cleveland have for their city and especially this race. This is not just a race to most people from Ohio. It is a  chance to run their city and finish feeling proud and accomplished. It is a great PR course and it seems most people do just that.

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I have never run the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, in fact, I have never been to Cleveland ( How is that so?). But I am spending 18 weeks of my life training to be the best I can be for this race. I am excited to spend the weekend exploring the city before toeing the line on Sunday morning to tackle the marathon.

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I have to thank the other official bloggers for this race. Most of them are not only from Cleveland, but are running this race for the 2nd and 3rd time. Their love and excitement is contagious and I am more excited to run this race then any others I have. Even that big one I mentioned before. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms.

If you are thinking of running any of the races the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon has to offer, you can get 10% off if you register by 2/26. Use the code: CLE2014

If you are running an of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon races, leave me a comment and I would love to meet up and cheer you on! That’s how us Chicagoans roll.

Happy running everyone!

                                                            What is the furthest distance you have ever run at one time? 

 

19 thoughts on “Excited For Cleveland

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’m glad you’re getting excited for Cleveland! You’ve been pretty quiet lately…I’m hoping everything is going well with your training and outside of running too! I’m looking forward to our 10 miler in April..hopefully it will warm up by then! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Wendy! Thanks for noticing I was quiet. I was. I think the last few weeks this winter has really gotten to me with training. Plus, I think I think I have finally seen that certain friendships in my life were just taking a toll on me. Thankfully, I think this is all in my past now and brighter (and warmer) days are ahead. I am so excited for our race. :) Do you think you are doing FVM again?

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      1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

        I’m not sure…I want to do Zooma with you, and I’m going to try to do the Naperville half in November..my friend Sandy asked me. It’s a way off, but it is on my radar. I’d love to do FV, but we’ll have to see how my legs hold up!

        I’m glad you are getting things in order. Winter has been tough on me too..Let’s try to get together for a run once things melt. I’ll come by you. I have Thursdays off, so let me know what works!

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        1. Karen Post author

          ZOOMA for sure! I signed up for the flex option for FVM, so I am not sure what I will be doing yet. I have been playing around with idea of just doing half marathons in the summer/fall. Then again we will have to see how the lottery for New York and Chicago pan out. ;)

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  2. Sakina

    Running offers the best way to explore a new city! So excited for you! I’ve only passed through Cleveland, but I will say, they have the best rest stops with the cleanest bathrooms.

    And 15 miles! But running 16 this weekend.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Sakina, Best rest stops? Score!! You know I’ll be taking tons of pictures and hopefully a few videos of the race. OH! I have 16 this weekend too. Depending on what day you are doing yours, that will be encouragement to both of us to keep pushing through it!

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        1. Karen Post author

          Sunday for me too. I am starting at 8am cst. We are getting another huge storm from Friday through Sunday. It makes me want to cry. Really. Lol.

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  3. Nancy

    I am from Cleveland and love it! I have run either the full or half here for the last 6 years and am doing the half this year. They have changed the course this year to run more on the westside of CLE while also showcasing the downtown high-lights. I have run Chicago also and this race is a little more direct in it’s course than I thought CHI was. (longer straight aways, probably why people pr?) I think you will enjoy yourself in this race. Not as many spectators as Chicago but that can also have it advantages. I hope your training and blogging continue to go well! I’ll have to try and give you some background on the neighborhoods you will see:)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for the comment. I am really excited for Cleveland and I heard that the route had changed. It seems to be getting mixed reviews. I hope it is for the better and we have great running weather. I would love any and all Cleveland info you want to send me way!! Thank you so much. :)

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      1. Nancy

        I wonder what the mixed reviews are? I would be curious to hear after running the full and half 6 times. I ran it when it was divided half on the west and half on the east. We ran into a headwind for miles 20-24 which was the WORST. They changed it the next year. The eastside, while pretty running through MLK drive was practically void of spectators and very urban… The westside is more residential while also going through an older part of town and some “trendy so to speak” little neighborhoods. I think taking it back to the way it was when it was the Revco marathon in the 80′s seems to be what people were looking for and requesting for a long time.

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  4. Tim

    Hey Karen!i am registered to run the half marathon in Cleveland, it’s my first half marathon ever! I’ve ran a five miler and a 5k. I’m new to the running scene as I just started last summer. I got but pretty hard by the running bug. I want to run all the time. I will run a full marathon at the end of the summer as long as my training goes as planned. I hope you enjoy our city when you visit!

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Tim! Thanks for the comment. :) I hope your training is going well. Seems like Cleveland is the perfect place for your first half marathon. The half is my favorite distance to race. Good luck to you and glad you got bit by the running bug too! :)

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  5. Dan Dickey

    Hi Karen!
    I was born and raised on the east side of Cleveland, but at age 28 I moved to Richmond, VA. Its been almost 10 years since I moved and I am running the 2014 Cleveland Marathon, which is sort of like a homecoming for me. My whole family still lives in Cleveland, and I even talked my sister into running the half-marathon! This will be my second marathon (Richmond, 2010) I am really looking forward to it! It will be great seeing the city and the many Clevelanders who will be lining the streets! i love reading your blog and good luck with the rest of your training!
    -Dan Dickey
    Richmond, VA

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Dan.
      Thanks so much for the comment! How exciting to come back to your hometown to run the marathon. That is so cool. I hope your training is going well and see you in May in Cleveland. Also, hope your sister enjoys the half! :) Happy running and thanks again for the kind words.

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