I have always wanted to do a birthday marathon. (My bday is May 1st). Originally, I was going to run the Wallis Sands Half marathon on May 4th and call it my “birthday half marathon.”
I realized that EEK! I never registered! I popped over to the site, happy as a clam with my registration fingers all set to go…Gasp!!!! It was sold out! . WHOOPS.I checked other half’s in the area, but they all were too far away (I refuse to drive more than 1 1/2 hours for an 8am start time. Ain’t gonna happen, mama needs her sleep.
I toggled over to the website of another race I was interested in doing: The Run to Remember…and it is $85 for the half. I’m sorry, saywhaaat?? That’s too much for a run I willingly do on a Wednesday night around my ‘hood.
So, New Plan. It will now be “the month of birthday half marathons” (you totally have the rights to the whole month, don’t argue with me)Instead, I registered for Big Lake Half Marathon. It was $65, only an hour away, and I’ve always wanted to run it. It’s in Alton Bay, NH. That most likely means nothing to anyone besides my friends and I, but, one of my best friends has a house there. To us, some of our best summer memories have been at her lake house. Why wouldn’t I want to run there?!!
And…get this… ITS A SATURDAY!!! Me, Saturday, May 10th &Alton Bay have a date. #YW
researched the shit out of every race in the area did a small bit of googling for another May race…if I want to hit 14 in 2014, I would like to have 7 planned through the end of June. Soo….
SUCCESS!! I found the coolest looking half on May 18th in Kingston NH,not all that far away from me. It’s called “The Funky Kingston Half Marathon“. Every winner gets a tie dyed shirt, it’s reggae themed, and there is Jamaican food at the end. Yes please.
On their website::
After even MORE research, It turns out I have turned my May -June -July schedule all topsy-turbo people just don’t say that phrase enough, let’s bring it back)
June: RW half-scratched off my list. It’s now $100.00 again…for only 13.1 miles. I know, I know.. it’s runners world…but unless I hit on a scratchy, someone decides they want to pay for me, OR, I come into a family inheritance…I ain’t wasting money on it. That is crazy expensive!!!! Instead: Newburyport River Run
July: Naragansett Summer running series-Easton, MA, July 13. There actually was a half in RI on the -12th-but-the $10 I save in registration is completely worth it! I wish there were more half marathons in New England in the summer. I know, I know… it’s hot. It’s humid…but I love it..I am never too hot, or humid. I run in the 100+ weather and love it.
August: Triple Threat on August 3rd. It just felt right 😉
It took me soooo long to register/research that I ended up NOT running …but…I got home at 3 instead of my originally planned noon. After a complete day of chaos and on my poor feet…I did not do my 13 miler. I despise things interrupting my running plans..but.. That’s LIFE, right? Right. “Things” don’t always go as planned, and as much you might get angry, life happens. You truly have to roll with the punches.
All in all, a productive day: 2 races registered for, and 3 more have been decided on. Now…who wants to run one with me?
Run Free, Run Strong!