I ran St. Malachi in 2014 and 2013 and it's one of my favorite Cleveland races for many reasons, although the major selling point is that it starts and ends, quite literally, right outside my apartment door. Considering this is one of the city's biggest races in terms of participants, not having to deal with parking or driving is awesome.
When I committed to running one race a month at the beginning of the year, I knew there was no question that this would be my March race. At 5 miles, it also fits in perfectly with my half marathon training. (Speaking of, don't worry -- (Half) Marathon Monday will return on Wednesday!)
The race is always held around St. Patrick's Day and of course I had to get in on the fun.
The day itself wasn't too bad -- it rained all night the evening before and part of the morning but, luckily, had stopped before the race started. The temperature itself wasn't too bad, a little on the chilly side but I was prepared by wearing my fuzzy running jacket with a million pockets, which is helpful on race day so I can travel light with keys and cell phone and such.
After the race I was on the Hermes Facebook page and looking through all the photos and spotted this one.
I swear to goddess I thought I was looking at the camera when we passed haha. Next to me, in the pink hat, is a woman I met through the Cleveland Marathon FB page -- she runs their social media -- and in the beginning we were running together but my cold caught up with me and I was struggling a bit so I let her go on ahead. I finished in 1:24:43 which is kind of eh but I started out a bit too fast and then with the cold and blahblahblah I then spend the first mile or two just trying to regain a reasonable pace. This was also my first run outdoors in a loooooooong time so that's always going to be a challenge.
I did, however, finish strong which is all I really care about.
This year was different in that they also offered a finisher's medal! (Not gonna lie, I don't quite understand the math -- I mean, I was born in 1981 and am turning 34 this year....all I can guess is they had a race in 1980 and intended it to be a one-off but then brought it back the next year and that's when they officially established it as the St. Malachi Church Run or something).
ETA: Counted it out on my fingers after someone on Twitter mentioned doing that and it actually does work out. Weird.
I love having another medal to add to my rack. My next race is the Hermes Cleveland 10 Miler on April 25th and after that it will be my third half marathon in May!
Love from the ashes,