12th Annual Cleveland 10 Miler

2016 was my 5th year running the Cleveland 10 miler and I can confidently say this is in my top 3 races. I just adore everything about this race. From the camaraderie among the runners, the fact that it’s perfect for Cleveland marathon training, and the fantastic t-shirts, to the unpredictable weather, the tough parts of the course, and the mental struggle of the distance, I love it all. I think that because I started running this race the same year I started running the marathon, which was my first experience with distance running, this is a really personal race for me. I cherish waking up early, getting ready mentally and physically, and driving to Edgewater with only my thoughts and excitement as company. It’s kind of a ritual I go through every April now. Continue reading 12th Annual Cleveland 10 Miler

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Hermes Garage Sale 5K

Saturday, January 16, 2016
~30°F (plus intense windchill), 8:30am, Edgewater Park

We love the Garage Sale 5K! It’s unique, fun, and gets our blood flowing and ready for winter runs. Plus, you get to choose from a selection of shirts that spans the whole year of Hermes races–you could end up with another of your favorites, a cool design, a long sleeve, or a tech tee. It’s up to you! AND Hermes get to clean up a bit before the new year of races starts! Continue reading Hermes Garage Sale 5K

Munday Runday: T-Shirts

A month or so ago, I got frustrated with the mess I had made of my closet with my running clothes, so I decided to do some organizing and cleaning. From my past posts, you know that I have trouble getting rid of things and my race shirts are no exception. I opted to pack away any shirts that weren’t from 2015 races (that covers about 4 years) and continue to pack the 2015 ones away as the months tick by in 2016. Continue reading Munday Runday: T-Shirts

Munday Runday: Race Medals

A couple of weeks ago I talked about saving my race bibs, so I obviously save my race medals. I know some people may scoff at the participation medals, but I still think they’re a great way to commemorate the day and your accomplishment, so why not relish in the fact that you got something at the end of a race? (I feel a little differently when it comes to children in school and development achievements, but WOW that is not appropriate to debate here…) Maybe this is because I still feel fairly new to the sport, but I love everything that comes with running a race – the swag, the bib, the endorphin rush. Continue reading Munday Runday: Race Medals

Munday Runday: Race Bibs

I’ve already talked about my hoarding tendencies, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I save my bibs from races. I have all of my bibs since I started racing! I write down my time, pace, where I placed in my age group, and where I placed overall on the back of them and really treasure having all of that physically in one place. Continue reading Munday Runday: Race Bibs

Munday Runday: No more freebies

A sad day approaches.

As I think I’ve outlined before, I have a pretty good strategy down to win medals at small races.

I’m in the “males 20-24” age group. Generally, this is a very competitive bracket, and my fellow runners in the category go on the win the overall race. As such, they’re taken out of the running for the age group, and I’m left to CLEAN UP.

This has worked pretty consistently the past couple years, including just this past weekend at the Rugger Run, but….

A sad day approaches.

Come September 10th, the wins won’t come easily any more. But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop winning. It just means I’ll actually have to race.

-R

Some Thoughts on Competition

I’m a competitive person. I mentioned it in my first post here because running was something that really helped me realize this about myself. For some time, I kind of felt ashamed for being as competitive as I felt inside – it’s pretty easy to feel like competition can turn into ego boosting and cockiness. But I’ve since learned to embrace it and have found ways to navigate healthy feelings of competition. Continue reading Some Thoughts on Competition