I subscribe to Active.com's newsletter, and the most recent one showed not one, but two races in Cleveland on April 9 (my birthday). So I thought, what better birthday present to give to myself than a 5K race?!!?
This gives me just about a month to "train," i.e., to run when I can and just hopefully gain a bit of fitness so that I can finish without passing out. (Yes, mom, if I really do feel like I'm going to pass out, I will walk. Duh.)
So now, the only decision left is which one to register for? Here are the choices:
1. Run For Your Life!
- Berea, OH
- 9:00 am
- $15 in advance, $18 on race day
- Promoting increased physical activity for children
- Also has 1 mile walk
- Independence, OH
- 9:00 am
- $15 in advance, $20 on race day
- Renee Roche memorial race
These both seem like they support a really great cause. My favorite half-marathon ever, the Cleveland Clinic River Run, starts in Berea, and it's really beautiful. I guess the only downside is that it's a bit far away (like maybe 20-30 minutes to drive there). Jog Into Spring is good because it's in Independence, which is right near where Derek works and we know how to get there easily (race-day worries are annoying, especially when you don't really know the area well). Looking at the course maps of both of these races, I'm pretty sure Run For Your Life is probably more scenic, but which could also mean more hills. Also, this race has a 1-mile fun walk, which Derek could do with Lorelei.
Hmmm, decisions, decisions!
In any case, I'm so glad to have a plan now. Maybe Lorelei's pediatrician will give us the OK to start using the jogging stroller soon, and I can take her out for a spin sooner than later.