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?


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.