Get these Mother Effing Snakes off My Mother Effing Marathon Course
|November 28, 2010||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
It should be no secret to anyone who reads sweatonceaday, that I detest all things reptile.
Imagine my horror when I came across this article that reveals North Carolina as the state with the highest number of snake bites per year. North Carolina just happens to be the home of one of my best friends and one of my favorite marathons, which I wanted to do again in 2011.
You might be thinking to yourself: “Gee, Em, most marathons are on roads, with lots of people and traffic around and the chances of you seeing a snake are about 0 percent.”
Perhaps I should be more clear.
One of my favorite TRAIL marathons is in North Carolina. (Okay, I admit, I’ve only done ONE trail marathon, but it was awesome, so it definitely can count as a favorite.)
Registration opens tomorrow and I’m sitting here going back and forth as to whether or not I want to push that button tomorrow morning and brave the chances of encountering Mr. Copperhead during my 26.2 miles.
When I did this race last year, I was clueless to the fact that I was sharing the woods with a record-setting number of maneating reptiles. I was able to blissfully cruise through my 26.2 miles without fear of colliding with one of this guy’s relatives at every step.
That will not be the case this year. I will be painfully aware of the dense population of snakes and stand a good chance of hyperventilating by Mile 2.
(When I posted this pic on facebook last March, my mom commented that it looked like I had just seen a snake.)
So, dear readers, as I sit here asking myself WWIJD (what would indiana jones do, duh.) I need you to help me decide whether I face my greatest fear and run through the snake forest of death, or whether I stay hidden away in my apartment that weekend, knowing I will be safe from any anacondaish encounters.
Some of the many pros of the race include:
- Super cheap registration with awesome race amenities. Every year they pick a different woodland creature that dwells in the state park and plaster it over the shirts and awards for top finishers. Last years animal? A bunny. I challenge you to send me a picture of a cooler award.
- My gay bff/rockstar spectator will host me, cheer for me, and celebrate with me post-race
- Instead of dealing out race bling, they give you a finishers pint glass (with woodland creature on it) and directions to the local brewery inside. The brewery will then fill your glass for free. Seriously, best race swag EVER.
- Fun course, great group of runners, supportive spectators and fellow athletes. Double thumbs up for this marathon.
And, the Cons:
- It won’t be a new state towards my 50 state goal.
- It’s a tough course so I won’t PR. It would be just-for-fun runnin.
Time to weigh in folks. To race or not to race: ready, set, go!