Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5K Recap

Guys, I finished a Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race.

This is my third year being an ambassador and I could never say that I finished. Two years ago, I didn’t even try to start. Last year, I started the 10K and dropped out after half a mile.

But this year I finished.

I took last week off from going into the office because I needed a break after the school year to get everything unpacked and some order back into my life. I also spent the entire work week golfing every day and loving every second of it.

Friday, I golfed in the afternoon (and had to quit early because of rain) and went home to change for the VIP Reception. This is the first year I was able to go to it and I was so excited! I headed down to Cleveland to first pick up my packet and switch my race. I originally was going to run the 10K but after the HOF relay a few weeks ago, I decided that the 5K would give me a better chance of finishing and not being in pain. Switching was super easy and I was able to get my new bib and shirt. I ran into my big from college and her husband while there as well!

I made my way to the VIP Reception at the Hyatt Regency. I stayed there a few years ago when I ran the half marathon in 2014. It is such a beautiful place! I was so excited to see my fellow ambassadors and hang out with them for a bit. The food was AMAZING. Like prime rib amazing. I was a happy camper. The dessert was also great. I am obsessed with chocolate covered strawberries and lo and behold, there they are!

I totally keep stealing these pictures from other people but here we are!

It was also crazy while I was in the middle of a conversation that I saw Melissa being proposed to! I just met her boyfriend, Chad and looked up and there he was proposing! How cool! I am so excited for her!

I had an amazing time at the VIP Reception and was so glad I was finally able to go! I drove back home and tried to go to bed right away so I could leave by 6:15am in the morning for the 5K!

When I got downtown, it was super easy to find the starting line. I ran into fellow ambassadors Sara and Rachel and also saw Holly before the start. My husband took some really interesting pictures of me from the start line as well..

Soon enough, we were off! I was hoping to finish under 35 minutes with some walking. I was expecting my knee to react as it did at the HOF Relay and figured I’d be walking a lot.

I’m super creepily looking at you in that picture.

I kept up with the people around me and was vowing not to look at my watch until I hit the 1 mile mark. My watch beeped and I looked down and saw 9:11. Ohhh crap. I didn’t think my body had it in me to keep that up. My PR is 28:10 in the 5K from a few years ago and I am not even close to the shape I was in then!

But for some reason, I was fine with not walking at all and keeping on running as fast as I could. Surprisingly enough, mile 2 was right at 10:03 and I was thinking in my head I could beat a 30 minute 5K if I could just go a bit faster. Mile 2 also had a giant hill in it and I walked a bit, but I was staying strong. The whole third mile, I kept telling myself to keep going. If you keep going, you’ll beat a 30 minute 5K. Once my watch hit 3.1, I still didn’t see the finish. We made a turn and there was a bit more (my watch ended up saying 3.19) but I was going to still give it my all at the end!

I ended up finishing in 30:55. I think if I would have made a better effort up the hill and towards the end I could have beaten 30 minutes but I am so happy with the fact that I finished and that I was under 10 minute miles!

While I wasn’t at the race on Sunday, another fellow ambassador Stephanie was proposed to as she finished her marathon! If you haven’t seen the video, it’s amazing and totally made me tear up. I’ve known her and Dan for a few years and I am just so happy for them.

I had a great time being an ambassador again and I am SO excited that I was able to say I crossed the finish line of a race. My knee held up and I wasn’t in too much pain later in the day, either. I want to thank the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon staff for having me and for putting on such a great event. I am hoping next year I can run the half (we will see!) but I cannot wait to be back for more!

HOF Relay Recap

This is super late. But better late than never, right?


I have to admit that I was a bit nervous running the Hall of Fame Marathon relay because I haven’t run more than 2 miles since my knee surgery in December. I had no issues walking for longer periods of time but I was still a bit nervous about running more than that. For someone who has run 2 marathons and many half marathons, I never thought I’d be so nervous to run 4.2 miles!
It was great to meet up with my fellow relay teammates Dawn and Melissa at the Expo and pick up the packets and shirts. We all received Ohio Outside matching shirts which made finding each other super easy! I arrived at the race the next morning earlier than I originally was going to. I was planning on getting to the race a bit later to avoid the traffic since I was the third leg, but I ended up waking up early and decided that watching the start would be fun. I live about a half hour from Canton so I left at 6. The traffic to get into the parking was terrible, but I can’t imagine having to be at the start at 7 and sitting in that traffic! I was lucky that my leg was starting a bit later so I had some wiggle room. I ended up getting into the parking lot eventually and took the bus to the start line.
I briefly saw our first runner, Melissa as she walked past me to start off our relay! I watched the start and then walked to where my leg started. It was fun watching the leaders run past and I also saw some running friends as well! I liked how they had someone announcing the bib numbers so it was easy to find Susannah when she ran up! It also helped we had those Ohio Outside shirts to look out for as well 🙂
I started off my leg and was sort of preoccupied with getting our bib back on the belt. It fell off at some point and I eventually gave up and just stuffed it inside the belt so it wouldn’t fall off. I was feeling pretty good and ran my first mile in 10:15. My leg was a bit hilly and had a few uphills and I had no issues for my second mile, either. Unfortunately, soon after I started my third mile my knee started hurting. I was wearing a brace so I was hoping that would help but it didn’t seem to be. I took a walk break and also used this opportunity to get the bib back on the belt. I continued my walk/jog pattern for the rest of my leg because I didn’t want to risk hurting my knee. The really awesome thing is I had someone to talk to while I was doing my walk/jog. She flew in from Colorado to run the race (and to visit friends) and it was nice to have a friend briefly while I was so upset about my stupid knee.  
I was a bit disappointed because I know I have the ability to run 4 miles at a decent pace. I didn’t run in the time I was expecting, but I know that letting my knee heal is the most important thing. I don’t want to risk not being able to run in the future! It was nice to round the corner at the end and see Dawn to hand the belt off to. I met Mark and David after I was done and headed to get my goodies. I loved how HOF Marathon has the medals and blankets ready right after you’re done with your leg! And they had water which was amazing after running in the heat. 
I’m so happy I was able to participate in this race. This would definitely be a race I would run the half for in the future. It’s not a gigantic race and I liked running through Canton. It was great to be a part of the Ohio Outside team! I’m happy to say that I finished my leg after 2 years of DNFing and DNSing several races due to my knee injury. While it wasn’t the time I was hoping for, I know that my knee will heal soon enough and I’ll be back out there 🙂

I’m still here

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been a bad blogger. I’ve been a bad ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. There’s some reasons why. Mostly because running is a struggle for me (still) and my knee still hurts when I run. I’m frustrated because it’s been 4 months since my surgery and I still can’t run more than 2 miles without it hurting. I’m out of shape, I completely lost my endurance, and I just want to get back to a point where I can run a few miles a few times a week and be fine.

This surgery was supposed to fix my knee. It was supposed to make it so I could run again and wouldn’t be in pain. The good news is that it doesn’t hurt when I golf anymore and I don’t have to wear a knee brace. The bad news is that if I walk for a long period of time (like walking 18 holes) it hurts really badly the rest of the day.

I know everyone recovers differently from surgeries but I was hoping by now I would be able to run a few miles to train for the 10K without being in pain. I ran the Hall of Fame relay on Sunday (recap to come soon) and it started hurting after 2.5 miles. I was actually running at a decent pace until that happened! But I figure it’s better to walk and not hurt myself than try to kill myself.

I’m hoping to get back into some sort of a routine soon. I move back home next Sunday and will not be working full time, so I’ll have a bit more flexibility when it comes to my exercising. I start my doctorate in the fall at Kent State University and I am excited to begin the next chapter of my life.

I’m hoping to have my recap of HOF relay up soon. I have been trying to keep up with everyone’s blogs but it’s proven to be difficult! It’s almost the end of the school year for me so I’m looking forward to having a week off.


Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Giveaway

Hello! If you are new here, my name is Emily and I love to run and golf. I just had knee surgery in December and my first race back will be the 10K at Cleveland! I’m excited to get back into my running and training regime.

If you are here your my giveaway, head on over to my Instagram where the actual giveaway is taking place. If you don’t have IG and still want a chance to win, comment on this post with the race distance you’d like to run and I’ll add you to the drawing! My giveaway ends on Saturday, April 1 at 11:59 PM. The giveaway is good for any race distance the weekend of May 20-21 except for the Challenge Series. As an ambassador, I am given a complimentary entry and one to giveaway.

I hope you continue to stick around and learn more about me. I talk about golf and running and my life as a college professor (soon to be grad student!)

Welcome, and good luck!

Back to it

I finally registered myself for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K! I had been putting it off (to be completely honest) and I’m still kind of nervous about it, but I know I have a little over two months to prepare and I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve been really nervous to return to running. I tried a few weeks ago and it hurt, and I’m still scared to try again. I know I need to get over myself and just to go in and do it, but I know to stop if it does start hurting. I’m planning on running the Glass City Marathon Relay next month with my family and need to also get ready for that race. The good news is that I have been able to golf with no issues! It’s so nice to golf without a knee brace anymore!

I’ve been going to Pilates at school and I’m going to plan on trying to run sometime this week. Once I know I can run, I can set up a more realistic training plan. Until then, I’ll keep doing my strength exercises and the elliptical!

Until next time!

Spring Break

I never in my life thought I’d be so excited for a spring break. I was able to travel to Pinehurst, NC and play one of the coolest courses I’ve ever played. The place was like a golf heaven, there are 9 golf courses, the bars are golf-themed, and the clubhouse has tons of history in it. It was so cool to walk through a place where so many golf greats have been. The really cool thing was seeing my dad’s friend have a plaque up for the NC golf hall of fame in the clubhouse!

I was able to play Pinehurst #9 on Sunday. Considering it was one of my first rounds of the year, I wasn’t expecting too much. The course was beautiful and the greens rolled really nicely. I even birdied the second hole so that made me feel good about myself (for like 2 seconds hah!)

On Monday, I was able to play Pinehurst #2. If you don’t know, countless U.S. Opens have been played here as well as many other big tournaments. I was told before I started that I should expect to shoot 10 shots worse than I normally do. For a second, I didn’t believe it but a few holes into it I definitely started to.

The greens rolled so well. However, if you hit it in the wrong spot. you probably will be down a giant hill somewhere. If you miss the fairway, you are in sand (or “waste area”). But the cool thing is you can ground your club anywhere on the course (including the “bunkers” which are just an extension of the sand that’s freaking everywhere).

Let’s just say I was happy to get pars. Because they didn’t happen very often.

To give you an example, I hit the green on number 9.. maybe 10 feet from the hole. It spun back all the way down the hill. I tried to putt it up the hill, and it came back exactly where I hit it before. What a wonderful way to end my front 9 😉

Me and Payne

Despite the fact I didn’t break 90 (I was pretty close), I had an amazing time. I told myself I wasn’t going to get mad about bad shots and I wasn’t going to get frustrated when things happened (like what happened on 9). It made the round that much more enjoyable even though my score wasn’t great!

After my round, I grabbed a beer and watched some of the people coming up 18. My group was one of the last of the day, so there weren’t many behind us. The thing to do is bet on the people coming up 18. Like.. I bet you $1 that they won’t make the green, or I bet you that he will make that putt. And so on.

When I came up 18, I hit my approach shot over the green. I was so paranoid of hitting the clubhouse and I’m thankful that it was just down the hill. I hit my chip pretty close to the hole and people actually clapped for me. It made me smile even though it took me 4 shots to get to the green 😉

I spent way too much at the pro shop (basically.. bought a putter headcover, a towel, a shirt, a shot glass, a shirt for my dad.. no shame) and it was worth every penny. I am so glad I was able to experience this course and I hope I get to go back someday!

(Lack Of) Training

I still can’t run. It’s so frustrating because I can pretty much do everything else (minus squats.. but I kinda figured that would take a while to get back to). The good news is that I have been doing the elliptical and biking. It has been so nice this week that I biked outside on Monday!

I was also able to golf 36 holes over the weekend because of the nice weather! I was pleasantly surprised that I was hitting the ball decently well. My short game wasn’t the best, but I kept reminding myself that it’s February and I’m lucky that I’m even out there. My knee started bothering me towards the end of each of my rounds,  but I was happy to be able to swing a golf club only 6 weeks out of surgery.

I told myself I would wait at least a week before trying to run again. I am going to attempt to tomorrow night and see how my knee feels. I’m not feeling too positive about it right now, but who knows. I’m hoping that my elliptical/biking will help with getting my endurance back. I’m running the 10K at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon so I’m feeling confident that I can muster up enough endurance for 6 miles by race day (at least I hope so!). They also just released the course maps so be sure to check that out if you’re planning on running. I’m excited they took out the hill at the end, but that’s just me 😉

Other than being frustrated about my knee bouncing back, I have a whole bunch of other things going on with my future/career that I will save for another post. Stay tuned!

Also, if you would like another chance to win an entry to the marathon, hop over to Holly’s blog for your chance!

Goal making

I’ve started each year with making goals for my year. This year, I didn’t exactly share them (at least not publicly). I was cautious of my goals knowing I was coming off knee surgery and I was wary of making a ton of running goals.

To be completely honest, I have no interest in running a half-marathon this year. I might have told people that I wanted to, and that might have been true at the time, but my heart isn’t in it. I don’t want to train for one. I don’t want to wake up at 5 in the morning to get runs in. I don’t want to have sore legs all the time. I don’t want to risk re-injuring my knee (this may sound more like an excuse than a reason but bear with me). I don’t want to feel the pressure (that I put on myself) to PR every time.

I spent the last two years (since Akron Marathon) feeling like I lost my passion for running. I hurt my knee at that marathon and I suffered through runs during the past two years. I wasn’t enjoying it and my heart wasn’t in it. I was fine with running short distances, but anytime I got over 5 miles I was miserable. It didn’t help that I did have an actual injury that was nagging and was making running worse, but even when it wasn’t hurting I didn’t feel the passion I had in 2012-2013. I would use running as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and I gained weight. You’d think someone who was constantly running wouldn’t gain weight, but I did. I lost all of the weight (25 pounds) after I stopped running consistently.

So I’m not going to make any running goals. I’m signed up for Glass City Marathon Relay in April, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K in May, and I’m planning on doing the OSU 4 miler (because I always do it) in the fall. I might add another 10K in the summer (Goodyear 10K), but those are the races I’m planning on running for now.

As for golf, I really want to qualify for the Women’s Mid-Am tournament in Naples, FL. Two years ago, I made it into a playoff for an alternate spot (the alternate ended up going to the tournament) and had my worst hole of the day in my playoff. I don’t even want to be in the position to be in a playoff this year; I want to qualify with no questions. I still get so nervous for tournaments and don’t play to my potential and it’s so annoying. I want to do everything I can this summer to reach my goal.

I’d love to go back here! (Fripp Island, SC)

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Okay so it’s not THAT cold.. but cold enough that this freeze baby isn’t happy.

This girl is still not running. Not that I completely expected to this soon, but I was hoping to be able to do more by now. I tried to bowl on Sunday and that didn’t go so well. I couldn’t put all the weight on my left knee to throw the ball properly, so I decided not to continue. Which was smart, but still frustrating.

I tripped over a student’s bookbag yesterday and felt a little pain afterwards, but I think it’s ok. I’m going to go to yoga today and hopefully will be able to do that without too many issues.

I’m hoping within a few weeks I’ll start being able to jog! I am planning on running the Glass City Marathon Relay in April with my family and another 5K at the end of April as well. I’m getting excited for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon because this will be the first time in 3 years I’ll be (hopefully) healthy! Speaking of which, how cool are these shirts?


And the medals??

I am loving both and can’t wait to get mine! They are definitely going all-out for the 40th anniversary. I will be giving away an entry in March over on my Instagram so stay tuned for that. You also get this really cool keychain just for registering (and for you beer-lovers, it’s a beer opener!)

I’m proud to be an ambassador for this race and love being a part of such a wonderful group of people.

If you want your chance to win this week, check out Pam’s blog! You have until Monday to enter to win an entry from her!

Hopefully soon I’ll be able to actually talk about my training. Since.. well.. it hasn’t exactly started yet. But that’s ok.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Can’t believe it’s almost Friday! 🙂

Training, Knee Surgery and a Giveaway!

It has been officially 3 weeks since my knee surgery and I am feeling much better. Unfortunately, my knee became infected and I have been on antibiotics to fix that. Once I started taking them, I noticed a reduction in the swelling and pain so hopefully soon I will be back to new!

I am walking a lot better and can go up/down stairs without taking forever (seriously.. I took forever). I’m planning to keep on biking and eventually go to the elliptical. In fact, I might try the elliptical tonight!

So obviously, I’m not training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K anytime soon but I am hoping to make myself a plan of sorts to get back into a routine. It’s hard to figure out a training program when you have no idea when you’ll be able to run again!

Yay 40 years of Cleveland Marathon!

So I have a little giveaway going on, but it’s on my Instagram. My co-ambassador Jill wrote a book called Running with a Police Escort and I am giving away a copy! Just go here to enter and follow the instructions on the IG post.

I hope everyone has a great week!