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Because it appears that my current idea of “fun” is spur of the moment signing up for crazy endurance events. Events I may or may not be 100% ready for (emphasis on the may not), but still think “hey that sounds really fun!” I have limits, of course. I was (fortunately) talked down from a full (140.6) triathlon this year (but next year, watch out!!!) . And of course, I wouldn’t venture out for a 100 mile ultra marathon without some significant training or anything.
Remember months and months ago when I said I wanted to do the Umstead Trail Marathon? Well I was about a day late registering, and guess what, it was sold out. Huge bummer, especially since I already told one of my local running buddies I was going, and so she signed up. We were going to go for maniac status together (and when I say together, I mean she’ll be way ahead of me, haha). Well, I had written it off, thinking with such a small field (only 200 runners) there is no way I’m getting in.
Last week, out of the blue I thought of the race. I went to the web page where I saw the following: “Second chance registration will reopen at 8 am on January 21st. There are 20 slots available”.
It was 6:45 pm on January 22nd. There was no way those 20 slots were still available.
But for the heck of it, I clicked on the registration button. It went through. I started filling out the information, thinking at any second a page would pop up saying “registration is full”.
It never did.
And before I knew it, I had a confirmation page. My name is on the entrants list.
I just registered for my first trail marathon. Excuse my language, but h*ly sh*t.
It’s quite amazing to me that here in Myrtle Beach, it can be so very FLAT, yet a quick 3 hour drive North can provide this sort of terrain:
Click on the picture to get a better view. No really, do it. And then go a head and laugh with (at) me. So, let me ask myself the questions that I already KNOW are on your mind:
a) Are you crazy?
b) You are running a marathon 2 weeks prior to this one, and a half marathon in between, do you think that’s smart?
c) you’ve never done a trail race before, never mind this one, described multiple times as “technical” and “hilly”. Have you lost your ever loving mind?
My answers to the above questions are: Yes, not at all, and a long time ago.
With Rich’s blessing to ditch him with the kids for three weekends in a row (though the first one is in town), I’m ringing in my 29th birthday with a running hat trick. My only goal? 3 start lines, 3 finish lines, smiles all around. And for Umstead, be smart, beat the 6 hour cutoff.
I’ve got plenty more to say about this over the next 36 days. But for now, my Avias (Avi Stoltz) and I are out to find some unstable surfaces to conquer…(and I have homework. A lot of homework)
Stay tuned, it’s going to get crazy around here! Happy (trail) running my friends!