Why you should run local races, Things I’m thankful for, Things I’m excited about.

Yesterday I skipped a post because it was DATE NIGHT! I forced my husband to go and see Hunger Games with me.  It was SO GOOD!! I am also currently rereading the books to refresh my memory. And then I’m going to go and see it AGAIN. It was that good! This is the only pictures that I took (please excuse the darkness, I didn’t want to be a total weirdo taking pics in a movie theater!
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 Things I’m thankful for today:
I am finding myself to be more and more thankful these days. Take Sunday for example: It was a really yucky day. I didn’t run well. It took me one scalding hot shower, a fluffy blanket, my warmest snuggliest sweatshirt, five hours, and a glass of wine to warm me up. But you know what? When I was running I kept thinking “If I can finish THIS run? I can truly do anything.” AND-I also kept thinking that it could be worse-it could be a FULL marathon=thank sweet baby jesus it was only a half!

Thankful thing #1. Yesterday, I got an email from the race director of the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon that I did on Sunday. He told us exactly where the proceeds from Sunday will be going :

 

“Thanks to you we will be presenting the Nashua YMCA Kids To Camp program with a check for approximately $7,000 this week. This will send more than a hundred needy children to summer camp for a week next summer. We will also be sending checks for more than $1,500 to several area high school cross country teams for their help as course marshals and manning the water (ice?) stops along the way.”

I’m thankful that I ran a race where the money is recycled right back into the community. That is just beautiful. It gives me that tingly, happy warm all over fuzzy feeling that I just did something good. Yay!

Thankful Thing #2. I am also SOOO thankful to have such awesome friends! You might remember that I recently washed my IPOD. (Boooo) After a week of sitting in rice, I have had to bite the bullet and realize: its just not coming back to life… My friend Melissa gave me her old IPOD shuffle. It is PERFECT! Thank you Melissa! I promise to put it to REALLY good use!! There is nothing like a good friend!:) (oh and ps-girlfriend can BAKE like a CHAMP-she came over Friday night and brought pumpkin whoopie pies…#heaven #ihadthree #andoneforbreakfast.
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Things I’m excited for!
#1 Excitement: I have decided on a NEW GOAL for 2014. This goal is based on the fact that 2013 meant four races for me..This is more than I usually do-and I LOVED every minute of it. So my new goal for 2014 is to run 14 marathons and half marathons. 🙂 (side note:I really love a good play on words) wait for it: it’s 14 in ’14! #sosilly

I am having a blast picking them out. So far I’ve come up with my criteria said races have to meet:
-They have to be within 100 miles of driving distance : my husband doesn’t fly. Also, I really don’t like to take too much time away from my family. I am going to keep them as local as possible!(preferably within 50 miles or so)
-I’m going to choose as many Saturday ones as I can: My husband works on Saturday mornings until 12:30, so it is lovely when I can do a race and come back before he is even out of work! Plus-after talking with Melissa (baker extraordinaire, iPod giver, and also RUNNER) we decided this: ALL Marathons should be on Saturdays. Seriously…why Aren’t they? I just don’t get it. Nobody wants to do the sore shuffle on Monday mornings into work. Someday, when I rule change the world, marathons will be on Saturdays 😉
-I refuse to travel and stay overnight for more than 2 of the races.
unless: they are with 10-15 miles away, they must have race day number pickup. (Ok, well..Boston is the ONE exception since I have to be in the city the prior Saturday for marathon festivities)
-the only way I’ll travel for a marathon is if someone is going to pay for it for me…#girlfriendlivesonabudget!

I’ll have my list up soon of my 14 for ’14 🙂

#2 Excitement-I’m hoping some of these races I pick will take me to meet up with some new friends I’ve made from blogging like this cool chick Erin, and my new running pal Raquel!  

#3 Excitement– that I will be off from work, starting tomorrow, until Monday…. Yipppeeee!!! Hooray thanksgiving!!!

What’s the best local (to you) race you’ve ever done?
-for me-it’s the Baystate Marathon!
Local, I know the route by Heart, and it’s flat!

What’s the best New England race you’ve ever done?
Boston. Baystate. Applefest. I could keep going..I really love racing!!

Have any race suggestions for this girl??

Who’s Ready for turkey day?

Run free, run strong!
The Girl Who Ran Everywhere

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10 thoughts on “Why you should run local races, Things I’m thankful for, Things I’m excited about.

    • You’re welcome and thank you!! Sorry we didn’t come on Friday-Greg ended up not feeling well and slept all day.

      Yes!!! I knew you would eventually want to do another one! Whatever you pick I would love to run it with you! 🙂

  1. I can want to see your list either! I love that, 14 in’14. I’m tempted to copy you… I live in NC But if I was closer I’d love to do one with you! I agree with you, marathons should be on Saturdays! I don’t know where the whole Sunday race day came from.

    That whoopie pie looks sooo good! What an awesome friend!

    • I know she is the best! Who doesn’t love a unique treat like THAT!:)

      NC Isn’t TOO bad of a drive…if my husband travelled I would totally come your way!

      I’ve always wanted to start my own race and make it on a Saturday-but then if I race direct I can’t run it! 😉

  2. I can’t wait to see your list! I will definitely pick at least 1 to do with you, how could I not after you said I was a “cool chick”? haha (only till you meet me and then you realize I’m a total #nerdalert) In all seriousness I will just love to see what you come up with because you are pretty local to me too.

    I love the idea of doing 14 in ’14, I may aim for 14 races in general. I know it would be too many marathons/half marathons for me (and hubby would kill me for spending all the $$ on races!)

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving & enjoy your mini vaca from work! 🙂

    • Erin I am ALSO a member of the nerdAlert, don’t you worry my dear 🙂
      I know I worry about the $ too! But I’m hoping to plan enough in advance to offer either a review in exchange for a free entry OR I book enough in advance that they’re really cheap?!? Lol we shall see!!! Xoxo hope your family turkey day rocked!!

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