The family that runs together...is happy! Or should that be busy? Maybe both?! I am just so excited that I had to share our plans for "Marathon Weekend" as I am now calling it.
My race is Sunday, May 20 at 7:00am. Talking with my wonderful brother last week, he was able to find us a room for Friday and Saturday nights after I had spent an afternoon calling hotels. Four months before the race and several hotels were completely booked already! Talk about a stressful afternoon! (at that point, I wasn't even looking at the possibility of Friday night yet). I had been toying with the idea of going up on Friday since there is a VIP party for the Official Race Bloggers, but wasn't sure if I could convince the family to spend the whole weekend there. I was ok skipping the party. After getting a hotel for both nights (just in case), I started thinking about all the fun things that are right there that we can do. First, our hotel has an indoor pool. Instant hours of fun for the whole family. The Great Lakes Science Center is right there, along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock Hall might not be fun for the kids, but again, LOTS of options.
After thinking of just those ideas, I realized The Rite Aid Cleveland 5K is Saturday morning and the Kids' Run is a couple hours later. The 5K starts by Browns' Stadium and actually ends INSIDE the stadium and it says "on the field"! For a life long Browns' fan like Jeff (please don't hold that against him, he's from the Cleveland area), it was too good to be true. He immediately said yes when I asked him if he wanted to run it. Signing Zachary up for the kids' run is also a no-brainer. He LOVES racing! And he will be even more excited that he will get his very own medal.
Since they are just plans, and we have 18 weeks until Marathon Weekend, I'm sure we will change our minds several times on what we will be doing that weekend. However, three out of the four of us will be racing, that much I do know! Jacob won't be racing, but that is only because he is not yet three. I'm sure he will start racing as soon as he is old enough! My only concern is not getting enough sleep for the 2 nights before the marathon. However, I don't get a lot of sleep now, so maybe I'll be used to it?!
Have you ever had a family race weekend? How did it go? Would you do it again?