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!

2016 Recap

I completely failed at writing a recap on my 2016 year. Mostly because I’ve only been playing Rollercoaster Tycoon on my phone from the couch for the last 6 days (seriously guys, it’s worth the $6 it costs.. it’s the same exact game as when we were kids).. and I haven’t really been on a computer much.

The good news, I can walk without crutches. Although I look like a drunk person. But that’s ok. Better than nothing. And I can get up the stairs and shower without help too, which is probably my favorite thing.

Anyway! The purpose of this post was to recap my 2016! Here are some of the highlights

  • Interviewed for, acquired, and started my dream job
  • Quit my job of 4 years (this was harder than I thought it would be)
  • Applied to 4 Ph.D. programs
  • DNFed more races than I finished.. boooo
  • Played a lot of golf
  • Went to my first Cavs game
  • Went to Rock on the Range
  • Went to the Memorial Golf Tournament with one of my best friends
  • Played poorly in my golf tournaments
  • Was in my best friend’s wedding
  • Went to the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix (Where OSU won.. unlike this time!)
  • Went to an island over the summer for vacation
  • Moved to Ada during the week
  • Went to Orlando for a conference for work
  • Went to Universal Studios while in Orlando
  • Met my best friend in Ada my first day there
  • Taught my first semester of college
  • Didn’t get any super bad reviews on my evaluations
  • Went through another cycle of PT
  • Decided to get my knee scoped
  • Had knee surgery
  • Lost 25 pounds
  • Became a Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon ambassador again

I promise sometime I’ll post more pictures and not just words. But these were my top 9 from Instagram. Which is telling of this year as well.

Happy New Year!

Knee Problems

If you have been following me at all for the past two years, you have known I’ve had knee issues since I ran the Akron marathon in 2014. First, it started as an IT band issue and then it eventually became a full-blown knee issue.

I went through three cycles of PT, three cortisone shots, and lots of DNFing and DNSing races. It sucked. I would try to push through my knee issues but then I realized that it was probably making it worse. It would hurt when I golfed and it was impacting every part of my life. I couldn’t run without pain, I couldn’t golf without pain, and I shot one of my worst rounds in a tournament because it was bothering me so much. It was difficult to walk 18 holes with a bad knee. I was wearing a knee brace every time I was golfing hoping it would help, but nothing was really helping it.

Eventually, I decided that enough was enough. My Sports Med doctor wanted to avoid surgery as long as possible, but after my last cortisone shot wore off I realized that nothing was going to help until I made the decision to get a scope. I was told that it is a relatively noninvasive surgery and the recovery wasn’t too bad. I met with the orthopedic doctor and he eased my mind about going for it.

I had my surgery last Tuesday (as in 3 days ago). My knee is currently huge and swollen and sore, but I feel like I made the right decision. There was no point in going through another golf and running season being in pain. With my new job, I have a whole month off and this was the perfect time to do it. Surgery sucks no matter what you get done, but the doctor said that when he was in my knee, it was the best case scenario. All my issues were outside of my knee (mostly due to the turning/twisting with golf) and it was easy to fix. Now I just have to do my rehab and get my knee back to new.

While my knee has a few more weeks to go before I can run or golf again, I’m grateful that this summer will likely be filled with much less pain than the previous two years. I’m planning on running the Rite Aid Cleveland 10K as an ambassador and I am determined to finally finish a race that I started!

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Oh, and obviously I won’t be running.. but the kick-off run for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is January 7 at Fleet Feet in Pepper Pike! You should all go and run and enjoy!

My unclear future

I’m the type of person that needs to plan out everything. I need to know what’s going on and I need to have it mapped out. I’m like that with my schedule. I have a Google calendar color coded to basically run my life. And honestly, I used to hate online scheduling because I couldn’t write anything down. I used to carry a paper planner with me everywhere. This year, I finally decided to merge over to the Google calendar. It’s nice because I can sync it across different devices and I can also share it with people so they know when I am free. It took a long time to get used to not writing things down, but I think I finally figured it out (if you know me,  you know I hate hate hate change. Hate it).

With that being said, I still have no idea what’s going on after May. I applied to three schools. They are in and done. There is absolutely nothing I can do at this point to change what is going to happen. I just have to wait it out and see, which isn’t the easiest thing to do. It’s frustrating and nerve wracking to wait. I know how this feeling was when I was waiting for letters in the mail to say which colleges I got into my senior year of high school. But this seems different. I have a house now, I have a place I call home. I need an income to pay off my student loans. I need to know what’s going on so I can make a plan. Do I need to get a part time job? Do I need to find a full time job if I don’t get in? There’s so many unanswered questions right now and it’s so frustrating.

I know there’s nothing I can right now other than wait. I know that whatever happens, it happens for a reason. The anxiety and unknown are freaking scary! I want more than anything to pursue this career path and get into a school, but what do I do if I am not good enough to get in? Do I just go back to what I was doing before and put this idea on the back burner?

I made a huge leap of faith when I accepted this job. I knew moving away from my home and my friends was going to be difficult (and it definitely has been) but I have been happier at my job than I have ever been before. I love teaching. I love helping students learn and succeed. There’s tons of frustrating parts about it, but this is where I belong and this is what I want to do. I am happy doing this.

The good thing is, there’s a lot of things I am looking forward to. I have one more week of this semester, and that’s just finals week. I just have to grade finals and put final grades in and that’s it! I get to be home for an entire month. I am certain that I will be going crazy because I won’t have a ton to do over break, but I’m looking forward to time off. I’ll have time to cook and to apply to jobs and such during this time, too. I am also getting knee surgery (more on that later) right after Christmas so I’ll be chilling on the couch for a few days after that. I get to see my friends and my family more. I am really hoping that will help cheer me up and help me get through the next few weeks until I find out.

Lots of things are happening but I know everything will work out how it’s supposed to. It’s the getting there part that is the hardest!