It’s National Running Day. I bet you knew that already.
But were you also aware that it’s National Hug a Cat day?
I bet you’ll never guess which day I’m participating in…
…the cat one.
Yes, that’s right. Like a line pulled straight out of Alanis Morisette’s hit song “Ironic” (you know the one): it is National Running Day and I’m writing this post from the comfort of my bed, because sitting up makes me dizzy. I’m sick. Not just a little sick, but the “who knew a virus could make everything right down to your toes and elbows ache” type of sick, and it sucks.
I’m freezing. I’m hungry. I’m sweating. I’m nauseated. I look like hell and I probably smell awful. But FORTUNATELY… I’ve got plenty of cats around to hug. Thus, the day was not a total bust.
And here’s hoping that hugging cats will cure what ails me, for tomorrow I’m headed to Boston to spend four glorious days making up for missing National Running Day: it’s the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half festival! I had the pleasure of attending the Runner’s World Festival in Bethlehem PA this past fall, and I’m stoked beyond all belief that they are letting me come back again for the blogging shenanigans. Seriously, I’m shocked I get to hang with such big name bloggers…especially since I feel like a bit of a road runner fraud these days. I’m most certain that I will be asked no short of 25 times as to which race I’m currently training for, to which I will respond “Oh I dunno, something with mud and like 20K elevation gain in the backwoods of a ski resort over the course of 13 or 20 miles, but I’m not really sure because the race directors like to keep you guessing“…to which I will be met with a confused stare.
Hello, my name is Heather, and I’ve crossed over to the
dark muddy side.
I love running trails, dirt, and mud, but I’m stoked to be hitting the pavement in such a fantastic city for this inaugural race. And chances are really high that all of the motivational awesomeness they throw my way will have me declaring that I’m training for my next road 26.2 by Sunday.
Highlights include (but are not limited to):
– A workout with the November Project. Mystery illness be damned, I’M DOING BURPEES WITH THESE PEOPLE!!!
*Paul Jones would like me to remind you that the greatest OCR team ever, the New England Spahtens, were also featured in this same Runner’s World article 😉
– Meeting the hilarious Mark Remy. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a number of Runner’s World staff (and they are all awesome!) but I’ve yet to meet Mr. Remy. His articles never cease to entertain, and posting them on my facebook wall to the uproar of friends who don’t catch on to the satire never ceases to amuse me. Like the time he wrote about Disney acquiring Badwater Ultra and everyone lost their minds. Great memories!
– Meeting some kick butt runner-tweeter-bloggers ,and getting to hang out with some great people I’ve had the pleasure of already meeting (brace yourself, here comes some serious social media shout outs):
Julie Fagan: www.pbfingers.com Tina Haupert: www.carrotsncake.com Charlene Ragsdale: www.fabrunning.blogspot.com Matt Frasier: www.nomeatathlete.com Caitlin Boyle: www.healthytippingpoint.com Anne Mauney: www.fannetasticfood.com Katie Foster: www.runsforcookies.com Sarah Dussault: www.sarahfit.com Jason Fitzgerald: www.strengthrunning.com Dorothy Beal: www.mile-posts.com Theodora Blanchfield: www.preppyrunner.com Presley Salmon: www.runprettyblog.com Amanda Brooks: www.runtothefinish.com Katy Widrick: www.katywidrick.com Karla Bruning: www.runkarlarun.com Marnie Kunz: www.runstreet.com Sarah Pardus: www.pickyrunner.com Larisa Dixon: www.larisadixon.com Jessica Grimes: www.keepingmommysane.com Dani Holmes-Kirk: www.weightoffmyshoulders.com
– And of course…RUNNING! The hat trick will be mine once again: 5K & 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.
(and bling…not gonna lie, I love the medals!)
I will be assaulting my social media space with all things #HHHalf from tomorrow until Sunday, so you have been warned.
(side note, the triple H hashtag is hard for me to not confuse with THIS)
Until then friends…please pass me the NyQuil.