Welcome to my blog, Lake Effect Runner.
My passion for running started May 9th 2007 at 8:48 PM when I set out with a new pair of Nike Air Structure Triax, my iPod and Nike+. I made it a half mile, tossed my cookies in an unsuspecting neighbor’s front yard and walked most of the way home. On May 18th 2008 I completed the Cleveland Half Marathon in 1hr 55min 55sec. I was still overweight but on top of the world.
Over 50 pounds and nearly 6 years later I started LakeEffectRunner.com. “Lake Effect” is most commonly known as a meteorological term relating to snow. Learn more about this occurrence here via Wikipedia. I reside less than a tenth of a mile from the shores of Lake Erie near Cleveland, OH – part of the Northeast Ohio snow belt. Prior to Cleveland, I shoveled a lot more Lake Effect snow growing up in Syracuse, NY.
Yes, I run through snow, sleet, ice and slush. I don’t own a treadmill and typically run early in the morning. My father, a former cross-country coach, once said “Starting your day with a run is ideal. It doesn’t matter what else happens to the rest of your day. At least you accomplished something.”
You might think of Lake Effect solely as it relates to snow, cold and strong winds. That’s part of it. The other part, as I see it, is the peace and quiet Lake Erie affords me on a daily basis. Many times, when I just don’t feel like heading out for a run, I hear the waves crashing and feel compelled to get my running shoes on to check it out. Lake Effect Runner, is not just about running through cruel Winters.
The primary reason I started running was to lose weight. I quickly found it as an outlet to my hectic life as a small business owner. Running afforded me time to collect my thoughts, plan my day and just get away from the computer and BlackBerry for a little while. As my mileage increased, I wanted more of that time and I made it happen. It was important. More than a few times I’d be up at 3am just to get a run in before heading to work. I didn’t have to do it. I wanted to. I was losing weight and keeping my sanity.
Through this blog I hope to share some of my experiences and connect with other runners that have a strong passion for running. Thanks for reading!