As most of you know, Cleveland is my hometown, and the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon is my hometown race. I make this race my “race-cation” – I come up, visit my son and his family (my beautiful grandson) and any other family and friends I can cram into a race weekend with an extended day or two. I love the race and I love the route; I love the spectators and I love the runners. I feel like the course goes through so many places I lived, or visited or hung out over the course of my 40 years in the Cleveland area, before moving to Florida in 2000. I always get that “warm and fuzzy” feeling thinking about this race.
I participated it the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon in 2011 with a former classmate from Nordonia High School Class of 1979 (yikes!). Then, in 2012, I was scheduled to do the race but due to a breast cancer diagnosis, I had to defer my registration. I was then scheduled to do the race in 2013 using my deferral, when in between, I was involved in a near fatal car accident and by May of 2013, I was lucky to be able to be out of a wheelchair and just walking, so I once again extended my deferral hopefully thinking I’d be able to participate in the race in some capacity in 2014.
This year, I was able to finally participate and complete the half marathon and in fact, it was half marathon #8 in my quest for 14 half marathons in 2014. I was also selected to be a guest blogger for the 2014 race, which was really cool. I loved the whole experience of the race, as always, and I loved being able to “represent” the race in a very small way by being able to blog about my experience.
I enjoyed being a guest blogger so much, I decided to apply to be an ambassador for Cleveland, and I am so happy to announce that I was chosen to be one of the 15 ambassadors! I’m looking forward to getting to know the other 14 ambassadors, learning their stories, finding out how their training is going, reading their posts and blogs, and gaining some new fellow runner friends.
If you want to check out the rest of the awesome ambassadors, click —–>HERE! I’ll be posting every week or two starting in January, 2015 to update everyone on my training. As the date draws nearer, I’ll have a giveaway for a free race registration too so be sure to keep in touch. I’m so excited to be part of this awesome hometown event and so proud to be an Official Ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
I get stronger and more healthy every day. I feel like I’ve recovered as much as I am going to from the injuries I sustained in my auto accident. Now I need to work on stamina AND losing weight. If I can succeed in these two areas, 2015 is going to be the best race year for me EVER…… be sure to stay tuned!!