Saturday was the annual St. Malachi Church Run which, if you’ve been following this blog long enough and/or have read Running With a Police Escort, you know is one of my most favorite runs in all of Cleveland. This was my sixth time running it! (Recaps: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Last year, local racing organization Hermes got into a bit of hot water regarding the St. Malachi Church Run.
Okay, that’s being kind. It was a fucking PR nightmare for them because the church told Hermes they were going with a different organizer because they felt Hermes was keeping too big of a cut. This is a charity run after all and St. Malachi was getting a really, really small percentage of each registration. So then Hermes basically sued the church, telling St. Malachi they couldn’t call future races the St. Malachi Church Run. Yes, Hermes told the church that Hermes owned the rights to the church’s name. Soooo yeah it went over real well with local runners. Luckily Hermes wised up and is having their own St. Patrick’s themed race next weekend.
Anywho, this year it was with Greater Cleveland XC and I gotta say, it was really well done. There was a new course which did not involve running down the hill in the Flats. The start and finish was right on the Detroit Bridge and it was very festive.
Admittedly I was super worried about the weather: we got hit hard by snow Thursday and Friday and while the snow was still there on Saturday, the roads were clear and the temperature was in the low-to-mid-30s. That’s like a sauna compared to previous years (I’m looking at you, 2013).
I opted for the 2 mile run again this year, mostly because, well, I haven’t been running.
Believe me, it’s so awkward to admit that when I have a book out about running.
That said, I actually ran part of the race today! I did my intervals and probably ran a little less than half, but it’s more than I’ve run in awhile so I’m happy with it. It also almost got that running bug back. I had these moments of ‘Oh, right, this is why I used to love this sport.’ So hopefully I’ll be able to keep up the momentum going forward.
Love from the ashes,