Cleveland…also known as “America’s Little Brother”

When I moved to this part of Ohio, I knew one thing: I hated everything I knew about Cleveland, and quite frankly, I didn’t want to learn anything new about it. So I didn’t. That is until the end of last year. I’m not sure what got into me, but I started to explore the city a little more. I love the arts…Cleveland has awesome museums and theatres. I love trying new food…Cleveland has awesome restaurants and festivals. I love buildings and architecture…Cleveland has more buildings to stare out than I know what to do with, and that makes me happy.

Before anyone starts getting any ideas, Cleveland also has the Browns, which I hate more than anything. That will never change.

Earlier this morning I participated in the Cleveland Marathon, something I did last year as well. However, last year I injured myself early on in the race and spent the majority of the time limping through the city instead of enjoying it. This year, it was different. Not only did I run a great race, but I got to check out Cleveland from a different perspective. I also made several observations.

Things I learned during my run today:

1. The bathrooms at Cleveland Browns Stadium are disgusting. Just like the Browns.

2. The people of Edgewater take hospitality to a new level. I was beyond impressed with their enthusiasm and cheering. Yes, I avoided the champagne toasts with them this time, but I was happy when a woman gave me a orange slice. Very important for us runners.

3. There are many delicious restraunts in Tremont. Well, they appear to be. I absolutely cannot wait to check them all out.

4. The Beer Garden? Yes, please. You look stellar. I can’t wait to see you Saturday night!

5. Holy Potholes! Last year, you broke a toe of mine. This year you were like landmines I tried to avoid mile after mile after mile. Seriously, take some of the money you spend marketing the Browns (trust me, it’s not working) and invest that in your roads.

6. Man, I love the Free Stamp. It’s my favorite thing in Cleveland. I know to many it is just some weird form of artistic expression, but not to me. It’s amazing, and it means a lot to me for different reasons. Seeing that after I finished running was definitely a cool moment.

7. People of Cleveland: You own more drums than any city on the planet. I know this because I saw (and heard) every single one of them today. And I loved it!

8. Cleveland has the best medals. Truth.

I love that this year the guitar is pink!

I love that this year the guitar is pink!

After returning home and relaxing by the pool, I stumbled across a fun little article entitled “16 Reasons Cleveland is Not as Bad As You Think.” I loved the article, though I must state once again, I hate the Browns and will always hate the Browns. You can read the article here.

The word Cleveland has been used entirely too many times in this post, so I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures of all time. And yes, let the smack talking begin.

It's funny because it's true.

It’s funny because it’s true.

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