Here Comes the 50k
|August 31, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
You all know the story: boy meets girl.
Boy and girl fall in love.
Boy and girl get engaged.
Girl invites girl #2 to her wedding.
Girl #2 signs up for 50k on the wedding weekend.
No? Not the way you remember it playing out? Hmm strange.
Well, in my version of the story, my very dear and race-enabling friend Charlotte is getting married on September 14th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon receiving the invite to her wedding, I did what any good endurance junkie would do, and immediately looked up races in the area. You can imagine how giddy I was to discover a nearby 50k that happens to line up perfectly with my last peak weekend of 50 miler training. I was even more excited when I realized the race is the North Face Endurance Challenge Madison. I’ve wanted to do a North Face Endurance Race since I first heard of the series two years ago. But between scheduling conflicts and rumors of a copperhead infestation in Virginia, I’ve never made it to the start line.
Bonus points for Madison: I’m pretty sure there are NO copperheads in the state of Wisconsin. And if there are, please don’t tell me. I’d prefer to run in a state of blissful ignorance to the local reptile population.
While I briefly considered BYOpasta-ing to the wedding, choosing water over champagne, sneaking out early, and never telling Charlotte about my secret race plans, I decided that I actually like Charlotte and want her to still like me after she becomes a Mrs.
Plus, rumor has it that the wedding is going to be a pretty bangin’ time, with PBR flowing and the groom’s father ready to bang out some Lady Gaga on the bongos. Clearly, I don’t want to miss out on a second of the fun for an early race eve bedtime.
So, I sat Char down for a deep and meaningful g-chat conversation and asked if she would care if I race during her wedding weekend and told her to BE HONEST. ALL CAPS HONEST.
She was actually amazingly enthusiastic and even a little relieved that I was finding ways to keep myself entertained during a long weekend in Wisco. It turns out the bride will be kind of busy with other obligations and does not have the entire weekend free to get drinks and pedicures with me. Rude, I know.
So with a permission slip signed by the bride, I’ll be heading out to Madison bright and early on the morning of September 15th and running the North Face Endurance Challenge Madison as my last long training run before Can Lake 50.
Have a great long weekend, friends! Make sure to fill it with lots of miles and sweat.