2022 Cleveland Marathon Ambassador

I’m excited to share that I’ve once again been selected as an ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon!

Race weekend is back in May with the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. I’m so excited to be back running races IN-PERSON and in the spring again!

I haven’t started training yet, and life is a little crazier these days with a newish baby and a new job, but the Challenge Series (running Saturday and Sunday) is my favorite and calling my name again! I’ll probably be aiming for the 5k/Half challenge. As part of my ambassadorship, I get a discount code – so feel free to use MCCARNSAVE10 for 10% off registration. And stay tuned for a race entry giveaway coming soon!

Last year was the first year I didn’t run the Challenge Series. At less than 3 months postpartum, and only having started running again for a few weeks, I didn’t have enough time to train for the half marathon. I’m hopeful that this year will let me get in some longer runs and get back into running shape!

In the meantime, here’s how the week went running wise:

Sunday: 4 miles outside! and then a walk with the family
Monday: 4.04 miles outside!
Tuesday: 4.5 miles treadmill
Wednesday: 5 treadmill miles
Thursday: 5.1 treadmill miles
Friday: 4 treadmill miles
Saturday: Rest day – No running, took a 4 mile walk outside instead

I got in TWO outdoor runs, the first time in a while! I went on a run with my brother when he was visiting from Germany, and it was great. Well, not the weather or conditions – it was cold, slippery and icy but the conversation was great at least. It was the first time I had run with someone in several months, and that also made the time go fast.

Sunday it actually got warmish – so I was able to run in capris, and then take a not-so-frigid walk with the family.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any upcoming races?
  • Have you been running outside lately?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Snowy Sidewalks

Man, another week down and another week of SNOWY, icy, and unclear sidewalks. So once again, I opted for the treadmill this week. The good news was, I was able to get outside for a walk with the kids on Sunday! 

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I love that they still don’t mind (for the most part) getting outside, even when it’s cold and snowy. I hope it warms up and melts soon, though, because the sidewalks have not made it easy to walk!

Here’s what this week looked like:

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Feeling Pretty Good

It was a good week. I got in some good treadmill runs, took some walks, did some stretching and even got to sleep in 2 days! It’s amazing what sleeping in (even if it’s just until 5:30 a.m.) can do for my mind, and how it makes my runs feel!

We had another snowy week – there’s still so much snow in fact, that the kids have turned the backyard into a snowy hill (with the help of my husband).

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So, I’m still pretty much sticking inside vs. dealing with the crazy icy sidewalks. Thus, here’s what the week looked like:

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Too Many More Weeks of Winter

Have you ever seen Groundhog Day? It’s a movie I thoroughly enjoy (I love almost all time travel, time loop, etc. movies and books) and a few days this week felt like I was living in the movie itself. Not only was Groundhog Day this week coincidentally, but there were a few days this week that felt the same. Went to bed, snowing. Woke up, snowing. Snow day for all three kids (daycare and school was closed). Repeat.  

Once again, though, I’m grateful for my treadmill! We had one seasonably warm day – Wednesday – before another 15 inches of snow dropped on us, but I wasn’t able to get outside and run with the baby sleeping. But thanks to the treadmill, I was able to run indoors! AND — on Saturday, I had plans to attend the Cleveland Marathon Kickoff Run. They had to change the course due to the weather and unplowed streets, but it was my first outdoor run in 2+ weeks and it was great to run with people!

Here’s what the week looked like:

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SNOW my goodness

Winter is far from over here in Northeast Ohio. After getting 15+ inches a few weeks ago, we were hit again with more snow storms Sunday and Monday. I had planned for getting in a nice outdoor run for my birthday (which was Sunday), but when I woke up it was snowing pretty heavily so I opted to go on the treadmill. It ended up also snowing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Not a lot of snow – an inch or so each time, but each of those inches adds up and with that much snow, I haven’t run outside in I can’t recall how long. 

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The week included some indoor workouts, thanks to the cold and snow and ice: 

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When Weeks Don’t Go As Planned

Some weeks just don’t go as you planned for them to go. If you asked me what this week would look like a little while ago, I would’ve said some outdoor runs, normal workouts, and kids at school every day.

That didn’t happen. Instead, we got SNOW+COLD+SNOW DAYS+STOMACH FLU.

 This week began with us getting hit HARD with a ton of snow. Like 12+ inches! Meaning, I was not running outside. The sidewalks weren’t shoveled, roads weren’t plowed, and I don’t know when it will melt because we have so much. So these days, I’m just grateful for my treadmill to keep me sane.

At least it looks pretty and my kids love it, right?

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The week also included a snow day (after the massive day of snow) and stomach bugs for 3 members of our house (thankfully not me or LM were hit …yet!). So, I’m grateful I got in any runs at all with all that chaos. 

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Winter Is Here

I’ll try not to complain every single week from here through the end of March; however, I hate winter running. 

Now that that’s over with, I’ll say that I ran almost every day this week (yay!), but only one run was outside. Every other day was on the dreadmill, at o’dark thirty, when it was either icy or just too cold (for me) outside. Thankfully, I was able to get in a few outdoor walks during the day, which made all the difference in my moods! So even though I was stuck on the treadmill, I found myself getting in at least a mile walk outside a few days in the (cold) sunshine with at least one of my kids. They don’t hate winter like me, and I’m trying NOT to instill the bad attitude in them!

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2021 Running – Year in Review

Happy New Year Running Friends!

Where did the year go?! Looking back at where I was last year at this time, it’s amazing how much has changed, yet how much hasn’t (how are we still in a pandemic?!). As tradition goes, it’s time for me to look back and see how the year went.

Compared to other years, 2021 meant much fewer races, not as many miles as 2020, and an end to my running streak. Some of the highlights of the year include:

My longest running streak, ever: I made it 411 days of running at least a mile every day. As I became more and more pregnant, this turned into a run/walk streak (emphasis on the walk), which lasted 537 days. My last day was 7/13, and my baby was born 7/22! I also did the #RWStreak from Thanksgiving to New Years, but I think that’s enough streaking for me for a while.

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photo from the day I hit one year!

My most pregnant miles: While I was much faster running with my firstborn, I ran and walked the most this pregnancy. Thanks partially to my running streak. I’m hoping it was what helped my labor go by pretty quickly, and me be able to get back into running at six weeks postpartum.

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The return to in-person racing: 2021 only included 3 races for me – 2 virtual and 1 in-person. The in-person was just a 10K (as part of the Cleveland Marathon race weekend), but it was SO great being back out there and running the streets with others racing!

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Running with my kids: My oldest has shown some interest in running, and we’ve run a mile together! It’s just a mile usually, but when the weather was nice, it was great to go for a run with him or get out and run around the block after I would come back from my run.

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Total mileage for 2021: 1,375.1 miles

Goal mileage: 2021 km or 1255.8 miles

2022 Goals

  • Add in something else besides running into my schedule. Yoga? Stationary biking? Hiking? I don’t know what it will be, but I need to start doing something besides running sometime. Even if it’s just stretching, abs and/or kettlebells!
  • Continue to run, injury free. I had some bad plantar fasciitis in 2021, but when I got pregnant it went away. I’d like to keep it away, as well as any other injuries!
  • Run in-person races again! With the new baby, I know I’m challenged to fit in running. But, hopefully I can make time to train for some races or at least fit in some events in 2022.

Questions for you:

  • How did your 2021 end in terms of running?
  • Any goals for 2022?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Weekly Run Down: Longest Postpartum Week

Running is my stress therapy. It helps soothe my anxiety. It makes me sane. 

So it should come as no surprise to me that my first full week back of work was also my highest postpartum mileage week. At least I have a coping mechanism?

The week included a mix of outdoor and (mostly) indoor runs. I became familiar with my treadmill again, and was so grateful to have it when it was very dark, cold and snow/rain was coming down!

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Weekly Run Down: Time Change

I’m one of those people who likes “fall back.” I’m an early riser, and I don’t mind it being light in the mornings. I like the fact that my body thinks it’s later than it is, which makes a 4:30 a.m. wakeup alarm that much easier. And I don’t mind it getting dark at night. I have 3 kids, and we don’t spend much time outside after 7:30 p.m. anyway!

So, the time change helped me this week. It wasn’t quite light when I went for runs in the early mornings, but it was nice to feel almost rested in the mornings when I woke up — or at least as rested as one can be with a 3-month-old nursing baby.

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