So, the Bernie Shuffle was a 5K named in honor of former Cleveland Browns player Bernie Kosar, who left the Browns in 1993 but the city still has a huge soft spot for him. I admittedly am not much of a football fan (of course, that didn't stop me from accepting free tickets for yesterday's game and I even wore my shirt from this race. Truthfully I had way more fun at the game than I anticipated) but there was a sweet finisher's medal that totally won me over so soon after the RnRCLE Race Weekend was cancelled and I had a refund coming my way, I registered.
Of course, the 8 am start time did not win me over and as I indicated in Friday's video, I was still very much on the fence about racing. In fact, I didn't decide for sure until getting back from the bar and into bed around 2:30 am, at which point I set my alarm for 6:30 am.
The race started downtown at Voinovich Park and not only was it super early but super cold, windy, and sleety. I had previously completed a race with similar conditions and was so not looking forward to it and after parking my car a couple blocks away and heading towards the Park I decided I was just going to walk the full 3.1 miles. I haven't been running as much but I have been walking and enjoying it. Lately running kind of stresses me out in that it's not fun anymore way but walking does not so if I was going to be out there in crappy weather I was going to do what I could to make it less miserable.
It was still raining and overcast when the race started and soon after we crossed the start line I noticed a big group of people had stopped off to one side and were yelling and cheering.
Ohhh. Hey there, Bernie.
Admittedly that's pretty cool that he was there (although equally unsurprising) but I just snapped a photo and went along my merry way instead of hanging around trying to get closer. (He also did individual fan photos at the end of the race, too.)
I actually had the best time walking. For one thing this was a huge race. Like probably close to 1000 huge and most were not runners but were, in fact, just Cleveland Browns fans. This meant that I'd guess at least half, if not the majority, were walking. So instead of feeling like a slow straggler I was actually walking with a big pack of people the entire route.
Plus, by not being worried about pace or anything I could just focus on walking and having fun. I haven't been running as much so I knew I'd be hurting and struggling but by just walking I felt strong and motivated. I may have to seriously consider walking more races.
This was self-timed, so no chips or even any clocks. Basically it was a fun run but I set my watch as I crossed the start line and finished in 57:18. That's a 18:29 minute mile which I'm pretty happy with.
Like I said, this was a run for bling situation and after crossing the finish line and getting my medal I realized the rain and cold and lack of sleep was well-worth it.
Once I got back home I took a ridiculously hot shower then got back into bed and slept for a few more hours. Then BC and I went out for a late lunch at Great Lakes Brewery.
Between Friday and Saturday alone I had 30,000 steps and earned 21 Activity Points, which to put it in perspective, is how many APs I earned all of last week. I could have used that as an opportunity to really eat off plan, but instead I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich and instead of fries got the seasonal vegetable, which were these really good seasoned green beans. BC ordered some soft pretzels as an appetizer to share and I, obviously, ordered a beer but I tracked everything and with my weekly points and then those earned APs I feel really good about my eating out choices.
Love from the ashes,