This weekend will be the sixth time I will be running in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race series. I’ve ran in the marathon each time in the past and this year I will be running the half. I was hoping I would’ve been able to redeem myself after last year’s race but my hip had other ideas. I hated having to defer to the half but I was happy that I could at least run 13.1 miles instead of not travelling to Cleveland at all. Not going to lie: it will be weird to turn right instead of left when the marathoners and half-marathoners split.

When talking about running and racing, I always correct someone when they tell me they are “just running the half.” A race is a race. Distance is distance. It doesn’t matter if it is one mile or 26.2: you are running and that is awesome! To some, a half marathon isn’t challenging enough and that is their prerogative. During a half marathon however, it is important to “own” those 13.1 miles and be proud. There is no need to feel ashamed or make it sound like running a shorter distance is a bad thing. You are pounding the pavement with thousands of other runners all in pursuit of one goal: to cross that finish line. In the end, no matter what distance, everyone is a runner.

So I will see all of you fellow half-marathoners at the start this coming Sunday morning in Cleveland, getting ready to “embrace the suck”! 

Race Day

Embrace the Suck

There are a lot of other awesome Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon ambassadors that will be running through the city this weekend as well. Check all of them out below!


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  1. Good luck this weekend! I agree, the half is an awesome race in and of itself. It’s my favorite distance!

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