How you prep for a race weekend

The big marathon weekend has come and gone and all my long Saturday runs and skipping my favorite hot yoga classes were worth it to finish it with a personal record.

The weekend started off with a night of pampering courtesy of Elle Magazine and Wella Professionals Hair products at Charles Scott Salon and Spa in Rocky River. We received manicures, make up and hair touch-ups and enough appetizers, desserts and champagne to make a girls' night out complete for sure.

@cleshopaholic getting her manicure; owner Chaz with a fellow blogger and the make up station

Find your favorite blogger; Charles Scott employees; yours truly

Friday night was the perfect 70 degree night which meant two things - first fireworks of the season and dollar hot dog night at the Indians game was a last-minute must for my friends.


Best $5 spent to light saber at the bar; surprise! Look who I found 

You can't have fun with a light saber - said no one ever.
 
Early Sunday morning, I joined thousands of other fellow runners to complete my fourth half marathon and to set a personal record of two hours, cutting off 20 minutes from my previous time.

Did I achieve it? Damn it - I didn't! I finished in at 2:09 and had an amazing time during the run, reading all the hilarious signs from friends and complete strangers that made me laugh as I ran toward the finish line. Leading up to every race I can't wait for it to be over and to be done with the long runs on Saturdays. Post race this year, a fellow runner was talking about the Rock and Roll half marathon and in October and I turned to my running partner, Melissa, and excitedly said, "Oh my god we should totally do that one!"


Completing her first 10k; Charles Ramsey cheering us on; Melissa and me finished; love a finish line view

If for some reason the half marathon wasn't enough exercise for a person in one day, I couldn't miss the first volleyball game of the season (as my teammates so nicely reminded me). I rallied later in the afternoon to play our way to our team's first win of the season and continued to work on my Miami tan.


Sunset Grille summer view; the volleyball team; someone wins for the brightest outfit


Disclosure: I was invited by Canopi to attend the Wella Professionals and Elle Magazine event. My thoughts and opinions are my own. But how cute did my hair look?

4 comments:

Heather said...

So when are you going to sign up for your first full marathon?? :)

Jenn Vojta said...

Best. Disclaimer. Ever.

Beth @ CraveableCleveland said...

Your time is still very awesome! Congratulations. I'm mostly impressed that you managed to play volleyball after - I usually lay on my couch with a glass of wine after something like that :).

Katelin said...

hurray for your long run, congrats! and love the spa day to prep yourself, i need to do that more often, ha.