The Rest of the Alphabet
|October 24, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
(Note: YES. I know I still have not written my 50 miler race recap. Pinky promise I am working on it, but I actually want to spend more than 30 minutes on it since it was kind of a big/huge deal for me and I haven’t really had a spare 30 minutes in the last couple of weeks. Or at least I haven’t had a spare 30 minutes that didn’t immediately get filled with work, running, or the friends I’ve been neglecting for the last several months. This week. It’s happening.)
Okay, now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about racing. Because there is obviously no such thing as too much race talk.
As endurance athletes, we all love to make it look like someone spilled a hearty portion of alphabet soup on our race schedules. (A slightly off-balance kind of alphabet soup that is light on the “As” and heavy on the “Bs” and “Cs”)
We’ve already covered the very important “A” that’s on my calendar. Carlsbad. January 27th. See you there.
But January 27th is still 14+ weeks away. Obviously I have way more than a few “B”, “C” and “D-ZZZZ” races on my calendar before I head to Cali.
And it feels like the majority of them are in the next 2.5 weeks.
Starting with this weekend:
The Marine Corps Marathon happens to fall on my Golden Birthday (28 years old on the 28th of October woohoo) but MUCH more importantly, my 5 year anniversary of running marathons. Clearly I had to sign up.
I truthfully don’t give a shit about my birthday. If you know me, it’s pretty obvious that I don’t ever really feel the need to justify a good time. If my friends want to gather on a Sunday afternoon to drink some good beer and eat cupcakes to celebrate my birthday, GREAT, but also, I’m pretty happy to do that every single Sunday afternoon every weekend for forever and ever.
But my anniversary of running marathons? That’s kind of a big deal to me. Not once on my walk to work this week have I thought “OMG BIRTHDAY WEEK. SO EXCITING.” But on a near hourly basis I’m all “!!!! MARATHON WEEKEND !!!!”
So #19 this weekend to celebrate 5 amazing years of marathoning. Pumped.
After MCM, I’m headed to the Big Apple to run this guy:
I was signed up for the New York City Marathon last year, but got stuck watching it from the terrible perch of my crutches.
After NYRR changed their standards for guaranteed entry, I knew I had to jump on the chance to run it in 2012 while I actually have a time that qualified me to get in. So I’m in.
Screw last chance to run the damn thing, they are the real reason I’m going to NYC next weekend.
And then 3 days after I leave the City that Never Sleeps, I’m flying out to another city known for its sleepless nights.
Although I’m not actually spending any time in Vegas at the slot machines. Instead, I’m being kidnapped from the airport by a bunch of sketch balls in a big white van and running 200 miles through the Nevada desert.
If this is anything like other relays I’ve done, we’ll at least have the sleepless part covered.
I am not even going to try and compete with SarahOUaL on a creative description of how awesome our Ultra Ragnar Vegas team is, so I’m stealing hers.
Behold, the (to-be-named) Ultra Ragnar team:
Yeah. Killer group of women.
A big thanks to both Compex and PRO Compression for sponsoring our weekend of fun and running. Considering that 4 of the 6 of us are running NYCM and 6 of the 6 of us are tackling the ridiculous mileage for an ultra team, it feels good to have two great recovery products supporting us.
And lastly, on December 8th, I’m driving up to Delaware to drink some good beer with some good friends and run the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon:
I’d give this one a “B+” from my bowl of soup. (Yes, my off-balance alphabet soup also comes with plus and minus signs.) I don’t plan to taper much for it, but I will incorporate it into a cutback week so I can actually race it and use my results to gauge my progress gearing up for Carlsbad.
And that covers four of the weekends between now and Cbad in January. I probably don’t need to tell you that the remaining 10 weekends are not likely to remain raceless.
Anyone else MCM, NYCM, Ragnar Vegas or Rehoboth Beaching it? Let me know! We can exchange sweaty high fives or cheers some finish line beer.