Before I get into all the details of race day, I wanted to share with you some of things my mom and I did on Saturday while in Cleveland. We checked out a few different sites from last year and had a great weekend!

After checking in again at the Brownstone Inn on Friday, we headed to Cleveland Chop for dinner. I still had 250 grams of carbs to consume so I loaded up on beef tips, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries and a little slice of cornbread!
Brownstone Inn BrStInnRoom CLEChop

We then walked off dinner by taking a little stroll and I checked out “my building”,Key Tower, where I interned in college and realized corporate fitness was the right fit for me!

Key Tower


We then headed back to the hotel to rest up for Saturday.

Saturday morning, mom and I ate breakfast at the Inn and then headed to the Cleveland Cavs Team Shop. If you have been living under a rock: the Cavs are in the Eastern Conference Finals!!! I picked up some team apparel and said hello to King James:

Cavs Team Shop All In Lebron


After I got my Cavs fix, it was time for coffee and a walk down East 4th Street. East 4th Street has great restaurants and bars and is home to Lola, one of Michael Symon’s restaurants. He is also building a second restaurant that will be there soon.

East 4th East 4th 2 EI Coffee

East 4th Street is also home to the Cleveland Clothing Co. I managed to pick up an awesome shirt and if I could, I would’ve brought this home with me:



After buying some CLE apparel, it was time to head to packet pick-up. Brooks had an awesome van there where you could purchase shoes and even have your gait checked on a treadmill. There was also a television showing a preview of the course (mile 25 is the worst!).

Brooks Course Preview Packet Pick Up


After packet pick-up mom and I headed to West Side Market like last year (you can’t go to CLE and not go there!) for lunch, relaxed and enjoyed some spaghetti at dinner. All to get me ready for this moment…

Race Day


I’ll be back Sunday with my race day recap! I need to let my race experience soak in a bit!

Have you been to CLE? What do you love about it?

No negative comments from you Pittsburgh fans please: I have heard them all :)


One Response so far.

  1. Caroline says:

    Cleveland is finally not the butt of jokes. Playhouse Square is lovely with a huge outdoor chandelier; near Case Western Reserve a state of art art building is being built. Cleveland is progressing (a mini NYC). I’ve stayed @ the Brownstone, Robin prepares awesome breakfasts and is a wonderful host, full of useful information about Cleveland and interesting places to visit. Word has it that Cleveland with have it’s own “central park” in the near future.

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