10k, 13.1, Cleveland, running, training

how rock ‘n’ roll marathon series managed to piss off the home of rock ‘n’ roll

I don’t know about you guys but over in my corner of the world yesterday was a weird, weird, weird day. First, I was up at 4 am and by “up” I mean wide wide awake. On the upside I used it as a chance to do some stuff around the house that had been on my To Do list for awhile. I managed to fall back asleep around 5:30 or so and slept till about 7:15 which is late for me during the weekday but I still managed to squeeze a run in before work.

Second, I then learned about information related to a particular professional thing through Facebook which, to be perfectly honest, is the worst way to find out about that kind of information. Then I’m at work and get this email.

Well then.

If I was still training for the half-marathon I’d be relieved, to be perfectly honest. But since I decided to switch to the 10K I’m super bummed. Especially since I’ve had some great short runs this past week that have started to give me my mojo back. Last year, this event was my very first half-marathon and I loved the course and organization, so it’s disappointing that I couldn’t be involved again.

According to some of the comments on the RNRCLE FB page, less than 4K runners were registered and that number was down something like 36% from last year. (I would try and do the math to figure out how many people ran last year except, y’know, that would involve math.)

I am trying to see the silver lining here. Like my fabulous friend Kelly said, this might be an opportunity to try a new fitness route. I’ll also get a refund and there are some shorter races I’ve been eyeing but been hesitant to sign up for because of cost (like The Bernie Shuffle which is ridiculously overpriced for a 5K but I got my eye on that racing bling, especially since now I won’t have any RnRCLE swag) so having already budgeted that money from the half out, I may put it towards a race or two. I know they offer a transfer but I wouldn’t even know where to begin in deciding which race to run, especially since I’m not in a half zen right now so putting that moola to smaller, local races makes way more sense to me.

Some of the runners registered to run seem to have taken the attitude of swearing off Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons forever. I don’t know if I’d go that far. The series and races seem to do well in other cities, I think it’s just a matter of bad timing with other long-established local half-marathons around that same weekend. Getting a Heavy Medal is on my racing bucket list and I can’t do that if I boycott all of their events. But, at the same time, I can appreciate why others feel differently and see this as a bit of a slap in the face.

Any other RnRCLE runners out there? What have you decided to do about the cancellation?

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

1 thought on “how rock ‘n’ roll marathon series managed to piss off the home of rock ‘n’ roll”

  1. I'm still super bummed. I might just take it as a sign that I'm not meant to run a half this fall. That's probably the smart thing to do as my TFL has been acting up (although it never acted up on vacation when I was running near the beach…). The Towpath half, and I think they have a 10k, is the next day, so training wise that works. But mentally I'm not in it. And the towpath is 12 feet wide with runners running in both directions. Not sure I like that. I may just take my last fall PR as my bow out of halfs and start doing 10ks. Just not sure yet….


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