Mary Baum

The Girls With Sole Lula 5k

A few weeks ago when I was planning our trip to Cleveland to visit my sister, she asked me if I would be down to run a 5k with her. Of course, I jumped at the chance because 1. running in new places is amazing! and 2. I have never ran a race with my sister Emily before.

Emily handled picking up our races numbers and everything, so all I had to do was show up. Woo hoo!! The race was in an area of Cleveland called Rocky River, just a short drive away from Emily’s apartment. We showed up to the start line with plenty of time to spare, and I was even able to get in a quick warm up. My goal for the day was to get in my 10 mile long run, so any extra mileage was openly welcomed.


The race, The Girls With Sole Lula 5k, was a small, local race, with a few hundred runners that signed up. The organization’s founder, Liz Ferro, did an amazing job getting everyone pumped up and ready to run! She has quite an amazing background of being a foster child and sex abuse survivor (and 4 time Ironman Finisher!!!), and is releasing a book titled Finish Line Feeling to “describe how to gain joy and fulfillment through athletics, and reminds us to believe in ourselves and our dreams.” She founded the organization with the following mission: Girls With Sole is a local nonprofit organization in need of your support so that we can provide fitness and wellness programs completely free of charge to girls who have experienced abuse. I was happy to be able to run for such an amazing cause!

Emily and I lined up and we were ready to race! She is a bit new to running, so I planned to stay with her the entire time. No racing for this girl!! The neighborhood that the course ran through was made up of a bunch of small rolling hills right on Lake Erie.

The views were unbelievable, and it was such a nice break from the normal Florida routes that I am used to. Emily and I held a solid 9:40 pace the whole time. We picked it up about a hundred yards from the finish, and booked it in. I was so proud of Em! I see many more races in her future :)

Since it was only around 9 am when we finished, it really wasn’t hot yet. It was really nice to not run in blazing temps. What a nice change from the Florida summer! They had plenty of post race snacks for us to much on, and there was plenty for everyone. Great job Peace Racing!

I had so much fun not even worrying about my time in a race for once. They only reason I even used my watch was so that Em knew what kind of pace she was holding – completely for her benefit, not mine. Hopefully one day we can run a longer race together – Nike Women’s Half Marathon here we come???? :)

The event company that organized the event, Peace Racing, has a great race coming up July 21st in downtown Lakewood, for anyone in the Cleveland area (or visiting!!). The Summer Meltdown, which features a street walk prior to the race, a 7pm start time, and a celebratory street party afterwards with food, beverages, & live music should be a blast. Check it out if you are in Ohio!! They really did an amazing job with the Lula 5k – 2 big thumbs up! I would imagine the Summer Meltdown will be even more fun!!

Anyone else ever run a race on vacation? What about with a family member that is newer to running?! What did you think?

10 Responses

  1. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes June 13, 2012 at 8:13 am |

    My younger sister and I are running a local 5-K at the end of the month, and it will be her first race! My sister is hesitant about me running with her–like you and your sister, Mary, I’m the more experienced one, and my sister knows she will slow me down–but since this is her first race, I really want to be there for her. Mary, did you have to convince your sister that it would be OK if you didn’t truly “race” the race?

  2. MCM Mama
    MCM Mama June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am |

    I run races nearly every vacation we go on. This has allowed me to run some really awesome totally local races. I love it. It gives you such a new view of places you consider “vacation”.

  3. Heather
    Heather June 13, 2012 at 11:44 am |

    I ran the castaway cay 5k on disney’s private island while on a cruise! So fun!

  4. Marcus
    Marcus June 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

    I think it might have been a shadow, but one of the pics of Emily captured what looks to be a leg muscle.

  5. Charissa
    Charissa June 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    I don’t go on vacation. Haha, so no….

    But I love participating in local races…so much fun!

  6. Carrie
    Carrie June 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm |

    Wow, watermelon post-race looks like the best thing ever – seriously! I can’t stop thinking about watermelon since seeing your pic. :)


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