Lots of runners have pre-race rituals. But if you've been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I actually have a post-race ritual. Specifically, adding a new page to my running scrapbook. This one is super simple compared to the other ones in the book -- no fancy or fun stickers or anything themed, but I love having the other CLE Marathon Ambassadors in there, too!
Ambassador Andrew wrote a great post about all of us, so if you want to get to know the other amazing runners I got to connect with you should head to his blog.
You guys also know that I'm a slow runner. I actually take a lot of pride in this for no other reason than I never ever thought I'd be any kind of runner, so speed means nothing to me. My first, second, and third half-marathons may have all taken me over 3 1/2 hours to complete but I still get to say I'm a three time half-marathoner.
In face, I came in last place at my very first race. But I love being able to say that because, seriously, who comes in last place at their first race? Like, I really would like to see the statistics on that.
About a year ago I was given an opportunity to tell the story of how I came into running at a Told CLE event.
Told is a live storytelling show that happens here in Cleveland several times a year. I was a Featured Storyteller at the very first event (this was the story that made the Mile 8 spectator last Sunday recognize me) and have since had my name pulled from the audience bucket a few times since then, including last summer when the theme of the show was Foreign Territory.
Told also has a podcast (that you all should totally subscribe to) and this week, my story was pulled from the archives to appear on ToldCast. Since it relates to my being a slow runner I'm super excited to be able to share it with you!
Speaking of slow running, today I'm also going to be interviewing my first guest for my Running With Police Escort Podcast! Ah! This is all seriously starting to happen, you guys! Be sure to like the podcast on Facebook to find out when the first episode airs.
Love from the ashes,