Race Report : Hofbräuhaus Cleveland 5k

A week ago Dave, my sister and I went up to Cleveland for a lovely little 5K. I don’t recall when or how I heard about this event, but I saw it was reasonably priced, and came with great SWAG plus for some reason Dave had the day off from work so what was stopping us? We loaded into the car and headed out way early in the AM for us old peeps who sleep in all the time. ha.

Driving up Dave was cracking me up because he was complaining about it being cold. It was early and it was colder than the typical 90+ degrees we were used to suffering through, but it wasn’t any colder than he likes to keep the air, ya know? The event was taking place at a restaurant we knew well since it was directly next to the building we saw all our plays at over the last year. We parked and walked over for packet pick up. Immediately I saw my line had about 10-15 people in it (not bad) and his had maybe 1. Or that person could have been getting pins off the table who knows. I jokingly said he needs to hurry up and marry me so I can have a last name more conducive to race packet pick up.

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The shock of the morning came when I picked up my stuff and my sister hadn’t picked up hers! WHOA since when do I beat anyone to an event? Very suspicious. Sadly it was suspicious because she wasn’t feeling well. ) ; Luckily she felt better before we actually started and ended up running a FANTASTIC race! Here I am mid sentence saying “Good Luck Sister” as we ran across the start. We all agreed to run our own race and meet up at the end.

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The course itself was rather uneventful as many city 5Ks are to be honest. We ran about a mile to a mile and half down the main road (it was closed) and by the time we started it was hot as balls. By mid race it was about hell temperature and you don’t even want to know what it was when we finished. Haha. Mile one I was excited to see I made it in 14 minutes. Mind you that isn’t anything to really write home about, but when I have been not able to run at all and barely making 20+ minute miles a month ago, that 14 minute mile made my heart flutter (in a good way).

My personal goal was to run around 15 minute miles and finish around 45 mins at the end. I was on track but also very drained from the heat. I was somewhat heat acclimated from walking at break on lunch, but really no where near comfortable. We turn the corner and quickly turned again to run back parallel to the first street. At this intersection was water (YES) and the funniest thing all route. I heard this “pop” or “slam” noise and turned to look thinking a car hit a curb. Nope. Instead I saw a police officer half bent over the hood of the car (from the side, he wasn’t hit) and yelling “I TOLD YOU TO STOP”. I can only conclude the cop slammed his fist into the hood of the car. Haha. You go sir!

Freshly hydrated I tried to keep running, but by mile two I was exhausted! I believe I made it there in 32 minutes which wasn’t far from my goal, but was quite a bit longer for this mile than the first. The rest of the race I death walk/jogged with a BUNCH of other people, and we all just smiled and cheered as the 10K option crowd zoomed past glistening in the sun from their sweat.

I did manage to run again at the end when I KNEW it was the end AND it was downhill. I crossed the finish line according to my watch just around 50 minutes and official time says around 49 minutes! Number 87 of 96 in my age group ( ; I was VERY proud of myself and truly think it showcases just how far I’ve come in the last month of my diet and exercise. Dave was about 3 minutes faster than me and Becky was about 3 minutes faster than him. We all easily caught up at the end and got in line for our free bratwurst, beer, and souvenir glass. Oh and of course we have finisher medals!

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The three of us sat outside for about an hour talking and listening to the outside band. I thought the inside was closed, but apparently we missed quite the party judging by these event photos!

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The only bad part about this race (IMHO) was the heat and whatcha gonna do about that in NE Ohio in August? I will most certainly consider doing this race again next year and hope a lot more friends can join in too!

Race Report : The Great Inflatable Race

Hello again! Moving right along if you read these in order, is my race report for the weekend after I did the night time 5K with Dave. On Saturday July 9th my sister and my friend joined me for what was supposed to be an amazing bouncing castle 5K. I wrote that weirdly, because it DID end up being that, although I had a lot on my mind.

See, I didn’t do well with turning 32 this year. I may have mentioned it in a previous post (or not) but for some reason I was feeling very not in control of my own life and my own choices. Most of all I was feeling totally out of control with my body. I didn’t want to take pictures, I didn’t want to smile, I felt fat and I felt gross, because quite simply I was. For me “fat” isn’t a weight, it’s a feeling. A size 2 can feel fat just as much as a size 22 or size 42. Saturday the 9th I was unhappy. Monday the 11th I started my diet and exercise program and 5 weeks later I am down 16 pounds so I guess I can say at least I did something about it. As for the rest of my complaints, I did something about them too!

On to the race. Becky and Liz picked me up at some terrible time in the morning haha and we all rode up to Cleveland. The race was held at Victory Park which I have never heard of, but clearly is home to many soccer fields. When we arrived we could see all the inflatables in the field in a big circle. Side note, I guess there’s another race with a similar name, but with 5K in the title. This one is called “race” and it isn’t always a 5K, the Cleveland version however was, lucky us? Haha.

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After checking in we waited FOREVER in line to start. I think they tried to space everyone out, but we were still on top of each other at different obstacles and there was one section of JUST walking before the finale, but people figured out it was a loop and cut the course short. I don’t really blame them, especially if they had smaller children. The first obstacle I stepped up on and went SPLAT on my face. You can see it behind us in the pics, it’s blue and green, shaped like a shoe and the image inflatable for the logo. I have no core strength or balance so naturally I was awesome at all these inflatables haha. I wiggled my way up the side and down the slide before spilling out into the grass and losing my hat. I was laughing and sweating. This was no bouncy castle, it was WORK, but it was fun!

I don’t have any personal pics, so here are pics from the event itself to give you an idea about the different inflatables

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The last one was the only one I skipped. That thing was MASSIVELY high in person and there was a steep slide on the other side as the finish. I don’t do heights. There were a few others I was up on top and went to slide down and my heart skipped a beat and this was probably about 2x as high as any of those. Becky and Liz went down and Becky admitted the height even got to her so I’m glad I chickened out!

At the end of it all I was glad to be done. I wondered if I was in “better” shape if I would like it more. I spent a lot of time crawling whenever I’d lose my balance. I also wonder if I knew it was going to be “work” and not just bouncing if I would have had more fun? Not saying I didn’t have fun, don’t get me wrong, but I think people should be prepared for a work out when they go! I honestly would like to do it again next year if the opportunity presents itself and with any luck I can give you a proper comparison.

In grand conclusion though….Thanks for the bday gift sister! I really am glad we went!

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Race Report : Jackson Night Glow 5K

I will fully admit this report is being completed a month after the event. Part of this is because I have been unable to log into my site when I wanted and needed for the last few weekends. Finally it loaded this afternoon. Who knows.

Friday July 1st Dave and I ventured into the night for one of my favorite races. We spent the day running our usual errands of going to the library and random shopping. This week’s random shopping had taken us back into Amish Country for Dave to explore various wood working wonders and antiques. It was unusually warm that day (we had no idea what we were in for this summer!) and we talked about skipping the event or at the very least skipping dinner. We decided fried chicken wasn’t exactly great fuel for a 5K. However despite all the discussion and our semi-laid back attitude when visiting the shops we found ourselves dressed and headed out the door to the event only “slightly” late.

Slightly late was still late though and I forgot the size of this event required road closures and re-direction of traffic. Even if the road wasn’t closed we were still cutting it quite close. We arrived with maybe 10 minutes to spare. I’m serious. We ran from the parking lot down the street to the starting line and were just jogging in behind the last of the crowd as they crossed the starting line. We decided we would get our bib and other stuff later. If anyone tried to pull us off the course we knew we were legit and didn’t need to feel guilty.

The first mile was beautiful as always. The starting line comes alive with fireworks and the road is lined with luminaries. In previous years I’ve seen halved milk gallons with candles or bottles with glow sticks. This year it was glow sticks and the colors were all mixed red, white and blue since we were so close to the 4th of July. After going up the main road which is slightly uphill we take a right into a neighborhood and a glorious downhill slope. Dave was enjoying how everyone was lit up against the darkening sky. At the bottom of the hill and mile one we were pleased to see it was around 18 minutes. Considering we were mostly walk/jogging that wasn’t too bad. There was a man handing out more glow sticks and we each took one or two. I felt more like a part of the race now that we were glowing too! I also loved we were “fast” enough to get some of the goods and to see the crowd!

Between miles one and two are a few more hills and residential neighborhood. More signing and dancing. Kids had taped glow sticks along their arms and legs so in the dark and from a distance it seemed like stick people were dancing in the yards. This isn’t my picture, I found it on Google, but it looked like this:

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One street had balloons in the air with glow sticks creating a breath taking canopy. It looked like floating lanterns, but with balloons…again not my pics, but it helps you imagine the scene:

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Of course we walked/jogged with each other and with different paces, but I was most thrilled because I didn’t feel weak or tired! Unlike the other events we had done this year I was having FUN! Dave was struggling a little though, but I stuck with him.

The last mile was rough and I always remember it being that way. We leave the one neighborhood and hit the main road for a stretch before entering the last residential area. There’s people, but not as many. We take a turn down a path which leads into the football/soccer/multi purpose field. I don’t remember if this was here in years past, but this year the path was decorated with a series of lighted archways. Running through the lights blur and it feels like you’re being charged up for super sonic space mode or something.

This lets out onto the track surrounding the field and where the community fair is taking place. A lot of people sense the finish line and start booking it. This is a bad idea, because the distance is misleading. The path winds and it is a GOOD half mile or more to go before the finish. We paced and talked and jogged and in time we were done! It was under an hour too which was VERY exciting.

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We then spent a good 30 minutes trying to track someone down to see about getting our shirts as we were late (remember). A few people tried to help but the main guy was no where to be found. We left our names, numbers and emails with someone, but sadly we never heard from anyone. I’m glad we got to do the race, and it was totally our fault for running late that we didn’t get the shirt. But DANG if I knew we could have just showed up and ran then maybe I wouldn’t have spent $50-60 lol. JK I know the money is used for a good cause.

I’m glad we both enjoyed this race and since it’s a unique one given it’s at night I look forward to doing it again next year and hopefully many years to come!