Running Around Cleveland


A Weekend In The Clouds: Climbing Mountains in the Adirondacks

This weekend I got to take up one of my favorite hobbies, mountain climbing. Being from Ohio, finding quality mountains to climb takes a long drive. So with some of my guy friends, we took a 10 hour drive to Lake Placid, New York to climb some mountains in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks.

View from my campground at the Adirondack Loj.

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2011 Muddy Paws Trail Race

This weekend I ran the Muddy Paws 10 Miler Trail Race. This was one fun, tough and dirty race and the thunderstorms the night before made it even dirtier. The race took place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park starting at Pine Hollow and then taking trails through Salt Run and Kendall Lake. These are some tough trails. Continue reading



Michael Symon’s B Spot
July 14, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Cleveland, Crocker Park, Food, Michael Symon | Tags: , , ,

I love to eat. I love to eat really good food. Part of the reason I run is so I can enjoy more food. I was able to eat some of that really good food on Wednesday. My office is located near Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio, and very often the coworkers and I run up there for some good eats at lunch time. Wednesday just happened to be the Grand Opening of Michael Symon’s (Food Network fans and Clevelanders know this name well) new location of B Spot at Crocker Park. B Spot is known for Burgers, Brats, and Beer. What more could a guy want? So we decided to head over and try to get seats. Continue reading



2011 Smiles for Sophie 5k
July 4, 2011, 10:08 pm
Filed under: 5k, Cleveland, Race Report, Running | Tags: , , ,

Smiles for Sophie 5k was my first 5k since December of 2008, I ran the Reindeer Run in 39:55.9. I have been training for long distance races and really had no idea what to expect from myself today with a shorter distance. I ran a 4.25 mile tempo run a couple weeks ago where the first 5k at a 7:36 pace, so I made a guess that I could do this race at a 7:30 pace. To help reach this goal I was able to enlist the help of my running friend Ryan to pace me on this race. Continue reading



Beautiful Baby Contest
July 1, 2011, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Baby, Family, Twins | Tags: , ,

Everybody, we need help. We entered Leah & Samuel, the twins, into the Fox 8 Beautiful Baby Contest. Raising two babies is really expensive and the highest vote getter wins $1000. That would buy us a couple months worth of baby supplies, well at least one. Everyone is allowed to vote once per day, everyday in July.

Please help our mommy and daddy. We're too cute not too.

So please vote early and often for these awesome little guys. And tell your friends to vote for them everyday. It only takes 1 vote everyday to make sure two kids have a good life. (Cue the sad music) That’s less than 1 cup of coffee a day. So please vote at the link above.



A Fantastic Fathers Day Weekend

I don’t know if Fathers Day weekend could get much better than the one I had this year. I got to do some of my favorite things and eat some of my favorite food all while spending lots of time with my family. Continue reading



2011 Park 2 Park Half Marathon

I have a goal of breaking the 2 hour mark on my half marathon time this year, but I haven’t ran an actual half marathon that wasn’t on trail or in the snow in a few years. My PR for a road half is a 2:47, but I did run the 1st half of the Cleveland Marathon in 2:00:30. I have picked up quite a bit of speed since my last half. But I need a dedicated road test to see what I can do. I was planning for that test to be the Buckeye Half in August. You would think that I would want to run the Park 2 Park Half because its course is the 2 parks I run in the most. I know every turn, hill and bump on it and the start/finish line is less than 2 miles from my house. But I have not run it since 2004. Continue reading