Towpath Half Marathon, Cleveland, Ohio

I ran my 5th Half Marathon on Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio with my best friend who happens to be a fantastic running partner!  It was along the towpath and fairly pretty.  This would be a terribly beautiful running course in the fall with the changing foliage.
Michele and I lined up for the 8am start:

 We passed by some beautiful scenery during the first 3 miles:

Then it happened.  The whorish hills happened.  They were pedestrian bridges over the roadway that were built with whores and then painted in whore colored paint.

You see, Northwest Ohio is flat like a 6 year old girl and we don’t have any hills except for freeway overpasses, but the whorish hills in Cleveland were rough on me and especially on my thighs, man are they sore today!
I found myself running alone for a short stretch of path…
THEN I realized that I missed a turn and was going the wrong way, the volunteers were clueless that I was going the wrong way down the path and were NO help at all actually…(only in that manner, they were fabulous in every other way of course).  After I went backwards down the path I joined the rest of the group for the third out and back of the course.  Have I ever mentioned that I hate out and backs?  I prefer new scenery during every mile of the course, that isn’t too much to ask for, right?

It turns out that even with the whorish hills I set a new PR for myself!  2:32, 4 minutes faster than my last PR that I set only 2 weeks ago!  I am on a PR roll lately!  WOHOO!
Even Flo from Progressive was geeked about my PR:
Michele and I had a great race, I think people could see us coming from a mile away with our race gear we chose…
 Michele and I did see this gem of an outfit at the start of the race, it was amazing in so many ways.
 But in the end I was with my best friend, both of us with new PR’s and ready to scarf on some Chipotle after a shower.  A great day in all!


  1. Andrea @ Running 4 Mamas Comeback says:

    You both look fabulous!! Cleveland is a much different terrain than this area!! We could start doing sprints at Ft Meigs- haha!! That is so awesome that even with the hills you still PR’d!! Glass City here you come!!

  2. Shelley says:

    Amanda, you are amazing!!! Congrats on a new PR!!! 2:32 is FAST. Can’t wait for your marathon & to hear about all your adventures. In the 4 years I went to school in Cleveland, I only ran there a few times. But yes, the hills are murder on your legs. Great job though!

  3. Darn those whorish hills!! My quads are cursing hills of E. Tn today.
    Great job on the new PR! You rock!!!

  4. Congrats on the PR!!!! I am apparently way slower than you for my halfs! Glad you and your bestie had fun!

  5. Wow, you are on fire lately! Congrats!

  6. melissa says:

    ahhh congrats on another PR!!!! You are freaking amazing!

  7. Congrats on the new PR! That’s not easy to have 2 in 2 weeks. 🙂

    Never come to Baltimore or Annapolis for a race, you’ll hate it so much haha

  8. Congrats on your PR! I can’t stand out and back courses either, I want a LOOP darnit!

  9. Oooh! Another PR!?!? You are awesome!!!

  10. Congrats on the PR! You guys look great. Hope you enjoyed the chipotle afterwards. Keep being awesome!

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