I’ll begin by saying I’m extremely excited about this blog post. This past weekend, Dad’s journey to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon half started in earnest! He’s been getting in training runs while he can, but Saturday, he and I both officially started our training season together.
My dad has never had a gym membership, but that changed a few weeks ago when he signed up at the new Planet Fitness in Painesville. Despite signing up, he hadn’t yet worked out because he was waiting on me to help him with the treadmills, signing in, etc. I love my dad, but he doesn’t really like new things. This was a little intimidating for him. After the first few minutes of feeling a little wonky and getting his treadmill bearings, he got the hang of it and cruised to an easy two miles.
After the treadmill run, we hit up Second Sole in Mentor. Dad’s been saying he needs new shoes, so we went there to talk with the staff and see what they would recommend. It was so fun for me to see him being all “runner-y” trying on shoes and walking around the store, and the young guy who helped us was great. He decided on a pair of Brooks Ghosts, and he bought me a new 26.2 car magnet for the one that got swiped a few months ago.
Dad’s plan for the day was five miles, so when we got home, we hit the hometown pavement for the last three. I’ll admit I got a little teary running through both of my childhood neighborhoods with my dad – the one where I grew up in until 9th grade and the one where I lived through high school and college. So many wonderful memories were had in those homes, especially good old College Hills. Aside from a new sign into the complex, it still looks the same although I am always shocked at how small it is. The neighborhood seemed endless when we were kids. Maybe it’s just the memories that are endless.
In addition to the official kick-off of half marathon training, I had a blast on Wednesday at the CLE Marathon Pub Run at Great Lakes Brewing Company! I had a chance to hang with some fellow Team RIOTers and make new friends; run with Leah, one of the awesome CLE ambassadors; and visit with Ralph and Joan who I adore. Oh, did I mention I got a free beer? Yeah, that never hurts.
P.S. Don’t forget to register for the race and use my code to save 10% off any event on Saturday or Sunday.