I Live in Cincinnati Now

Alright, now that I’ve been away from the blog for a month, I think I am finally ready to get into this on the regular.  I promise this time.  For the past couple weeks I’ve been living in an extended stay hotel and with my friend Kristin, but as of this past weekend I am in my own apartment!

Luckily, I have a decent amount of friends in Cincinnati from college and I work with a great group of girls, so I have already had the opportunity to do a lot of fun things since moving here.

The highlight over the past few weeks have probably been the Reds Baseball 101 night – a charity event for women with the Cincinnati Reds.  I went with a few girls from work since we were a sponsor of the event.

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First, we explored the silent auction and had dinner and drinks.  After a few presentation, everyone was split into a few groups to take on the night’s activities.  We started with a talk from the 1st and 3rd base coaches, who taught us about the signs they give players on the field.  Then, we did a Q&A session with the manager of the team and then with the 2 radio announces for the team.

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After all that, it was our turn to go on the field for over an hour!  Stations were set up to run the bases, pitch from the mound, pitch in the bullpen where they measured our speed (mine was WEAK), use the batting cages, see the locker room, dive for a catch, and catch fly balls in the outfield.

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Check me out up on the big screen too!

Despite having an awesome strike when I pitched on the mound, I decided I should probably stick to running.  No coordination required (to some extent I guess haha).  Most importantly, I need to find some good places to run and have had some success so far.  With the exception of the Indy Mini Half Marathon I ran 2 weeks ago (which I promise I’ll recap this week), I have probably ran a total of about 15 miles in the past 4 weeks.

But Chicago Marathon training needs to start oh so soon, like now.  And I think the best way to learn your way around a new area is by running.

Yesterday I made plans to meet my UD friend Jamie to run on the path near my office.  The path is a total of 5 miles so I’m sure I’ll be do a lot of runs around there this summer.  We stopped after about 4.3 though and just walked back to our cars.  Jamie also ran a half marathon a few weeks ago and neither of us had ran much since…and I had new shoes that were causing some rubbing pain on my heels by the end.  But we had a great run at 8:20-8:30 pace per mile and the weather was great.  Of course the best part was catching up with Jamie because I haven’t seen her in almost a year!  I’m sure we’ll be spending a lot more time together here now though :)

Do you like to explore new areas by running?

4 Thoughts on “I Live in Cincinnati Now

  1. That event looks SO cool! It must’ve been awesome having the chance to get down on the field and do all those things. Although I’m sure if I tried to pitch from the mound, it would give me a lot more sympathy for celebrities who totally botch their opening pitches and end up being the brunt of jokes all over the Internet haha. Sports that involve throwing are not my strong suit!

  2. That reds night looks so fun! Glad to hear you’re getting settled in your new apt!!!

  3. Wow, what a cool Reds event!
    I like to explore new places by running, but i get lost so easily, so I need to map out my run beforehand or run with someone who pays attention. The only times I’ve run in downtown Cincinnati have been during races, but there are a lot of nice roads to run on in the suburbs!

  4. Glad to hear you’re getting settled! I haven’t done much running in other towns, but I do love getting to run in new places.

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